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Songe d'un Bois d'Été


Launched in 2012 by French perfume house Guerlain, Songe d’Un Bois d’Eté is one of three fragrances in their Les Déserts d'Orient collection, which is focused on three distinctive Middle Eastern notes: rose, oud, and incense and there are three fragrances in the collection: Rose Nacrée, Encens Mythique and Songe d’un Bois d’Eté. Rose Nacrée is centred on an intense Persian rose and oud, Encens Mythique is based on incense and oud and Songe d’un Bois d’Eté, a fragrance I have owned since it came out in 2012, is a deep leather with oud.

It’s a strong collection that bridges eastern and western tastes because it showcases Middle Eastern notes in a very French way. All three fragrances deliver the “Wow” but I keep going back to Songe d’un Bois d’Eté.

It starts with a note of herbal bay leaf and citrusy, honeyed, floral neroli. Together they create an opening that’s bracing and aromatic – a calling card I love. As it blooms, it gets spicy from a note of saffron that was specially created by Wasser for the Déserts d’Orient collection. The saffron tempers the bay leaf and neroli beautifully. Then, it gets woody from cedarwood and oud. There’s a smokiness here that I find irresistible and a balminess that at times gets deliciously medicinal on me.  Patchouli makes it sweet, earthy and even woodier while jasmine, floral, animalic and indolic, sweetens the blend and, to my nose, adds the smell of skin. A pungent leather accord adds depth at the base while aromatic myrrh makes it resinous and woody.

For all the heavy sounding ingredients in Songe d’un Bois d’Eté, the drydown is a refined, beautiful woody scent that is an incomparable fragrance from one of the world’s great perfumers.

I’ve heard that some people prefer wearing Songe d’un Bois d’Eté in cooler weather, but I like to wear it in warm weather, after all Songe d’un Bois d’Eté translates into ‘dream of a summer wood’ in English.

Notes: bay leaf, neroli, patchouli, saffron note, jasmine, cedar wood, oud, leather, myrrh.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Thierry Wasser

Price: $8.00