As a fan of Violets I couldn’t resist trying Serge Lutens Bois de Violette. Having tried its cousin, Feminite du Bois, I was interested to smell how this branch of it fared on its own. As you may recall from my earlier review of Feminite du Bois, it frankly, smelled a bit like pants on me, despite its delicious woody top notes.
Bois de Violette does rather better, although the Violets provide the chorus, rather than being the leading lady. It opens with Woods and Violets, and beds down into more woodiness. In fact, this gave me a vivid scent of a schoolroom: there was wax and chalk dust and the rich aged scent of old fashioned teak desks.
Created by the legendary Christopher Sheldrake, who co created Feminite du Bois, you can tell that Bois de Violette and Feminite are from the same hand. Where Feminite was a bit too intimate for me, Bois de Violette still has that human touch, although the basenote is more of a subtle smell of dried spit. This is no bad thing, it’s a bit like the smell left after a long kiss, so not quite as bad as the old pants aroma.
The Violets remain both sweet and woody throughout, as if made from the bark of a mythical Violet tree. Longevity is stupendous. I could swear I could smell it the following day, almost 18 hours later. Sometimes it’s really worth splashing out.