I grabbed a few Guerlain fragrances as a part of my latest batch of samples that I am testing out for cologne reviews on the site. One of them, is Guerlain Homme L’eau Boisee, which is a flanker fragrance of Guerlain Homme. In this post, I am going to cover what’s in it, what this scent smells like, how it performs, when it should be worn, and if it is worth buying a full bottle of.
Notes include: Indian vetiver, mint, lime, musk, rum, and grass
Click here: Guerlain Homme L’eau Boisee Eau De Toillete Spray, 2.7 Ounce
I’m a fan of Guerlain Homme, I have a full bottle of the stuff, so I was interested in seeing how Homme L’Eau Boisee would compare with the original. The opening of Boisee is actually horrendous for about 5 seconds before it starts to settle. At first, I was having trouble pinning down what that odor was that smelled like burning tires, and then I saw that this fragrance has grass as a note. Bingo! The grass note initially smells like a mowed lawn mixed with burning tires. Luckily, that smell is only very temporary.
Nevertheless, that aroma fades and the Indian vetiver emerges to claim its supremacy within the scent. This is a contrast to the original Guerlain Homme, which led off with the minty rum of the mojito accord. L’eau Boisee takes a different approach, the alcoholic aspect of the notes takes a back seat to the vetiver but it is still supported by the lime and a toned down mint note. So, Boisee is much woodier and earthy than is Guerlain Homme, I suppose it depends on what kind of style you’re going for as to which mixture of the notes that you prefer. The original lacks the vetiver to the extent of this flanker, however.
Perhaps, it is just the sample that I received, but Boisee is weaker than Guerlain Homme in both its projection and longevity. The projection is just okay but it is more of a subtle fragrance, so I don’t have too much of a problem with that. However, the longevity seems to be stuck in the 4-5 hour range on my skin, which isn’t great.
L’eau Boisee fits well into the current summer weather, which I totally attribute the the lime note, which plays extremely well off of the vetiver. I’d say this is more of an office/casual wear scent but I wouldn’t be opposed to wearing this on a date either, since it isn’t really loud or overbearing. This is a good alternative for people who liked the original Guerlain Homme but didn’t like the mojito accord being the main attraction the entire time.
Overall, is this one worth a buy? Yes, but I personally enjoy the original more, so I won’t be purchasing a full bottle. I don’t like the longevity issues that L’eau Boisee has and I actually prefer that mojito, as I think that it is fun to wear at certain times. However, aside from all of that, this is a very good cologne that is a great take on the original. I like how it sort of inverts the notes to create a familiar and yet unique fragrance. It just depends on what you personally like, when deciding between the two.