I first came across Bois 1920 in Florence, Italy, whilst strolling down a narrow street near the famous Ponte Vechio. A range of brightly coloured perfume bottles lit up the window and like an inquisitive magpie, I couldn’t resist exploring. Bois 1920 was born during the 1920s when a gentleman named Guido Galardi collected lavender from fields that surrounded Florence. In a small workshop, he began to experiment with the ingredient which resulted in numerous products using both the essential oil and the herb. Over the years it has been passed down from one generation of the Galardi family to the other, developed and perfected into the beautiful range of fragrances it is today.
With an array of 45 fragrances to choose from (some of which you can see in my previous post), my attention was drawn towards their Cannabis range; Cannabis, Cannabis Fruttata and their most recent release being Cannabis Salata. This controversial ingredient has become a prevalent note in fragrances due to its earthy and fresh nature. Bois 1920 has created three combinations which each exude differing intensities; Cannabis being the strongest of the three, exuding those sharp herbaceous characteristics, Fruttata emanating a fougère spicy composition and Salata emitting a sprightly oceanic version.
Released in 2020, Cannabis Salata is a fresh slant on the Cannabis ingredients and is my favourite from the line. As with the rest of the range, it is presented in a stunning handmade vessel, this time in a beautiful frosted seafoam blue (colour only available in 100ml), reminiscent of the worn pieces of glass I use to find on the beach when I was younger.
As soon as I sprayed this onto my skin, I was immediately treated to the citrusy and uplifting aromas of Bergamot and Lemon. This energetic pairing intermingles with fresh Coriander as if the green leaves have just been pulled from their stalk. This aromatic combination stimulates the senses like a breath of fresh air, a momentary but nevertheless pleasurable start to this fragrances journey.
A freshness continues in the heart with a wave of aquatic accords. Imagine walking along a breezy shore, the wind carrying the distant salty nuances to invigorate your senses. It is here where the cannabis note begins to manifest and to my surprise, it sits harmoniously with the other notes. The cannabis brings another layer of energy and intensity without completely taking over. Its herbaceous earthiness flirts with the aquatic notes, fluttering back and forth as if being carried by an ocean wind. All the while, teetering in the background is a slight hint of Cardamom injecting an aromatic spicy facet.
The marine accord continues to exist right through to the dry down, rippling over a layer of warming woody notes. Imagine driftwood baking under the shimmering sunshine, awash with sea water that runs and nestles in its cracks and crevices. This sweet, spicy and musky combination exudes a beautiful aroma that roams from the skin throughout the day and when it catches your senses, a pleasant rush of seaside memories ensue. If you are tad dubious to step into the world of Cannabis fragrances, Cannabis Salata is a gentle introduction which allows you to enjoy its characteristics in a more subtle way, playing a more supporting role in this fragrance composition. I can definitely see this being my new spring/summer scent and using it on a dull British days where a boost of energy is needed.
Top: Bergamot, Lemon and Coriander
Heart: Cannabis, Aquatic Accord and Cardamom
Base: Vetiver, Patchouli, Salty Accord and Ambergris
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Fragrance Concentration: Eau de Parfum
Available from Bois 1920, €145 for 100ml