Luca Maffei Falconeri©
In perfume (as in life) timing is everything, and the timing is perfect to be reaching for the new aromatic fragrance Houbigant Bois Mystique. Signed by 2 x Art and Olfaction award-winning Luca Maffei, Bois Mystique is a wood and spice infused eau de parfum that’s absolutely spot-on as the cooler days and nights prevail.
Still from Justin Timberlake's Man of The Woods vidoe (dancing with wife Jessica Biel)
Houbigant is one of those wonderful French perfume houses with a legacy history that dates back to the 1700’s and Marie Antoinette. Managing to reinvent themselves a few times over the past four centuries has kept them alive and relevant, shaking off dust and cobwebs and soldiering forward with colognes and perfumes perfect for a contemporary audience. Houbigant Bois Mystique is a textbook example of a modern perfume with a classic backbone. The scent is “tweedy” but more Barneys New York than Brooks Brothers.
Vogue USA 2015
The multitude of fans of Terre D’Hermes by Jean-Claude Ellena (who’s back with Houbigant for Essence Rare) are sure to fall deeply in love with this new release that straddles multiple fragrance categories. Maffei has created a warm-sweater scent that is an extraordinary hybrid of what feels at times like a fougere (sans fern), chypre (sans moss) and floriental, and offers something for everyone (although marketed to men) and is perfectly suited for women as well.
Camp Fire by Michael Pudelka for Numero France May 2015
The first spray of Houbigant Bois Mystique gives you a heady and sharp citrus blast, and the spices help turn up the heat immediately.The ginger sweetens and energizes, and the incense is so subtle and beautifully blended that it shimmers like hot oil in a pan, giving a slightly smoky vibe that will have you thinking of bonfires, campfires, fireplaces, and wood stoves. It’s so light that you may not even notice it, which is what makes it so magical.
Adam Driver for L’Uomo Vogue
The bois iris adds the slight touch of floralcy that will keep you sniffing and guessing all day long. During the six-hour plus drydown the cedar, cashmerewood, and guiacwood envelop you in a buttery resinous blanket, like that first moment you step into a cedar lined closet with its haunting aroma of ice-cold moonlit nights and warm woolen blankets Houbigant Bois Mystique is an extraordinary offering. Is it destined to become a classic? Time will tell it but it sure as heck feels like it. Notes: Bergamot, neroli, cardamom, pink pepper, fresh ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, incense, papyrus, bois iris, cashmerewood, guaiacwood, cedarwood, myrrh, amber, musk
Disclosure: Many thanks to The Perris Group for the perfume. The opinions are my own.
–Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor
-Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Apped by Robert H
Thanks to The Perris Group & Houbigant Paris we have one 100 ml bottle of Houbigant Bois Mystique for one registered reader in the USA and the EU so be sure to register if you have not done so. To be eligible please let us know what you thought of Robert’s review, where you live and your favorite Houbigant fragrance. Draw closes October 11, 2018.
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