Naomi Goodsir Bois d’Ascese – Woody Incense Mixed with Whisky

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Fragrance Review

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 ’s Bois d’Ascese (the name is translated into English as “wood ascetism”). This scent, alongside Terre de L’Encens from the Irish house , constituted my two Moby Dick so far. And now I wish I could be that fortunate once again, for .

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 .

The one that aroused my craving Bois d’Ascese, was characterized on the official website as an “ 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 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

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