Bois d'Arménie 2006

Bois d'Arménie by Guerlain
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Bois d'Arménie is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Woody
Spicy
Sweet
Oriental
Powdery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
FrankincenseFrankincense IrisIris Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Gaiac woodGaiac wood BenzoinBenzoin CorianderCoriander
Base Notes Base Notes
Copaiba balsamCopaiba balsam PatchouliPatchouli White muskWhite musk

Perfumer

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8.3711 Ratings
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7.8560 Ratings
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6.8561 Ratings
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Value for money
6.3159 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 24.02.2024.
Interesting Facts
The fragrance is part of the "L'Art & La Matière" collection.

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DerDefcon

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Decoupled from the here and now.
"Bois d'Arménie" is the third fragrance in Guerlain's sinfully expensive, but very stylishly crafted series of exclusive scents, which I have already had the pleasure of testing. "Angélique Noire" knows how to convince with a bitter, slightly green touch of vanilla. "Néroli Outrenoir" impresses with a splendidly implemented scent of smoky orange tea, which is especially pleasing on warmer days.
Both fragrances are perfectly matched, were also popular with more sensitive noses in my environment and are somehow worth their money, considering that perfume is a luxury article.

But the house or the perfumer's greatest success within this exclusive fragrance series was "Bois d'Arménie". This is a divinely attuned conglomerate of fragrances, which already give me pleasure just by reading the scent pyramid. That's how I saw guaiac wood, which already in "Layton Exclusif" caused enthusiasm in me with its sweet and smoky appearance. Benzoe, which has a brilliant appearance in Kurkdjian's "Grand Soir", is also present. And of course we don't want to forget the iris - the clean man's note so often used by Prada, converted to perfection.
But if the iris in Prada's bestsellers is often a little cosmetic and too scratchy for some people, in "Bois d'Arménie" it is merely bright and clean - similar to a light veil that knows how to cover everything, nothing scratches or bites. If the benzoin in "Grand Soir" is thick, sticky and resinous-sweet, so that it can only be worn by me at zero degrees Celsius or less, then in "Bois d'Arménie" it is less sweet and in no way sticky. And when the guaiac wood steps into Marly's blue, more exclusive litter... Uh... Bottle with its sweet and smoky woodiness - not dissimilar to benzoin, by the way - "Bois d'Arménie" is simply gentler, less sweet, but with more spice, which is carried by benzoin in a grandiose way. All this is incredibly cuddly, smooth and above all warming. But before all the warmth caused by benzoin and guaiac wood goes to your head, the light and clean iris squeezes in like an arrow, enveloping the other scents just mentioned. The final result is a warm, spicy, minimally sweet powdery smoke that is dark and sensual like wintertime, but at the same time iris-typically bright like the spring sun, caressing the nose. And it is precisely this dichotomy that makes the creation so incredibly interesting, so different, but at the same time so wearable. It never gets too sweet, never too smoky, never too oppressive and so this composition can be worn without any problems even outside the cold and cloudy seasons. The morning round of dogs at fresh five degrees and sunshine was a very special experience today. This warm end made me actually forget all the stress around study and side job. I certainly don't need to explain what causes this stress at the moment. However, it should be noted in conclusion - and this also explains the maximum score - that not many fragrances manage to decouple me from reality for a short time. This one - "Bois d'Arménie" - has done it.
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Stanze

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Paper d'Arménie in liquid form
Since I lived in France for a few years, I also met the paper d'Arménie, bought it and used it. Fold a strip of paper from the booklet, place it on a fireproof base and light it. Then you let the paper die and it spreads a heavenly smell. Great stuff and pretty cheap.

At the end of the 19th century, a French chemist travelled through Armenia and noticed there that the population had benzoic resin die away in their houses. This was done not only because it smelled good, but also because the benzoin had a disinfectant effect. On his return to France, the chemist Auguste Ponsot produced blotting paper strips soaked in benzoin distilled in ethanol and salt water. He founded the historical factory in 1885 and it is probably still in use. He first presented these strips of paper to an international audience at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower, but today Papier d'Arménie is only known in France, I would bet. The paper is used today for room scenting. It smells like benzoin and vanilla. There's also a new strain I haven't tried yet. It was created in 2006 by Francis Kurkdjian on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. In 2006, the fragrance "Bois d'Arménie" was launched on the market and this is no coincidence.

Enough smart handwriting. How does it smell now, the perfume? It smells exactly like the paper d'Arménie (even if family tester M claims it smells like olive liquor). Don't listen to M, it immediately smells of incense and benzoin and then becomes vanilla in the process. Warm, smoky, resinous and cozy. Totally authentic. I'm ravished.

The projection is mediocre, a small cloud. In my opinion, Bois d'Arménie is equally suitable for men and women. You can wear it in the evening, for going out, for Armenian national sport (chess), daily as well as in your free time. Maybe it's not so great in summer, but in all other seasons you can wear it for sure
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Serenissima

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the forest nymph melancholy
At the very first acquaintance with "Bois d'Arménie", I spontaneously thought of "The Mists of Avalon"!
I can't explain this first intuition and surely some here will also say, "Yes, is she so stupid that she can't tell Brittania and Armenia apart?"
I can, but nothing changes: "Avalon" remains in my head!
More the title, which creates a little eerie silhouettes mist shrouded trees in my mind's eye, than the content.

"Bois d'Arménie" brings the first impression of late summer, a cleverly packaged finality.
Just yesterday, Meggi, Can777 and I were talking about how this time of year, with its special charm, is slowly announcing itself.

A slightly woody-spicy note arises with me after the first spray very quickly.
The individual fragrance components do not appear here as a solitaire, they unfold immediately as a unit and almost in perfection.
That with me cold-blooded nature some fragrance development takes a different course, is now well known.
Thus, the balsamic wood greets, it remains to be seen whether it was really at home in Armenia, together with a fine dose of pink pepper; also the iris - always felt by me slightly earthy-muffy - finds itself: it creates a trio that already pleasantly surprised and touched.
Here the iris fits wonderfully. It sets small points of light in the woody aromatic, a little murky.
The resinous nuances of benzoin - always spreading a certain autumnal touch - and incense refine the previous fragrance composition.
Already I feel a certain sacral impression: it is as if I were surrounded by an autumnal, tart-scented mixed forest.
That's why incense fits so well in this forest cathedral: it brings something mystical.
Coriander adds a green spicy note; I now seem to detect a hint of turpentine.
Well, not entirely uncommon during walks in the woods.
But what makes turpentine in a fragrance?
Research on the relevant websites reveals that the copaiba balsam mentioned in the fragrance pyramid is thick and turpentine-scented. Which of the many varieties entered here, I do not know.
It is also not necessary to know: this scent progression fits harmoniously with my currently somewhat melancholy mood.
Patchouli and white musk hover around "Bois d'Arménie" like light mists that float gently through the morning forest solitude.
Surely they meet on their way through this woody-spicy fragrance beauty also the forest nymph Melancholy! She accompanies me from the first moment of our closer acquaintance.
And makes me think of Vincenzo Bellini's "Malinconia, ninfa gentile".
(Yes, fragrances without color and tone are unfortunately almost impossible with me!)

"Bois d'Armédie" does not make me sad; it makes a little wistful and quietly reminds of the "circle of the year". And thus of the fact that even such an extreme summer as this one slides so slowly into a late stage and thus into a soft, fragrant autumn, and we accompany him in the process.
The fullness of the usual Guerlain sillage and a nice durability help; they let felt some nymphs dance in the forest.

On an August day, which once again promises a maximum temperature of 30 °, perhaps a late summer fragrance comment with "fogging" seems not so appropriate.
And yet, not only with me a slight longing for autumn, with its fog games and their quiet secrets announces itself.
The year is quietly tilting and when now the first forest nymphs dance again, we should keep our eyes open a little: "Bois d'Armédie" helps!
And Yatagan's photos, to which I owe this fragrance sample, show impressively the thoughts that are going through my head right now.

This fragrance strangely promotes my well-being, makes a little thoughtful, a little dreamy: it shows in a special way "panta rhei"!
It is worth taking a lot of time to discover the slowness!
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FabianO

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Hugging woody autumn scent with a slightly seditious component
It is rare to do anything wrong if you bet on the Guerlain horse, and the "Bois" series contains many a beautiful work that can be called simply aesthetic.

The "Armenian wood" is again one of those charismatic autumn/winter scents that go towards a slightly firmer embrace. In the beginning a little bit brash in the combination incense/coriander/guaiac wood, gradually a very creamy outlined basic tone of elegant woody character unfolds, which almost steps along a little powdered, solemn, if not even festive, and to which one could most likely still accuse it of lacking some suitability for everyday use.

The Brazilian Kopaivabalsam may be to blame for this, which according to various sources is described as very "special" (bitter) and which here certainly provides a quite idiosyncratic undertone, which could be described as somewhat penetratingly bitter. Without question, Guerlain has integrated the whole thing well in the overall view, but this time it can't convince me to 100%.

Interesting made, without me this time but to be able to capture in full.

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Taurus

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Chocolate latte
As already with some prescribers, I know Bois d'Arménie as "paper d'Arménie" or Armenian paper to burn off.
It's soaked in benzoin and sniffs for incense. The smoke is said to have antiseptic, odour-neutralising, air-purifying and enthusiasm-promoting properties.

Parfumo member Stanze has already written everything relevant to the history, production and application of this exceptional paper in her commentary.

Bois d'Arménie is, as she mentioned earlier, the liquefied version. However, according to my vague memory, the paper is rather woody and incense-heavy, while the perfume starts off quite heavily and sets very strong accents on the benzoin and the guaiac wood plus slightly earthy-sweet patchouli. All this together forms a warm dark chocolate broadside with a woody undertone. To be honest, there is no really remarkable development, because the fragrance remains more or less linear - even into the last late phase of the base note.

If everything does not deceive me, I sniff a great resemblance to Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. The pyramid has a completely different composition, but also has this dark chocolaty, not too sweet cuddly flair, where more the amber plays a role, but here it is the discreetly woody component.

Anyway, these kinds of scents are ideal to warm up olfactorically and to feel good - especially in winter. You also don't have to worry about sniffing like a pastry shop and being licked by children. It is simply a highly appealing eau de parfum that almost acts like medicine for the soul.

BTW: I once asked a Maison Guerlain boutique in a very large perfumery about availability. There I was told that unfortunately the production had been stopped. However, it can still be ordered on the official Guerlain site - just in case anyone should wonder.

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EstbienlaEstbienla 2 years ago
The smell of unburnt Armenian paper deceived in vanilla
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HajuvanaHajuvana 7 years ago
I'd like to know more about the dry, resinous oriental that's hiding behind that Menardo accord hovering on top like a huge black censor bar.
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