The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Bois 1920 Vetiver Ambrato

bois-1920-vetiver-ambrato-eau-de-parfumWHAT 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

stuffed leather chairWHAT 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.