Although many fragrances have claimed to capture the unique scent of the Bosporus, the strait of water in Istanbul that marks the dividing line between Europe and Asia, none to date have done it as convincingly as Boszporusz. A potent, herbal marine scent that paints the rugged seawater smells of the Bosporus in deep green and blue oils, it is convincingly rich and authentic.
The scent opens with a bracing gust of sea air, forest, and herbs – clumps of oily seaweed mixed with sea grasses, sage, woody cypress, and the “cut bell pepper” greenness of galbanum for a unique “green-blue” effect. The aromatics are doused in sea salt, giving the entire structure a scrubby, dry aura, something that serves the floral heart of gardenia and jasmine very well – restrained by the salt, the white flowers remain fresh and radiant, contributing only a slight floralcy without any of their usual sweet, creamy heft. A dusty, barely sweet base of sea amber and musk follows, leaving a sensual impression of salt-encrusted bare shoulders. Lovers of the original, pre-reform Kenzo Pour Homme – we are putting you on notice: this stunning marine scent will fill that gap both in your wardrobe and in your affections.
Sea grass, cypress, galbanum, sage, jasmine, gardenia, seaweed, oakmoss, transparent patchouli, amber, musk