If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you’d know that I love supporting niche perfumes. That’s why I was so happy when Alexandra from L’Artisan Parfumeur contacted me through my instagram! The French brand, established in 1976 by Jean Laporte, is actually one of the pioneers of niche perfumery. They have a wide selection of scent, so it could be an overwhelming process to pick one. That’s why, although they didn’t ask me to make this blogpost, I’m eager to share with you my thoughts on every scent I’ve received from them, because the scents are indeed so beautiful and unique, just like their names. Everything I write here is based on my pure opinion, and I hope you can find this review helpful.
Traversée du Bosphore: if you’ve been to Istanbul, this fragrance will take you back there. It doesn’t remind me of the salty air of the Bosphorus strait, but it does remind me of the Turkish delight and the old bazaar. I can smell a little bit of apple and pomegranate, but combined with bitter almond and leather. On my skin it doesn’t smell that sweet or fruity, I smell more the almond and soft leather (suede). Maybe there’s a little bit of honey. Overall it really smells like Turkish delight to me, which I like!
Histoire d’Orangers: this one will take you immediately to an orange field. But don’t get me wrong, because it’s not the scent of the orange, but the orange blossom! So wearing this would not make you smell like an orange, I promise :)) It’s very bright, fresh, fruity and floral at the same time. It dries down into a bit soapy, it reminds me of my mom’s favourite classic bar soap she used when I was little. It’s a nostalgic scent, yet still modern and fresh.
Premier Figuier: This is my favourite. Smelling this instantly transports me into a fig garden, very green, fresh, and creamy. Not too sweet like other fig fragrances are. More woody and tranquil. As if you’re taking the fig garden with you wherever you go. Absolutely scenic and beautiful.
Séville à l’Aube: the mindfulness of incense, but softened with the scent of orange blossom. It’s deep and rich, but somehow soothing. If you want to imagine the smell, it’s like the scent you smell when you enter an empty church with burning insence, but with a touch of some sweetness and feminity.
Thé pour un Été: very fresh and sweet, i can smell the jasmine tea combined with the freshness of lemon and mint. This scent brings you back into those bright summer days, where everyone is smiling and happy.
Passage d’enfer: This one is very particular, this is a scent that will remind everyone of some ancient buildings. The smell of the chilled cathedral walls, old books, incense. I would recommend anyone who is interested in this one to try the sample first.
Tea for Two: This is not the smell of your usual tea. Not jasmine, not white tea, not green tea. It’s an herbal tea, very warming, cozy, and smokey. I can smell the cinnamon, star anise, and ginger in this.
Nuit de Tubéreuse: Powdery, floral, the scent of tuberose but never overpowering. It’s very feminine and elegant. Some floral fragrance can be too much for my taste, but this one is very well balanced. I would like to wear this fragrance to a cocktail party at some beautiful mansion in the 1920s, like in the movie Gatsby!
Bucoliques de Provence: when you first spray it, you smell the freshness. But soon after you’ll smell the warm lavender and leather. It’s very warm, on my skin it smells almost like eucalyptus (but there’s no eucalyptus in here) and slightly sweet. It’s a very soft and pure scent.
Noir Exquis: This one stays on my skin the longest! I can smell coffee, chestnut, and other delicious things. It reminds me of confectionary, but not overly sweet, and very well balanced. I can see this fragrance worn equally by men and women. I would cling to my man if he wears this :))
Caligna: it’s sweet, playful, and free-spirited. That’s how I describe Caligna’s personality. The perfect blend of fig and jasmine, but not too sweet as the clary sage keep her feet on the ground. Imagine dancing in a summer field in the south of France. I think a lot of women would love this scent!
So that covered all my L’artisan Parfumeur collection for now. Although all the scents are equally beautiful, but to be honest with you my favourite is actually Premier Figuier! I’d love to have a full bottle of this one, it’s just so green and scenic.
I hope you find this review hopeful, and I’ll see you soon on my next post ❤