One of Nishane surprises for the upcoming Esxence – The Scent of Excellence: the new Shadow play collection of three Extraits de Parfum. After the first collection of sixteen perfumes unveiled at Esxence 2015 and the last year’s truly successful duo, founders of this hit Turkish house – Mert Güzel and Murat Katral have teamed up again with perfumer Jorge Lee to create collection bases on traditional shadow puppetry. New line has been wonderfully illustrated by blogger and artist Yukiko Rees.


For the collection named as “SHADOW PLAY” to be launched in 2017, NISHANE has got the main inspiration from the traditional shadow play which is also known as shadow puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.

KARAGOZ (meaning “black eye” in Turkish) and HACIVAT (shortened in time from “Hacı İvaz” meaning “İvaz the Pilgrim”), ZENNE (the common name of the generally beautiful and flirty women featuring in various plays) are the lead characters of the traditional Turkish shadow play, popularized during the Ottoman period and then spread to most nation states that comprised the Ottoman Empire and most prominently in Turkey and Greece.
Those three legendary character have been brought back by Nishane into the today’s world with three Extraits:

HACIVAT – A tribute to elegance, competence, and love of art
ZENNE – A tribute to beauty, self-confidence, and flirtation
KARAGOZ – A tribute to wittiness, straightforwardness and sincerity

HACIVAT – Eau Chypre



Top notes: Bergamot, Pineapple, Grapefruit
Heart notes: Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedarwood
Base notes: Clearwood, Oakmoss, Dry Timberwood

ZENNE – Floral Oriental


Top notes: Grapefruit, Blackcurrant, Rhubarb
Heart notes: Turkish Rose, Gardenia, Sandalwood
Base notes: Vanilla, Ambergris, Musk

KARAGOZ – Woody Ambery


Top notes: Pineapple, Black Grape, Bouquet Garni
Heart notes: Neroli, Jasmine, Patchouli
Base notes: Vetiver, Agarwood, Amber

All three Nishane Shadow Play collection scents will be available as Extraits de Parfum 50ml, with the worldwide preview at Esxence 2017.

Quotes and picture – via Nishane, thank you!