I was so lucky as to be able to test five of the eight perfumes by Bertrand Duchaufour that will be launched in June. I smelled all eight of them at the boutique.
Many of you told me to “spill the beans” already, so I will do a quick overview and my first impressions of the scents, more in-depth reviews will follow, when I had more time to test them properly. Usually I won’t attempt to review anything I have not worn at least three times, preferably more often, so I get a complete picture of the perfume in different conditions, moods and circumstances. Hence the mini-not-reviews, if I may borrow a phrase from Undina.
The eight available perfumes, to make matters a little more complicated, are not numbered 1-8. That the number five is already taken, may not come s a surprise, but also the number two is missing, this perfume has been bought by a private person as a bespoke scent and is therefore no longer available. The range was already on the market in 2009 as a kind of semi-bespoke line, where 50 bottles of each number were available. It has been reworked and repackaged since and is now offered in this form.
The range comprises of seven Eaux de Parfums and one Eau de Cologne (N°9) in 100ml bottles. Only highest quality materials are used. They will be launched in late June 2011 in the L’Artisan boutiques AND online as well! Other than that, each number will be exclusive to a market. I remember N°1 going to Malaysia, N°9 is exclusive to France.
Mon Numero N°1: A floral that is happy and smile-inducing. Fruity mimosa, very spring-appropriate and just lovely.
Mon Numero N°3: A very masculine vetiver, the top notes are meant to evoke an alcoholic drink – they do.
Mon Numero N°4: Classic lavender reminiscent of shaving cream and after shave lotion, which is very well since it is modeled after the idea of a barber shop. Not my personal favorite, but excellently made.
Mon Numero N°6: is a rain-drenched green, floral and woody perfume, like the vegetation in the rain forest. It smells like fresh earth and wet plants and tropical flowers heavy with rain, love it! Reminds me of a perfect mix of the best parts of Hermes Un Jardin aprés la Mousson and Amouage Reflection Woman.
Mon Numero N°7: Now this one is interesting – an Indian journey. Initially spices draw me in, as they always do, then jasmine, tea and sandalwood notes envelop me. This is intriguing and unusual.
Mon Numero N°8: the classic iris perfume in the French tradition, very, elegant, powdery and “perfume-y”.
Mon Numero N°9: this is the cologne. Uplifting citrus top-notes lead to an unexpected shiso leaf accord and finally a sophisticated warm drydown of resins and musk.
Mon Numero N°10: this is trademark Duchaufour (therefore I adore it! 😉 ) a voluptuous oriental, warm, heady, sensual, very unusual and interesting, it takes you on a journey you don’t want to come back from. My favorite!
More in-depth reviews of the five I have samples of to follow closer to the launch date.
All in all it is an interesting collection, but there are a few somewhat redundant perfumes in the bunch. The best, meaning most unique not only catering to my own taste, are N°6, 7 and 10 in my opinion.
I will be very interested to read all the reviews of others once they come in.