I love many L’Artisan perfumes, there are a few reviews to be found here, but the wonderful visit to the L’Artisan boutique in London’s Covent Garden, elevated my appreciation for the brand to something bordering infatuation. That is due not in a small way, to Marketing Assistant Florian Pedemanaud, who met me and my friend E. at the boutique and charmingly talked us through the entire, extensive range. Florian and his infectious enthusiasm for perfume were simply delightful to be around.
We were shown into the basement of the beautiful boutique, were all the fragrances were lined up, to be smelled in a unique way – gauze in a pretty porcelain cup is saturated with the perfume, which makes it a breeze to experience the whole, extensive range without experiencing olfactory fatigue.
I revisited old favorites (Vanille Absoluement, Bois Farine, L’Eau d’Ambre, Mure et Musc, Premier Figuier and Safran Troublant) experienced new additions (Coeur de Vetiver Sacre, Traversee du Bosphore) and fell for some previous rejects (Mechant Loup, Poivre Piquant, Fou d’Absinthe) Especially interesting were Fleur de Liane and – wait for it! – Al Oudh, which I need to aquire samples of asap. Tastes grow, what can I say? 😉
All the while Florian was providing background information about the fragrances, the perfumers and the house itself.
By the way, fans of La Haie Fleurie, a Jean-Claude Ellena creation from his pre-minimalist period, is about to be discontinued, so if you like it, snap it up before it is gone!
There will be a body range introduced this year for two scents, La Chasse aux Papillons and Premier Figuier, like they did last year for Mure et Musc.
The home scents range is also very interesting, that may be a post for PST sometime in the future.
I especially loved the Amber Balls, if money were no object, I would get a few in different sizes (five sizes are available), they look and feel just as great as they smell.
Called Mon Numero, this launch comprises eight perfumes created by Bertrand Duchaufour. They will be available only in special markets, a concept similar to Le Labo’s city exclusives. Each number is destined for one market. It is a good thing, that the L’Artisan boutiques will carry all eight scents though. Mon Numero is a limited edition as well as limited distribution collection.
Since this collection is authored by Bertand Duchaufour, who captured my heart with creations like my beloved Frapin 1697 or Penhaligon’s Amaranthine as well as many L’Artisan perfumes, I am more than interested, even if this eclectic way of distribution somewhat annoys me. I hate having to chase after a perfume that I like, but I can see that this also adds a certain allure and the thrill of the hunt, of course. That is probably what the company banks on.
So, do you want to know how they smell?
I had the good fortune to try five of the eight perfumes and after testing and gathering my thoughts about them, I will write about my impressions over the coming week(s). So be sure to check back!
Florian told me many facts that I have not reported here, so if you want to know anything in particular, just ask me in the comments, if I know it, I will answer or relay the question to Florian.