Génie des Bois by Keiko Mecheri

Heya Frag Friends,

After going through my fragrance wardrobe before leaving for holidays I came across a bunch of samples that remained untried, they needed some loving and skin time. I am trying to work my way through some of these and so over the next few weeks there will be a slew of fun new things to write about, new to me anyway. If you wonder I write about a fragrance usually after a minimum 3 wears, that gives me a slightly broader understanding of a fragrance and how it reacts in different situations. The first wear is often to bed, even for my afternoon nap, where I can focus on the fragrance and its subtleties without distraction. I find this also calms whatever worries or cares i may have and lets me really unwind.

Génie des Bois by Keiko Mecheri

Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri  FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Violet, violet leaf, cacao pod, Brazillian rosewood, benzoin, tonka bean

Interesting, every time, there’s something slightly minty that comes out in the Genie des Bois opening that plays with the violet leaf and resinous wood. It doesn’t stay long but it adds a glamour of intrigue over what is essentially a simple and pretty fragrance, modern, extremely wearable with moderate sillage and projection. Does a cacao pod smell a bit like very bitter chocolate? Is it the resins keeping everything smooth because this is smooth and beautiful like a polished stone that has had time to warm in your hands.

Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri  Violets squinza FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Sugared violets? They are sweet and more like violet lollies, even a bit like the violet tea additive from Walter Reimer in Vienna. Then through all this comes the softest powdery violet (?), so fluffy, soft and downy. I cannot tell you what is happening really because the note list seems way too short for how much lovely fragrance action Genie des Bois offers up. Musk? There is a small reminder of Lolita Lempicka EdP but the sweetness is way less fizzy in Genie des Bois, if LL were to grow up and be made for a woman ready to go forth and glitter at an event then I think this could be an excellent choice. Do you remember the moment in Two Weeks Notice where Sandra Bullock arrives at the gala in that gown, hair done, perfect, radiant, soft focus and breathtaking. She is at once modern and eternal, a picture of lovely historic Hollywood glamour and every modern girls  (and quite a few boys) dream of how good it can be. That’s what Genie des Bois says to me when I wear it.

Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri Sandra_Bullock Sketch cameralucPhoto Stolen cameraluc

GAHHHH! I have no idea what I’m smelling here, violets and woods and a bunch of yummy other un-named stuff. What I can tell you is that it is very, very lovely and I am seriously thinking of a purchase.

LuckyScent says this: This is not an old-fashioned powdery violet by any means, this kitten’s got claws! As the name hints, this woods- based scent uses cedar and other exotic woods to impart an unusual base on which lies violet. A very green violet, that is, which gradually sweetens and softens as the fragrance evolves on your skin. Genie des Bois falls somewhere between a feathered-slipper wearing, gold cigarette holder-wielding, old-school movie star and a very naughty bacchanalian romp in a forest blanketed with wild violets. We think you’ll love it, dahling. Kiss kiss.

Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri Shannon_-_Lady_Violet WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

Further reading: Il Mondo di Odore and The Fragrant Foodie
LuckyScent has $115/75ml
First In Fragrance has samples €5/3ml

Do you have a violet in your wardrobe? Do you like the Keiko Mecheri line?

Till tomorrow, be nice to yourself,
Portia xx

10 comments on “Génie des Bois by Keiko Mecheri

  1. Azar says:

    I like your sampling plan, Portia. Through no fault of my own (?) I have hundreds of samples. The only ones I make a real effort to try are those given to me by friends, the ones I win in draws and the subscriptions. I have not tried Genie des Bois (such a great name – seems to really fit) but there are probably some KM samples in the “big sample box)”. If I can’t find those I WILL sample something three times. Do you sample over three days, a week? Do you keep a journal?
    Azar xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Azar,
      Usually I sample on three consecutive days and I do it first after I get out of bed in the morning. So have my cuppa and spritz. If I like it, or think it interesting enough to write about, then the second wear will be to work so I can see how it stands up while my mind is elsewhere. Third wear will be while writing, which is often after work or on my days off: Monday & Friday.
      Sometimes I take notes, especially in the first wear, just words or short grabs.
      These are just guidelines and there are still many of my full bottles that get worn irregularly that have yet to be written about too.
      Portia xx

  2. cookie queen says:

    No violet in my wardrobe although I would really love one. Only tried the patchouli whatever it is … except it wasn´t … from KM. xxx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ha ha ha ha! Val, have you tried Lolita Lempicka EdP? It comes in the super cute apple bottle. That was my violet gateway frag. It’s sugared violets all the way.
      Portia xx

  3. Lauren says:

    Now, I’m puzzled. I bought a decant of Genie a while ago and it’s very cedary. And cedar is not one of the notes – wonder if it was mis-labeled. Also, was Genie supposedly modeled after SL Bois de Violette, which is extremely lovely?

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Lauren,
      You may smell Cedar where I just smell woods. I don’t really know the difference between most woods unless it’s VERY pronounced and I can picture it in my head.
      I’ve never tried SL Bois de Violette, you have me wondering. Anyone?
      Portia x

  4. Maya says:

    I am looking for the perfect violet scent, as well as the perfect jasmine and narcissus and lilac and pikake and rose and lily…….you get the idea. I hope I only come close so I can keep looking! The violets I like best right now are Caron Aimez Moi and vintage Caron Violette Precieuse.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Maya,
      You know how I love Caron. What little I remember of Aimez Moi was that it I didn’t like it at all. I have a decant here somewhere, maybe I need to get it out and give it a re-run.
      Portia xx

  5. Ines says:

    I always get frustrated when I read a review of another of Keiko Mecheri perfumes as they are not available here and my limited experience with a few samples I received from people was very positive.
    Now there is one more Keiko perfume I need to get a hold of to try. 🙂
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Sorry Ines,
      If I was workin off more than a small decant, nearly dry I would send you some.
      Portia xx

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