Ever since I was a little boy I was drawn to the water. My mom and dad had it difficult to take me out of the bathtub every evening. At the age of 5, maybe 6 I learned how to swim thanks to my dad’s help and later it was thanks to my uncle who polished those skills. I always felt that water is a natural environment for me. Even my zodiac sign – Pisces – is matching. I had a splash in the sea many times but I’ve been to the ocean shore only once in my life. It was back when I was a teenager, I was visiting a pen pal friend & her family took me to Bournemouth for a day.
Almost in a straight line across the la Manche, in North-Western part of France lies Brittany, a picturesque region that inspired people at L’Artisan Parfumeur to create a perfume dedicated to this beautiful area. I mentioned it before that I was never a huge fan of the brand but Au Bord de l’Eau, Sur l’Herbe and Histoire d’Orangers that I reviewed few weeks ago made such a positive impression on me that I was happy when I was given a chance to try their latest creation that is about to launch. If you’re curious – jump onboard and get ready for this ship to sail away.
Upon applying Un Air de Bretagne on skin first thing that reaches my nostrils is a cedar note. To my surprise if feels unexpectedly transparent & lightweight, with an interesting level of moisture to it. Its substance doesn’t feel very woody on my skin. Instead it brings the impression of a wet sand at the beach in my mind. There’s a little discrepancy between fragrantica and parfumo, as one lists cedar and other lists cedar leaf as a note. Without press release I’m not sure which is correct. No matter which is right, the feeling of something light and limpid remains the same.
15-20 minutes later Un Air de Bretagne slowly starts developing a marine accord. It’s really ethereal and still quite moist, with the additional sensation of salty air, sea spray or even marine foam, this perfume takes you on an imaginary trip to the ocean coast on a windy yet sunny day. The air is filled with the aroma of salt and sand drying under your feet. Fragrantica (only) says the perfume has Calone in it, but I didn’t recognize its usual facet of a melon. After some time the perfume becomes more ozonic. The smell of algae joins the composition, adding its specific watery green facet.
I would expect sea kelp fragrance to be rather disturbing, but no – it’s somehow soft & kind of blurry in this composition, feeling perfectly suitable for Un Air de Bretagne. There’s a possibility that it smells much more appealing thanks to neroli, which plays together with seaweed, introducing its serene, radiant floral aroma with a deliciously mouth-watering undertone of a ripe orange. Afterwards the perfume regains its salty aspect but this time it smells different. It’s more mineral and with balsamic, resinous elements that are warm. It’s thanks to ambergris I get this nice sensation.
Additionally this newest L’Artisan perfume brings up the scent of zesty bergamot and a blend of other citrus fruit. But this happens after a few hours of wearing Un Air de Bretagne. Turns out dividing notes into top, heart, base make no sense in this case as the fragrance seems to be very flexible. Citrus notes initiate a final thrill filled with aromatic molecules. Citrus peel combines with cypress for a green-tinged, exhilarating breath of ocean-flavored air. It feels so realistic.
Un Air de Bretagne from L’Artisan Parfumeur is a 4th fragrance from this brand that made a positive impression on me in such a short amount of time. In terms of liking I would place it as a runner-up, right behind Au Bord de l’Eau. Perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou from IFF made a terrific job creating a marine fragrance that is so polished and refined, especially because it’s so easy to overdo with this fragrance family. This new creation joins Bucoliques de Provence as a second offering in Les Paysages collection. This eau de parfum has low sillage and good longevity. It’ll appear on the market in September, most likely in 50 ml and 100 ml flacons.