September 11, 2015
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Guys… do remember your first fragrance? Ladies, can recall the cologne your first boyfriend or your brother (most likely your father is not young enough to be in this game, sorry). Was it Davidoff Cool Water composed by Pierre Boudon in 1998, a BIG Aquatic scent? Well the 90s are back, (in fashion and beauty too) but with a twist as Neo-Aquatics are reivented by some of our best niche and master perfumers. Over the past two years, (Pierre Guillaume Croisière, Neela Vermeire Pichola, Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur (both by Bertrand Duchaufour), Gabriella Chieffo Aquasala (Luca Maffei), Penhaligon’s Blasted Heath (Alberto Morillas) to name a few are reinventing a category, perfumistas used to shun by using new materials and ingredient combinations. No more big blasts of Calone or chlorine soaked scents.
Murat Katran and Mert Güzel (Photo by Nishane)
In my Múnegu review, I introduced Nishane to ÇaFleureBon readers as the first and the only niche perfume house based in Turkey. Michelyn announced the debut and her favorites (and called it one of the best discoveries) when she attended Esxence 2015. As I write Nishane is now showing at Pitti Fragranze. Since 2012, both owners and creative directors Murat Katran and Mert Güzel have developed an extensive Extrait de Parfum Collection which is a mixture of strong olfactive memories created by rare essences Each Nishane fragrance has a unique story inspired by the tradition of the exotic city Istanbul-the bridge to two worlds.
Since Murat was a stage actor and Mert a coffee table book designer, the line takes inspiration from many places, but all roads lead back to Istanbul. Boszporusz is dedicated to “Bosphorus”, the Marmara Sea. It’s an aquatic fragrance with a thoroughly modern twist. The nose behind the fragrance is Jorge Lee who is particularly adept in composing extrait de parfums (read our review of Nishane Duftbluten). Boszporusz opens with a deep sea accord.
Sea Of Marmara Painting Katherine Shmeled
The fragrance not only delivers the smell of water but seagrass and seaweed are prominent. Swirling waves meets the shore with notes of galbanum and sage very quickly into the fragrance’s development. It is the sage that gives saltiness to Boszporusz. The aquatic notes turn in their sea legs as they wander into a nearby garden of gardenia and jasmine. The drydown is earthy; oakmoss and amber anchor this composition. Boszporusz has above average longevity and will carry you into fall and breaks the surface of new wave aquatics. Endless Summer… for most of us, what more can you ask, because the icy fingers of winter will be gripping your neck before you know it.
Notes: Sea Grass, Cypress, Galbanum, Sage, Jasmine, Gardenia, Seaweed, Oakmoss, Transparent Patchouli, Amber, Musk
– Berkan Basoglu, Contributor and author of gurmekokular.com You can follow Berkan @gurmekokular and CafleureBon @cafleurebon
Art Direction: Michelyn Camen
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