Perfume review: Bois de Turquie by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

This woody oriental is a warm and comforting fragrance for both sexes. Bois de Turquie

Bois de Turquie is a re-release from the niche French perfume house Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, which will be available in May. 

If the name seems familiar, it’s because it was originally released in 2008 but then withdrawn due to financial difficulties the firm was facing at the time. A woody oriental, it has head notes of mandarin, orange flower and bergamot, heart notes of noble laurel, geranium, iris and jasmine, and base notes of sandalwood, myrrh, incense and patchouli.

This perfume, I can safely say, has met with great success. I’ve tried it on all my friends, and on a bunch of strangers – both men and women – down at the local swimming baths, and everyone – but everyone – likes it.

This is a lot more unusual than it sounds. One thing my perfume evenings for friends has taught me is that people have wildly differing tastes in perfume, not mild differences. Some women gag at the smell of Angel (I’m one of them); others detest the greenness of Philosykos. 

Bois de Turquie, however, seems to hit the nail on the head for everyone. A soft, orange bigarade opening gives way, for me, to strong notes of iris and then a quick drydown into a deliciously creamy sandalwood that then remains on the skin for many hours. It remains soft, smooth and balanced at all times. 

Interestingly, several British friends said it reminded them of something comforting and pleasant from their childhood, but they couldn’t think what, while a couple more said instantly: "Germolene!", perhaps picking up on the myrrh note.

The bottle for the perfume, as you can see, is red, with a big acrylic jewel in the lid, which for some reason, everyone picked up and played with. I’ve also had a request for a 5ml decant from a friend who loves all things ethnic, though many others said they would rather wait till winter, as with its notes of laurel, patchouli and incense, the fragrance seems to some more suited for that season.   

Bois de Turquie costs 95 euros for 100ml and will be available from May 15 from selected distribution outlets and the firm’s website at Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

Buy a bottle for him and then nick it for yourself.   

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