WHAT I SMELL: Bonheur opens with a warm and enveloping sparkling bergamot combined with an oppulent mix of herbs and florals. It’s coolly warm in the sense that there’s a citrus freshness mixed with a rapturous warmth that surrounds you in the most welcoming and quiet way. Bonheur slowly develops in a very non-linear way which makes the perfume feel exotic and seductive while at the same very approachable all while it draws you into its mystery. After some time, the warmth turns more to a spicy herbal as it vibrates and begins to project a wonderful buzzing haze off of the skin. As soon as this transition occurs, a green fir appears, lightening the perfume and an oakmoss begins to dry and powder the magical elixir. But still after some more time, the more exotic once again seems to layer itself over the oakmoss with a lovely clove and incense note. To me, the drydown is pure heaven.
Notes from the Bortnikoff website:
Top notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Frangipani, Tagetes, and Cempaka
Heart notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver,Violet, Ambergris, Myrrh, Clove and Nutmeg
Base notes: Cedarwood, Labdanum, Vanilla and Tonka bean
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The quiet grace of a an ancient Buddhist temple.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BONHEUR: majestic, calming, exotic
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BONHEUR: No reviews found.
BOTTOM LINE: Perfumer Dmitry Bortnikov has created a masterfully blended perfume that transcends layers of combined notes. Instead, Bonheur weaves a magical spell that serenely drifts off the skin in the most beautiful way. Bonheur is a perfume that makes you feel as if you’re on top of the world looking down with all the beauty and grandeur that this world has to offer.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre
- Nose: Dmitry Bortnikov
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $180 for 30ml parfum extrait via Luckyscent or the Bortnikoff Perfumes website.