A fragrant mash-up of the ancient and modern. Istanbul tips its hat to the big ambery perfumes of the early 20th century, but revamps them to fit into a 21st century modern lifestyle. Warm, viscous resins in a gentle whirl of lighthearted aromatics. Your jumper’s going to smell so good.
Bukhara is an intelligent spin on one of perfumery's most-prized materials - orris root. Its initial sprays play into orris root’s earthy richness and vegetable undertones; however, as the scent develops it takes on a misty, silken quality. And while Bukhara is an unmistakable orris fragrance, there’s a host of background players exaggerating the lines and keeping interest.
Composed by Ralf Schwieger, one of the industry’s most intelligent noses. Schwieger has a really interesting body of work. He's made blockbuster hits such as Lipstick Rose for Frederic Malle, Hermes’s Eau des Merveilles and Womanity for Thierry Mugler. But he's also made underground, cult hits with independent brands like Charenton Macerations.
Bukhara is a Finalist for the Fragrance Foundation's 2021 Award for Perfume Extraordinaire.
In recent years, the unfortunate fruity floral has become much maligned as a run-of-the-mill department store beauty counter staple. Tel Aviv feels like a bit of a reclaim of this genre. It’s cheerful and happy-go-lucky. As easy to wear as really comfortable flats that were definitely expensive.