WHAT I SMELL: Sushi Imperiale’s opening is decidedly not sushi like as it opens with a warm crunchy bergamot and sugared orange. The perfume is sweet, but not sugary sweet; instead its sweetened naturally as if it’s tinged with brown sugar. Soon enough, the natural sweetness begins to give way for a more flattened floral spice. The perfume is slightly gourmand, but that quickly moves away and the perfume begins to unleash a warm, shimmering radiance and a lovely warmed sandalwood comes to the forefront. At this point, Sushi Imperiale becomes enveloping and rapturous…the base notes are a light blanket of comfort that don’t weigh down the perfume, but instead add just the right amount of security. After this, Sushi Imperiale doesn’t transform much, except when it finally settles in with light and soft patchouli that feels tufted with light cotton. In other words, it’s comforting and reassuring.
From Bois 1920:
An intense beginning where the citrus notes blend harmoniously for an eau de toilette that speaks of love. The heart releases its spicy personality: the vibrant and exotic luminosity of Pepper, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. The fragrance develops into a brilliant and almost nonchalant wisp of woods and Vanilla of Madagascar.
Top notes are bergamot, mandarin orange and lemon; middle notes are pepper, nutmeg, jasmine, rose, star anise and cinnamon; base notes are sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean and madagascar vanilla.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: To me this is less “sushi” imperial, but it is indeed more italian imperial, meaning that the perfume is fit for a prince.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SUSHI IMPERIALE: shimmering, comforting, contented
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SUSHI IMPERIALE: AustralianPerfumeJunkies, EauMG, Kafkaesque
BOTTOM LINE: Sushi Imperiale is a wonderfully wearable and elegant perfume that has surprising projection and longevity and is rather beefy for an eau de toilette. This is a perfume that is perfectly elegant without being snobbish.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Spicy
- Nose: Enzo Galardi
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: Approximately $140 for 50 ml EdT
March 20, 2017 at 5:51 am
Love this one. Picked it up on the very inexpensive side.
Very happy I did.
March 21, 2017 at 5:14 am
I was looking online to see if I could find a deal…I think I may just have to be a bit patient. Glad you have and enjoy this wonderful perfume.
March 21, 2017 at 5:48 am
Fragrancenet Bois 1920 Sushi Imperial 1.7oz for $62.90
That’s not bad.
March 21, 2017 at 8:53 am
Wow…that’s an incredible price!
March 20, 2017 at 7:29 am
As I was looking through Mount Sample to include some samples in NST ‘s Freebiemeet in January,I unearthed my ancient but still full sample of Sushi Imperiale. Instinct told me to hang on to it (or at least I think I did). I remember liking it when I smelled it at MinNY. Great review!
March 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
LOL.. I have a ton of those myself. How come I never hear about MinNY anymore…have they been eclipsed by Twisted Lily, Osswald and Aedes?? Do you ever go there?
March 20, 2017 at 9:57 am
Great review, and you certainly have made it sound sniffworthy!
March 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
Thank you my dear!
March 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm
Great review, and spot on. Love this one, often wondered WHY they named it “Sushi Imperiale”?
March 21, 2017 at 5:16 am
Robert…I have no idea why they named it this. From their description it doesn’t make sense either. When I saw the name I thought it might be green tea oriented or something of that sort.
March 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm
Woo Hoo! Love Sushi Imperial.
What a bummer you didn’t get cooking rice steam? Sushi is full of so much sugar that the opening sort of makes sense. When Jin made it fresh I was shocked, its like eating candy.
March 21, 2017 at 5:17 am
Hiya P – I don’t think that I’ve ever had sugary sushi??! Or maybe I have and I’m just not aware that I have??!
March 22, 2017 at 2:53 am
Yeah, the vinegar makes it seem sour but the rice is FULL of sugar to make it sticky.