I would say that B by Boucheron is the least talked about fragrance by Boucheron and it is the most recent Boucheron perfume launch (2008). I really enjoy Jaïpur for men and for women. The original feminine Boucheron was lovely before it was reformulated. And I didn’t mind Trouble. I find it odd that B de Boucheron is so unpopular but at the same time it is something that I’d never wear.
B opens as zesty pink peppercorns with florals peeking through. Strangely, you notice the pink peppercorns but it isn’t the focus and it isn’t overwhelming; it’s almost delicate. The top is aldehydic and dazzling and slightly fruity. Like all aldehydes, these die too quickly. I get this dry peppery cedar that reminds me of lead pencil shavings with this soft, fuzzy peach-like osmanthus. The osmanthus takes center stage. It’s soft and fuzzy, floral and peachy…and it starts to get “chewy” and reminds me of dried apricots with delicate tea-like blossoms. I enjoy the heart. There is a hint of vanilla in this making it all smooth. The dry-down is woodsy, warm and musky. I’m not too wild about the dry-down because it reminds me of too many mainstream perfumes launched after 2008. And most hardcore perfume lovers may dislike the “dated” pink peppercorn opening, finding it too generic.
B is a grown-up fragrance that smells refined. It doesn’t smell juvenile. Something about B is too polished and almost trying too hard. B de Boucheron isn’t “me” (maybe it makes me feel like I’m trying too hard). I can’t describe it but I know that I won’t be rushing out to buy a bottle at any price but I will use up my sample.
Notes listed include pink peppercorns, osmanthus, and sandalwood. PERFUMER – Ursula Wandel
Give B de Boucheron a try if you like spicy floral fragrances or woodsy floral orientals or perfumes like Gucci Guilty for Her, Armani Mania for Her, Burberry The Beat for Her, and/or Lancôme Hypnôse Senses. I see B de Boucheron as a feminine fragrance for mature women. And when I say mature, I mean the group that the industry usually ignores, you know, people over 20.
I think the perfume has below average to average projection. And the longevity is below average on my skin. I can only get about 3 hours of wear. Personally, this irritates me at B de Boucheron’s retail price.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A spicy pink pepper osmanthus floral with a warm musky dry-down. It isn’t a ground-breaking fragrance but it is pretty.
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