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Lord Alfred Douglas is best remembered as Bosie, Oscar Wilde's famously terrible boyfriend and almost certainly the beautiful, unreliable model for Dorian Grey. When Bosie caught the flu, Wilde nursed him back to health; once recovered, Bosie went off to enjoy life. Wilde came down with it next; instead of returning the favor, Bosie sent his hotel bill on Wilde's birthday. They fought and parted several times, but Wilde kept coming back. 

 
What did Wilde see in him?
 
Part of the attraction was probably the challenge of winning Bosie's attention. He wasnot a caretaker type, and his was not an unconditional love. It had to be attracted, must be enticed, and it could not be caught and held-- it could only be enjoyed while it lasted. 
 
This is a fresh, enticing scent that makes you want to inhale a little more deeply and try to catch the elusive hint of formal gardens, romantic hedge mazes, the old-fashioned masculine of lavender, the palest of musks, and a sharp, spicy green galbanum that hints at an untamed heart beneath the lightly sugared surface. 
 
Photo credit: George Charles Beresford, 1903.

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  1. Light and sweet 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jan 2015

    It smells amazing right out of the bottle and immediately applied on the skin! I got the smell of freshly-cut lavender, and a little musk. However, it fades to a powdery, soft, sweet lavender after about 5 minutes and stays like that for hours. Not my favorite, but I could grow to like it.


  2. Wish there was more greenery 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Aug 2014

    Sharp and spicey out of the bottle, almost too much. It softens up ten minutes after application, though. Not as much garden notes as I hoped for.


  3. Lavender to love 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2013

    The first thing I got from this scent was LAVENDER. Not the sort that you get from candles or soaps, but like someone had crushed fresh lavender stems and then stuck it under my nose. Very green and strongly lavender, which is fine because I like lavender.

    After it dried the musk came through and mellowed the lavender, resulting in a very pleasant and appealing scent. I can never seem to catch the galbanum, but even then it's easy to fall in love with Bosie.


  4. Not as green as I'd hoped 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Sep 2012

    When I read the review, I was really hoping for something green and woody (gardens! hedges!), with lavender accents. On me, this immediately became musk musk musk, with occasional tinges of lavender. I admit I have some sensitivity to musk, but again, I was hoping that "palest" meant it might be beaten into submission by more botanical scents. Alas - I don't hate it, but I'm disappointed. Just reporting so that others can be aware that, like any scent, this can be different on different people, so if you really want to avoid musk, proceed with caution.


  5. Delicious 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2012

    I'll admit: I bought this just for the name. I'm not a big fan of lavender, my main exposure to it being over-scented deodorants and sleep masks and things. I am however a big fan of Oscar Wilde and Wilde-related things, so I decided to take a chance. I was immensely, and pleasently, surprised.

    This isn't your average lavender. Oh, yes, it's certainy lavender, but it's also sweet and green and gentlemanly. It feels like the kind of thing you should wear with a foppish top hat, or while dancing across a field in a pretty dress, that kind of thing. Highly recommended.



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