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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bois des Iles c1926

Bois des Iles: launched in 1926, in US in 1929. Created by Ernest Beaux,who was assisted by Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic floral woody fragrance for women. It starts with an aldehydic top, followed by a precious floral heart, resting on a sensual woody base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, coriander, petitgrain
  • Mid notes: jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, orris, almond, lilac
  • Base notes: vetiver, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, tonka bean, vanilla


American Druggist - Volume 95, 1937:
  • "CHANEL - After Bath Powder $6.50 
  • Eau De Toilette (Cube Bottle) Gardenia, Ambre, Chypre, Rose, and Magnolia. 3 1/2 oz $6.00, 8 oz $10.00, 15 oz $19.50, 28 oz $37.50. 
  • (Cylinder Bottle) Jasmin and Bois des Isles. 3 1/2 oz $5.00, 7 1/2 oz  $10.00.
  • Perfumes: Gardenia, Jasmin, Cuir de Russie, Ambre, Chypre, Iris, Rose, Magnolia, and Special. 
  • Chanel Eau de Cologne perfumed with Chanel No. 5, Gardenia, No. 22, or Russia Leather. 3 sizes. 
  • Talcum Powder scented with Chanel No. 5, Gardenia, or Russia Leather. Generous size, $1.50, Large size, $2.50."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Still being sold in 1960. Discontinued for years, then reformulated by Jacques Polge and relaunched in 1989.

Reformulated by Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake in 2007.

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