Of the two new Bois 1920 Eaux de Toilette, Vento di Fiori and Come La Luna, I was sure that Vento di Fiori, a green chypre, would be my favorite. After all, the combination of citrus, galbanum, flowers, oakmoss, and patchouli is irresistible, especially in spring. Come La Luna, on the other hand sounded kind of ordinary. I discovered that while Vento di Fiori is nice, I've fallen for Come La Luna.
The Bois 1920 website describes Come La Luna as "citrus-spicy-amber" and lists its notes as Sicily mandarin, Sicily sweet orange, rose wood, pink pepper, coriander, Indonesian patchouli, amber, and incense. The combination sounds good but not particularly remarkable. On skin, however, Come La Luna shows itself as an aristocratic wood scent: serious and elegant, but with a vein of coriander running through it that registers as intimate and slightly naughty. Picture an immaculate mahogany end table, the aroma of the orange oil used to polish it still in the air. Now imagine a naked woman sitting on it, and you begin to get the idea. Amber, which can overwhelm some fragrances, is subtle here and doesn't weigh the fragrance down at all. Come La Luna has average sillage and lasting power.
Come La Luna's versatility is remarkable. A fragrance that smells like it would work as well when you meet your fiancé's parents as it does when you sneak down the hall into his room later that night is a real achievement. It is also friendly enough for day but interesting enough for night, and light enough for spring and fall but substantial enough for winter. Too often a scent that is good at being sexy or elegant or businesslike or "fun" is a one-trick pony. (Yves Saint Laurent Opium at the office? Lanvin Arpège on a hike? L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan on a hot date?) Come La Luna shows that a fragrance can be versatile without being boring.
Although Bois 1920 markets Come La Luna to women, it isn't particularly feminine — note the lack of flowers in its list of notes — and if I hadn't read the web copy I would have pegged it as a masculine. Come La Luna's flexibility would make it an ideal signature scent for a man or a woman, or a good bottle to take on a trip when you only have room for one.
Bois 1920 Come La Luna only comes in Eau de Toilette, and only in one size, a 100 ml Eau de Toilette ($160). For buying information, see the listing for Bois 1920 under Perfume Houses.