You are in your sleeping bag, huddled against the cold. You have slept the sleep of a dead man, exhausted after your long hike though the mountains yesterday. Mid-way in a state between awakening and sleep, you begin to pick up scents. First, the subtle remains of your cookfire last night, smoldering gently. Then something else. Rich, spicy, sweet. Shrugging off your sleepiness, you peek out of the tent to see your father sitting on a rock, watching the sun rise. He is smoking a pipe, at ease; that sweet scent of the aromatic tobacco bringing up warm memories of your childhood. He sees you, and smiles that smile that resonates into your soul.This is a hard scent to describe to someone else. According to L'Occitane:
In Provence, the knights from the village of Les Baux chose the cypress tree as a symbol of their strength and honor, and a bright star in the sky as their guiding force. In honor of their courage, L'OCCITANE has created a sensual and mysterious blend of cypress and incense named Eau de Baux.This is a really wonderful scent, especially in Autumn. It is sweet, but not cloying. I get an incredibly rich incense scent with smoky notes, yet it is never overpowering. The scent almost has a presence, if that makes any sense; it is not something that disappears into the background, but rather one that surrounds you and gets you pondering its mysteries. I have seen other references that allude to L'Artisan's excellent Tea for Two, and I can see that similarity as well.
If you like the incensey notes of Knize Ten, but find it overpowering (as I do), this would be an excellent choice. It does not have leather, but if I close my eyes and imagine what Knize's top and middle notes would be in another matrix, Eav des Bavx ("Oh-de-Bow") would be it. Just a great warm scent.
I find this quite complex, and a scent that lasts most of the day on me. As always, the L'Occitane quality is there, from the packaging to their excellent atomizers. Another great cologne from one of my favorite scent houses. Absolutely recommended.
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