Houbigant - Bois Mystique
With over four centuries of artisanship and craftsmanship under its belt, Houbigant is the only heritage perfume house continuously in production to this day. Quality counts, as does experience: Houbigant fragrances are superbly crafted, with an exquisite attention to detail that comes only from the act of practicing a single art over centuries. Houbigant's Fougere Royale, for example, was the first fragrance of its genre and continues to be the standard setter in the fragrance world to date.
Bois Mystique is a worthy inheritor of this glorious heritage. A modern, elegant fragrance that frames a plethora of crisp wood notes against a backdrop of dark spice and campfire smoke, we can think of no better companion to the cold winter days and nights. Bois Mystique opens with a bracingly sour, juicy bergamot - a flash of the Italian sunshine - before warming it up with a hot ginger note that will have you licking your lips. A boozy, herbal davana note lends the cedarwood at the core an intense richness that recalls Port wine, leather saddles, and all sorts of sensual autumn aromas. A note of fresh, piney frankincense and bitter wormwood shimmers over ambery resins and the dried-grass note of papyrus, lending the scent a somewhat austere but mysterious character. At the heart of it all, a green cardamom note vibrates, sending out shockwaves of something both cool-watery and hot-spicy. A spice-laden delight that's so light it seems to float on a wisp of smoke, this is spice done right.