L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Traversee du Bosphore (perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour) caught me off guard. In general, I find L’Artisan fragrances (regardless of the perfumer) too calculated and orderly. Not so with Traversee du Bosphore. Yes, each of the notes shines clearly and harmonizes beautifully with the others, in a way that is very orderly, but this perfume also feels playful.
I smell pistachio, tart apple, rose, and a hard-to-pin-down leather that is more a suggestion of skin. It smells like Turkish delight, as it claims to, but it also reminds me a little bit of a farm. The whole effect is very wholesome, to the point that I can’t help but see it as tongue-in-cheek. Although I don’t “get” the exoticism that is intended, and Traversee du Bosphore doesn’t transmit me to the Bosphorus, it does make me smile every time I wear it.
If you would like to try TdB, you are in luck. As I mentioned yesterday, I am doing a little giveaway to inaugurate my blog: a 1 ml sample of TdB, along with two additional samples of the next two scents I will be discussing. To enter, simply leave a comment. Since I have so few readers at this point, I imagine your chances of winning are pretty good!
Giveaway is open to readers everywhere. One winner will be chosen on Thursday, April 21. The winner will receive the sample of TdB and the two other samples.