Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. To obtain just 1 gram of it you need to grow around 200 flowers, pick their stigmas manually at a certain time and dry them quickly upon extraction. Prices for the best quality saffron can reach 11$ per gram so it’s not as expensive as 24K gold. But don’t worry, no one says you can’t afford some saffron because you can and it really is a good one.
When I tried Safran Troublant from L’Artisan Parfumeur for the first time its smell reminded me of wild rose and cherry jam my Mum uses as a layer when she bakes a gingerbread cake. It smelled rich,vivid and delicious just like the jam. The whole kitchen smelled of it when Mum spent Saturday afternoon preparing the most delicious gingerbread I know. The opening of Safran Troublant is an opulent saffron used in perfect amount. It’s vibrant, light spicy character reacts with all my senses, nose, eyes, ears are all excited about it. Addition of vanilla in the opening combine perfectly with saffron creating a new lightly sweet and creamy dimension. But for me the best part is yet to come.
The initial phase of Safran Troublant never disappears but when it dissipates and its volume goes down, there comes the right time for rose to appear. It smells elegant, sophisticated and actually not too floral. It’s more suedy, velvety in style giving the sensation of holding the rose petals between your fingers. To me rose petals create the feeling like I was touching high quality and really expensive canvas. As a sandalwood amateur I can say that sandalwood in Safran Troublant doesn’t smell of sandalwood known from its classics. It’s not much woody on my skin but rather spicy, I like it the way it is as I often find perfume with sandalwood being too dry or harsh.
Passion flower (and probably sandalwood at some level too) provide a powdery quality that goes well with sweet aroma that is left on the skin after few hours of wearing the fragrance. Hey, there’s some sugar inside of it, how cool this sounds. Notes list of L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant mentions ginger as one of the essences used. I’m not sure if I recognized it but I think that it might have spiced up the rose a little bit or it took part in the bright opening of the scent. Honestly I wouldn’t care what ginger did or did not for Safran Troublant because it smells fabulous anyway.
Bertrand Duchaufour created Safran Troublant for L’Artisan Parfumeur in 2002. It’s an extremely well done gourmant with an oriental and spicy theme. In my opinion it’s alluring and really addictive. I was hooked the first time I tried it and since then I want more and more. At the moment I just got a decant of it in a swap to keep me going for a while but I think I’m in need for more of it. It’s so enjoyable, somehow provoking and entertaining. It can be had in heptagonal column bottles that carry 50ml or 100ml of liquid, eau de toilette concentration.