With an abundant amount of experience in luxury fashion-retail, it was only natural for Dutch-born Levent Gunduz to create a luxury brand of his own. After years of dedicated research and in conjunction with numerous French master perfumers, Levent created a collection of exceptional fragrances inspired by the Oriental Oud perfume culture. It was important to Levent that he wove his Turkish heritage into the unique products he developed and with that Levent Haute Parfumerie was born. Levent is an exquisite collection of five opulent Attar’s which fit perfectly in today’s contemporary world.
Attar also known as ittar is a natural perfume oil renowned throughout the Middle East, South Asia and parts of Africa. A true attar is 100% pure perfume oil and free of alcohol which means they are highly concentrated. Encased in small vessels the thick elixir is full of depth providing a stunning aroma with unparalleled longevity in only a few drops.
There are five Attar Absolue’s in the Levent range: Tanzimat, Les Imperiale, Queen of Ottoman, Fleurs Roxelana and Othman Khan. I was lucky enough to try Othman Khan; described by Levent as a masculine Oriental Leather Oud Fragrance. From the moment you receive one of Levent’s fragrances, you truly feel that you have purchased something exquisite. The bottle itself is housed in black lacquered wooden box lined with material and embellished with brass details. The small frosted glass bottles are designed by Levent Gunduz himself and are like nothing I have seen before. A brass plaque inlaid with hand-cut marble makes it truly unique and along with its jewelled top gives you a sense of the quality you can expect inside.
The well-crafted elixir contains top-quality ingredients, including authentic, sustainably sourced, vintage Oud which has been aged for over 10 years. On opening the bottle you immediately sense the richness of its composition as its soft balsamic notes encircle your nostrils. Due to its oil-based consistency, only a few drops are needed on each of the pulse points. It’s only when it is applied that it begins to weave its magic, the warmth of the skin revealing its addictive aromas and elegant qualities. I was concerned that perhaps the Oud may take over, but it has been beautifully laced with just the right amount, reinforcing the other notes whilst maintaining its own well-deserved space. A comforting sweetness ensues swirling its smooth toffee entrails in the air. At the moment you think it could become too sweet, a delicate array of warm spicy notes trickle into existence adding a balanced and alluring depth to its aroma.
Despite the attar including notes such as Tobacco and Leather, they are expertly blended and to my surprise, are not too overpowering. These notes along with a creamy woody undertone add a stunning nuance, warmth and complexity that is second-to-none. Othman Khan has an undeniable balance of aromas that exude masculinity whilst at the same time secreting an air of sensuality, softness and refinement.
It wasn’t until visiting Turkey and the Middle East that I first became aware of Attars and they are something that I thought would never take off in the western world. However, we are now all seeking unique contemporary fragrances that have impressive longevity, high-quality ingredients and value for money and I believe Levent has all of these qualities. If you are looking for a head-turner of a fragrance that is both powerful yet understated then Othman Khan is the one for you. It may be in a smaller bottle but due to its concentrated ingredients which require only a few drops on the skin, this fragrance will be sure to last you a very long time. Go on, step into the world of Attar, you won’t regret it.
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Fragrance Concentration: Attar Absolue
Around £312 for 60ml at levent.it