Sushi Imperiale by Enzo Galardi for Bois 1920 2005

Hello Niche Nerds

Are you ever captivated by a fragrances name? So much so that you jump online and order a sample or decant without even reading about it? That is what happened with today’s fragrance,

Sushi Imperiale by Bois 1920 2005

Sushi Imperiale FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, mandarin orange and lemon
Heart: Pepper, nutmeg, jasmine, rose, star anise and cinnamon
Base: Sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean and Madagascar vanilla.

Now that I have my sample I’ve been doing some reading up as I’m wearing it and Sushi Imperiale is quite a divisive fragrance. There are lovers and haters but there is also a section of the fragrance community that calls it an Opium Pour Homme rehash. I have worn it a couple of times now with great enjoyment but I think I’d like to go and educate myself about how Opium Pour Homme smells before I go any further, I only have a flanker here so I will go to the mall and spritz both frags together.

Sushi Imperial Frenchtoast WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

(I started writing this post months ago but when I put my decant away it got lost and even now I can’t find it so I waited for a split to come up and it just arrived, so resuming transmission)

It must smell like vintage Opium Pour Homme because this is 100% fuller, richer and sweeter than it’s YSL would be doppelgänger. The pepper/anise/nutmeg/cinnamon are all present right from the sizzling citrus intro on my skin and they are fiery sweet like first sizzle of Cajun French toast in the pan, yes there is even a doughy hint (even a little bit of that gorgeous puppy feet accord). I also detect a greenness that may be the patchouli coming through early or some unnamed interloper, maybe a mint: and a boozy note. There is a lot of “this is so boring” reviews but I find Sushi Imperiale to be warm, fun and interesting. Different enough from its contemporaries and cuddly enough to snuggle into and lose yourself, I haven’t tried it on Jin but something tells me he will smell beyond incredible in it.

Imperial Sushi Assortment_of_sushi WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

You’d think there’d be a vinegar/sugar/clean-raw-fish/rice cooking smell here but no, another misnomer victim. I love it when TSO Jin is preparing the rice for sushi or nori rolls because the smell pervades the house from living to sleeping and sometimes even into the garden. It’s a sweet, milky, grainy smell that I have never smelled replicated, even in the fragrances that purport to be like it.

The dry down is such a soft human smell, I think the vanilla, tonka and patchouli are what I’m getting? At about 6 hours the fragrance is really a very dilute wash barely more than making my skin ever so slightly nicer than normal but not really a scent, the thought of a scent, the memory of fragrance.

Sushi Imperial Puppy Paws Bill Selak  FlickrPhoto Stolen Bill Selak Flickr

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Did you try it? Love it? Hate it? Did you feel it less than its niche flag would suggest?

Till tomorrow lovelies,
Portia xx

19 thoughts on “Sushi Imperiale by Enzo Galardi for Bois 1920 2005

  1. I’ve been meaning to try this one but I always forget about it! That delicious Sushi platter is making me so hungry right now, yumm!


  2. I liked Sushi Imperiale a lot when I tried it a few years ago, then for some reason I sort of forgot about it. I think I will at least need to get a decant from StC and revisit it.


    • Excellent idea Janice. It was so badly panned by the perfume people it nearly didn’t get onto my list but the name grabbed me.
      Portia xx


    • No, we have a new platform and are still ironing out the kinks. I am happy with the work, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
      Portia xx


    • I’m sure there is a reason for the name but I didn’t dig that deep, sorry Perfumed Dandy.
      So great to see you though, are you well?
      Portia xx


        • Ha! It seems common to find this name freaky, though we hardly nod at Futur, Dzing!, Alien, Mahora, Bellodgia or so many others that are not related particularly to what we smell. What about, What We Do In Paris Is Secret? None really apply but this one fragrance we point, sneer and laugh. I like us as a group, we are funny.
          Portia xx


  3. With this perfume I have two problems: I do not like both the name of the brand and the name of the perfume. I will try this one if I come across it but I don’t plan to seek it out.


  4. This where I admit that unlike you, that name actually turned me off the idea of trying this. I mean, I love sushi, but I don’t want to SMELL like raw fish. But that note list…..mmmm, my kind of thing. Just like Sir Dandy, I have to ask, what’s with that name?


  5. Hi there, it’s nice to see that also in Australia BOIS 1920 is known. I’ve read the blog with lots of interest.

    I’m from the Dutch company Aafke’s exclusive Italian perfumes and we are the distributor for the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark for the brands of Acqua di Genova, Baldi by Enzo Galardi (the perfumer of BOIS 1920), BOIS 1920, Profumo di Firenze, Xerjoff and Bruno Acampora.

    If you have any question particulary about BOIS 1920 don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail Or take a look at our website for more information about BOIS 1920 and our other brands. We’re happy to help you. Have a nice day to you all!


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