Code of Conduct
Results 1 to 26 of 26
  1. #1

    Default Enchanted Forest

    I just received a pre-launch sample today of Enchanted Forest by Bertrand Duchaufour from a new fragrance company called the Vagabond Prince. Has anyone else tried this? The inspiration was blackcurrants and the Russian forest, a kind of fairytale forest ripe with dark berries, fir balsam, vetiver and resins. Really appealing in an earthy, natural way.

    There will be more free samples when it launches in January, so if you ask nicely, who knows.

    Enchanted Forest.jpg

  2. #2
    Lifelong Sniffaholic
    30 Roses's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    11,218
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/318...rom-Fragrantia

    It sounds nice so far, but the amber and musk concern me as I have a low tolerance for these notes. Are they prominent?
    http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/T...est-17172.html


  3. #3

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Signed up and did not win, no surprise for me. There were a lot of familiar names in the list of winners, so the buzz will reach us all soon, I am sure.

    Blackcurrant is one of my most favorite notes, especially in combination with davana. Bertrand D.'s recent creations are more misses than hits for me though. I wish the company who launched it all the best though, they are working hard. Some ideas for future releases are Yaroslavna and Leda.
    Last edited by Twolf; 21st December 2012 at 10:42 AM.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Even without the horrid scandal of Gulnara-Gate, I had pretty much given up on Duchaufour's perfumes. There are too many, and too similar. Also, he's been using a few notes in pretty much all the new ones that give me a horrible headache, I suppose I am hyperosmic to them. I mean, aren't there any other deserving perfumers out there who can compose a new niche fragrance? I can think of a few, surely some of these niche owners can, too. I have experienced total BD Burnout.

  5. #5

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Love black currant, coriander, davana, rosemary, rose, honeysuckly patchouli and castoreum, so needless to say I'm excited to be on the winner's list! I'm not a huge fan of Duchaufour (I tend to really like just about everything he does, but rarely ever find actual *love*).

    I'm curious if the coriander/davana element is going to be similar to that in Jubilation XXV. I hope it's the more winey/grapey davana, like that present in its sister, Jubilation 25.
    ***For sale:

    Iris Pallida 50ml

    Ungaro I 75ml

    and more!
    - http://www.basenotes.net/threads/301...n-Man-and-more

  6. #6
    Super Member racuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    209

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I'm one of the lucky winners. After a quick sniff I can say that the blackcurrent note is definitely the main player, sweetened with vanilla and spiced with pink pepper. Though not listed in the notes, it seems vaguely incensey to me.
    Randall

  7. #7
    Dependent Possum-Pie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Near Gettysburg
    Posts
    1,845
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I also won a sample, and received it today. Very astringent black current opening, reminiscent of grapefruit rind. some cooking spices (coriander) and some pine. I don't smell rose or vetiver though they are listed. It is a definite citrus themed parfum not quite gourmand, suitable for summer/warm weather wear. As for the Duchaufour scandal/drama, It is like the debate over sports hero's or music stars who's personal life has scandal. I like their product (athletics, music, art, perfume etc.) and really don't care much what they do in their personal lives. I guess the wealthy ruthless dictators have to smell nice too!
    Last edited by Possum-Pie; 21st December 2012 at 04:42 PM.
    For Sale: VINTAGE Montales

  8. #8
    Dependent chili_willi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Posts
    1,631

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest



    Mine came in the mail today as well and just dabbed some on my wrist. I apologize for not possessing the descriptive skill necessary for the reader to get an accurate impression of the fragrance. I am vague because I don't want to come across as a pretentious poser, but I know what I like and so far (30 minutes in), Enchanted Forest is a like. I detect a sweetish wild berry and something coniferous floating in the background. Hope the dry-down doesn't disappoint. My main concern is if it might be too feminine.

    I just transferred the dabber vial contents to a spray vial so maybe I can give a better impression after a more complete wearing. Again, so far... pretty nice.

  9. #9
    Dependent Possum-Pie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Near Gettysburg
    Posts
    1,845
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by chili_willi View Post


    Mine came in the mail today as well and just dabbed some on my wrist. I apologize for not possessing the descriptive skill necessary for the reader to get an accurate impression of the fragrance. I am vague because I don't want to come across as a pretentious poser, but I know what I like and so far (30 minutes in), Enchanted Forest is a like. I detect a sweetish wild berry and something coniferous floating in the background. Hope the dry-down doesn't disappoint. My main concern is if it might be too feminine.

    I just transferred the dabber vial contents to a spray vial so maybe I can give a better impression after a more complete wearing. Again, so far... pretty nice.
    You have a good idea, I found that fragrances daubed smell different than fragrances sprayed...
    For Sale: VINTAGE Montales

  10. #10

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I received my sample on the 20th... however, I have a head cold and can't smell anything. I'll have to wait until this thing clears up!
    I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman

  11. #11
    Moderator

    Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Spiritually, Kansas
    Posts
    13,298
    Blog Entries
    37

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I got it and I like it. Blackcurrant is clearly the center - nicely fruity but not overpowering. The restraint was very welcome. The coniferous notes are the big winner for me - lots of them, and very, very realistic. I was impressed. Also some earthy, moist, forest-floor notes that appeal to my country-boy side. Freshness, too. Good balance, so that everything is in focus during the opening. It lives up to the theme and the ad copy.

    Kinda goes bad on my skin - becomes outright balsamic/fruity and loses the complexity. On paper it stays nice and complex, so I'm gonna try it on clothing. Longevity is not great on my skin. Smells very natural, however - a big plus.

    I think it's a winner. Not sure if I want a bottle, but it's easy to recommend. Unisex, IMO.
    * * * *

  12. #12
    Dependent
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3,628

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Thanks for your reviews.

    Interesting to see the nice design on that cardboard sleeve . . . from Fragrantica of all places.

  13. #13
    Basenotes Institution
    mikeperez23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Miami, FL
    Posts
    26,313

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    What scandal re: Duchaufour?
    "One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple"

    -- Jack Kerouac

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Philly Tri-County Area
    Posts
    353

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I'd LOVE to try this!!! I guess I'll have to wait till it comes out and I can get my hands on a sample. The bottle is beautiful, too.

  15. #15

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Mike, there was a thread on Industry Discussion. BD made a fragrance for a living dictator's daughter, I said So what?

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Philly Tri-County Area
    Posts
    353

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Mike, there was a thread on Industry Discussion. BD made a fragrance for a living dictator's daughter, I said So what?
    I agree, so what? He claims he didn't know who it was for...I tend to believe him but even if he DID know...so what?

  17. #17

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    An epic failure.
    Its an anti-Bertrand perfume.

    Like Serge's l'eau.

    Its a mess.
    Absolutely no complexity. Muddled.
    No smooth rendition between notes & accords.
    Reminds me of when I get stuck in sand when I go off roading. Agonizing.
    Complexity is not an opinion, nor is harmony of transition between top, middle and base. Not all perfumes are intended to be complex, nor should they be. But it's clear when Enchanted Forest was intended to be complex but failed miserably. Then there's the muddled transition.

    Don't get me wrong. I love B. Duchafour. Heck I own 15 of his creations but it's like a mangled walrus freeing itself from quicksand. It's not a graceful sight.

    for swap/sale:





  18. #18

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    But it's clear when Enchanted Forest was intended to be complex but failed miserably. Then there's the muddled transition. ... it's like a mangled walrus freeing itself from quicksand. It's not a graceful sight.
    Best negative fragrance simile in a long time. Et tu, Turin!!

    Huzzah, hedonist!

    [Disclaimer: I have no idea what the fragrance smells like. I just love the description.]

  19. #19
    Basenotes Plus
    PalmBeach's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    South Florida
    Posts
    2,764

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    An epic failure.
    Indeed! This was the first perfume that I had sampled in a long time where I couldn't wait for it to end.

    You are correct, and couldn't have said it better myself, a muddled mess.

  20. #20
    Basenotes Plus
    tdem1961's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Staten Island, NY
    Posts
    5,540

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I sampled this yesterday: Notes include pink pepper, aldehydes, sweet orange, flower cassis, blackcurrant leaf, hawthorn, effects of rum and wine, rosemary, davana, blackcurrant buds absolute, CO2 blackcurrant, Russian coriander seed, honeysuckle, rose, carnation, vetiver, opoponax, Siam benzoin, amber, oakmoss, fir balsam absolute, patchouli, castoreum, cedar notes, vanilla, musk

    Despite the laundry list of notes, I was only able to make out sweet, juicy berry and incensey fir, with a hint of musk emerging after several hours on skin. I thought it was a charming scent, atmospheric rather than classically perfumey. I did enjoy the spray sample I was given, though I don't know that I'd ever be able to get through (or wish for) a full bottle.
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

  21. #21

    Smile Re: Enchanted Forest

    On me it is a blackcurrent scent.
    Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
    Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth
    Perfumes

  22. #22

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I finally managed to obtain a sample. I like the green juicy opening; the green leaf comes through very clearly, and the fruit is just right--not sweet, not overly tart. I use fresh rosemary a lot, but I don't detect it clearly here. I admit I was worried about the "fir balsam" notes. I usually don't like them in fragrances, but here they are very subtle. I wouldn't get this fragrance, though, for its purported woodiness. The musk is very subtle, thankfully not overwhelming at all. It dries down to an almost mellow, vaguely fruity fragrance, only touched by a hint of sweetness, plus the composite effect of other notes that are difficult to isolate. Although I like the opening, and everything seems measured, it ends up turning into something like dissonant chords on my skin.

  23. #23
    Basenotes Plus
    knit at nite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    CA, Central Coast
    Posts
    4,763

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I was gifted a sample and this is a definitely a scent to clearly illustrate the difference between dab and spray.

    Dabbed- fir balsam, fir balsam, and did I mention fir balsam?

    Sprayed: Blackcurrent, a little booziness, and you guessed it, fir balsam.

    A little like drinking a ribena syrup with seltzer or wine in a forest?

    It isn't as bad as one would think from reading my description; actually would love to smell this on a man.
    A Scent Rescuer
    Every great perfume deserves a good home

  24. #24

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Still have not tried this: did not win a sample from the F site or was not that lucky to find it elsewhere. If someone has a little bit to share please let me know, OK? A big, no, HUGE fan of black currant, you know....

  25. #25
    Basenotes Institution
    mikeperez23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Miami, FL
    Posts
    26,313

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    Is this scent similar in any way to the rhubarb one he did for Aedes (not in smell but in 'category'?)
    "One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple"

    -- Jack Kerouac

  26. #26
    Lifelong Sniffaholic
    30 Roses's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    11,218
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: Enchanted Forest

    I swapped for someone's used sample.

    I thought it smelled great on paper-- more complex than on skin, where the amber and muskiness took over. So I thought it might work sprayed over clothing.

    But that didn't work, either-- the blackcurrant leaf ("cat pee") smell was overwhelming. Normally I like blackcurrant in fragrances-- I love L'Ombre Dans L'Eau and In Love Again-- but this was too much of a good thing. My husband also didn't like it.
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 16th February 2013 at 08:18 PM.


Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 37
    Last Post: 27th September 2011, 02:23 PM
  2. what would shouts out Enchanted forest and fairytales?
    By magicallunafox in forum Just Starting Out
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 12th September 2011, 03:46 PM
  3. Article: La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest)
    By Grant in forum Article Comments
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 7th February 2010, 08:35 PM
  4. Focus on Forest... Knize Forest
    By odysseusm in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11th January 2009, 10:51 PM
  5. Enchanted before trying?
    By Sirena in forum Female Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 29th November 2008, 03:54 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •