Bois Impérial 2020

Bois Impérial by Essential Parfums
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Ranked 85 in Unisex Perfume
8.0 / 10 1116 Ratings
Bois Impérial is a popular perfume by Essential Parfums for women and men and was released in 2020. The scent is woody-fresh. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.
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Main accords

Woody
Fresh
Synthetic
Spicy
Green

Fragrance Notes

AmbrofixAmbrofix Akigalawood®Akigalawood® Georgywood®Georgywood® Nepalese sichuan pepperNepalese sichuan pepper Thai basilThai basil GrapefruitGrapefruit Haitian vetiverHaitian vetiver Indonesian patchouliIndonesian patchouli Petalia®Petalia®

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Scent
8.01116 Ratings
Longevity
8.61040 Ratings
Sillage
8.21034 Ratings
Bottle
7.4933 Ratings
Value for money
8.8919 Ratings
Submitted by multiple users, last update on 13.04.2024.

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38 in-depth fragrance descriptions
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9
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8.5
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Jazzbob

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Jazzbob
Jazzbob
Top Review 49  
Synthetic in the best sense (but not only)
Pure natural fragrances often have the disadvantage of already seeming too dense - synthetics can help lighten them up, make them lighter. And then there's a wide world in between, as Akigalawood shows, for example. The fragrance is extracted from patchouli plant residue*, removing its more grimy facets and ultimately creating a very different impression. Bois Impérial is strongly influenced by it and various synthetic components, so that - as many here have already noticed - the comparison to Escentric Molecules suggests itself. The important difference is revealed in the fact that the latter often seem too soulless to me, while here the balancing act between synthetics and nature succeeds.

What I liked during the first tests is the fact that the fragrance already seems rather simple, but I could still filter out different nuances each time, which I had not noticed before or hardly. To begin with, there is not only the combination of the citrusy freshness, which is neither too sharp nor too sweet, with the dry woodiness (1), which runs through from beginning to end, but also a very subtle floral component (2). This doesn't make Bois Impérial seem floral, but adds even more brightness and some richness that would otherwise be lacking. Green freshness fits in just as well, whereby the vetiver note does not come across at all classic-old-fashioned, as is sometimes the case.

(1) Ambrofix = Ambroxan: If you know Molecule 02, you know what I mean.
(2) Petalia: "rose-like with nuances of lily of the valley." I would have thought of Hedion next to it.

The fragrance seems therefore consistently bright and transparent, because no heavy components complement the base accord, but with Georgywood (equivalent to Iso E Super, but is even woodier*) and Akigalawood always maintain an airy texture. The latter note is hard to describe, as it still has slightly earthy and green facets of patchouli, but just seems much lighter and cleaner. With Supræ of Aether (even drier) or Nisean of Parfums de Marly (darker, balsamic), for example, you can also perceive it well.

By the way, my girlfriend does not like the fragrance, because she immediately had the association with something pickled. Maybe that comes from the slight acidity and some spice. Now I feel the fragrance as a little softer than at the beginning, where I saw the dry-woody side as the most dominant. Possibly it needs some time to 'settle in'. For everyday wear, Bois Impérial is optimal, as the durability is really extremely good - especially on clothes. The sillage can also be easily underestimated and I have therefore rated it with 7, because you are not slain by the transparent effect of the fragrance, but at the same time he radiates relatively far.

Also, an important question with perfumes is how they make you feel when you wear them: Bois Impérial has on the one hand this lighthearted, universally wearable, on the other hand, the fragrance definitely has a mood-lifting effect.

[*Many thanks to Ronin for the tips.]
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Baffleme

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Baffleme
Helpful Review 17  
The hyper-modern, linear, clean, freshly sparkling soda-soap hybrid
A mixture of a novel, strongly sparkling lemonade with almost cola-like nuances and other fragrances that also make me feel as if I had just used a shower gel enclosed by the Hotel Adlon. By the way, the described soda with novel flavor is without sugar and has a bio flair. The soda, paired with the clearly defined, clean smelling, very high quality shower gel with unknown, completely new synthetic aquatic wood-like scent notes, then creates this modern and unique scent image that I can remember exactly even months dannach.

This is a fragrance which I might even wear just "for others", as I can imagine that this fragrance would work well in almost any setting, as it comes across as friendly and positive. However, is too synthetic modern for me personally to really endure him for a long time.*

*Addendum:
After almost a year break and a hundred other perfumes I have tested since then, the fragrance now seems much more pleasant. I was lucky enough to visit the Essentials Parfums boutique in Paris and of course I had to strike. The other fragrances of Essentials Parfums are however also absolutely worth a test (especially Nice Bergamot and Fig Fusion are also exeptionally good as Bois Imperial in my opinion. However, much more natural and gentle). The fragrance is now after almost 2 years in my top 5 of the best fragrances I have ever smelled!
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Lukamo

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Lukamo
Lukamo
Very helpful Review 15  
Projection monster!!!
Bois Impérial is a molecular fragrance with special properties.
Many of you will certainly be familiar with the classic "Molecule 01".
In terms of their fragrance properties, the two can be compared in the most distant sense.
However, Bois Impérial has something natural in addition to its synthetics.
In the opening, it is still relatively peppery/citrusy and as it progresses, something green, spicy and slightly floral comes through (I think this comes from the vetiver, basil and acigalwood) and at the same time the typical woody molecular character always resonates.

I found the sillage to be average at first, but since a few people around me own it, I realize how brutal it is.
It fills large rooms and still feels "airy".
The durability is also great.

I often find the typical Mülekül fragrances a bit boring, but the Bois Impérial is convincing in all areas, it has something of its own, the performance is awesome and the price/performance ratio is also good.
Really a super fragrance
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Marical

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Marical
Marical
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Quentin Bisch realizes his dream to create a fragrance around Akigalawood
Bois Essential combines familiar notes with an unfamiliar approach and a very energetic, contemporary performance.
The result is a lively, transparent and green-woody fragrance. Neither strictly vetiver, nor strictly patchouli or cedar. Rather in between and in a very non-obvious way.
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SeriousScent

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SeriousScent
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(Slightly) Underrated signature fragrance bomb without being overpowering
in 2021, shortly after the release, I studied in Paris. The city is not only known for its romance and the Eiffel Tower, but also for its countless perfumeries. In the middle of the Marais in Paris, I discovered an olfactory gem that has been my faithful companion ever since - Bois Imperial.
Bois Imperial opens an olfactory symphony infused with fresh laundry and sparkling citrus notes. It's a fragrance that immediately captivated me the first time I put it on.

What makes Bois Imperial so unique is its versatility. Although it is rather masculine, friends of mine have also acquired this fragrance. The synthetic-fresh aura gives me a feeling of well-being and an unmistakable presence, be it at university during my lectures, in the office or even in the club.

My colleagues have often told me that they can smell my fragrance from afar as I walk down the office corridor, and many strangers have approached me on the street to ask about this magical scent. Definitely my most complimented scent and not just a proforma "Ah you smell good" when greeting someone but genuine compliments I have received with it.

The fragrance itself is very synthetic-fresh, but most people make the mistake of spraying it on too heavily, which is too much and has certainly resulted in one or two bad reviews here. 3-4 sprays are enough for the whole day!

Bois Imperial is not just a perfume, but a story, a memory and a tribute to a time and a place that are forever anchored in my heart. I'm probably a little biased as a result, but the fragrance doesn't get as much love as it deserves - an olfactory masterpiece that will keep its place in my personal fragrance collection forever.
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RahulESJRahulESJ 2 years ago
10
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8
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10
Longevity
9.5
Scent
It's a beautiful mineral-like sparkling fragrance with woody undertone. So full of light and effervescent it just brightens up your mood. ⁣
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DraxlerDraxler 3 years ago
8
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8
Longevity
9
Scent
It is not a very complex fragrance but still, as a fragrance to pair with a suit or elegant shirt it is perfect.
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Finerthings8Finerthings8 2 years ago
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7
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8
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7
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I know this is all about synthetic notes.at some stages it also smells good.But at the end of the day it was getting scratchy and annoying
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 1 year ago
7
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8
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8
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7.5
Scent
Bois Impérial is a very woody scent, dry, fresh, peppery and synthetic. The base is slightly green with vetiver and patchouli.
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KilikisKilikis 2 years ago
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Pity this has been diluted/reformulated, the original was 73% VOL and stronger. The new one is 80% VOL and weaker, though smells the same.
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