Bois D’Argent is one of three colognes by Hedi Slimane for the Dior Homme brand launched in 2004. Authored by Firmenich perfumer, Annick Menardo, she is also the perfumer behind creations for Bvlgari, Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent. 2004 was a golden era for Dior Homme who under the artistic direction of Slimane reached cult status with the fashion conscious under 30s male. Each of these colognes is a perfect companion to Dior’s prêt-a-porter men’s collection and suitable for different men at different times of the day. While Eau Noire is more for evening, the powdery vanilla scent of Bois D’Argent is a refined day scent for the modern man. Florentine iris allows you to also wear this fragrance at night, best paired with a crisp white Dior Homme cotton shirt and relaxed wool voile trousers giving you a clean-cut look, perfect for cooler summer nights.
More commercial perfumes tend to try and be something to everyone. Compared with Bois D’Argent, Dior Homme, a popular men’s fragrance and very similar to Bois D’Argent’s design, can appeal to a wider audience with well-defined notes of vanilla, iris, leather and musk. It has something for everyone. Bois D’Argent provides a much narrower field of vision. Iris and musk compliment the main vanilla accord instead of working independently to create a more one dimensional fragrance than that of multi-faceted Dior Homme. Birch gives the fragrance a subtle woody/leather character but the overall theme is baby powder, milk and honey. Other perfume notes include blanched almond and a transparent vanilla that is perhaps synthetic showing no signs of the scented impurities than can coexist within natural vanilla absolute. This is a linear scent leaving you at the end of a day smelling of white musky vanilla.
This is a remarkable scent, pared back and simple yet wonderfully refined. It is for the sophisticated man who has taken the day off to relax. This man is polite, straightforward, without a hidden agenda. Bois D’Argent has a sense of vulnerability to it and suits wearers both young and mature who reflect the fragrance’s gentler attributes.
Perfumer: Annick Menardo (Firmenich)
Bottle designer: Christian Dior studio
Release date: 2004
Typology (via Fragrances of the World): Woody Oriental