L’Orée du Bois is originally a dress designed by Jacques Fath for Rita Hayworth’s wedding trousseau, The fashion experts probably know very well who Jacques Fath was but for the ones who doesn’t he was one of the top post war fashion designers together with Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain sadly he died quite young due to leukemia, the fashion brand halted production and now is only Jacques Fath Parfum that keep the house alive.
The vast majority of Fath’s fragrances are unisex just like this one, the nose who worked in the collection is Luca Maffei a young Italian perfumer with a vast experience in niche perfumery, so far everything I tried from his work was stunning, he took as Rita Hayworth as muse for this fragrance, not only because this was the name of the dress for her wedding night, she was a regular user of Fath’s designs and after all one of the most iconic actress from Hollywood, impossible to forget Gilda.
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Yellow Mandarin, Marocan Neroli
- Heart Notes: Mimosa Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Broom Absolute, Ylang Ylang
- Base Notes: Cumin, Saffron, Cinnamon, Cashmeran, Sandalwood, Honey, Amber, Musks
- Gender: Unisex
- Concentration: Eau de Parfum
- Olfactory Family: Floral Gourmand
- Perfumer: Luca Maffei
L’Orée du Bois is such a well elaborated fragrance that is a bit hard to put it in words without missing anything, the top accord is yellow mandarin and mimosa it opens up quite citrusy for the first 5 minutes and quickly the mimosa takes over, it becomes a gorgeous floral but the mimosa is always in the top, the dry down is quite slow so is easier to smell each note from the citrus mandarin, the bergamot, the blossom, etc for the first hour the fragrance is a floral explosion, but then the honey start to show up and I have honey fragrances and I enjoy them but this one is particularly delicious that kind of gourmand notes that make you want to eat yourself that hardly ever happen specially with something so simple as honey. As it settle down on skin the woods, musk and species get blended with the floral notes, clearly high quality woods because you can smells them as you would actually have it in your hands and that’s something I enjoy from Maffei’s work he always choose raw materials that smell just exactly how they naturally smell, is not the same a fresh mimosa than a dried one, same with the cumin in this fragrance is not the cumin we use to cook is a fresh one that smells completely different. So basically we have a high quality Floral Gourmand, with a huge sillage and projection and a duration from 12-14 hours.
Is a very unique fragrance even for the niche market, the materials used are clearly high quality these no messing around here, even when the name makes reference to a dress this can be easily used by women or men all I can say it not for someone who doesn’t want the attention from others, because this is the kind of perfume that screams “Here I am” it has personality, confidence and character, is the first fragrance I tried from Fath essentials and it blew up my mind.
L’Orée du Bois is available in 15 ml, 50 ml and 100 at Jacques Fath Website and in the UK you can find it in Jovoy London too, if you would like to try out the fragrance before going for a big bottle check the brands website for a 2 ml sample (you just need to pay for the delivery)
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