Turkish Leather by Pryn Perfum is a really quite an interesting find. It has all of the typical nuances one would expect to encounter with the litany of leather scents, some good-some bad. They tend to have that comforting rugged and rough feel that is serenely bathed in elegance, except that in this present scenario Turkish Leather takes a welcomed but interesting turn. You can describe this turn as a ‘Cultural’ experience. In creating this perfume some traditional Turkish delights -by way of a sweet spicy beverage and dessert-are infused that defines this special brew for it tastes supremely good.
The taste of this perfume is what we can rightly call an Oriental leather Turkish Gourmand. It has its own category. Turkish leather creatively uses ‘Raki’ a traditional turkish drink which is composed of Anise and various ‘other’ unknown spices which I cannot presently identify because I have not yet had the opportunity to try it. However, Turkish leather has a very interesting deeply composed spicy scent that I just cannot pinpoint but absolutely enjoy. Along with the leather and gourmand the spices really project well and carry this perfume a long way. Next, they use ‘Rahat Loukoum or Loukoum’ which is a dessert usually made with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates and flavored with rosewater and almond powder. Loukoum can be best described as a confection assembled in small cubes that are dusted lightly with icing, sugar or powdered cream. There are many variations of Loukoum but for this go around Pryn Perfums makes matters simple. But for how simple it is Turkish leather maintains a mysterious and delightful complexity. It is the closest you can arrive by capturing that fine line between leather and dessert.
While employing Turkish food and drink as an added educational bonus, the main theme is still leather and a humungous dose is present to blend in with food and drink. French cistus is used for a rugged and dusty suede effect that somehow smells moist at times as well as dry. However ones perceives the intensity of the leather it smells fresh off the rack in your favorite boutique. It plays such a major part in the performance lest we forget. The decision to use such a plentiful dose was ingenious when considering the ‘other’ ingredients that add to it’s appeal. At this point Turkish leather is getting started.
Oudh, incense, caramlised dates, grey amber and cacao powder form the esteemed backdrop for this fragrance. Laotian smoky dry oudh is selected in that it blends in perfectly with the leather, Raki and Loukoum. The oudh has that same familiar scent present in some of the Rania J. Perfumer creations like Cuir Andalou and T. Habanero. It is that Laos oudh which is very definitive which I am allowed to describe as a little indonesian pachouli with fumes. It is a pleasant oud with a sexy undertones in which the wearer will definitely enjoy. The incense is present but it mixes with the cacao powder and burnt dates that gives what I mentioned before as the ‘Mysterious Complexity’. Turkish leather has that burnt gourmand scent to further appeal. If you have ever had the opportunity to sample Pralines and Cream Ice cream with the hallowed sugar cone, Turkish Leather is almost exactly that while throwing in some leather and their Raki. Now that I think of it, I will be heading to my local Baskin & Robbins store and order some Pralines and cream with two scoops not one. Turkish Leather’s sillage and projection is equal to two scoops!
Lastly, another dose of ‘modern’ suede is used to solidify this composition. The Honeyness of Cistus and a modern suede note-molecule brings a more perfect union. Turkish leather is a lavish fragrance with incredible and edible sophistication. In a unique way Turkish leather feels so soothing it seems to cause a release of steady catocholamines such as Serotonine by elevating mood and Dopamine working on the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. This brand of leather is really an experience with the culinary and olfactory arts. With Pryn Parfum placing as an 2017 Art and Olfaction awards finalist for their ‘Rosuerrie‘ perfume it is relatively easy to conclude why Turkish Leather is so great.
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