Enchanted Forest (2012)

Enchanted Forest by The Vagabond Prince
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Enchanted Forest is a popular perfume by The Vagabond Prince for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is fruity-green. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Davana, Hawthorn, Orange, Pink pepper, Rosemary, Rum, Blackcurrant leaf, Blackcurrant blossom, Wine
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Honeysuckle, Coriander seed, Rose, Blackcurrant, Blackcurrant bud, Vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Castoreum, Oakmoss, Musk, Opoponax, Patchouli, Fir balsam, Vanilla, Cedar

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Scent

7.5 (187 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (140 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (141 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (134 Ratings)
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BelgwenBelgwen 6 years ago

„The Fir Tree”


This perfume reminds me of the “The Fir Tree” story by H.C. Andersen; the story about the beautiful little fir tree who does not know its own beauty or the beauty...
TeaWithMilkTeaWithMilk 6 years ago

„How enchanting can fruit juice be?”


Not very. More people dislike this perfume than care to admit on Fragrantica. I came upon a couple of samples very easily, as people were quite...
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Greenfaerie

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Nice but too sweet
This is a lovely fragrance, but far too sweet for me. I can completely understand how this might remind someone of a dark Russian forest, when black currants bushes are plentiful and loaded with ripe berries dripping with syrupy sweet juice. There is a lovely woody and resinous drydown. I think it's a beautiful fragrance, and while it's too sweet for me, if my taste ever changes and I desire a super sweet berry-filled forest such as this, I would certainly purchase. The bottle is adorable.
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DufterMann

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DufterMann
Greatly helpful Review    22
The gates to the mysterious forest open for me too
And once again I couldn't help but buy a fragrance blindly from Mr Duchaufour. But since this one seems to be a Love-it or Hate-it scent, the risk of kissing the ground with the nose was quite high. Thanks to a very dear Parfuma here, I could not resist the offer and have struck. At this point again many thanks. :-)
But since I also like Vert d'Encens so much, my fear of blind buying was a little dammed again.

So the package was quickly scissored and I was greeted by a beautiful square blue cardboard with an opulent golden flower print reminiscent of the painting of the last century. When opened, you are gleamed by the golden mirrored lid, which rests on a black roundish bottle, where again the attention to detail has not been spared. A laughing moon and a sweeping swan already show that the brand also attaches great importance to the presentation. The velvety soft fabric in which the bottle is embedded is the icing on the cake But as we know, it's still about the content, so hand out, gold spray head actuated and up with it.

In the first moments I was a little flabbergasted. No forest far and wide in sight, however a very strong fruity sweet cassis note spreads in my nose. If the fragrance continues to develop like this, it might be better in the future if I do without blind purchases completely. At first I thought I had a woman's scent under my nose again. But if you give the fragrance a little time, the doors open to the exhilarating forest everyone here talks about. Partially dark, gloomy, resinous, then again some sunrays shine through the treetops, one currant bush follows the next and one never has the impression to stroll through an ordinary forest, even if the fir trees here definitely attract attention and together with the cassis note conjure a very unique scent into our trunk. Towards the end it becomes a little creamier, but without missing its main theme. To make things a little easier, I would say that the Vert d'Encens has been dumped in a fruit sorbet of currants.
The shelf life of just over 6 hours is in the good mid-range. The projection is very strong in the first 1-2 hours before he withdraws bit by bit. Just right and discreetly dosed, it can also be worn in the office. In my eyes he is wearable in casual outfit, as well as in a suit.

So I would say: mission successful and I can still trust my nose for blind purchases. ;-)
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Kleopatra

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Kleopatra
Greatly helpful Review    28
Barely sniffed, already enchanted
Sometimes I have strange desires. Recently, I felt like a green, woody, tannic fragrance - completely off my beaten track - and I came across Enchanted Forest. Thanks to a dear Parfuma my wish was fulfilled immediately and I had the opportunity to test it in all peace. Thank you, you love!

I spent many summers in Sweden's woods. I wandered. Enjoying nature and silence. The forest. The lakes. The rippling streams. I collected mushrooms, blueberries and raspberries almost meditatively, forgetting to listen to the noise of the trees, sucking in the scent of the fir trees. And I thought if I sprayed that scent on, it would catapult me right back there. However, this is not the case. But it's also a magic forest. And there it smells obviously nevertheless differently...

The start is spicy and herbaceous, but still soft and not scratchy. Little by little the currants are added, which are neither sweet nor sour, but are very pleasant. The herbaceous "Waldige" offers a very good contrast to the fruity sweetness. But there's something else in the background, and that's probably what makes it so magical, because describing this fragrance as fruity and green is not yet enough to do it justice. It's like walking deeper and deeper into the forest and discovering that a lot of things are hidden behind the trees.

I smell smoke from far away, a tiny breath only and not always. And animals or other magical creatures are of course also in the forest, but the animal, if you want to call it a note here at all, is extremely discreet. These additional components, of which more can certainly be discovered, are not constant, are there and gone, but they give the fragrance that special something, give it depth and make it much more complex than just fruity and green, even if the main theme is clearly currants.

Enchanted Forest is a very soft, rather fruity, flattering fragrance that is easy to wear. I had suspected a smell rather than a perfume based on the descriptions, but for me it is clearly a perfume. An outsider would probably not say: "Here it smells like forest", but rather: "Here it smells good". Ideally at least ;). All ingredients are woven into a harmonious whole. I haven't smelled anything like it yet.

Conclusion: The fragrance doesn't remind me of Sweden's forests, but that's not even necessary. Enchanted Forest is a very interesting, soft, unusual and well wearable fragrance, which I constantly have to sniff and which somehow doesn't let me go. Obviously his spell is already working!
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Mydarkflower

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Greatly helpful Review    40
Arrived
I have often been in love in my life with everything that goes with it: butterflies in my stomach, euphoria, heartache, disappointment, reconciliation, loss of reality, cognition, etc.
Sometimes it was just days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months, sometimes years - my emotions were always on a roller coaster.

At some point, the reality always caught up with me, which made me understand: Jo, it's quite nice, but that's not it yet. But I could have told you before, too At some point I had had enough of the stupid cow, showed her the stinky finger and swore that if she didn't want to leave me alone, I wouldn't give her the opportunity for satisfaction anymore - and swore away the men's world
So I lived quietly and contentedly for a while, happy to be rid of men and vicious reality...until I sat in the kitchen with my girlfriend and her roommate, whom I had never met before, burst in.
He grinned at us broadly and at that moment only one thought shot through my head:
There you are at last!

And although we still needed 1 1/2 years to actually get involved with each other, he was the one with whom I learned that love is not euphoria and heartache, but rather peace and understanding That love cannot be measured by jealousy and possessiveness, but by the fact that one gives freedom to the other and is nevertheless home to each other.
That love does not mean that one harmonizes perfectly in all points, but that one leaves one's peculiarities to the other and keeps one's own.

The reality, the stupid Ische, is no longer quite so stupid, even if it sometimes still tries to intervene a little.
She had to realize that we wouldn't let go of her, just because she wanted to put a stick between our legs again, but that we were just holding each other tighter.

Why I'm telling you this?

Because I had this feeling of "There you are finally!" at Enchanted Forest as well.
Despite its corners and edges, it is exactly what I have always been looking for.
Every forest, every garden, every ray of sunshine, every snowflake, every happy memory of my life envelops me when I wear this scent.

It's shady, but not dark.
Dancing light sprinkles act like elf lights between friendly green trees.
Fog, damp forest soil, hoar frost and at the same time solar heat.
A fir tree with fresh shoots, on which strangely delicate snow falls.
Black currants, from the shrub directly into the mouth and I rub the dry leaves between my fingers in the November storm.

With Enchanted Forest I am child and adult at the same time.
Feel happy, playful, peaceful, confident, melancholic, jump in thoughts about a clearing in summer and stand thickly wrapped up in a winter garden.

The magic forest and me - this is the really big love.
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Augusto

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Augusto
Greatly helpful Review    12
Hiking and wondering in the Johannisbeer forest
When spraying on: blackcurrant, black but sweet, sometimes the sweetness outweighs the typical bitterness of Cassis. Fruity fragrances aren't really AugustA's favourite metier at all, so I raise all my available hands: No, not another fruit bomb like that! Except for citric scents, that's something completely different for me. But then tart fruity aromas can be captivating, blackberry for example or blackcurrant. From my point of view, the leaf should never be missing, or strong counterpoints, so that we don't end up with the fruit compote. Pure or superficial fruit scents are simply too boring, I want to stuff the fruit into my mouth and they are gone, I only need to smell it when it is hanging from the bush or tree or is already on its way to my mouth. Then gladly.
The fruit aroma, which is almost mandatory in every mainstreamer today, is not even mentioned here. (Exceptions as always confirm the rule.)

But here we are not only dealing with a fruit scent, but with a forest, an enchanted, enchanted, enchanted forest.

And the scent also quickly becomes more complex, the berries remain on the bush and many trees gather around outside. And this forest is not exactly cool, but a summer forest, wonderfully fragrant with all this green, the resins dissolved by the sun, almost sticky, aromatic. Rays of light fall through the mixed forest and the bushes under the trees carry delicious berries. Charming, indeed, and enchanting. A warm summer forest is really something wonderful. And friendly, the liveliness that reigns in this forest. If everywhere else the brooding heat oppresses humans and animals, one finds air to breathe in this forest, green in all facets and the smell of the trees and other plants. Even an animal has passed once. The fur hangs still smelly in the thicket. You sweat a little towards the end and feel good about it.

What a beautiful scent! Wonderful, you get your head free and even something other than the usual into it. Through the nose, of course. Enchanting because the scent does not let you go - it is very portable and especially at high temperatures despite the aromatic resinity and the fir needle. Or precisely because of this - and yet demands that one actively perceives it. This is not a background melody, but an outgrown symphony and completely harmoniously it fits together on skin and wearer.

After the top note I immediately had to think of "Woody Mood", for me a very similar, albeit more archaic forest, because, yes, completely without currants or the like, but with more wood and resin and smoke. But he also has this characteristic drip resin sweetness that never gets on your nerves, unlike the fruit sugar desserts I mentioned earlier, where I would never want to be - who wants to swim in a compote bowl or fight in a sorbet for sticky survival? But in Duchaufour's woods, there's good to be, I'm always happy to look for them!

Beautiful bottle too, by the way, reminiscent of the black berry and the golden Russian ornamentation goes well with all the resin and coniferous forest that smells so mildly spicy. By the way, he does that for a long time, from about eight o'clock in the evening until the next morning the scent was still there in his changes.

The currant and the forest emphasize different moments, the fruit is clearly traditionally assigned to the ladies in all its seductively dripping sweetness - although here it is also a bit harsh - and the forest to the man, whether in tweed or foresters costume. You really shouldn't let that fool you, but just look what was coming out behind the tree trunks and how it gets along with your own skin. This fragrance is certainly not assigned to any sex, except to trolls or the like, who certainly smell much better than their reputation would suggest. Oh, that fairy tale and saga kitsch, where did it come from? Oh, yeah, it's a magic forest. This cassis note can obviously go a little to your head. Where have I been? I feel like I've lost my way...

I like these nature-not-nature scents. This isn't a simple scent image of forest and berry. I like that because they embody a new perception of nature. No longer the original nature as violence from outside, against which man must protect himself. They don't even exist anymore. That may not be quite passé, but this perception no longer corresponds at all to man's relationship to nature today. "Today, "nature" violence is encountered as road traffic or through industry or working conditions, constantly and still quite differently, even subliminally. Nature today is no longer simply nature - it is enriched with needs and ideas, shaped over the centuries and perceived again by the individual, for example as a place of recreation and escape, as a contrast of perception to the urban or everyday environment, or even as legends and fairy tale woven hidden dream place. I deliberately do not speak here of the all-round prescribed Bio-health-nature-madness, which is only another carrot, which is hung before the nose of the good donkey, so that it remains in the late capitalistic race for the competition beautifully. That doesn't go on forever like this.

And again, where was this turnoff? It rustles in the bushes. Hmmm, that scent shows me the way, doesn't it?

In short: If you like Fille-en-Aiguilles or Woody Mood, or nature-not-nature scents, you should try this one. Fruit phobia or not.
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Smora

142 Reviews
Smora
Smora
Helpful Review    4
Black Currant Heaven
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The Cure – A Forrest

As the name correctly suggested, this fragrance is an enchanted forest. A dark, green forest. A primordial organism that lives for eons.
Enchanted Forest opens with the strong and realistic note of finest black currant liqueur (maybe Chambord was a role model). Upon this boozy opening aromatic, leafy green notes reinforced by aldehydes emerges like some distant, fruity relative of Chanel’s 19. In the background, I can sense some refined and balmy note of crushed pine or fir needles which I really like.
The heart of Enchanted Forest is a floral bouquet of old fashioned carnation and subdued, dark rose. At its base the pine and its sticky resins become stronger. These dark, archaic resins are juxtaposed to the green-fruity heaven. The whole composition is rounded with just a touch of vanilla and amber.

Rating 8.5 / 10

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Exciter76

32 Reviews
Exciter76
Exciter76
Helpful Review    6
Enchanted indeed
Enchanted Forest lives up to its name. Few fragrances cause me to conjure up their back story but EF is among the few. I smell a fictional forest of many fairy tales, complete with a heroic prince, the beginning of a new romance, the joyous aspects of cold, dark winters.

I wore it about a week ago when it was atypically cold and wintry here in the Los Angeles area. It was the perfect scent for such weather: dark and chilly but yet bright and cozy. Maybe this is a bonfire in the forest while the damsel in distress is protected by her prince, no? It all seems like a bottle of juxtapositions—and it is—but the constant contradictions work themselves out to be complimentary, interesting, stunning.

I love men’s fragrances; I even have a few beloved male-oriented scents in my collection. However, I cannot see myself wearing this. Every time I have worn it my mind wanders to my hypothetical lover: a strong, silent intellectual who would stop at nothing to protect me. It’s an archaic fantasy but it’s mine nevertheless. Should I encounter a man wearing this scent, I’d believe my search for a one-true-love to be over.
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Briarthorn

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Briarthorn
Briarthorn
Helpful Review    5
Yule Tidings in a bottle
I tacked a sample of this onto my recent sample order at the last second because I was intrigued by the name. I had no idea what the notes were but thought I'd give it a go for funsies. I am thrilled that I did.

This scent conjures up childhood memories of Yule celebrations. Fir, cedar, spices (I get cloves but it's not in the notes) hot toddies, and a hit of something sweet on the table. I don't get any currant berry at all. It's Yule Tidings in a bottle. I love it and will have to get a bottle before I celebrate Yule this year.

It opens up with a very fresh fir forest speckled with a few cedar trees and something sweet, maybe the currant blossom or honeysuckle. As it warms up I get the castoreum and a bit of musk and Cassis (not listed but I get it) that then gives way to what I am perceiving as clove-like (the coriander and something mixed like pink pepper?) and the sweet Opoponax, Benzoin and vetiver step up. The fresh fir is always present (as well as what I perceive as cassis) but takes a seat in the back of the room once the show warms up and gets spicy and sweet. The fir and Cassis anchor the entire show so that the other things going on never get to loud or obnoxious.

This is incredibly original. I really love it.

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ScentedSalon

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ScentedSalon
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Greatly helpful Review    6
It Enchanted Me
After reading all the negative but well-written reviews of this perfume, I felt I had to put my little ol' opinion in here because I do see Enchanted Forest as an excellent perfume. The problem is that the other site (we all know what I mean) has a reputation, which I believe is justified, for censored reviews.

When I first smelled my sample, which I won, I was instantly brought to the forest of my Russian childhood. I love the syrupy blackcurrant so much. The drydown is green and earthy forest floors, pine needles and something wet. This also appeals to me.

The longevity and sillage are appropriate and I bought a bottle for the scent and the beautiful presentation. Lo and behold, I was actually one of the two people who won the hand-painted version so I swapped my other bottle. I still wear and enjoy this scent often and have posted a picture of the hand-painted bottle on this site.

Though I am far from being a sycophant of the owners of the F site, I do find this perfume to be top notch. That is an honest opinion not colored by any kind of favoritism based on winning free perfume from them.
LicoriceRain

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LicoriceRain
LicoriceRain
Helpful Review    5
HEAVY Rum is enough to make me choke!
Enchanted Forest opening is very similar to an old cheapie, Spark for Men by Liz Claiborne. I loved Spark when it first came out, but soon that honey and rum accord got old, and I couldn’t tolerate it anymore. Enchanted Forest isn’t any different, it smells nice enough at first application, but soon, those honey and rum notes are overwhelming. I actually like the smell of chili peppers, but the rum seems to drown all the other notes to the point that it becomes heavy, stuffy, and choking. The opening of green, buttery leaves (yes, buttery) is very nice, but then, in a short while, I smell like an alcoholic. For $200.00 per bottle, I expect more. PLEASE, give me some air!
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Tar

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Tar
Tar
Helpful Review    5
The best dog bedding ever
Reaction shown on the face in case of ENCHANTED FOREST depends mostly on body chemistry. If you know MELIORA, you can imagine that beautiful and joyous fragrance of red berries, that distinguishes itself by a small pinch of green vines of black currant from above mentioned creation of Parfums de Marly. That is what we get back, when we sprinkle this perfume on my sister.

On me, the result is… dog bedding with lemon, a really good one. It takes a few minutes for my nose till I can expound it for my brain, that I detect black currant – from root till leaves and berries. I like this complex and natural fragrance, the rich green, forest-bound aroma. It is harmonic, more harmonic than some of more attractive, easily digestible, simplier fragrances.

ENCHANTED FOREST is completely unisex, I would also not restrict the age of the person wearing this. Endurance and range is average.
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Belgwen

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Belgwen
Helpful Review    4
The Fir Tree
This perfume reminds me of the “The Fir Tree” story by H.C. Andersen; the story about the beautiful little fir tree who does not know its own beauty or the beauty all around it. Very much like the amplified violets of Guerlain's Insolence EDP, I can imagine not many people appreciating this Blackcurrant dominant beauty simply because it’s a rare occasion to find the Blackcurrant note amplified in this fashion. I personally have never smelled a composition that even showcases this note, let alone so intensely. I have, however, been lucky enough to grow up in the Eastern parts of the world where the dark forests of the Northlands are brimming with the scent of dark, wild fruits that this perfume has magnificently captured. As you walk through these magical woods, the smell of the moist earth fills your nostrils and the Blackcurrant bushes, with their bountiful yield, beckon you to pick their mouthwatering fruits as a most fulfilling sustenance for your journey. The Fir, Cedar, Opoponax, and the Oakmoss notes blend together to emulate these fresh woods flawlessly. The amplified Blackcurrant, though it does feel like it’s on steroids on occasion, adds deliciously to this mix and won’t let go until the very end, which is well after 12+ hours on my skin. In “The Fir Tree”, the beautiful little fir tree came to comprehend its own beauty when it was too late to enjoy it. Enchanted Forest however, knows and enjoys its splendor. Rightfully so. I give 10 out of 10 for this visionary Masterpiece.
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TeaWithMilk

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TeaWithMilk
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Greatly helpful Review    10
How enchanting can fruit juice be?
Not very. More people dislike this perfume than care to admit on Fragrantica. I came upon a couple of samples very easily, as people were quite eager to pass them on. It's a nice perfume, but it's sickeningly, cloyingly sweet. There is nothing about it that conjures forest images. It smells very much like concentrated fruit juice. If there anything natural about it, it might be some little wooden sticks floating atop the gigantic bowl of fruit juice. I do believe this can work on the right person, just like all perfumes have that ability. But it's not going to work on me.

I find the number of notes to be perfectly acceptable. The problem is that the top notes are so heavy and cloying that the perfume is totally unbalanced.

I dislike the bottle and just don't "get it". Normally I love all things magical--Disney, Le Petit Prince.... However, I would not want my $200 bottle of perfume to look like something I would give to my 8-year-old daughter. It's beautiful and whimsical, but it looks like a Disneyland souvenir.

SUMMARY: Someone spilled their punch all over me. I can't wait to get home and take a shower.
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Gojira

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Gojira
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Helpful Review    7
OMG what is that smell!!!
This was a nightmare out of bottle. I also got an email from the owner of said perfume from Fragrantica not liking my review on there. Its a piece of jumbled fruits that leave you wanting something else. It was a scrubber for me. I found nothing pleasant in it at all. With so many other perfumes out there that smell good right out of bottle. Why would you waste you efforts on this poorly constructed mess! HORRIBLE!!!!!!!

To be fair, I have to say I am not a fan of fruity perfumes! I can appreciate them but not wear them. Citrus is about the only fruit I can do. Raspberry if its muted.

Still think this is not done very well.
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hedonist222

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Very helpful Review    10
'like a mangled walrus freeing itself from quicksand'
An epic failure.
Its an anti-Bertrand perfume.

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.
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Sky

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Sky
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berry battle in a bottle
I guess throwing in the word "enchanted" entitles your forest to smell any darn way you want it to - but I could find no woodsy magic spells to hypnotise this nose.

The opening is very tricky. I love cats but I do not want to be mistaken for the mad lady with 37 pusses who smells of cat-wee. Grapefruit has often been a cat-wee culprit for me, but here it must be the mix of aldehydes, blackcurrent leaf & citrus peel. It's a car-crash on my wrist - I don't want to but I keep going back for another sniff "just to be sure"...ooof!

Luckily, the scent swiftly skips on to a more mainstream vibe: juicy, fruity, boozy, blackcurrent. Ribena, blackcurrent sours, cassis, boiled sweets - put them in a vat & mix them up to make a sour & syrupy tipple. I can't say I find it very classy but at least it is unapologetic in its stance (think snakebite-&-black rather than kir-royale). The projection at this point is bold, to say the least, so your friends may think you have a creme-de-cassis habit.

Half an hour in & the patient perfumista will be rewarded with the best phase of this scent. Gone is the cat-wee. The cocktail has been diluted. Enter a rich & thick powder. Like a fog it creeps over pond water, pine needles & moss & adds a warmth to the increasingly boozey-bitter scent. I'm not a fan of fruity scents but this part is very pleasant - well-mannered & a little intriguing.

Then in a puff it is gone! A trace of powder on pine, a stain of the sticky liqueur, sweet & soft.

I'm left confused. Who is this scent aimed at? The picky-perfumistas or the pound-payers? Too adult & tricky to be mainstream or teen. Too pleasant & not tricky enough to intrigue a more seasoned nose. It seems too much of a compromise to deliver the punch I had hoped. Yes, it is an ode to blackcurrent - but a sanitised, Disney plant. Where is the earth falling from this enchanted plant? The dark woods? The decaying leaves? The mists, magic & mystery?

Billed as an ode to blackcurrent - if you adore the plant & berry you may well adore this rich & fruity autumn gem. Alas. The concept was good, but, for me, the delivery fell a little short of the mark.
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Drseid

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Drseid
Greatly helpful Review    11
More Booze-laced Tropical Punch Than Enchanted Forest...
Enchanted Forest opens with an aldehyde-laced sour red wine, dry rum and blackcurrant fruit accord. The overall accord is reminiscent of a very tart booze-laced tropical fruit punch. The challenging open lasts a good hour on skin before finally softening to its more manageable blackcurrant and oakmoss heart. The mossy green facets of the oakmoss are all but obscured by the blackcurrant, instead showcasing its powdery aspects as they are more able to cut through the tart fruitiness. Carnation is also used to take some of the sting off the extreme bitterness of the blackcurrant fruit, while during the dry-down an underlying evergreen fir note from the base adds to it. Projection is average and longevity is below average at about 4 to 5 hours.

I really wanted to love Enchanted Forest, but it really is tough. The dry booze, tart wine and fruity nature of the open is definitely unique, but more than a bit off-putting. I love drinking tart tropical rum punch, but I can't say I have ever wished to smell of it. To add to my dismay, once you get past the bizarre open and the scent becomes more wearable, it turns very powdery while maintaining its tart fruity core and on me, at least, it just did not work. I absolutely love the bottle and I like the story behind Enchanted Forest, but the name is somewhat misleading as the composition is more tropical punch than green forest despite the supporting fir note in the dry-down. The bottom line is I am impressed with the innovation but disappointed with the results of this 2.5 star out of 5 very average release by The Vagabond Prince. Must be a rookie mistake, I guess.
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