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BULGAKOV (OG & LE)

AUD $300.00AUD $1,100.00

 

Manuscripts don’t burn. 

 

**PLEASE NOTE that Bulgakov LE is one of three fragrances in our catalogue that contains animalics – in this case castoreum, and is not vegan. Bulgakov Original is vegan.

TRNP BulgakovThe original Bulgakov edp was an imagined scent-track to my favourite novel by Mikhail Bulgakov – a bizarre, grim and wondrously arcane detournement of Moscovian society during Stalin’s purges in the 1930s.

The opening to the perfume referenced the poverty and struggle of daily life – via the homely scents of:- Russian lavender, caraway seeds, aniseed, cigarette smoke and general gloom.

A gradual descent into the underworld of Bulgakov (the perfume, not Gospodin Bulgakov), revealed a scene of tattered opulence, of corrupt bureaucrats quaffing Sovetskoye Shampanskoye behind the iron curtain, whilst most Muscovites were scrabbling to find a loaf of bread.

Cedarwood, Rose, Jasmine, Musk, Sandalwood, Oudh, Benzoin, Labdanum and Vanilla. The final trail of the original perfume retained a hint of the aniseed, and the oudh, yet largely finished as a powdery woody floral, long into the night.

My recent version BULGAKOV LE was composed in early 2021. I’d been thinking a lot about modern Russia, and it occurred to me that the story of Master and Margarita may well be set in current times, with the ominous elements of corruption and oligarchic power ramped up in so many terrifying ways. Those uneasy, troubling sensations have since played out in such devastation that I was reluctant to bring this perfume back into circulation. And yet, I now see that it belongs in the world, as reminder of the genius of Bulgakov, whose creative legacy managed to survived the oppressive forces of Stalin’s purges as a beacon of light shining on in so much darkness.

I’ve totally overdosed the formula with:- 4 oudhs – Hindi, Cambodian, CO2 Oudh resin and Misty Forest Vietnamese. As well I’ve added Castoreum. New Bulgakov also contains more Jasmine, more Sandalwood, Narcissus, Tobacco, Costus, Styrax and Bulgarian Rose.

It still contains Russian Lavender, Caraway and Aniseed in the opening, as they are emblematic of my inner imaginings of the daily grind for so many Russians (1930s and now).

The overall effect is a complex, moody leather that sometimes arrives with a single-minded determination to dominate all else. Other days, it floats and shimmers on the breeze.

An enigmatic spirit, a talisman of mystical forces.

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Bulgakov OG 30ml, Bulgakov OG 50ml crystal, Bulgakov OG 100ml crystal, Bulgakov LE 30ml, Bulgakov LE 50ml crystal, Bulgakov LE 100ml