Bois D’Argent EdC by Annick Menardo for DIOR 2004

Hey Hey Perfumista Buddies,
I hope today has been awesome for you all! Of course, if it’s been shite then things will no doubt get better sometime in the near future. Peaks and troughs, or as I say PIGS and TROUGHS. It will get better, the sun will shine again. Promise. Whenever I feel the black dog at my back I try a new fragrance sample and really move into the fragrance and do my best to understand the story and twists & turns of its life cycle. though not currently in a bad patch it’s good to remember them when life is going well and prepare, as much as anyone can, for the next time. So there are a GAZILLION untried samples in this house. When I found these 2 lovely mini movies from DIOR I wanted a fragrance from the house as an excuse to give you these as a present. I have the complete La Collection Privee from SurrenderToChance a while back and today Bois Argent EdC by Annick Menardo took my fancy.

Bois D’Argent EdC by Annick Menardo for DIOR 2004

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Juniper berries, cypress, iris
Heart: Incense, Somalia myrrh, patchouli, wine, woods
Base: Vanilla, musk, amber, woody notes, honey and leather

I love the fresh, juniper and cypress opening on my skin, it is a very citrus blast that is quickly cooled by the iris and the cypress soon gets quite woody. A surprising reminder of the fragrant Hindu rites in Varanasi as the patchouli and incense/myrrh take their allotted places there is already a quiet waft of vanilla and a honeyed sweetening coming up behind and sitting just under the full radar but hinting at great things to come. It doesn’t say it in the notes but there seems to be a whisper of oudh here also: earth, livestock and dander. I don’t get wine at all, and the musk is well hidden, both must be bit players used to fill the fragrance out or maybe my skin/nose overlooks them. I love that the powdery goodness stays quite a way into the fragrance life and that the leather isn’t even noticeable until a couple of hours in, and then it’s like a change in the wind and back to sweet honeyed amber and then it pops its lovely soft leather head out again to remind you to notice it for a while and then flits away. Though not a big sillage fragrance it is tenacious, pumping out its lovely story for hours and hours, ever more quietly till it is a whisper more than you. I like that this EdC lasts so well and tells a beautiful story while it lives. Wearable even in the most zero fragrance tolerant workplaces, you could get away with saying Bois D’Argent is a scented body lotion because it is quietly gorgeous and rich. A completely selfish guilty pleasure. 12 hours later I am still skin scented and TSO Jin can definitely still smell a difference.

Dashaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi Photo Stolen en.wikipedia

I wish this was easy to get hold of here in Australia but it is not stocked. I will continue with samples till I see a split on one of the Facebook pages, or till I get to the Northern Hemisphere.

Olfactoria’sTravels does a wonderful review and so does TheNonBlonde
SurrenderToChance sells Bois D’Argent EdC from 1ml/$3 or you can buy from VERY select retailers and DIOR shops

Which of this range has taken your fancy? I’ve reviewed a few now and have yet to dislike one though they aren’t all skin compatible for me.

Below are a couple of lovely newish DIOR videos, please take a moment from your life to enjoy them.
Until we see you tomorrow, be well.
Portia xx

Lady Dior Teaser

Lady Dior Web-Umentary

19 comments on “Bois D’Argent EdC by Annick Menardo for DIOR 2004

  1. lucasai says:

    I wish I could try this one. Dior perfumes from their private line are not available in Poland, unfortunately…

  2. Dionne says:

    I’m not sure if they’re sold in Canada either, and definitely haven’t seen them where I live. In terms of the range, I haven’t tried any yet, but a sample of Oud Ispahan is winging its way to me because of your review. When I look at the notes, this reminds me of L’Occitane’s Eau des Baux, and a full bottle of that is definitely near the top of my wishlist: cypress and amber and vanilla are right up my alley.

  3. Musette says:

    Where, persackly, in the Northern Hemisphere will you be? And Happy Birthday to YOUUUUUUU!


  4. sinnerman01 says:

    I have been enjoying your reviews on this super luxe Dior line ! U make them sound truly special , and from what you say the quality seems top shelf ! Worth the spend ? …… Maybe , I really want to smell leather oud ! Now that to me sounds like honey to the bee,
    As posted above , is it your birthday Madame ? …… Hmmm ? Keeping it quiet ah ?
    Pleases confirm for wonderful birthday wishes will follow !!!!
    Tim x

  5. Undina says:

    As you probably know ;), I like this line (though some of the perfumes require more testing – I tried them once, liked but didn’t love and put aside). My next bottle, probably, will be Mitzah… unless I change my mind and go with Ambre Nuit 🙂

    Bois d’Argent is nice but it’s not one of the perfumes I want to wear. Well, at least not yet. I still have a sample to finish so anything can happen. Unlike many other people, I do not smell sweetness in it at all. It must be one of those ingredients that my nose doesn’t register.

  6. vinery says:

    A happy happy fragrant birthday to you, Portia. Hope you have a great day.

    These Diors sound very good!

  7. lucasai says:

    Happy birthday Portia!

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