WHAT I SMELL: Vetiver Ambrato opens with bergamot, warmed cloves and spiced geranium; it’s very cozy and rather masculine. After a couple of minutes, the fragrance becomes almost mentholated as the lavender and vetiver blend into an amber finish with just a slight sour touch of patchouli. There’s a tobacco that makes its way into the mix and a mild booziness and a bit of finished old world leather. After 15 minutes, the fragrance lightens and become more powdery as a light vanilla adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding any heaviness. In the end, the Bois 1920 is a powdered dusting of comfort.
From the Bois 1920 website:
Elegantly and profoundly seductive.
An absolutely masculine perfume that embodies all the power and mystery of modern man.
These suggestions of the fragrant architecture of an eau de toilette make their debut with sparkling, tonic notes towards a warm and spicy middle note to conclude with a virile, provocative top note that surprises again and again.
Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Petitgrain, Cloves, Geranium, Artemisia
Heart: Patchouly, Lavender, Vetyver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
Dry down: Tobacco leaves, Musk, Amber, Vanilla, Benzoin, Labdanum, Galbanum
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Your grandfathers favorite chair at the cabin at the lake; it’s worn and comfy and smells of pipe, wood and lots of wonderful living.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE VETIVER AMBRATO: comfy, easy-going, secure
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VETIVER AMBRATO: NotableScents, ChickenFreak’s Obsession
BOTTOM LINE: This is a vetiver scent that’s not all about vetiver and it’s an amber scent that’s not all about amber. What you get is a nice combination of muted qualities from both. So if you don’t like truly green vetiver fragrances or heavy and brown amber scents, this might be just the right fragrance for you!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Woody
- Nose: Enzo Galardi
- Classification: Unisex, but leans masculine
- Expense: Varies greatly per store or site. Eau de Toilette.
January 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Somehow even with just 3.5 bones’ rating you made this perfume sound appealing. I’m not sure if I’ve tried any of this brand’s perfumes: I don’t like the bottles, they are too big and there are so many that whenever I saw them in Barney’s I didn’t know where to start – so I didn’t. I might give this one a try if I see it the next time I’m perfume “shopping.”
January 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm
U – I haven’t paid any attention to this line as well. The bottles have this rough hewn edge about them that looks more like a bottle of sugared booze than perfume. To me, this is one of those perfumes that is just easy to wear and rather nice and unobtrusive and comfortable. You don’t always need to make a statement when you wear something and this fits the bill. But I do think this would work more on a man than a woman…just sayin.
January 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm
Hello hello! I haven’t yet reached a stage where I really cross the gender bridge that well with my perfume likes (well let’s be really honest here – I haven’t found that many perfumes that I really like regardless!) – but this does sound kind of pleasant. At least, the adjectives you chose for it: comfy, easy-going, secure. Who wouldn’t that appeal to? Especially in this winter cold that is uncomfortable but not bringing us snow days… Anyhow I digress. The mentholated part, however, I’m not so sure about that. It seems to pop up a lot in perfumery and it’s not a scent I really enjoy off of the volleyball court. 🙂 Menthol and gasoline. Not sure about those. But I enjoyed reading about this one nonetheless!