Wednesday brought rainy and windy weather today and it’s 18*C outside, hard to compare with 28*C we had here yesterday. Looks like autumn decided to make it’s first steps into the region. But in calendar it’s still summer so I decided to write about two summery scents I tried yesterday. I didn’t have much luck with finding love among L’Artisan Parfumeur fragrances but I respect the house. Before samples I’m going to write about in a minute arrived I decided to review them together. I was expecting they’ll be much alike, having a lot in common. Damn how ignorant and wrong I was.
Mandarine is a limited edition eau de toilette created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti. L’Artisan Parfumeur website says this fragrance is a blast of freshness & an uplifting burst of happiness  which takes you to the place where the earth and sunshine of the Mediterranean nourish this concentrated dose of good humour . To me Mandarine is a rather linear composition. Right from the start it is heavy on mandarine orange (3 different kinds of mandarine are infused here: green, red and yellow). At this point Mandarine is a little green and leafy but this impression doesn’t last long. Few minutes later this effect subsides and perfume becomes moderately sweet – it smells like ripe fruit pulp. I also get a hint of ginger, spicing the structure of L’Artisan Parfumeur Mandarine. Frangipani used for this scent adds a twist of floral and creamy aromas. This creamy sensation disturbs me, I don’t really like it here. When I spent some more time with Mandarine I could sense nice smelling molecules of cedar, hidden under juicy fruit pulp.
Seville a l’Aube is probably the first perfume born from collaboration between perfumer Bernard Duchaufour and perfume blogger and writer Denyse Beaulieu (Grain de Musc). First impression of Seville a l’Aube is created by wonderfully smelling orange blossoms. Unfortunately flowers quickly lose their power revealing waxy smell of honey. Then it gains density and becomes balmy – this L’Artisan Parfumeur contains a lot of benzoin molecules. Not much time later an incensy quality provided by olibanum resin appears. To my nose it doesn’t smell like a church incense but it’s rather mind-opening, with a slightly salty undertones. There’s also something crisp in this Seville a l’Aube fragrance (petit grain). Also warm touch of tobacco is noticeable, but no lavender from the notes list and even if there is some olive flower I have no idea how such a flower smells like. This fragrance is also a limited edition.
These two L’Artisan Parfumeur fragrances are available in 100 ml bottles only and both are concentrated at level of eau de toilette. As I mentioned earlier I judged them before I tried each one and put them into the same bag of summer citrus scents and I made a mistake doing so. Didn’t hear much around Mandarine in our perfume world but Seville a l’Aube earned wide and loving audience. I won’t be joining them! Sorry! We didn’t click with Seville and I felt weird wearing this scent for reviewing purposes. I think L’Artisan Parfumeur is just not a brand for me (2 exceptions)… I’ll let it be this way, at least for now.