Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale

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Okay, clearly I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box (or, like, most of the boxes), but I’ve been avoiding Sushi Imperiale for years because I assumed that it would smell like, well, sushi! Imagine my surprise when I cautiously sprayed the decant sent by The Muse in Wooden Shoes and discovered a spicy oriental fragrance instead of raw fish. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, I think that I might have preferred the raw fish. On paper, Sushi Imperiale is a warm, fruity scent spiced with cinnamon. It reminds me of an orange pomander, or a less sweet version of Hermes Ambre Narguile. On skin, however, the orange note feels much more synthetic and buzzy. That orange really grates on me, and it never really goes away.

If you like unsweetened spicy fragrances or enjoy more synthetic-feeling citrus notes, you may get along better with Sushi Imperiale than I did. Still, it’s not like spicy orientals are exactly uncommon (four different Basenotes commenters pointed out a resemblance between Sushi Imperiale and Yves Saint Laurent Opium Pour Homme), and many of them are bound to be cheaper than Sushi Imperiale.

By the way, if you were hoping for a genuine sushi fragrance, Demeter (who else?) has you covered

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