On my skin, Traverse du Bosphore by long established French perfume house L’Artisan Parfumeur is the ultimate gourmand fragrance. It is not overly sweet necessarily but does give the effect of a powdery milk pudding that’s been cleverly undercut by soft leather and gentle spices. Apple and tulips are included in the official notes list for this also and although I can’t make them out individually, the apple in particular makes complete sense here.
Upon application the referred to ‘Turkish delight’ accord is marvellously dominant and although pistachio is listed as the specific nut, I smell almonds intertwined with pink delicate roses that together are just delicious. The dessert aspect of Traverse du Bosphore, though, is ultimately secured by layering this accord with the vanilla lactonic notes which avoid being overly toothsome by adding a splash of leather juice which is far more apparent in the dry down than the sweeter and more foodie-pleasing opening hour.
I’ve never been to Istanbul so am uncertain as to whether Traverse du Bosphore evokes it in the way the way expert nose Betrand Duchaufour (Penhaligan’s Satorial and CdG Kyoto are amongst his other excellent creations) intended.
It is, I would say, more of a dark season scent and has a strong sillage, at least initially, before it calms into something that you’ll keep going back to your wrist to smell. The top notes are more feminine and the base more masculine, so the bi-curious should make this their next choice. Lovely stuff.
Traverse du Bosphore by L’Artisan Parfumeur, 100ml currently on sale at the official website for £67.90 (usually £97)