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Bois d'Ascèse – Smoky beauty - January 6, 2014 New Fragrance Listing

Photo - Wikimedia Commons - Burning fireplace - Francisco Belard, 2006

Outside it is all stark white, cold grey and wintry but inside it’s all rich jewel tones, warm browns and mellow mahoganies. The contrast between inside and outside is why winter is my favorite season. It’s Nature’s way of getting us to slow down, to regenerate; to take the time to deepen our knowledge of ourselves and our experiences with others; it’s a call to nestle, cuddle and caress and to seek out  things that feed your soul.

This is the time to wear Bois d'Ascèse from Naomi Goodsir Parfums.

When I met Naomi Goodsir in Paris last winter, she excitedly shared decants of her two new fragrances, Cuir Velours and Bois d’Ascèse with me. Each fragrance is a stunner and I knew that with each of them, I was smelling something original and unique. But it was Bois d’Ascese, smelling all smoky and incensey, that I kept going back to for the rest of the trip – something that had to do with winter and smoke.  

For me, the one smell that bridges the inside world and the outside world at this time of year is smoke - the smoke from a fireplace that wafts through a house and rises up through the chimney and scents the cold, winter air outside.  This is the soul stirring experience that Bois d’Ascèse captures.

Bois d’Ascèse is a soliflore of smoke and the smell of smoke is present throughout the development of the fragrance.

It opens with a note of citrus that quickly gives way to incense deepened by a note of wood smoke from smoked cade – a species of juniper that has a sharp cedar smell. It is clean and clear until it blooms when the smokiness becomes more complex with the addition of tobacco and boozy whiskey, all of it warmed by spicy cinnamon and softly sweetened by amber. Oakmoss at the base gives it a sensual woodiness.

Bois d’Ascèse showcases all the facets of smoke - incensey, dry, woody, medicinal - with a drydown that is elegant and refined. I love smelling this on a man, but I love smelling it on me more.

The Naomi Goodsir Parfums website describes Bois d’Ascèse as a secluded CHAPEL, BLAZING dusk, moment of GRACE, DIVINE smoke, silent CANTIQUE. I describe it as a full, rich, addictive olfactory experience that makes me feel good on the inside while smelling good on the outside.

Today, we’re adding Bois d’Ascèse to our Decant Store. Decants are $7.00.