Initial 2000 Eau de Parfum

Initial (Eau de Parfum) by Boucheron
Bottle Design Joel Desgrippes
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7.8 / 10 58 Ratings
Initial (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Boucheron for women and was released in 2000. The scent is floral-powdery. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top Notes
BlackcurrantBlackcurrant Lily of the valleyLily of the valley TangerineTangerine
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CinnamonCinnamon JasmineJasmine PatchouliPatchouli PepperPepper RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
Almond honeyAlmond honey AmberAmber VanillaVanilla


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2 in-depth fragrance descriptions

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Helpful Review 2  
At first you get the scent of orange
wrapped with spices and warm amber
Cozy fragrant Imaginings of a Old Victorian Fireplace on christmas eve
a rocking chair rocks back and forth
comly listioning to the sound fire
Crakling Misoltoe on top of the archway
faint sounds of tinkling music boxes playing. or in the scene from The Age of Innocence when Madame Olenska and Newland Archer suble erotic chemisty

or russia Before the revolution when
Tsars ruled with Ambered walls decked with fine paintings of great masters
Leo Tolstory with his Anna Karenina
Onegin wondered though
St Peter's Squaire Like a Person without a soul after his Doomed love for Tatyana. the sweet Soft sounds of the balakas playing. this was a world
before Lenin Stalin and Communist Regime
Distroyed it Forever.

these are the thing i imagine when i wear this. a bittersweet Sojourn in a bottle.

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Very helpful Review 5  
Clean Cigarette Ashes...and More!
I am starting to wonder whether the house of Boucheron has a conscious ambiguity agenda going, as INITIAL, like so many other perfumes of this house (with the notable exception of the original powerhouse BOUCHERON) refuses to commit to a category or even to exhibit any sort of consistency from wearer to wearer. To my nose, this creation begins briefly with a tangerine/mandarin-spiciness evocative of the openings of a number of florientals familiar to me.

However, as INITIAL develops, a very strange mid-stage emerges, in which the pepper and cassis leaf (I presume) somehow combine to produce a dry cigarette-ash effect. It does not smell dirty here, as in Givency HOT COUTURE (which I do not like at all—in part because of the artificiality of the raspberries in that composition). Instead of smelling like a dirty ashtray, INITIAL mimics during its mid-stage (which lasts a few minutes) the scent of clean cigarette ashes—as oxymoronic as that may sound.

But wait, there's more: in the drydown, this perfume morphs again--at least on my skin, and according to my nose--into a honeyed-almond layer which lingers on and on and seems to bear no relation to the dry cigarette-ash stage, although it's not completely out of synch with the citrus-oriental opening.

Overall, I'd say that the identity of INITIAL is very difficult to pin down: it capriciously defies categorization and seems to manifest different notes to different wearers and even to the same wearer at different times. Given its manifest elusiveness, I'm not really surprised that this perfume was discontinued. The one thing that I can confidently assert is that INITIAL is both nonlinear and unique!


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