The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest ~ new fragrance

The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest is the debut fragrance from niche line The Vagabond Prince, a new venture from the founders of the fragrance website Fragrantica.

The Vagabond Prince is an adventurer, a passionate explorer, a romantic dreamer. He stepped out of fairytales, you can find him in the folklore of every nation: the bravest character in a story, often foolhardy in the eyes of everyman, but still quick-witted enough to win. He travels, he fails, but he finds the strength for another fight, and he never relinquishes to anybody the mission of finding his happiness... He is a fabled symbol of human will for development. He is self-made.

Enchanted Forest is inspired by the endless sea of Russian forests and fairytales, as well as the most sensual ancient Slavic celebration named Kupala, rooted in the times of darkness, when all on the Earth knew its soul and its name (often too powerful to be uttered in vain or at all). French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, the famous creator of fragrances for L'Artisan Parfumeur, Comme des Garçons and Penhaligon's, built Enchanted Forest around black currant, the smell and taste of which are so beloved in Russia and many other countries where it grows.

The notes feature pink pepper, aldehydes, sweet orange, cassis flower, blackcurrant leaf, hawthorn, effects of rum and wine, rosemary, davana, blackcurrant bud, coriander, honeysuckle, rose, carnation, vetiver, opoponax, benzoin, amber, oakmoss, fir balsam, patchouli, castoreum, cedar, vanilla and musk.

The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest is available now at Jovoy Paris, in 100 ml Eau de Parfum for €140.

(via vagabondprince)

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  1. flannery says:

    I wanted to like this fragrance since it’s makers are part of the ‘fragrance community’, but it is so strong I don’t know how it could be worn as a personal scent. It comes right through its packaging and I thought it was a sample of a room freshener.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, sorry!

    • Kitty says:

      I agree. It’s really strong. Use sparingly. Very masculine.

  2. Very curious about this one.

    • Robin says:

      I’ve read nice things, so I’m curious too.

  3. ringthing says:

    This is the first I’ve seen the gorgeous bottle; the fragrance itself sounds like it could be really good., but it’s out of my price range and I don’t want another 100ml bottle of anything. Worth a sample, though.

    • Robin says:

      Out of my price range too. Does look pretty!

  4. KateReed says:

    I absolutely hate Fragrantica’s website. No matter what I do (or how many times I sign up or sign in,) it blocks me from reading…well, whatever I’m reading, usually waiting until I’m right in the middle of something. Love that bottle though, it’s gorgeous.

  5. Michaelm says:

    Having received a sample of this recently, I don’t personally find it that strong or necessarily masculine (even if it was, is that such a bad thing?). However, if you want to encounter some very realistic blackcurrant notes in perfume, this is certainly one to try.

  6. Omega says:

    bottle is a love for sure..I should be able to smell the juice shortly.

  7. Omega says:

    I can’t see but is that a moon man on there? If so, nevermind, I reaally don’t like moon men, haha.

  8. fatih sultan mehmed says:

    The bottle is gorgieus though. It looks like an art nouveau bottle from the 1920s creation. But like so many beautifull fragrances, it is impossible for me to smell it if you live like me in the Netherlands. That is why I am so jealous at the people who are living in the US.

    • Jonette says:

      I live in the Netherlands, and it is not impossible to smell it. You can order a sample from Lucky Scent ($5.00) and maybe some other sample places (I haven’t looked at the others yet.) Don’t give up so easily. And don’t be jealous. Many fragrances are first released to European customers or unavailable in the US. I have friends in the US who are jealous. I also am lusting after the bottle design!

    • nozknoz says:

      FSM, I’m in the US and ordered some perfumes last year from Celeste Parfums in the Hague because I couldn’t find them here. Customer service was impeccable, and they added a generous selection of samples that balanced out the cost of shipping. Their website has quite an interesting selection – you might want to visit their shop if you are ever in the Hague. Please report back if you do!

  9. kaos.geo says:

    1) Love the bottle
    2) Nice thing it comes from fragrantica and Duchaufour
    3) Yes, way way out of price range
    4) Cassis can go into cat piss territory… so I want to try it just to see what it is like! LOL
    5)Doesn´t the blurb scream Prix Eau Faux? ;-)

  10. Masha says:

    I was disturbed to read on a couple of blogs that negative reviews have been deleted on Fragrantica. They have reappeared on European blogs, Basenotes, and other Internet sites. If this is true, Fragrantica should be honest in saying that, since it has a vested interest, it will only be posting positive reviews. I would certainly try before buying!

    • jeca says:

      Dear Masha,

      It is easy to check, please go to Fragrantica and see how many different reviews are on the Enchanted Forest page. We do not delete even quite offensive reviews. Let them be ;o)

      So I am honest to say: we do not delete negative reviews in general and especially on the Enchanted Forest page. ;o)

  11. hedonist222 says:

    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.

  12. Evelyn_g says:

    This smelled sadly, unpleasantly, of body odor on me. In fact when first applied, I was mortified to think my deodorant had failed terribly and was preventing me from smelling this scent. Unfortunately, that *was* the scent. I left it on another hour or two, awaiting pleasant transformations which were not forthcoming. On my skin, this was actively unpleasant and had to be scrubbed. Boo.

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