“Bois d’Argent”, a Perfume by Christian Dior

“It’s hard to imagine how much savoir-faire and precision a perfume requires. The creative process is so sweeping, so demanding, that I feel like I’m just as much a Perfumer as a Couturier.” In 1947, Christian Dior turned the rules of silhouettes upside down with his first couture collection. In that same year, the clothing artist also spritzed his salons with his very first perfume, the eternal “Miss Dior”. A true couturier-cum-perfumer, Monsieur Dior saw perfume as a supplement to a look, a finishing touch for an outfit, a certain je ne sais quoi that makes all the difference. In 2015, as an homage to the brand’s visionary vocation, nose François Demachy imagined a collection of unique scents where the “New Look” is bottled up, where you can embark on a journey to the childhood homes that were so dear to Christian Dior, from Granville to Milly-la-Forêt. You might even bump into his muse, Mitzah Bricard…

Just as constant in the history of Dior Perfumes is the use of floral notes that is the thread that ties this collection together. From “Oriental” to “Cologne”, feminine to masculine, each of these eleven fragrances is composed with the most noble and precious primary materials in perfume-making. These perfumes, hand-fabricated and conditioned, were manufactured like artifacts, scrupulously following all the savoir-faire and expertise of the brand’s workshops. “Rare materials, daring olfactory choices, a creation without limits… This collection is the reflection of a freedom that only true luxury can give you,” François Demachy sums up. Among his scents, “Bois d’Argent” is the most markedly intimate. This perfume leaves enveloping and singular notes floating in its wake. At the heart of these woods, absolute iris of Florence, a perfumer’s fantasy, spreads its powdery, lightly wooded scents with a sensorial spiced amber chord that revolves around incense of Yemen and Somalian myrrh. In the words of its composer, “Bois d’Argent is drawn like a line… Pure, extremely contemporary. It’s a perfume that hides a highly precise composition beneath its tenderness.”

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