Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
La Vie de Boheme description
The bohemian life...dinner served on a fire escape, straw bottle wine sipped from unmatched water glasses, and enough time to do whatever you like. A romantic vision of carefree and heartfelt freedom.
Designer Anna Sui liberates us from our normal, practical routines with her fragrance, La Vie de Boheme, a fruity floral overflowing with ideas and emotion.
Ripe, red berries and a champagne-like pear note blend with dragon fruit and rose petals at the start; a juicy and full sensory overload of red fruit. The berries, pear and dragon fruit all come on strong, with a potent, carnelian-colored cocktail that knocks you back a bit, until the fairer roses can peek through and assert themselves.
The transition between the ripe fruit and the soft florals is a delight – the tone shifts from exuberant and insistent to quiet and serene, all before the middle phase begins in this fragrance. The top notes become a perfume-within-a-perfume. The beginning notes in a scent usually are just the appetizers – something bright and juicy to introduce the fragrance with. But not here - La Vie de Boheme is passionate and personal, withholding none of its emotional power, even from the very beginning.
The roses, when they do unfurl from the red velvety depths, also usher in the floral heart of the fragrance. Freesia, peony and magnolia notes stretch away from the rose petals into their own section of the garden, in a sweet, but subtle palate. A sophisticated moment of floral silence after the raw, red passion of the top notes. The freesia is the most energetic of the three, with its candied, powdery softness in full bloom.
The drydown is a blend of musk and wood accords, with a supple sandalwood and surprising black vanilla note rising like dark clouds out of the base. The sandalwood and vanilla have an almost scorched feel to them, as if all the perfume’s flamethrowing passion accidentally charred the edges of the basenotes.
La Vie de Boheme lives the live and talks the talk – it’s a carefully crafted fragrance of raw passions, expressed through the ripest fruits and the most restrained florals. The ebb and flow of human emotion runs through it like a raging river – at first wild and uncontrolled, then serene and still. What else can you expect from the bohemian world? This is a fragrance that demands you live each moment as fully as you can.