Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recalling that splendor charm

Rosée des Jardins d'Ispahan by Chaugan

It's a pleasure for me to be the first or one of the first who reviews this brilliant floral; although I don't know exactly where Chaugan comes from and who's the nose behind. All we know is that once in The Exclusive Perfumes Wave that took place on Carla One yacht in October 2013 in Cannes, the brand first showed up beside Xerjoff, Jovoy, and D'Orsay.
First to say the name of the brand took my attention; Ghaugan; (or chawgan, literally means polo sport in Persian language) is the royal sport of Persia during Safavid empire (1501-1736 AD) and to clarify the concept, it was parallel to tennis to the Grand Britain. Although some sources mention chaugan's history back to ancient times with debatable referees, it owns its fame officially from 16th century by Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) during his reign in his new capital; Isfahan. However, the origin of the sport is still unveiled while some believe that it came from mid-Asian cultures, some mention India and some believe that it's an original Persian game.

A Persian miniature illustrating the poem Gouy-o Chawgân ("the Ball and the Polo-mallet") from the Safavid era

Rosée des Jardins d'Ispahan is the first perfume introduced by Chaugan that interprets the perfume with the concept taken from Āli Qāpu palace in Naqsh-i Jahān garden of Isfahan; in ancient Persia; where ceremonial plays and rituals used to occur and the royal family and ministers were watching from the open terrace of the palace.
Rosée des Jardins d'Ispahan is a floral fresh woodsy fragrance that bears the concept and air from dreamy Persian gardens and their opulent wealth and comfort. Beside many architectural modules designed to provide comfort and welfare in semi-harsh climatic condition of the Middle East, Persian gardens are quite famous and used to be subjects of admiration by the western travelers especially Sir John Chardin who traveled through Persia (1673-1677) and wrote a precious book in this field, or Donald N. Wilber (American writer and spy) who has a specific research book on Persian gardens (Persian Gardens and Garden Pavilions). Isfahan (back in days Ispahan) is perhaps the most famous city in Persia and it owns its fame for its charm and mystical beauty, and of course its gardens and flowers, one of which is Ispahan rose; a sub-variety of Damascus rose.

The front facade of Āli Qāpu palace in Naqsh-i Jahān square or garden in the center of Isfahan, Iran. There are four main structures in the square: two mosques, the actual palace and the portal building of great bazaar of Isfahan. Āli Qāpu palace was the ceremonial building for watching rituals like Nowruz holidays and polo games.

Rosée des Jardins d'Ispahan is a modern take of an ancient story. It opens with slight pepper-infused pink grapefruit with fizzy floral yellowish ylang-ylang/rose twosome in the following (all the notes I mark are assumed to be, since there's no official source for them. Fragrantica has named some of them which all are clearly noticeable).

Hasht Behesht garden in Isfahan

The opening is somehow yummy and happy, elaborately accented by a fresh watery touch of lily of the valley plus sweet sexy honey. Magnificently the floral layer of the opening lasts till the end however it deforms in this long path and loses its semi-fruity vibe. In the middle phase a woodsy carnival joins this floral stream with gauiac, cedar, jasmine and rose (the main players) all stamped by patchouli who masterly draws the fresh floral trail to fluffy sensual warm leather/sandalwood/vanilla base soothed with orange blossom. And this is so admirable that this heavenly intoxicating composition last more than a day.
Now with such masterpiece I'm impatiently waiting for their next and next releases with deep passion and curiosity!

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