Fatih Sultan Mehmed by Fort & Manlé

Hi Posse. Fatih Sultan Mehmed is an Australian created fragrance from my mate Rasei Fort at Fort & Manlé (here we are bumping into each other in Harrod’s). Another friend, Clayton Ilolahia of What Men Should Smell Like, gifted me this bottle, He thought it would be a perfect fit. Freaking cool gift, eh? A finalist in the 2017 Art and Olfaction Awards Artisan Category and a reflection on Rasei’s Turkish heritage and ancestry. I knew that the Posse Perfumistas would go batshit crazy for it so it’s currently available to buy or sample at LuckyScent.

Fatih Sultan Mehmed by Fort & Manlé 2016

Fatih Sultan Mehmed by Fort & Manlé 2016

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, Petitgrain, Apple, Iris, Tulip, Vanilla, Ambergris, Damask rose, Virginia cedar, Oud, Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Benzoin

Fatih Sultan Mehmed (Mehmed II, commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror) was an Ottoman ruler who had two reigns in the 1400s. He defeated a Hungarian crusade, strengthened the navy, and took Constantinople. According to Wikipedia: At home he made many political and social reforms, encouraged the arts and sciences, and by the end of his reign, his rebuilding program had changed the city into a thriving imperial capital.

A sweet patchouli, richly decorated with resins and vanilla. Fatih Sultan Mehmed smells so opulent and rich. A fantastic melange of all the beautiful bits we dream of when armchair travelling to exotic Eastern locales. Constantinople, the meeting of east and west. The spice trade, incense, perfume, oils and the centuries old trek of humanity.

There is nothing dusty or foodish about this perfume. My imagination has it as the scent of the highest echelons of the time. I can imagine the womens skins glistening with it and the mens beards like clouds of fragrant gorgeousness. Amber and patchouli with the works. So beautifully blended that all the bit player notes come across as a single background chorus.

Longevity is excellent and projection moderate for the first hour or so before it softens considerably. Unisex and totally wearable in close quarters.

Have you tried any of the Fort & Manlé fragrances?
Portia xx

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    ‘opulent and rich’ and even better ‘clouds of fragrant gorgeousness’ So you like it then Portia? haha, I’ve never heard of this one but it sounds like I would LOVE it if I ever came across it.

  • Cinnamon says:

    I adore patchouli … but it no longer loves me. Sad face. This sounds well worth sampling though. Alas not available at any of the London shops I use for samples. Maybe in 6 months.

  • Musette says:

    completely off-topic: gotta love algorithms! Lots of ads for Beard Balm and…. some movie with the word ‘fade’ in it. Skynet is already here 😉 xoxoxo

  • March says:

    I have NOT tried any of these — does my perfume card get pulled when I realize how many things at Luckyscent I haven’t tried?! It does sound divine!

    • Portia says:

      March,
      I don’t know how the crew that work for and at LuckyScent get time to sniff, evaluate and deal with all the lines they keep. It’s extraordinary.
      You might like these.
      Portia xx

  • Musette says:

    Good grief! That sounds all sorts of fabulous – and I don’t usually like patchouli. Or vanilla. I’ve always wanted to visit (as in really spend some time in) that part of the world… perhaps … some day, sooner rather than later.. xoxoxo

    • Portia says:

      Hey Musette,
      This and Charlatan are my favourite from the Fort & Manlé line but everyone seems to have different favourites. Rasei himself is gorgeous and super fun to hang out with.
      Portia xx

      • SamanthaL says:

        Have you tried Confessions of a Garden Gnome?! I love that name! They all look & sound amazing though….

        • Portia says:

          Hi SamanthaL,
          Yes, it’s really good too. The life of the fragrance takes you through the four seasons. Totally interesting and engrossing scent wear.
          Portia xx