Traversée du Bosphore opens with a pleasant, evocative and invigorating Middle-Eastern blend comprising warm notes of powder, amber, vanilla, spices (tonka above all to me), a sweet and earthy tobacco note providing a darker, yet always mellow “support” to the powdery-amber-spicy accord. It may sound simple, but actually it’s a rather pleasant and perhaps quite complex harmony of colours and shades, with a thin but totally solid texture, basically a sort of warm Oriental talc-amber-spicy scent with an ephemeral boozy heart. Now... the issue here, as with many scents by L’Artisan, is that of all this suddenly turns into a fairly light (and somehow generic) skin-scent, as much pleasant as “faded”. It’s like a time machine that in 30 minutes transports you directly 4 hours later, on the very drydown. Great until it lasts, then barely nice overall, but... meh, bit of a tune on the “volume/persistence” knob would be appreciated in my opinion.
I totally agree with Kain. This is a horrible perfume. In fact the whole line is terrible. Mr. Bertrand what where you thinking when creating that poorly made, synthetic and cloying line!!!
I'm testing this fragrance via my sample and I must say I'm quite impressed .............. but not by the juice!
Actually by all these positive reviews!!!
What the hell?!!
The opening is a very synthetic and in your face note of pomegranate with lots of sweetness and some floral notes in the background.
The opening is just synthetic chemical mess that remind me of cough syrup! it's terrible!
After a while and in the mid that synthetic pomegranate note settle down just a bit and the floral note goes away.
Now you can smell a sugar like sweetness which is a little stronger than the opening and there is small amount of leather in the background.
The leather note is just there to give the scent slightly dirty and dark feeling.
You will have this scent until the base shows up!
In the base you have a very sweet sugary scent with leather, synthetic fruity scent and some floral notes in the background.
That terrible synthetic fruity note never goes away and it's there all the time to torture my nose!
When I'm going for a niche fragrance brand and I want to pay more money, at least I'm expecting quality and this one doesn't have it at all!
Very synthetic fruity note meshing with other notes that create a very bad unbalanced scent!
A big thumbs down!
I hate it!
Projection is average and longevity is above average on my skin.
Discovering that some tulips are scented was quite a surprise – I had to bring my nose right up to their cups and there it was, faint but distinct, like a whisper heard with great clarity from a distance. The scent had a touch of saffron, a trace of something green.
The marvellous transparent opening accord of Traversée reminded me of tulips (not least I suppose because that is the intention of the perfumer), that light saffron note – here complemented by soft iris, suede and a hint of something fruity – worked its quiet magic. This is a scent that is carried by a breeze across a lake, somewhat distant but so tempting.
Whereas the opening typifies the rich-but-light trick that many L’Artisan creations do so well, the drydown is quite straightforward. To me this is mainly a lipstick iris, soft, creamy and comforting, with some sympathetic accents rounding it out, which then turns into something amorphously sweet – likeable but doesn’t inspire devotion.
A bit like Havana Vanilla
A bit like Havana Vanilla with added spices. I notice it morphs back and forth into the Vanilla then mixed with spices and another note i just cant put my finger on. Maybe a tad of Patchouli? I think its quite nice :-)