Just when I thought I wasn’t fortunate enough to have a sniff on any of the two perfumes that I crave for sampling since late autumn last year, my luck turned for the best. You imagine that, in light of the fact that I was already contemplating the idea of an “acquisition in blind”, I must say that I got really lucky and hence, my year began excellent, from an olfactory point of view.
Therefore, one of the perfumes which fascinated me so much and I finally got a chance to sample, was Naomi Goodsir’s Bois d’Ascese (the name is translated into English as “wood ascetism”). This scent, alongside Terre de L’Encens from the Irish house Cloon Keen Atelier, constituted my two Moby Dick so far. And now I wish I could be that fortunate once again, for Cloon Keen Atelier.
At the time of finding the news that announced the release of two new fragrances from Naomi Goodsir, I was totally surprised by the mesmerizing composition of the two scents, and at the same time, completely ignorant with respect to the brand. As a result and in order to elude my ignorance, I found out that Naomi Goodsir was a known Australian designer, who made her debut in perfumery precisely with these two scents: Cuir Velours and Bois d’Ascese. Arrived on the market in October 2012, both were introduced as unisex and developed by perfumer Julien Rasquinet.
The one that aroused my craving Bois d’Ascese, was characterized on the official website as an “incense woody”, and with the two phrases “a captivating and reassuring smoke” and “a secluded chapel/blazing dusk/moment of grace/divine smoke/silent cantique”. Fortunately for my instinct (and sadly at the same time, given that my wife confess me that I’d better avoid it in the future!), while testing Bois d’Ascese I discovered exactly what I was expecting.
This captivating woody aromatic fragrance has a way of asking for your attention, from the first moments you apply it on your skin. Although rather bashful in the first couple of minutes (when I detected an accord of whisky), the curl of incense is making its way into your heart, turning Bois d’Ascese in one of the most interesting and long lasting incense-based fragrances I’ve smelled so far. Sadly, for the reason I pointed out earlier, I will not place it on top of my incense benchmark. Instead, Bois d’Ascese will occupy the fifth position, side by side with Messe de Minuit from Etro. In compensation, I decided that Profumum’s Olibanum should now enter the first position on my “to buy” list.
The official notes of Bois d’Ascese are complex and impressive: tobacco, whisky, cinnamon, amber, cistus labdanum, oakmoss, smoke cade wood and Somalian incense. Moreover, the aspect of the perfume image concentrates on a black color scheme, the nuance represented by the packaging box and the bag in which this box is delivered (a bag made to resemble a package delivery), while the flacon was made from transparent glass. Besides, the whisky-like color of the liquid and the minimalistic design emphasize this olfactory creation with class.
My conclusion: if you love incense, do sample Bois d’Ascese, since this is one of the references in its category. If not, stay on the safe side and try something well-behaved.
Naomi Goodsir Bois d’Ascese Perfume Details
- Bois d’Ascese by Naomi Goodsir is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 12 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Aromatic
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Julien Rasquinet
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual