On Sunday I was riding my bike through the summery forest in Brandenburg. It smelled of freshly sawn wood, lilies of the valley, birches and pines everywhere. When I came home I looked for a woody scent and decided to try Bois d’Ombrie (The woods of Umbria) by Eau d’Italie – a creation of Bertrand Duchaufour.
The scent starts with a beautiful cognac note and switches to something spicy. To me it smells like a spice my mother always uses for cooking – rose paprika – followed by notes of leather, vetiver, tobacco and frankincense – with just a hint to know that we are talking about one of Bertrand Duchaufour’s scents. Bois d’Ombrie is warm, deep and spicy and reminds me of an open fireplace in an old library with the smell of cigars in the air. It is virile, elegant and smooth.
I can imagine Bois d’Ombrie for an evening in summer when it is cooling off. But also in fall when it is cold outside and you need something to feel cozy. It is my favorite men’s scent at the moment.
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
Notes: cognac, leather, vetiver, tobacco, frankincense, iris, patchouli, woody notes