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    Perfume!

    Does anyone have any experience of having their own perfume made after ones wish? If it isn´t to costly I will defenitely try. I have prepared drenched paper sticks with my favourite perfumes and put them in plastic bags for him to try and get an idea of my preferences.

    Here is the article where I found out about him, and I have hopes it will cost less than one of those bespoke Guerlains. It would be great to have one where I decide and one where his ideas are more upfront...

    If anyone have any other perfume relatet Istanbul ideas - please tell me!

    Oh - my reference fragrances? Chanel Cuir de Russie, Guerlain Derby, Parure and (vintage) Vetiver, Frederic Malle Une Rose and Vetiver Extraordinaire, Caron En Avion and Czech & Speake Dark Rose, Creed Bois du Portugal.
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    Will be interested to hear about your experience.

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    I've been to Istanbul quite a few times and from my experience the Turks, who are not Arabs, don't have a highly developed fragrance culture - tea, water pipe tobacco and lokum are another story.
    There are great high end stores in Istanbul: Harvey Nichols and Vakko, but I think you'll find their offerings to be quite international. The covered bazaar is a bit of a lost cause as most of things for sale there are geared towards the low-end tourist trade.
    Istanbul is an amazingly beautiful, multi-faceted city, the people are very pleasant and the food can be very good - eggplant, lamb, sweet desert confections.
    Have a great time!

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    Hey I live in Istanbul, who is this Orhan guy? Is he a perfumer?

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    Hi!

    I visited him on my first day here. He works in the the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) in stand nr 31. Did you see the link in my initial post?

    I bought some small bottles of oil (he only sells oil) and I am no expert in judging the wuality of ingredients, but he seems pretty skilled to me. I will go there one more time and report back on my oils later.

    Pelle
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    Quote Originally Posted by pelle View Post
    I visited him on my first day here. He works in the the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) in stand nr 31. Did you see the link in my initial post? Pelle
    The Spice/Egytian Bazaar is much more authentic than the Covered Bazaar. Can't wait to hear more about your finds. BTW, the exquisite Rüstem Paşa Mosque is right next to the Spice Market - you need to go up a set of stairs. It's covered in authentic, 16 century Iznik tiles, it's considered one of the architect Sinan's masterpieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    The Spice/Egytian Bazaar is much more authentic than the Covered Bazaar. Can't wait to hear more about your finds. BTW, the exquisite Rüstem Paşa Mosque is right next to the Spice Market - you need to go up a set of stairs. It's covered in authentic, 16 century Iznik tiles, it's considered one of the architect Sinan's masterpieces.
    I will definetely go there tomorrow! I am an architect too (maybe not as prominent as Sinan though...). Thanks for the tip. Yesterday I visited Canyon (Harvey Nicols) and that was great. Amouage and by Kilian were the brands I have been longing for to try IRS (in real store).

    Tomorrow there will be a Hammam visit too. I am having a great time here, Istanbul is a beautiful city and foods are great too.
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    What is the latest news? This seems interesting.

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    Thanks for this discussion thread - Today I visited the Spice Market in Istanbul in search of a scented oil to match my personality and skin. Actually, I visited the market yesterday, but the specialist 'chef' named Orhan was no there on Sundays, so I re-visited today.

    The experience was defintely a highlght for me - it matched that so elequently and evocatively descibed in the travel article linked to the first posting in this thread. I thought the cost was very reasonable (naturally, price depends on the oils chosen for you and on the size of bottle selected - for my scented oil, the smallest bottle available was 20TurkishLire (about 9Euro)). To be sure, I am no perfume expert, but I am delighted to find that the scent of the oil dab on my hand is still there some 8 hours later, and I am still amazed how well Orhan interpreted my personality and preferences.

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