Bois d'Ébène 2019

Bois d'Ébène by Matière Première
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Bois d'Ébène is a popular perfume by Matière Première for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is woody-resinous. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Paraguayan gaiac woodParaguayan gaiac wood Indonesian patchouliIndonesian patchouli NagarmothaNagarmotha Brazilian cabreuvaBrazilian cabreuva

Ratings

Scent

8.286 Ratings

Longevity

8.182 Ratings

Sillage

7.383 Ratings

Bottle

8.072 Ratings

Value for money

7.451 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 06.05.2022.
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Razvanyke

110 Reviews
Razvanyke
Razvanyke
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A nice woody start
This is a nice woody start followed up by some undefined smell after, I can say that it is dark and mysterious but in the drydown it becomes something hard to follow, for me.

I had the chance to try it and I was excited to feel the first blast of this scent, but after a bit .. it became slighty generic for my taste. It is not a bad scent, by no means .. but I am not yet sure if it´s for me.


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Jazzbob
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Jazzbob
Jazzbob
Top Review    25  
The Scent Detective - Ebony
For Bois d'Ébène, its creator Aurélien Guichard gives only four notes, which are supposed to result in a dark, amber woody scent and which immediately made me take a closer look at what was actually going on here...

THE CASE EBENHOLZ

It is always exciting to observe how much marketing is done to almost every single perfume and how many people question it too little. For example, with all the YouTubern one hears almost exclusively formulations such as "this fragrance has ... in it" / "this contains ...". Fragrance notes primarily describe what is to be perceived, not necessarily what is actually used. Real rose absolute, for example, is far too expensive to be contained in so many perfumes. Ultimately, also only the question is important:

What do I smell?

With Bois d'Ébène, I immediately thought that the fragrance as a whole seemed very familiar. It essentially seems like the base accord of some woody, sweetened perfumes. In short, I perceive the following facets:

- the volatile (!) Topnote is slightly ethereal resinous and cardamom comes to my mind
- dry cedar wood or lightly scorched gujac wood
- a sandalwood component like Javanol
- a strong ambery facet, but not as clean as pure ambroxan, but subtly dirty near the skin, which makes me think Cetalox
- something sweet and creamy that was probably added in the form of vanillin and tonka bean (coumarin)

The color association to the precious ebony is thus quite appropriate, since the woods overall already seem a little darker, but by the sweetish-creamy counterpart get a cozy atmosphere. But what is it about the notes, which the perfumer indicates?

In a short video he presents the fragrance concept (https://vimeo.com/375868040). The main ingredient is the dark and smoky guaiac wood from Paraguay, while Indonesian patchouli and cypriol (Nagarmotha) are said to intensify the scent and make it more earthy. Brazilian cabreuva, on the other hand, would enhance the amber facets and have an almost malty quality. However, if you pause at 0:49, you can read the handwritten components:

Ambroxan
Cypriol Esssence
Iso E Super
Vertofix Coeur
Cashmeran
Cedramber
Amber Core

(Base Potion)

So it's pretty clear that Bois d'Ébène looks so familiar to me because there are so many aromachemicals in here that are quasi-omnipresent in the world of woody/amber scents. Whether Aurélien Guichard now uses no essences of gujac wood, patchouli and cabreuva, of course, can not be deduced exactly from this, but it just clarifies us what I explained at the beginning.

Geographical information on the fragrances may not only make them appear more authentic, but also the clientele sometimes think that raw materials from all over the world have been processed. I want to deny here in no case that this also happens very often, but at the same time contribute something to the demystification of some evening adventurous, inventive fragrance pyramids. (Currently, for example, there are only 21 other fragrances on Parfumo where Cabreuva is listed as a note.)

In my opinion, Bois d'Ébène is nevertheless successful, because it delivers what it promises - to be a dark, amber woody fragrance. No more and no less. Because it is relatively linear, one should already engage in at least one complete day of testing before buying it, in order to determine whether it does not become too monotonous in the long run. Because he creates a fairly long-lasting, moderate sillage, which make him a versatile companion in the colder seasons.
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Wayofscent

45 Reviews
Wayofscent
Wayofscent
Helpful Review    4  
Gentle amber!
First impression based on blotter provided.

Interesting, dark and ambery gentle wood! I feel this one really do great stuff on your skin. This is a rich amber fragrance. Patchouli here is not damp, dark and wet. It's more drier and mixed with main players like Guaiac wood and amber is giving this composition nice rounded feel! I'd love to try it on my skin to get the full experience!

Statements

OrigoOrigo 3 months ago
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8
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8
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8
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This scent really gives me inner peace, such a beautiful, natural, balsamic, woody fragrance which is dense and rich.

Great stuff.
MariaSMariaS 3 months ago
8
Scent
Amazing woody spicy, a bit dry with a slight patchouli touch scent! It has something addictive in it!
TaddyTaddy 3 months ago
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9
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8
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A pungent bitter resinous opening softens to a nice spicy smoky dry & slightly creamy wood. The late drydown on a steamy day reminds me of..
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 8 months ago
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After an initially pungent Ambroxan, the scent develops to a creamy, dry dark wood. Patchouli is gentle, a bit earthy. Drydown is resinous.
MrLawmanMrLawman 10 months ago
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A very unique fragrance in the woody genre. An rather intense dark woody perfume with a creamy and slightly fresh facet. Very raw and unique

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