The smell of autumn, forest, odor of great and dark woods… Bois des Iles, or the Island Forests, was created in 1926 by Ernest Beaux, the Russian emigrant and the prime perfumer of the Chanel house. It is said that Beaux created Bois des Iles while he was rapt by Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, the opera inspired by the Puskin’s novel about the love and hazard, and that it was his favorite creation.
Traditional masculine woody composition is offered to ladies, but could be tried by men as well. Dry and spicy freshness leads to the floral heart, the light sweetness of which undulates with dry and dark woody notes. At the end, the composition becomes warmer, more comfortable and tame, as if entering into a dark room illuminated by the fireplace flame.
The perfume concentration is richer and sweeter, while eau de toilette is quite lighter, but magnificent. The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, neroli and peach, the heart composition consists of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, woody iris and ylang-ylang, and the base of vetiver, sandalwood, benzoin and musk.
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Aldehydes Coriander Peach Bergamot Neroli Mandarin Orange
iris Lilac Orris Root Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Lily-of-the-Valley Rose
Amber Sandalwood Tonka Bean Opoponax Musk Benzoin Vetiver Vanilla