Pearless – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 1

Mon Numéro is the new collection L’Artisan Parfumeur is launching right now. See my sneak peek post with mini-reviews of all of the perfumes here.

The first one in the line – Numéro 1, is exclusive to Malaysia and available online.

A fruity-floral – yes, that is what it is, and that genre does have a bad reputation, indeed, thanks to thousands of similarly bad and unimaginative launches in the last years, but we need not fear. Bertrand Duchaufour and L’Artisan won’t let us down.

Mon Numéro 1 is a fresh and delightful duet of mimosa and pear. Like Marla said in her review on PST, pear is not an easy note to love. It can be screechy, overly sweet, terribly artificial or if worse comes to worst, all three.

In Mon Numéro 1 it is thankfully neither. It is very green, very crisp, somehow clean and freshly cut. That is how Mon Numèro 1 starts out, then slowly it warms up a little and sweetens, but only barely, for the mimosa here is not dusty, sweet and cloying, as it can be, but sheer and transparent.

The base is a softly rounded musk, a little soapy, but largely unobtrusive by itself, only there to make the pear and mimosa couple hold on, and they do hold on until the very last, when they slowly fade out of existence after an impressive period of about eight hours. In the drydown Mon Numéro 1 reminds me a bit of soap, expensive fruity soap. Not a good association in most cases, but here I like it a lot, it smells clean in an innocent and almost childlike way, without being bland at all.

Imagine my surprise when I found a soap called Pears, when looking for an illustration for this post.

Mon Numéro 1 actually smells a lot like I wanted Annick Goutal’s Petite Chèrie to smell, which turns artifical and frankly horrible on me.

The softly singing, carefree and happy attitude Mon Numèro 1 inspires perfectly fits the beginning of summer. It is likened to a summer dress in the press release, I see it as a light and airy silk scarf, a pale green color, floating in the soft summer breeze. It is light, but is has still substance, it even can hug you with a little warmth if the wind gets chilly at night.

Mon Numéro 1 is a lovely addition to my summer fragrance wardrobe, perfect for carefree days and balmy nights. It will go on vacation with me and I will wear the heck out of my generous sample, for this one is even husband-approved.

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19 Responses to Pearless – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 1

  1. Suzanne says:

    When a pear note is well done, it’s quite beautiful, in my opinion.

    Everything you describe about this fragrance just seems so right for Malaysia, a place I’ve never been to, but for which a joyous and soft, fruit-inspired perfume seems absolutely fitting. I would wear this…it sounds charming!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I was so preoccupied wondering why the heck Number 1 was not destined for Paris that I did not realize how right your observation is. Malaysia fits the perfume. (But they still could have switched the numbers around and given 1 to the mother house in Paris!) I’ll send you a bit, I’m preparing your package this week! 🙂

      • Suzanne says:

        Oh goodness, Birgit, you’re so kind. I have something in particular that I want to send you: Jean Patou 1000 edp. I think you would love it; it’s elegant and sophisticated and has a beautiful osmanthus note.

        I’m trying to think of some other things you might like, but I’m hard-pressed to figure out what I have that you haven’t already tried. 🙂 At any rate, I’ll send you an email in the next day or two to ask you some questions in this regard.

  2. Marla says:

    I’m glad you love it, too, I thought you would! It really is the perfect summer scent. I’ve been wearing it quite a lot.

  3. Tara says:

    It’s so cool that you have decent sized samples of all the Mon Numeros and even better that you can guide us through the numerological maze! I still am not sure which ones/one they will stock at the Covent Garden store, I must email them to try and find out. Mon Numero 1 does sound a perfect summer holiday scent.
    Aaah, Pears soap, lovely.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is really cool! 🙂 I am not completely clear on all the locations and who gets what either, when I got my preview and samples they were not quite certain themselves, I suspect. But we will piece it together. I think I remember that London will get the barbershop/lavender scent (No4) but don’t quote me on that! 😉

      How does Pears soap actually smell? I just found the image and the connotation fitting, but I don’t know the soap!

      • Tara says:

        Thanks, B. If/when I find anything out from L’Artisan I’ll let you know too. As for Pears soap it’s been a long time but it was a glycerin soap with a very distinctive, very pleasant herbal scent. I might see if I can buy a bar now we’ve been talking about it!

  4. Undina says:

    A lovely review!
    Now I’m curious: since I love Petite Cherie and think it smells good on me, will I like Mon Numero 1? We’ll see.

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  6. Lavanya says:

    Ohh- that pear soap ad evokes so many memories- It was the soap we used to use as kids (because it was the gentlest soap then). It didn’t smell like pears though.

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  8. Philipp says:

    Today I sampled N.1 in Paris and I have to say this a very nice (well-done) fruity-floral. Clean and simple, it delivers what is expected, but yet, something is missing. I think I prefer Le Belle Helene.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Me too. 🙂
      I totally agree with what you have said, I have a manufacturer’s sample (around 20ml), yet I find myself always overlooking it in favor for something else…

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