The Enchanted Forest by Bertrand Duchaufour for The Vagabond Prince 2013


Guest Post by Jordan River


The Enchanted Forest by The Vagabond Prince 2013

EnchantedForest EdP

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pink pepper, aldehydes, sweet orange (traces), flower cassis, blackcurrant leaf, hawthorn, effects of rum and wine, rosemary, davana.
Heart: Blackcurrant buds absolute (by LMR from Grasse), CO2 blackcurrant (by Floral Concept from Grasse), Russian coriander seed, honeysuckle, rose, carnation, vetiver
Base: Opoponax resinoid, Siam benzoin, amber, oakmoss, fir balsam absolute, Patchouli Purecoeur®, castoreum absolute, cedar notes, vanilla, musk

Arvo 1.30pm I’m beaming as I stroll this enchanted forest. Straight off I hear John Muir say; “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” Will you stroll with me? These trees are giant blackcurrent bushes with super fragrant leaves and juicy juicy buds. The light rain is made of pink peppercorns sparking with aldehydes and sweet orange. Once this settles on your skin you feel energized and cleansed. Across the valley is an alembic aroma of wine or perhaps something stronger. Deeper into the heart of this forest you are walking on rose petals, past wild carnations and banks of vetiver until you come to The Balsam Fir Tree and a carpet of pine needles. This spot is where I paused and lay down for a fragrant rest after removing a log from my eye. Which you may need to do too, to appreciate this scent. A dream fragment of been snared by a dictator is chased away by a forest floor of myrrh resinoid, Siam benzoin, amber, oakmoss, castoreum absolute, cedar notes, vanilla, musk and a pure hearted patchouli. The dry down is blended to perfection so I can’t differentiate these base notes; I just inhale. This forest dances in green dappled light – there are no scary places here.


An absolute of blackcurrent buds strengthened with a CO2 extract of blackcurrent as well as two blackcurrent bases give this eau de parfum it’s solifruit character. No it doesn’t smell like Ribena though this may be your only real life blackcurrent reference. Nor is it sweet. A man or a woman could wear this anywhere knowing that they are wafting a unique fragrance that is right here and right now.

Enchanted Forest

Evening 5.30pm Susurrating nicely as a skin scent.

Those great lovers of perfume, the founders of (2007), Elena Knezhevich and Zoran Knezevic commissioned this scent from Bertrand Duchaufour for the launch of their own perfume house called The Vagabond Prince. Perfumistas, this is an entire new Kingdom to explore. Flankers would be welcome so we can discover more in this Enchanted Forest. An Enchanted Vetiver would be nice. So would 50ml. The Vagabond Prince has promised us an encyclopedia of scent. Well, I’d go anywhere with a vagabond Prince, wouldn’t you? Predicting Awards, Accolades, and Acclamations for this original 2013 release. A great start to The Perfume Year.

For a more prismatic stroll you can walk this very same route with Kafkaesque or you could meander alongside Lanier.

Jovoy Paris has 100ml EdP for 140 Euros
Lucky Scent has $5 Samples

Enchanted Forest, Enchanté.
Jordan River

All product photos from The Vagabond Prince other photos authors own

19 comments on “The Enchanted Forest by Bertrand Duchaufour for The Vagabond Prince 2013

  1. lucasai says:

    Seems interesting. When there was a giveaway at fragrantica I didn’t know bloggers could sign in for a sample. The Scented Houd reviewed it a while ago and sounded great.

    • Jordan River says:

      Hi Lucasai. Yes, love The Hound too. What a nose! I know you are not always keen on a Forest Walk but maybe this one will enchant you. There are no bug accords! The marketing concept was clever. Great to see a house actively engaging our blogging community. Looking forward to your review as I am sure you can still request this direct from The Vagabond Prince with your credentials.

  2. masha7 says:

    I do love blackcurrant, but I’m on a Bertrand Duchaufour boycott, owing to his 2012 creation of signature perfumes for the Karamov Clan in Uzbekistan (you can read the details on Bois de Jasmin, the Non-Blonde, Basenotes, and Cafleurebon). Also, I was disturbed to read on Parfumo International, a European forum, that people who’d posted critical reviews of the fragrance on Fragrantica, after receiving their intro samples, had their reviews deleted from that site. There’s a mix of reviews on Parfumo International, which is normal for any new perfume. I hope Fragrantica is publishing all reviews, or putting a bold statement at the top of their review page that they are only posting the positives, because of their vested interest in the product.

    • Jordan River says:

      A Good Good Morning to you Masha7. I appreciate your point of view and stance. Yes I read the blogs above when they broke the story. I have addressed your point in the review. And now I am disappointed IF Fragrantica is indeed not publishing critical reviews as it means that their media is merely a roundabout way of publishing press releases. Hmmm. I will find out more. Thank you for bringing your own integrity to this discussion.

      • Jordan River says:

        There are negative reviews published on Fragrantica so we have do media integrity from this valuable resource.

      • masha7 says:

        Jordan, thank you for investigating that issue! I am very pleased Fragrantica is publishing a variety of reviews. It adds integrity to the site, and means people can read them and decide for themselves if this is a perfume they’d like to try. It’s a lovely concept for a perfume. I am sorry they chose BD, but there are many opinions on that score as well! At any rate, thanks for your good investigative work.

  3. Michael says:

    Lovely review Jordan!
    Now I wash I’d signed up for a sample when I saw it on Fragrantica.

  4. laniersmith says:

    Jordan, great review! And thanks for the mention

  5. Kafkaesque says:

    A lovely review. Thank you for the reference link. 🙂 As for the perfume, I’m glad to read that Fragrantica is allowing negative reviews to appear. I think it’s a very well-blended, expensive scent but not for me personally and I think it’s a little over-hyped, too.

  6. Kafkaesque says:

    Heh, Zola sends you a lick. 😉 Well-marketed, definitely. Over-hyped, perhaps. It probably depends on one’s perception of the reviews versus the scent. As for the Chanel….. *grin* That’s very sweet of you, Jordan. Thanks for the very big smile, from your comment about my Zola to the Chanel. *hugs*

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  8. Dionne says:

    I’m late to the party, but better late than never. Although I pop over to Fragrantica from time to time, I completely missed hearing about this. However, I did get in on a split over at FFF, and since both cassis and all things forest-y are right up my alley, I was willing to leap in unsniffed on this one.

    Beautiful, evocative review.

    • Jordan River says:

      You’re not late Dionne, you are right on time. We are just about to enter the forest walk. You take the track on the left, have a pleasant stroll and we’ll meet at The Balsam Fir Tree. Then you can tell us about your fragrant journey.

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