I love Edward Bess cosmetics and I’m finding that I love Edward Bess perfumes. La Femme Bohème appears to be inspired by a literal “romp in the hay” according to the brand’s copy.
La Femme Boheme is a honeyed jasmine. The opening is a heady jasmine and a citrusy resin. It reminds me of tobacco more than it does florals. The jasmine is dry, indolic and covered in sticky honey. With time, it’s like hay. Hay is for horses. So much hay. Overall, La Femme Boheme is a rather linear fragrance. It’s honeyed hay and amber. The amber is sweet and tonka-heavy. It eventually turns into a sweet, honeyed amber, tobacco leaves and dry woods. The woods are like cedar planks, reminding me of a barn without any of the filth of a barn. They dry-down is like a sweet, creamy honey with a boozy vanilla.
Although “simple”, there’s something about La Femme Bohème that I really enjoy. It’s sweet without being edible. It’s a pairing of skanky notes (jasmine and honey); yet, it’s so approachable, something great for daily wear. If I had to tell you why I like it so – the hay. It smells like a fancy Hollywood set of a barn that would have been in an Old Hollywood Western.
Notes listed include jasmine, honey and amber. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Carlos Benaim
Projection is average with longevity above average. Pro tip – This stuff layers wonderfully with Spanish Veil.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $175 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Honeyed hay. Simple but it’s something I enjoy wearing.
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*Sample obtained by me. Gary Cooper pic from