Bertrand Duchaufour

✨ Mood Scent 4 : Festive Event Fragrances ✨

It is Mood Scent 4 time again! Sam (I Scent You a Day), Megan (Megan in St. Maxime), Portia (Australian Perfume Junkies) and I write about a different  theme every month. This time we have chosen to post about Festive Event fragrances. Which perfumes do we like to wear for festive events ? Fragrances with spices like cinnamon, aniseed, ginger, warming perfumes, lush tropical flowers or joyous bright aldehydic soapy fragrances?

Andree Putman Tan d’Epices

Rumour has it Olivia Giacobetti (Diptyque Philosykos and Frederic Malle En Passant) created Tan d’Epices as she created L’Original for designer house Andree Putman as well. Tan d’Epices is easygoing and transparent like a light veil of spicy powder applied on the skin. Reminiscent of spices found in French Gingerbread/Cake (Pain d’Epices) made with honey, cinnamon, aniseed and ginger Tan d’Epices leaves the skin scenting of mouthwatering Gingerbread reminding us of the upcoming holiday season. For those of us who celebrate it is the perfect Christmas fragrance.

Notes: heliotrope, cinnamon bark, incense, gingerbread, cedarwood, benzoin

Laboratorio Olfattivo Kashnoir

Created in 2013 by Cecile Zarokian this warming perfume is excellent to get in a festive mood. Kashnoir reminds me of a delicious warm fluid rice dessert with cinnamon, almond milk and a slice of lemon rind.

Notes: lavender, lemon, bergamot, rose, orange blossom, coriander, vanilla, heliotrope, patchouli and benzoin.

Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling

Uplifting and joyous Bombay Bling will bring you in a festive mood in no time with its syrup like fruity scent of delicious green mango, spicy lemony cardamon and white floral bouquet of tropical ylang ylang, gardenia, frangipani and tuberose. Created by Bertrand Duchaufour Bombay Bling embodies very different aspects of modern colourful, buzzing, spiritual and joyfull India.

Notes: Mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, Madagascar ylang-ylang, tuberose, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla.

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Superstitious

Superstitious was created by perfumer Domique Ropion who created bestellers like Thierry Mugler Alien, Lancome La Vie est Belle and Givenchy Amarige. Superstitious has two different faces smelling of clean modern soap (aldehydes) and dirty jasmine flowers plus wet earthy patchouli at the same time. The sparkling aldehydes make this a very festive perfume.

Notes: Jasmine, rose, peach, labdanum, vetiver, patchouli, musk, and aldehydes.


Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences Rose Oud

Finally a more budget friendly choice of Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences Rose Oud. This fragrance is still available although I suspect it will soon be discontinued as the Secrets d’Essences line is not sold any more in The Netherlands.

Rose Oud was created in 2016 by perfumer Annick Menardo (Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum, Dior Hypnotic Poison and Amouage Opus X). This woody fragrance is an adult, grown up and rather dark red velvet rose with boozy dried fruit aspects. I am thinking of dried plums soaked in alcohol here. Some compared Rose Oud online to Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois but Rose Oud is more floral in my opinion. Boozy dried plums, dark roses and Oud make this perfume very suited for festive cold winter events.

Notes: Rose, Rose Damascena, Oud, Cistus Labdanum, Cumin

These are my 5 festive event choices! Have a look on the Sam’s blog I Scent You A Day, Megan’s  Megan in St. Maxime and Portia’s Australian Perfume Junkies to read their picks.  I am very curious, aren’t you?

What are your favorite festive fragrances? Do you wear spicy, warm, aldehydic or rose oud perfumes or are you more drawn to other kind of fragrances?

Disclaimer: all fragrances were bought by Esperessence. Photographs were made by Esperessence.

 

Slow down with scent: L’Artisan Parfumeur Traversee du Bospore

Traversee du Bospore was inspired by a trip to Istanbul in 2010 by French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. The notes of sugared sweet apple, Turkish delight and very soft dusted powder, almonds and vanilla make it a rather original but well balanced easy to wear fragrance. To my surprise I found it to be very relaxing like a sunny beach holiday on a luxurious resort with nothing to do but read in the sun and enjoy the sound of the sea. I had several of those holidays years ago in Turkey and quite enjoyed them.

The fragrance opens with a sweet Turkish apple tea note dusted with a bit of cinnamon. I remember this tea being served in Turkish shops to tourists. The apple is slightly covered with powdery sugar and smells more like apple softly baked in butter with sugar than fresh green apple. The Turkish apple tea note is mixed with Turkish delight, a very sweet note as well. Both are quite original to use as top notes. What I really like about this fragrance is its originality by using these notes while still remaining very wearable.

Traversee du Bospore is the interpretation of Turkish (Eastern) scents by a Western perfumer which clearly shows he used notes he smelled as a visitor/tourist the Turkish delight, leather, apple tea. Bertrand Duchaufour did not notes more commonly used in an oriental fragrances by Western perfumers like Rose/Oud combinations, more ambery or resins notes.

While I recall reading online some people having problems with its sweetness to me it had the right amount. I get almond notes as well after some minutes although it is supposed to smell like pistachio nuts. The base smells of vanilla with some sweetness probably of the apple and Turkish Delight.

What does it do? I find the fragrance to be very relaxing and I use it to slow down or unwind. My bottle recently arrived but I have used it quite often as I really enjoy wearing it. I have to admit I bought this bottle without smelling it first and it was love at first sniff.

Notes: Apple, pomegranate, tulip, iris, leather, saffron, Turkish delight accord (rose and pistacchio), vanilla, musks.

Origin of sample: my own acquisition, tested on skin. Photograph: made by Esperessence

The title was inspired by photographer Christina Greve Slow down with stills Hashtag.

Have you smelled Traversee du Bospore? Do you like it?

 

Neela Vermeire Mohur eau de parfum

NV1Neela Vermeire, a perfume lover herself, started her  perfume house in 2011 in France. All her five perfumes are created and produced in France and have received very positive online reviews. The three first creations were Trayee, Mohur and Bombay Bling . They were made as a tribute to a different era in Indian history, the Vedic period, the Moghul British Raj period and modern India. Neela Vermeire perfumes were developed in cooperation with the perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Being honest, I have no connection to India, Indian food or Indian scents and was not interested at first. But as the positive reviews continued, I wanted to try the perfumes for myself. At this moment I am very glad I did.

Three samples were sent to me by Neela Vermeire with a personal hand written note which was very thoughtful. The three perfumes were Bombay Bing, Trayee and Mohur. Mohur got most of my attention as it is a rose perfume. Rose perfumes are one of my favorites but many times they are not intriguing enough. Some rose perfumes can be a bit boring if they are very linear and only smell like light  roses as Jo Malone Red Roses. But Mohur is a very interesting oriental multifaceted rose perfume. My first impresion was of a very sophisticated, refined and feminine perfume.image These notes are listed on the official website: cardamom, coriander, ambrette, carrot, black pepper, elemi, rose, jasmine, orris, aubepin flower, almond milk, violet, orris, leather, sandalwood, amber, white woods, patchouli, oudh, benzoin, vanilla and tonka bean. Personally I smell saffron as well but this is not mentioned.

Oudh was quite in fashion several years ago in perfumes as you might know and many perfume houses came up with their own oudh versions. You have to get used to the note of oudh as it can be quite harsh at times. Mohur is a very good start if you want to start appreciating oudh. The oudh note is not harsh or dominant but refined, soft and well blended into the perfume. 

Oudh was used in Mohur because it was a key ingredient in perfumes in the Moghul British Raj era. Mohur was created as a tribute to the empress and perfumer Noor Jahan and to the Mohur coin under British rule, the Moghul and British Raj period. Personally I thought this to be a bit confusing, a tribute to different periods. Noor Jahan was one of the most influential women of her time living from 1577 to 1645. She was the favorite wife of Moghul emperor Jahangir. He gave her the title of Noor Jahan, which means Light of the world. During the emperors reign Noor Jahan had the true power behind her husband as he often was not able to reign due to substance addiction. After his death Noor Jahan was confined comfortably where she spent her time making perfume.

I compared Mohur to other perfumes with the rose, oudh and saffron notes such as By Kilian Rose Oud and Armani Prive Rose Orient. Both start as an eastern perfume but after a while they turn more western. Mohur does the opposite though.  At first it does smell more western, but after a while the more spicy notes start kicking in which you would normally relate to India.

Mohur Rose Mohur has many facets and changes continuously like a DNA strand which is moving and showing another aspects, moving upwards. Everytime I wear Mohur I smell different aspects, saffron, powdery rose, oudh, sandalwood. Probably more will come up during time while wearing it more often. The powdery rose note stays with you during most of the time. Others commented on the multifacets of Mohur as well. Wearing it makes me feel like standing on a mezzanine level in a house and seeing different aspects inside the house everyway I look. Surprisingly after applying it smelled very lightly on my skin. A few hours later though it smelled at its best and was quite prominent. Normally you smell a perfume best at first when you spray it on your skin and if you are lucky after a few hours but this is exactly the opposite. Just when you almost forgot you sprayed Mohur on, you are taken by surprise as you smell a wonderfull perfume ! Of all the rose, oudh, saffron perfumes I have tried, Mohur is my favorite. Not only is it more subtle but it is without edges as well, as if all notes have been rounded and all edges have been taken away. Its staying power is very good: about eight hours.  

Try Mohur if you like Rose Oud By Kilian, Rose D´Arabie  Armani Prive, Aoud Red Flowers Montale or if you are lover of rose perfumes in general.

Everything in the line of Neela Vermeire has been carefully been thought through. There is a sample set available with 2 ml samples to try the whole line out. She sells a Discovery Set for quite a reasonable price at 110 euro for 4 sprays of 8 ml. You cannot stop but notice Neela Vermeire´s passion for her own perfumes and the art of making perfume. An extrait version of Mohur was introduced as well two years ago, an even more glorious perfume.  

Neela Vermeire fragrances can be bought at: Neela Vermeire Creations and The Perfume Lounge Amsterdam

Disclosure: I have my own bottle of the eau de parfum 

Photographs of Neela Vermeire perfume: courtesy of Neela Vermeire Creations

Photograph with rose by L’Esperessence

Read more about Neela Vermeire and her perfume line in this interesting article in The Perfume Magazine.

Published: August 1st, 2012

Updated and re edited:  April 26, 2015