Muguet des Bois 
Coty (1942)


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Muguet des Bois by Coty

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Henri Robert

Muguet des Bois is a women's perfume launched in 1942 by Coty

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There are 17 reviews of Muguet des Bois by Coty.

The 70s (early 80s at the latest?) natural atomizer version of Coty Muguet des Bois smells as fresh as lily of the valley itself, and in all honesty, the most natural representation of the flower, full stop. I have much experience with the flower, as they bloomed in my backyard growing up and among my earliest memories are its scent: watery, crisp, treading the line between fresh and heady. They would bloom under a pear tree every spring after the jonquils would recede and I would sneak a little to just smell them and marvel.

The development of Muguet des Bois is much like that fresh flower from the time you pluck them to the very last gasps from the withered bells, musky, green, slightly sour, but still very beautiful in their wilting stage. Assuming that this formulation is at least somewhat similar to that of the original in 1941, it isn't any wonder that Roudnitska was so inspired to endeavor his own interpretation through Diorissimo. The perfumer for Coty Muguet des Bois, the legendary Henri Robert, was responsible for Chanel Pour Monsieur, No. 19, and Cristalle, and that comes as absolutely no surprise, as the origins of his mastery for crystalline verdure are evident in Muguet des Bois.

I am happy to have yet another piece of history in the collection, and the bonus is that it is a delight to wear.

Muguet des Bois is is girlhood prancing in a sunny glen,the twirl of a white circle skirt,a sonorous warble; it is whispered secrets,and heads tossed back in is lily blossom cups for fairy baths,and the soaring clarity of young Judy Collins voice.vintage Muguet des Bois is green and verdant,dewy and rich with LOTV and deep jasmine. crushed green leaves and golden nectar folded into perfectly crisp bouquet.this is an incredibly beautiful floral-green scent, wearable through the smells like a soliflore scent almost. the fragile,delicate nature of this spring flower produces a beautiful,clean and pure scent.

The scent opens with very prominent lily-of-the-valley,amplified with some citric it progresses,the LOTV note makes way for jasmine,which dominates the central period of the scent's skin life.the final stage features soft sandalwood and a touch of clean soapy scentsome fact the base note of sandalwood simply helps soften and extend the bright floral bouquet.the end result is something between a perfect illusion of the flower and the classic eroticism of a soft,pale exposed breast. seems like it would go great in a flowing white lacy frilly dress or shirt.anyways that's what come to mind.or maybe a clean cut one like a some 50's style.

If neither Coty - with Eau de Muguet, nor Roudnitska - with Diorissimo could really crack muguet, then who could?
The answer is Henri Robert - who created this, one of the few perfumes Jean-Claude Ellena keeps in his private collection.

Muguet des Bois is, in its own way, a chef d'œoeuvre. It's a true rendition of muguet - but not a dry depiction, it has an expressive delicacy that raises a rather spare green floral to the level of poetry.

Despite being an old fashioned soliflore, it can still be worn today in the same retro fashion you might wear CK One.

(Proper vintage splash bottle.)

I got a bottle of Muguet des Bois in a lot of vintage Coty fragrances. I didn't know anything about it, just took the cap off of the bottle and took a small whiff. WHEW! It smelled exactly like, well... beer. I put a little bit on my hand and waited for the alcoholic fumes to fade. Has it gone bad, maybe? To be honest, after wearing it a few times, I still don't know.

What I smell on my skin is very green, ozonic/airy, a bit floral... but hardly detectable. I'm not terribly familiar with Lily of the Valley, but I do smell lilac. I guess that does make it a realistic floral scent, very green with poor projection. Based on other reviews I've read, what I'm smelling is likely legit - but in my opinion, it doesn't match the typical quality of Coty fragrances. I don't know what to make of this one. It's just so strange!

The vintage version:
Indeed, the opening is a beautiful lily-of-the-valley note, underscored by a touch of gentle mandarin, lilac and, later in the drydown, jasmine. The base has a pleasant sandalwood character, and the with a touch if white musk and still an echo of white florals.

Definitely a good spring scent. I get moderate sillage, good projection and a splendid longevity on eleven hours.

To correct the database, this was launched in 1936, not 1942 (reference Barbara Herman's Scent and Subversion). The perfumer was Henri Robert.

It is a light and lilting variation on the true essence of lily of the valley, which in nature tends to be sharp and strong. Mixed with jasmine, rose and cyclamen and resting on sandalwood and musk, this works as a spring and summer scent for women.

It most closely resembles Caswell-Massey's version of Lily of the Valley.

Perfectly nice, but hardly outstanding.

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