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Bois Farine - Mood-changing magic

This is the last gourmand blog for a while, I swear. I wasn’t going to do it, because yesterday the thermometer hit 32C (90F) here in Toronto, with 95% humidity, and today is more of the same. Do I want to talk about perfume, food, smells?  I didn’t think so when I woke up this morning – my fantasy is to open the fridge and stand in front of it all day. But then I spritzed myself with Bois Farine, and I got my inspiration.

Bois Farine is a L’Artisan scent by Jean Claude Ellena, who with his usual creative minimalist style, has produced yet another truly unique scent - very odd and totally gorgeous. Based on the scent of the Riuzia Cordata tree found in the Réunion Islands, whose flowers smell like flour, the notes are: fennel, iris, white cedar, guaiac wood, sandalwood and benzoin. I have to tell you that the sum total of all these notes is pretty much a one-note samba, but what a note!

At the top, many people say they smell peanuts, but I smell only flour with a nutty undertone – the smell of baking ingredients as they’re being mixed – the smell of dough with ground almonds – the smell of anticipation. Then the other notes start to emerge - iris, cumin, cedar, sandalwood and fleeting whiffs of licorice – delicately floral, ever so slightly sweet. The woody notes make the dry down buttery, powdery, smooth, and feather-light, like flour. The flour smell is raw not cooked, unleavened dough not pastry, warm but not baked – it’s beyond gourmand, and tantalizing in its weirdness.

A single word to describe this single-note fragrance comes to mind – comforting. After I sprayed Bois Farine on my wrists this morning, I thought “Ah…soft, quiet, uncomplicated  – just what I need to change my mood.” And that’s exactly what it did - it seems to have a caressing quality, a genuinely mood-changing magic quality, and that is what truly makes it stand apart in the perfume crowd.

I've never smelled another perfume that smells like this scent - and I've sniffed well over 1000 perfumes. If you're inspired by the different, the creative, the odd types of scents like I am, you owe it to yourself to try Bois Farine.

And just to end on a creative note……One of our readers recently asked a question about layering fragrances, and I think Bois Farine would be the perfect layering fragrance, because its softness will tame sharp notes in others. If it tamed my anxious mood this morning, it can certainly tame ylang-gag-me-with-a-spoon-ylang!

Bois Farine is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $4.00 for 1 ml.