I wanted to hate you Vert Bohème, I really did. In the past, I’ve been vocal about my resistance to Tom Ford fragrances because of his ad campaigns. I considered including an ad example below, but I simply could not. The abject female objectification appalls me to my core. With that said, I have avoided Tom Ford fragrances since my amped up fragrance journey began about a year ago.
Until two weeks ago…
The closest fragrance counter with any meager offerings outside of designer and celebrity scents is 2 hours away in Raleigh, NC. When I’m in town, I usually visit Saks to try new scents. I was actually there to have a go at the new Alexander McQueen.
This one! That bottle. Lawd.
Photo from Fragrantica
I liked it. My first impression was big, white floral redolent of Madonna Truth or Dare. Moving on.
I had fun. The sales associates at the “general” counter were very chatty and helpful in a elusive sort of way. I tried Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles. I have to get a bottle of this. Have to. I sauntered over to the Chantecaille and tried the newest addition, Le Wild. I liked Le Wild very much because white flowers…I will revisit, but what charmed me the most was the sales associate (SA). She was genuine. The moment we spoke, I knew she was not full of fluff and zero substance. Most SA’s only listen to what they are saying. We talked about fragrance and she was honest. She told me what she likes and what she doesn’t like. WIN!
Anyway, we got round to Tom Ford. Right off the bat, she told me her favorites and not so favorites. How refreshing. We settled on the new quad of greens from the Private Blend collection. I was expecting shoddy, shallow. I was dead wrong.
I sprayed on paper first and the sharp green sent the strip back onto the counter quickly. I tried the Vert d’Encens and the Vert des Bois and returned to re-sniff the Bohème a few minutes later. What a difference a few minutes can make. “Oh, NICE! It really changed and I like it!” I said. The SA answered, “this is my favorite of the greens too.” I sprayed it on skin and we continued chatting about fragrances etc. 15 minutes later, Vert Bohème decided to like me. The SA must’ve saw my face because she quickly made me a 7ml sample. We parted ways and I listened to Vert Bohème’s song on the 2 hour drive home.
What does it smell like?
Vert Bohème starts off bracing green like dew dappled, macerated leaves, but not like freshly mown grass. There is a petal of magnolia tossed in which gives you a hint of what is to come. The green is big and loud, no subtlety here. Think deciduous forest during springtime. You’ve plucked a few of the new leaves, torn them up and dropped them on the ground. You may be thinking, “who goes around tearing up leaves and sniffing them?” I do. Bona fide scent weirdo. I am.
15 minutes into the fragrance, the change is startling and unexpected. The white florals swoop in and take over. Yaasss. Magnolia and honeysuckle goodness. Magnolias are my thing ya’ll. I grew up surrounded by them. People used to ring our doorbell for permission to pick magnolias off our magnificent tree. I digress. Magnolia is sweet and creamy and intoxicating. Also, there is a drop of honeysuckle nectar shining through. It’s like a spring evening in the southern US.
The floral tone stays constant for 3 hours and the green hums lightly underneath. Also, my nose smells a subtle powder. Around the 4 hour mark, the perfume settles with a light woodsy note and becomes a skin scent.
Vert Bohème is a new love of mine because it touchingly captures the fragrant ambience of the South. Vert Bohème is described as a free-spirited scent and if this is what it means to be free-spirited, then I’ll take it.
Vert Bohème is labeled as unisex and to me, skews feminine, but to each his own. If you love it, wear it.
Perfumer: A mystery
Notes listed: Sicilian mandarin, magnolia, honeysuckle, violet leaf, galbanum and woody notes.
Longevity: 6 to 7 hours
Sillage: Big, 2 sprays is plenty.
$225.00 USD 50 ml
$595.00 USD 250 ml
Have you tried Vert Bohème? Any fans out there? I would love to hear your thoughts.