I’m jolly fond of Yves Rocher. Their fragrances are good quality and affordable and they keep sending tempting little emails offering me free stuff and discounts to keep me loyal. It works!
The latest launch from Yves Rocher is So Elixir Bois Sensuel and it is indeed both sensual and woody.
Over on Fragrantica several Fragrantica visitors are comparing it to Thierry Mugler Angel, and the rich vanilla and heavy patchouli certainly will have some bearing on this. I find the original So Elixir very similar to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle too. Certainly fans of those two mega sellers will find something to enjoy here.
On my skin Bois Sensual has vanilla and woods immediately, with a rich autumnal heat that I could have sworn was amber. This smells very similar to Parfums Gres Ambre de Cabochard.
In fact there is no amber, and don’t let the fact that I have just compared it to three other scents give the impression that this is generic. It’s a crowd pleaser yes, but I find it both contemporary and rich.
Oddly enough, this rich warm scent claims to have only three notes: Iris, vanilla and patchouli, but I found woods and amber framing everything right from the start. The iris was harder to find, but iris and I have a chequered relationship anyway.
The full bottle price is reasonable at £18.90 for 30ml but it was a blind buy so I just bought the purse spray for £8. I love it when brands make purse sprays- it’s better than a sample and cheaper than a full bottle. I think it’s a smart move on the part of Yves Rocher since they have no shops in this country for you to go and have a sniff.
So: Yves Rocher So Elixir Bois Sensuel– hit or miss? Very much a hit in my book and just right for these colder days. Sillage is big and longevity around five hours.