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.