L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine EDT Perfume Review

L'Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine

L’Artisan Parfumeur is a delicious woodsy gourmand that is inspired by baking – flour, dough, bread. Does anyone dislike the aroma of baking bread? (Asks the person that despises the aroma of bacon…)

Bois Farine is a warm, woodsy fragrance with cedar and a creamy sandalwood. It reminds me of sweet bread with fennel seeds baking in an oven. I don’t really get “nutty” but more “toasted” like the chewy crust of a country bread. Bois Farine morphs and I get this dough, powdery fennel and a very faint spicy “funk” (almost like cumin but so sheer and weak). Now Bois Farine reminds me of a Hasty pudding instead of toast. It’s creamy, warm and smooth. The dry-down is a powdery, woodsy white musk.

In the Jean-Claude Ellena style, Bois Farine is delicate, sheer and intentionally ambiguous.

Grace Bradley cooking

Notes listed include white cedar, gaiacwood, sandalwood, white iris, farine flower, and fennel. Launch date 2003. PERFUMER – Jean-Claude Ellena

Give Bois Farine a try if you are looking for a sheer, soft perfume. Or if you like perfumes like Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche, Hermès Santal Massoïa, Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere, Chloé Love Chloé and/or Malle for Dries van Noten.

Bois Farine has average projection and below average longevity.

The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $100 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONSweet bread and woods. I’m all about these sort of “comfort scents”.

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4 thoughts on “L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine EDT Perfume Review

  1. I dislike the aroma of bacon, too. Ick. And you’re so right about the vague “funk” in Bois Farine. I wonder what that is? It’s such an otherwise pleasant scent, that maybe without that it wouldn’t be memorable, but I have no idea what gives it that kick.

    1. Yeah! I’m not the only one. People tease me about it but seriously, the smell makes me want to gag. It’s so thick, heavy and fatty.

      There is, almost like cumin? One time I thought it was me, maybe I had touched something in the spice cabinet that was lingering on my hands. Or maybe I was just sweaty and stinky. Nope, I’ve tried it so many times throughout the years and it’s there. “Mild funk”. I agree that without it, that it wouldn’t be that special of a perfume.

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