Guerlain recently launched Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisée, a flanker of a flanker: Guerlain Homme begat Guerlain Homme L’Eau and now we have Homme L’Eau Boisée. (Hey, Guerlain, what about a NEW men’s fragrance…and let this “idea” rest?)
Homme L’Eau Boisée was developed by Thierry Wasser; his goal — to overdose the Homme L’Eau fragrance with an “exceptional new type of vetiver” from Coimbatore in Southern India. Indians have been growing, distilling, wearing (and drinking!) vetiver (khus) for a long time, but I was curious to see if 1. there was an ‘overdose’ of vetiver in Homme L’Eau Boisée, and 2. if this vetiver smelled different from other types of vetiver I smell all the time in perfume.
Homme L’Eau Boisée opens with lime and mint (these are vibrant notes, not wishy-washy); next comes a resin-y, dense wood note — made buoyant by some of the promised “rum” and a pinch of (what smells like) nutmeg. Slowly, rich vetiver rises to the top of Homme L’Eau Boisée; the vetiver is earthy — “wet” and tangy (but nothing I’ve not smelled before).
As it turns out, Homme L’Eau Boisée , with its simple formula of lime, mint, rum, vetiver and woods, smells pretty good, but if Monsieur Wasser thinks the perfume is “overdosed” with vetiver he must be the type who (blushingly) says: “Wow! I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m putting a SECOND lump of sugar in my coffee!”
Though its overall character is pungent, Homme L’Eau Boisée has close-to-the-body sillage and average lasting power; it’s available in 80 ml Eau de Toilette for $80. (As far as I can tell, this is not widely available in the U.S.; I found it listed only at Sears and Amazon.com)