Keiko Mecheri, born in Atami, Japan, was an artistic soul since her early years. She’s an artist and also a trained pianist. Her passion grew stronger thanks to her studies in the arts in Europe and at UCLA. In the first place she created a brand focused on skin care products and scented candles, its name was Bazaar des Senteurs. After the introduction of first three perfume creations, perfume became the main interest of Maison Keiko Mecheri. In march 2014, during Esxence in Milan, Keiko presented the new perfume (at the moment it’s not the newest one anymore, since then the brand managed to introduce another composition) and it was really to my liking.
The opening whiff of Keiko Mecheri Bois Satin goes right up my sinuses and gives me shivers. Right from the very first second you are treated to a generous dose of saffron. This note starts very intensive, almost pungent. It’s really warm, fierce and bears the bright red color. After around 5 minutes the intensity drops but the saffron is still very beautiful there. Shortly after that vanilla joins the composition – and when it does that, Bois Satin transforms into an ultimate weapon of seduction. It adds a really elegant sweetness that is a little bit powdery and dark at the same time. This rich aroma is warm and embracing, like the highest quality fluffy cashmere sweater. It wraps around you and makes you feel good.
At around 30 minutes mark new elements appear in the composition of this fragrance. First of all there is quite a lot of woody tones. The notes pyramid doesn’t declare any specific kind of wood but were I to name a species or two, I would probably say sandalwood and cashmere wood. The woody stage is definitely smooth. It’s also substantial yet really sensual. These woodsy notes entwine with vanilla and saffron so nicely, that after a while they become unity. So gorgeous!
Sweetened woody notes play really nicely on the skin, they sort of melt together with it but Bois Satin isn’t a skin scent per-se. You can smell the fragrance on your skin for sure but it’s rather quiet and inoffensive. If you want somebody else to smell it you either have to apply more generously or you have to invite that person to come much closer to you. Woods and sweetness last on my skin until the perfume is completely gone but there are still couple more things going on in this blend. My personal observation is that at some point Bois Satin develops a slightly liquory and chocolate-like vibe. They appear at the same time so I’m calling it a chocolate praline effect. It really is delicious and makes me lick my lips.
At some later point of development, after 2 maybe 3 hours, Bois Satin from Keiko Mecheri unveils this beautiful leathery vibe. No! Leather is a wrong word here, this is definitely like a suede. Very soft and gentle, a little bit fuzzy and pleasant in touch. The vibe it introduces is quite carnal and erotic, at least to me. This kind of perfume makes me think of warm and naked bodies. Luminous tones of amber combined with the vanillic flavor that still mingles in the background, they additionally highlight this sensuous effect making Bois Satin very close to the person who wears it.
In the drydown there’s a little bit of jasmine. The aroma of white flowers is combined with continuous woody and sweet tones, causing this note to have more oriental feeling rather than smelling typically floral. The same applies to the rose accord but since I think there’s less rose than jasmine in Bois Satin, rose somehow got lost in this arabic concoction of woods, sweets and spices. As Keiko explained, the main inspiration for Bois Satin was Loukhoum, the sweet and also the iconic perfume from Keiko Mecheri. Bois Satin was meant to be its more grown-up, mature interpretation. I think it worked well.
Bois Satin was created for Keiko Mecheri by perfumer Yann Vasnier. This perfume starts very pungent with wonderful saffron but in a very short time softens and becomes a composition very close to the skin and it stays there until if disappears after around 7-8 hours. This eau de parfum is closed in the black 75ml flacon – signature of Maison Keiko Mecheri. By the way, the brand has recently changed a design of their caps. Instead of being multi-faceted, they are more square-like now. Recommended wear time for this scent is winter. The cold aura should make it even better.