Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois description
Eau de Cartier Essence de Bois is a resplendent violet-based perfume, despite its name. There is no wood in this fragrance, only layers of violets, lavender, spices, and musk - with a soft hint of bitter citrus at the top.
It is a smooth, soothing scent, wearable both day and night with ease. A touch of oud in the heart firms up the florals nicely, without depriving you of their velvety softness.
Essence de Bois is also much cooler on the skin than either Eau de Cartier or Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil. The ripe fruit in Zeste is replaced by the violets and lavender here, and only the quick burst of yuzu fruit at the top remains from the other Eau offerings. Essence de Bois could be a standalone fragrance.
But if you have worn either Eau de Cartier or Zeste de Soleil and appreciate the contrasting elements that both of those scents create, Essence de Bois will delight you as well. The oud’s spicy heat plays off the subdued florals and sharp aromatics of the violet and lavender, filling your nose with a complex temperature exchange.
The spicy heat and floral/aromatic chill are what makes Essence de Bois an exciting and memorable perfume. The heart is content to wind this sensual confrontation up and then let it run undisturbed for quite a long while before the dry down begins. And the longer it lasts, the more alluring and addictive the experience gets. Essence de Bois is an automatic pick for either a man or a woman looking for a refined, but daring first date fragrance.
The dry down keeps the hot and cold friction alive with patchouli and musk taking over for the lavender and oud. And the base of this perfume also has a devilishly intriguing secret to it: the patchouli and musk become skin scents. You suddenly realize that the whole set-up of cool vs. hot was for this moment, when the final two notes become Hot Skin Scent and Cool Skin Scent. The florals fade out and all the intimate electricity remains.
Cartier’s Essence de Bois is guile and seduction straight from the bottle. We all want to wear a perfume that subtly gets attention, but this perfume makes sure it gets your attention first, so you know what it’s about just when tonight’s blind date opens your eyes a little wider.