A Walk In The Rain – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 6

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.

That is what the company says about Mon Numéro 6, which is the country exclusive for Italy:

“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.

Walking with the head in the clouds, but both naked feet firmly planted on the wet, fresh soil. Mon Numéro 6 makes me long for a walk in the summer rain.

Image source: parfuma.de, River Jungle courtesy of Photo8.com

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18 Responses to A Walk In The Rain – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 6

  1. Lucy says:

    He is one of my favorites and I always want to try whatever he does. This one sounds like a perfect summer thing, air and earth, as you say.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Keeping up with Duchaufour is not easy, he works so hard! 😉
      I’m sure you would like this, it is very pleasant and wearable, without being boring.

  2. KathyT says:

    I sometimes have trouble wearing an aquatic fragrance because that fresh note is distracting to me for some reason, but it sounds like I might like how Duchaufour has used that note in this fragrance. I need to try this one. In my dreams, L’Artisan would offer a discovery set of this series!

  3. Tara says:

    I was surprised at first to learn this is your favourite of the bunch considering Mon Numero 10 sounded more your style but then I remembered your split perfume personality! it does sound very wearable and likely to appeal to fans of the Jardins. Any similarity with Champaca?

    I cannot wait for your review of Mon Numero 7.

    • Olfactoria says:

      N°7 is already written and will be up next week! 🙂

      It is similar to Champaca only in feel, the lightness and feeling of wellbeing they induce is similar to me. In smell N°6 reminds me of Jardin du Poète and Reflection Woman as I said and of Fleur de Liane by L’Artisan as well, although that one is greener, less floral.

  4. Marla says:

    I love green scents, and Fleur de Liane was very nice, so I’ll have to seek out a sample of this. I don’t think it will replace Numero Uno as my favorite, though, I am still wearing that one non-stop!

  5. Undina says:

    I liked the review (thank you!) and want to try this one (as well as the complete collection) but what I cannot understand is why this one is exclusive for Italy? I understand that scents were first created a couple of years ago and only now assigned to different countries but if I were to read your description (or even their own) I would have never guessed Italy. Well, pear and mimosa didn’t scream Malaisya for me as well so I shouldn’t be surprised, right?

    • Olfactoria says:

      How and why they assigned the perfumes to the countries is a mystery to me. I am not happy with this entire marketing stunt, to tell you the truth, but what can you do… In my opinion this exclusivity business only fosters frustration with the brand. No6 is lovely in any case… 🙂

  6. iodine says:

    Ok, l’Artisan doesn’t love me! I can’t believe that the exclusive for my country is what sounds like- reading your beautiful review- a slight variation of Fleur de Liane! Just greener, you say… Too bad! BTW, I own FdL, but I have a very controversial relationship with it- sometimes I feel drawn in its lush “heart of darkness” (in our intimacy, I call him “Kurtz”!), sometimes I’m just bothered: by the melon note, the ozone note, the damp note, its lasting power when I would like it to be a bit less tenacious, its gorgeous magnolia that lasts too litlle…
    BD is definitely a great perfumer, but not an easy- to- love one. And my idea that he recycles his own fragrances is getting stronger and stronger!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think he works on ideas from different angles, like FdL, Jardin du Poete and Mon Numero 6 – they sure share the same DNA, but are variations on a theme. I happen to like that theme thankfully!

      Generally I find the country-scent pairings not very fitting.

  7. deeHowe says:

    Although no. 10 is the one that interests me note-wise, I can’t wait to try all of them! I wonder if they plan to so a sample coffret with 15 mL bottles? Have you got the inside scoop?? 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      I know nothing about any coffret, I would be all for it though. 🙂

      • Jan says:

        That certainly would be a great idea indeed! Thank you for these detailed reviews, as it is going to be very difficult to get ahold of any samples of these due to that fastidious distribution gimmick. I personally found Fleur de Liane a bit strangely powdery. Do you find this one powdery in any way? And how do you think it is gender-wise?

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