Let’s see – if I am correct here we have another fruity-floral. Another well done fruity-floral, I might add. It looks as if L’Artisan and Bertrand Duchaufour are out to show the world there is nothing wrong with that genre, if you do it right and with good materials. Fine with me.
“Inspired by our travels: evoking sensations of rebirth in which the first drops of rain give life back to the earth. Planet Earth – with all its sublime and powerful richness. An unusual, lucid harmony between green, fruity, watery, floral and woody notes. Mon Numéro 6 has a dreamy, leafy mood, imagine yourself barefoot on the ground in the midst of a monsoon.”
-from the L’Artisan Parfumeur press release
Mon Numéro 6 smells indeed like the jungle after the rain, or at least how I imagine a jungle to smell like. It opens fresh, green and watery (not the dreaded aquatic-ozonic note though) and soon the fruit – I smell lychee – and floral notes (magnolia, waterlilies?) come to the fore.
Underneath the fresh and waterlogged flowers lurks something reedy, grassy, woody, a little rough and dark, not much, but enough to make the perfume interesting and keeping it out of the “pretty and nice” zone. The darkness intensifies over time, until I am left with a smooth woody base.
It lasts quite well on me and during the days I have worn it, I often wondered what that great smell was, before realizing it was me thanks to Mon Numéro 6.
If I had to choose one bottle of all the ones of the Collection I had the good fortune to try, I think I would pick Mon Numéro 6.
There is another one I like a lot, but the reason I’d choose 6 is that this is the compromise (in the best way of the word) between what I like and what my husband likes. And while I won’t wear a perfume just for him, I do not like to provoke him (all too often 😉 ) by wearing something he hates. A perfume he loves is Amouage Reflection Woman, and I really tried hard to love it too, but its relentless freshness bothered me too much, although it is a beautiful and well made perfume.
Mon Numéro 6 is similar, but it has this roughness, this little hint of dirtiness (as in earth, not BO) to it that balances the watery freshness. Wet earth, dewy greens and water-laden flowers, a hint of lychee, Mon Numéro 6 is not only easy and pleasant to wear, but offers a complex harmony of dreamy and earthbound.
There is another Duchaufour creation that explores this same theme, but in a more contained, groomed way – Eau d’Italie Jardin du Poète. Here the fresh wateriness is more mannered, less wild and unkempt as befits a garden, in contrast to the jungle of N°6.
Image source: parfuma.de, River Jungle courtesy of Photo8.com