Thursday, February 16, 2012
I acquired a bottle of L'Artisan Parfumeur's Traversée du Bosphore the other week and though the scent itself did nothing for me the name did lead me to the French house of Rancé, where my nose developed a crush on its Le Vainqueur eau de parfume.
Le Vainqueur returned to the market a couple of years ago after an absence and is offered as both an eau de parfum as well as an exceptional triple milled soap. According to the company, the fragrance was created for Napolean Bonaparte, a man who, based on the number of scents that claim a heritage descending from his court, consumed scent as other men consume water, in 1805 (Perfume analyst Luca Turin takes exception to the claim but invented heritages are nothing new for fragrance houses). It, meaning the fragrance, is described as fresh, flowery, Mediterranean and amber-scented, and those claims are completely true. About $120 for 100 ml.