Seagull song, L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne

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.

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29 thoughts on “Seagull song, L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne

  1. chocolatemarzipan8 says:

    While the notes initially scared me your review makes this one sound so appealing…plus I love the bottle and the name as well 🙂

    thanks for the review, Lucas!

  2. The Accords says:

    I had a chance to sniff this recently although it hasn’t been released in Australia yet. It’s absolutely amazing and will definitely be my scent of the summer, love the swirling eddies of the notes, as you say it doesn’t have a clear structure but feels very much like floating in the cool sea…

    • lucasai says:

      Hello there. Great you had a sniff before release. It’s definitely a summer scent – for me it’s a shame that summer is almost over here, in a few weeks Un Air de Bretagne won’t feel suitable for the weather.

  3. shelly says:

    I am truly interested! I have only one “marine” or “aquatic”
    scent that evolved from a free sample and I ended up buying a full bottle of. I hope this one is wonderful. I have soft spot for l’artisan. The artwork you posted with it is nice too. So glad to have read your review.

    • lucasai says:

      Glad to hear it Shelly! Can you tell the name of that fragrance or is it a secret? 😉
      I’m happy you liked the picture. I made both of these collage myself

      • shelly says:

        Profumi del Forte – Tirrenico is the scent, it was a free sample when I bought a partial bottle from the lady who had Olfactoria. Totally opposite what I had.

  4. Holly says:

    I’m a kindred spirit with you in my love for the water! Bravo to you for deciding to step out of your comfort zone in trying Un Air de Bretagne and thanks to your review I’m interested. 🙂 I surprised myself by liking Carner Barcelona’s Costarela, so this one may work as well.

    • lucasai says:

      Yay for us who love water 🙂
      Sometimes you need to take a risk (take a plunge?) and try something that you’re not sure it’ll be good for you.
      Costarela is lovely but I like Un Air de Bretagne more, actually

  5. rickyrebarco says:

    This sounds very nice. I love a good fresh sea air scent. I also like Jean-Claude Ellena’s Brittany inspired scent, Hermessence Epice Marine and Heeley’s Sel Marin. Brittany brand Lostmarch also has a good sea scent, Ael-Mat.

    • lucasai says:

      I didn’t like Sel Marin and I didn’t try Epice Marine, but Hermessence don’t really work for me, so I probably would not like it either.
      Hope the L’Artisan is nice on you

  6. perfumelover67 says:

    Great review Lucas. This is a good candidate for a full bottle. Looking forward to its release.

  7. Jillie says:

    On no!!! This could be one perfume on which you and I might not agree! Of course it’s silly for me to say that as I haven’t sniffed it yet, but the description is giving me flashbacks to Calvin Klein’s Escape …..

    When I heard about the launch of Escape in 1991, it sounded so different that I couldn’t wait for it to be released in the UK and my boss brought me back a bottle from the States. It was quite amazing – one of the forerunners of the oceanic/ozonic/marine type fragrances – and goodness it was powerful. And to me – absolutely nauseating! I felt as if I had climbed out of the sea and over the rocky beach, covered in seaweed, like a primordial creature. Yuk. I gave my bottle away.

    I have never been able to stomach the perfumes that followed, like L’Eau d’Issey – perhaps a “watery” scent just doesn’t appeal to my fire sign!

    I understand that the current Escape is of course now merely a ghost of what it was – you could say it has been “watered” down!! – and it might be easier for me to tolerate. But really I avoid anything that hints at the sea and kelp (although we did once have a lovely holiday in Brittany!).

    It’s good though that L’Artisan is finally appealing to you. And it’s “horses for courses”!

    • lucasai says:

      Jillie, there is no need to worry. If we were agreeing on liking the same fragrances in 100% it would become boring over time.

      Goodness gracious, this sounds like a really bad experience. Marine theme (or Calone itself) were overused in the 90’s while Un Air de Bretagne uses it in small amount (if at all, since Fragrantica is the only source naming Calone as note!)

  8. Undina says:

    From both the notes and your description I have no idea whether I’ll like it, but your review made me want to try it – which doesn’t happen often for me with this brand. And I like the bottle – especially if they do it in 50 ml size.

    I want to say that I always loved water and spend enough time in rivers, lakes and sees – even though I haven’t learned how to swim until I was about 12 or 13 (and I blame my father for that: he was an awful teacher! 🙂 ).

    • lucasai says:

      I’m so happy that you felt inspired by my review and that you feel like trying it. Even more happy that L’Artisan and you don’t go along well (just like me)

      They made Bucoliques de Provence from same collection in 50 and 100 ml so hopefully Un Air de Bretagne will be packed in same sizes. The bottle is lovely, I agree.

  9. Jiji says:

    Thank you for the review, sounds interesting. Really want to try it, though most L’AP’s are not a big succes for me.
    Seems like a perfect scent for summer!

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks for showing up Jiji, glad you liked the review. L’AP didn’t work for me with over 90% of their fragrances until recently when I liked a few

  10. hajusuuri says:

    It sounds lemming-worthy, Lucas! I will try it at Barneys as I also want to check out the latest Le Labo City Exclusive!

    • lucasai says:

      You know I like when you get lemmings from my reviews.

      Will you please let me know what you thought about Le Labo, I’m very curious about this Mousse de Chene 30, I will try to hunt sample but it probably won’t be easy.

  11. floragal says:

    I’m a lover of water too. I have yet to find a fragrance that fits, or makes sense of the water for me. I would like to.
    In addition, this brand is hit or miss for me, but I do admit to loving their Seville.
    Looking forward to trying this one & the others you’ve reviewed so well.

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks Floragal! It’s similar for me. Last one I really liked was their oldish Safran Troublant, then for many years I couldn’t find anything that would suit me until their new releases from this year

  12. […] L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne In the last 2 or 3 years marine compositions made a big comeback after everyone got bored with them in the 90’s. Modern sea/ocean inspired perfume don’t reek of calone anymore but instead they surround the wearer with the cloud or realistic salty breeze, marine air or the smell of wet sand and seaweed. Un Air de Bretagne would make you feel as if you were at the Northern coast of France. […]

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