L’Artisan Parfumeur Drôle de Rose

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alright, so I know I said I didn’t have time for a “real post” until later this week – and that’s true. I definitely don’t.

But I’m doing it anyways; biology lab report or none!


After mentioning this lovely L’Artisan Parfumeur scent earlier today in our Valentine’s post, I thought I’d share a brief review with you. Enjoy!

Drôle de Rose is a light, mature scent, described as being “endlessly, unashamedly feminine.” And yet… if this is what femininity smells like, I may want to think about being a little more masculine. I find the scent to be much too docile and fleeting for my tastes – the opening is quite fresh, but the drydown smells sterile on my skin.

The notes are… (rose, and the following)

Top: violet and iris

Heart: aniseed, almond, and honey

Base: (a very soft, subtle) leather

While I rarely attach scents to age (most of my favourites are considered to be “old lady scents” by today’s market), I can definitely see this suiting my grandmother. I don’t mean this in a bad way, because it does smell lovely, and my grandmother wears perfume incredibly well when she sprays some on – but Drôle is very clean, very “pretty.”

For those of us who like to experiment with our scents, this may not be the best choice, but if you’re a rose lover, do give this a try. While mature, this rose is particularly timeless, and would make an amazing signature fragrance if it does suit you.

Drôle de Rose was crafted by Olivia Giacobetti in 1996.

Try this if…

  • You’re looking for an über-sophisticated, classy, mature scent
  • You like your fragrances to be light and airy
  • Florals generally wear well on your skin
  • You like “safe,” clean scents

L’Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant: better than the real thing

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Poivre Piquant is an interesting blend of white pepper, liquorice, milk, and honey… and it smells just as good as it sounds. It blends into the skin seamlessly — you know how some fragrances smell great, but they smell like fragrances? Well, this smells like your own skin, but softly spiced and scented to perfection. As if you’ve consumed something magical and it’s slowly emanating from your being!

I expected something much bolder, with a name like “Poivre Piquant,” but I actually find this to be very easy to wear; “mainstream” friendly. On my skin, the first twenty-odd minutes are my favourite, as the pepper (my favourite part of this fragrance) starts to wane after that point. The white pepper has been crafted impeccably, and smelling freshly-applied Poivre Piquant is like smelling freshly ground white pepper on a soft honey-and-liquorice base. Minus the sneezing. Somehow, Bertrand Duchaufour (the perfumer) has succeeded in creating a pepper that is more real than the real thing. 

After about a half hour of wear, Poivre Piquant settles into a very friendly blend (for both sexes, might I add.) At that point, it smells very similar to more mass-market scents, with a clean, sweet, woody base, making it the perfect choice for someone who is looking for a subtle “safe”-but-better scent. The resulting dry-down will leave you smelling just as well-cut as the rest of the lads and ladies in your office… but you’ll have the extra “oomph” of just a pinch of pepper.
Availability: Poivre Piquant can be purchased through the L’Artisan Parfumeur site here, or through retailers like Neiman Marcus and BeautyHabit. It can also be sampled (or purchased) though LuckyScent.

As an introduction to niche perfumes, Poivre Piquant is perfect: it’s just as wearable as a mass-market perfume, but has a beautiful peppery opening to compliment the blend. At $95 for a 50ml bottle of Eau de Toilette, it’s within reach of most budgets, though this likely means some saving up beforehand! What I’d love to see released is an “Extrême” version, with a more lasting pepper note and a balance tipped just a touch toward more the slightly bitter liquorice rather than toward the smooth, sweet honey note.

Poivre Piquant was crafted in 2002 by Bertrand Duchaufour.

New collection: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc

Friday, September 10, 2010

The new Mûre et Musc Perfumed Body Collection will be available starting September. Doesn’t it look delightful? :)

The collection will be split into two categories. The first will be available in L’Artisan boutiques, and will include the following: (descriptions, names, and prices are as listed by the company)

La Crème Fouettée pour le Corps (Body Crème)
A velvety cream that intensively nourishes the body, leaving the skin soft and exquisitely perfumed. This gentle, smooth emulsion, rich in shea butter and nourishing oils, is ideal for dry skin, producing a rare feeling of comfort and protection. When applied to a clean dry skin, it provides deep and lasting nourishment and immediately makes the skin soft, silky smooth and radiant.
200 ml pot. Price: 105$

L’Huile Sèche pour le Corps (Dry Body Oil)
This sensual oil is a delight for the body. It leaves the skin feeling satin smooth and subtly perfumed. An oil that provides the nourishing and softening properties of black mulberry extract, leaving a delicate sheen on the skin.
100 ml. bottle. Price: 70$

Le Gel Parfumé pour La Douche (Shower Gel)
This soft shower gel creates a mousse to cleanse the body. It leaves the skin fresh and delicately perfumed. A gel with a sensual perfume…soft for the skin and soft for the soul. Its very gentle washing formula and the softening qualities of vegetable glycerine leave the skin supple and velvety. A fine, subtly perfumed mousse gently washes the skin.
200 ml tube Price: 45$

The second part will arrive at Ogilvy, and will include: le Lait Parfumé pour le Corps (Body Milk), L’Huile pour le Bain (Bath Oil), la Poudre de Parfum (Perfumed Powder), la Concrète de Parfum (Solid Perfume, for which the packaging looks so so cute!) and la Bougie Parfumée (Candle).

P.S. Mûre et Musc shower gel and body crème are available on the L’Artisan Parfumeur site right now; however, these are not part of the new collection as far as I know. 

L’Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vétiver Sacré

Thursday, September 2, 2010

L’Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vétiver Sacré indeed smells like the “sacred heart of vetiver” — unlike many fragrances which list vetiver as a note, this scent is based around the dry, grassy scent of vetiver itself. However, its concentration on one single note does not deter from its beauty, and it is far from boring.

The opening reminds me of what Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea wanted to be, for about forty five seconds: bergamot black tea makes a sharp statement, but refrains from being harsh. The top notes begin to evaporate from the skin immediately, like most L’Artisan Parfumeur scents, taking away a bit of the sweetness of date and dried fruits. From there, it reveals a more peppery, exotic base, with saffron and ginger reminiscent of an ancient spice market, softening the feel with sweet, pink berries.

Finally, Coeur de Vétiver Sacré dries down to a gorgeous vetiver mingled with incense, musk, and just a touch of vanilla. It has a divine ancient-spice quality in its sillage, but close to the skin, it’s deliciously woody and practically edible, evoking memories of saffron rice and other delightful dishes.

The vetiver in this blend is grassy — not green in a stems-and-leaves kind of way, but grassy as if you’ve literally taken a (wonderful!) nose-dive into a pile of vetiver. No dirt, nothing mulchy, just clean and dry, made woody and spicy by the incense and ginger. Vetiver, as if it was grown in eroding desert soil, then pulled from the sand, left to dry in the hot sun, and sold in a spice market.

Overall, I do think that Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is gorgeous, but not the type of fragrance I’d wear. It’s very fresh and grassy-green (neither of which are my usual “type,”) and has a feel that is almost… sour. It’s certainly more masculine and feminine, and is by no means the star of the L’Artisan Parfumeur lineup, but do I think it would be amazing on the right guy (or girl, depending on your fragrance tastes!)

Coeur de Vetivér Sacré was crafted by the divine Carine Vinchon, and will be launching September 2010. 

Availability: In the US, Coeur de Vétiver Sacré will launch exclusively this month to Barneys New York, but will expand to other retails in the new year. In Canada, it will launch in Ogilvy’s.

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