Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale

Maybe an emphatic sushi-lover or a deep-sea mermaid would seek out a raw fish smellin' perfume? Probably not. Because ew. But if so, they'd be sorely disappointed by Sushi Imperiale. It smells nothing like uncooked sea food, coupled with rice, and wrapped with seaweed. Thankfully. In fact, if the smell of sushi had an exact opposite, it'd probably be what Sushi Imperiale actually smells like; hot, cinnamon-spiced apple cider, with a backdrop of mens cologne. Why is it called Sushi Imperiale? Your guess is as good as mine. I do like their weird representation of mystery, though. Keepin' me on my toes!

Notes:

bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, pepper, nutmeg, jasmine, rose, star anise, cinnamon, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean, & madagascar vanilla






When Sushi Imperiale is first spritzed, it has a heavy, cinnamon-ed licorice aroma; it's kinda brash. Shortly after, the spicy anise unifies with a little bowl of varied, fleshy citrus, seasoned with a pinch of nutmeg and pepper. From here, it begins to morph into something that resembles hot, murky apple cider. It does take a teensy bit of time for the pleasantries of this juice to take fruition; there's a lot going on here, and it begins with a bang. But as the top sizzles out, it softens and meets a subdued vanillic tonka. It grows into a warm, sweet, a little spicy (and sorta fresh) men's cologne personality; this is the part of Sushi Imperiale that makes me melt into a figurative pile of goo.

The florals listed are virtually imperceptible to me. As for the patchouli, vetiver, and sandalwood, there is a slight dust-laden, wooded earthiness that can be noticed with a deep inhale directly from the skin; it's not recognizable via wafts, but acts as an anchor and provides additional depth and stability. Sushi Imperiale is wrapping up in a rusty-red and orange wool blanket, while sipping apple cider in a ginkgo-littered park. I perceive this fragrance as one that I'd reach for strictly in the fall months. It develops beautifully in crisp air, and catching whiffs of it in a cool breeze is intoxicating. Looking for a scent to wear for Thanksgiving to make dealing with your crazy aunt a little more tolerable? This is it. Reminder: bring rum to slip into your apple cider.

Sushi Imperiale retails at $140-205, the nose behind this fragrance is Enzo Galardi

Longevity: 2/5
Projection: 3/5



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