Friday, January 17, 2014

Bois des Iles by Chanel c1926

Bois des Iles was launched in France in 1926 by Coco Chanel, and in the USA by 1929. It was created by Chanel's master perfume, Ernest Beaux. It is classified as an intoxicating, warm and woody Oriental fragrance with a mythical gingerbread accord.

The fragrance notes include aldehydes, coriander, Calabrian bergamot, neroli, peach, Sicilian mandarin, bitter almond, Grasse jasmine, Damask rose, lily of the valley, iris, ylang-ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, tonka bean, benzoin, Bourbon vanilla and musk.

Some reviewers say that Bois des Iles has a boozy rum like note, like a dark spicy rum cake. I have not had the pleasure of testing this perfume yet, so I cannot confirm.

It was discontinued sometime in the 1970s  and re-released in the 1980s as parfum and eau de toilette. In 2007, Chanel re-issued Bois des Iles as part of the Les Exclusifs collection.

In 1928, Chanel created a special updated luxury edition of Bois des Iles in a glass bottle by Verreries Brosse, which was housed inside a wooden presentation box. This special edition came in two sizes, a large regular size and a mini size. The bottle's cap is domed with a ribbed edge and ground glass stopper. On top of the wooden box is impressed CHANEL and on bottom EXTRAIT / BOIS des ILES / CHANEL PARIS M.M. MADE IN FRANCE. I found these photos from wortho pedia, who got it from a 2007 ebay auction, unfortunately, it doesnt supply the seller's name.

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