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Enchanted Forest


The Vagabond Prince "Enchanted Forest" is built around blackcurrent and opens with cassis at full throttle, cassis mixed with citrus zest and juice, bursting with tart and tang and mixed with the aroma of crushed green leaves, a sensation of sniffing red wine with blackcurrent notes. This is such a an unsual “opening” experience, which becomes even more interesting with the addition of fir and cedar resins, the pungent scent of crushed needles and cones. This cassis and forest accord is divinely odd, faintly sweet but resinous, and I’m quite content sniffing it for the next hour or so. This Enchanted Forest has a long story to tell, and its development is decidedly unhurried.

Into the heart, the cassis accord lightens and the becomes more green and herbal from coriander and vetiver and current leaves, then sweetens slightly again from spicy carnation and honeysuckle. Then the long dry down begins with oakmoss, benzoin, amber, vanilla and musk , which float up from underneath the cassis and pine, swirling into a smoky incense-like haze, making the Enchanted Forest  feel soft, rich, hazy, and well, enchanting…

Theres is no doubt that the cassis accord is dominant from top to bottom in Enchanted Forest, but I can’t describe it as sweet or fruity. Duchaufour has created a  seamlessly layered, highly  complex scent that is really like no other – I can’t name a perfume that compares to this unusual accord. I’ve discovered that it’s much better sprayed than dabbed, and it seems strong at first, but then dries down with superb subtlety. It’s not linear, as the different notes share the spotlight, making the long drydown extremely satisfying.
Notes: pink pepper, aldehydes, sweet orange (traces), flower cassis, blackcurrant leaf, hawthorn, effects of rum and wine, rosemary, davana, blackcurrant buds absolute (by LMR from Grasse), CO2 blackcurrant (by Floral Concept from Grasse), Russian coriander seed, honeysuckle, rose, carnation, vetiver, opoponax resinoid, Siam benzoin, amber, oakmoss, fir balsam absolute, Patchouli Purecoeur®, castoreum absolute, cedar notes, vanilla, musk.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $4.00