Perfume: Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Bois Dore’

Van Cleef & Arpels Bois Dore Eau de Parfum Spray

Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Bois Dore’

“I composed Bois Doré to be a wood that has fused with the luminosity of gold. I chose noble cedarwood and the hypnotic intensity of tonka bean, to which I added a touch of musk and vanilla to reinforce the character of this irresistibly delicious fragrance. I wanted you to be drawn to it as if it were a nugget of gold.”

– Fabrice Pellegrin

 Van Cleef & Arpels Bois Dore Eau de Parfum Spray


Top Notes: Black Pepper

Heart Notes: Tonka Bean

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Cedarwood, White Musk

Perfumer: Fabrice Pellegrin

In Review…

I am a big fan of the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Collection. Each perfume is centred around a raw ingredient commonly used in fragrance; Rose, Vanilla, Amber, Oud and Patchouli to name just a few. Today, I want to chat about Bois Doré which is inspired by Tonka Bean. As a fragrance note, Tonka Bean is like a blend of vanilla, cream, cinnamon and almond, with a hint of earthiness. It is often used to add a hint of sweetness to the fragrance and often leaves a powdery trail. I’m always happy to find a hint of tonka bean in perfumes, as it blends beautifully with so many accords I love and gives the fragrance a much needed hit of, well, deliciousness!

Bois Doré is the kind of perfume I love, but I would never wear. For me personally, it’s a little too sweet, delicious and caramel-y, which just isn’t my style (Y’all know I like more unisex fragrances!). However, I LOVE that it exists because not enough luxury fragrance houses embrace the more delicious and gourmand side of perfumery. Some women, like me, love woodsy and smoky fragrances and others, like something a little sweeter, but that doesn’t mean she wants to scrimp on quality of elegance! Think of Marie Antoinette, she loved cake and all things wonderfully indulgent, but that doesn’t mean she’s gonna run down to Boots to buy the nearest sickly-sweet teenage perfume she can find, Hell no! A modern day Marie Antoinette would wear Bois Doré and bask in all it’s fabulous, frivolous, delicious fun! If you love luxury perfumes which are filled with notes of caramel, almond, vanilla, musk and cedarwood, then I urge you to head to head to your nearest Van Cleef & Arpels stockist for a spritz!

Van Cleef & Arpels Bois Doré is out now and available from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty.

 Van Cleef & Arpels Bois Dore Eau de Parfum Spray



  1. A Scented Soul
    October 15, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Wore a sample of this two days ago and really enjoyed it. California Reverie from Van Cleef smells gorgeous. Please try it if you haven’t already.

    • fashionforlunch
      October 15, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Oh i don’t know it!!!! I need to try it now you have recommended it!!! thank you! xx

  2. Erin
    October 15, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    This sounds so lovely! I love really feminine scents sometimes, they are lovely!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • fashionforlunch
      October 15, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      it’s really pretty erin! i think you will like it judging from your instagram! xxx

  3. October 15, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! ?

    • fashionforlunch
      October 15, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      you are so kind! thank you!!! xxxxxx

  4. October 15, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Your imagery is always SO bloody beautiful! I think, like you, I probably wouldn’t like this scent as I don’t personally like overly sweet scents, although I shall probably have a look at what other fragrances this brand has!xx

    • fashionforlunch
      October 15, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Ah in that case, you should try the amber or oud, I also love the rose! I’m not such a sweet girl either, but i like the fact they have created it! xxxx

  5. October 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love anything with Tonka Bean in it x

  6. October 15, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    This sounds just absolutely divine and those base notes are incredible x

  7. October 18, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Those photos and that scent – heaven!

    • fashionforlunch
      October 18, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      aw you are so kind, thank you1! xxxx