40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews
Day 18th, L'Artisan Parfumeur
Griffe: When Annie and Patti asked me to review L’Artisan I had to say yes.
L’Artisan was my introduction to niche fragrances and the first two I tried, 7+ years ago, are still my favorites, tied for the #1 spot in my collection and my heart. They are, drum roll: La Chasse and Mure et Musc. At the time I was misguided, and looking for a signature scent. I have grown out of that. I have not grown out of my love for L’Artisan.
L’Artisan fragrances are, for the most part, whispers of scent. Often people complain of their lasting power. I find that they last all day, but they are not strong fragrances. If you want to fill up a room, this is not the line for you, move along . If you like refined, subtle (for the most part), sometimes off beat fragrances, this is the line for you.
As I said before, my favorites are La Chasse and Mure et Musc. La Chasse is a white floral blend. It is summer in a bottle. I swear I hear birds chirping when I spray it. It is feminine, and bright, and utterly adorable. There is a little sharp, peppery, clean bite to it that keeps it from being too precious. It is what I call an "I love being a girl" scent. You can not be mean or unhappy and wear La Chasse.
Mure et Musc is a clean, not overly sweet blackberry and musc blend. It starts out a bit on the masculine side. A little soapy, a little citrusy, like a classic mens cologne. This phase does not last long and the sweet/tart blackberry and soft musk come out. This is my go to, fall back, always right fragrance.
There are many others that are worthy. Give them a try. Passage d’Enfer, The Pour Un Ete, Safran Troublant, Tea for Two, Voleur de Roses, the list goes on. In fact, though not all L’Artisans are full bottle worthy to me, there is not one that I have not liked. If you want people to think "mmm, she smells good", not "her perfume smells good" L’Artisan might be just what you are looking for.
As a side note, my first L’Artisan sample, and almost all of my L’Artisans after were purchased through http://beautycafe.com/
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Tussah: Fig seems to be one of those scents that people either love or hate. Fortunately, I am a fig-lover, and L’Artisan’s Premier Figuier is one of my favorites.
It starts with a substantial show of fig…green fig leaves, and fruit. But, it also has a seductive milky quality that contrasts well with the fruit. Woody, base notes balance and complete the fragrance experience.
Basenotes lists this fragrance as being released in 1994, but it still has an innovative, uniqueness that stands the test of time. It is truly a great fragrance that certainly can be considered suitable for all.
L’Artisan lists Premier Figuier as a blend of: fig tree leaves, fresh fig, almond milk, and sandalwood.
Family: woody, green, fruity.
From the L'Artisan website: It begins with the curling, rising steam of Lapsung-Souchong tea. All the notes are orchestrated around the smoke and wooded scents to create a more fiery and warmer sensation. The sweet, fresh, spicy facets reveal the delicious delights of honey.
Both voluptuous and spicy, it is a marvellous tea for your skin!
Tea for Two is a rich, smoky black tea scent with dashes of cinnamon, ginger, green anise, honey and vanilla. This is a very difficult fragrance to wear. The heavy smoke note generally scares most people from attempting to wear it. The first time I sniffed it I was not a fan. I recognized that it was special and continued to test it every few months.