Duchaufour In Bollywood – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 7

The next number in line, Mon Numéro 7, takes us on another journey, this time it is India with its colorful and rich imagery this perfume evokes.

L’Artisan says:

“The journey continues with a visit deep inside an Indian temple. A necklace of tuberose and jasmine around your neck, a chai tea in your hand and a whiff of spices in the air. Mon Numéro 7, with its exuberant mood, is a fantasy in which colours, movements, textures and sacred odours swirl and merge, like a colourful sari.”

I already said it in my short impression of it in the Mon Numéro Collection overview post, and I ‘ll say it again – this one is interesting.

I am in equal parts attracted and repulsed by this fragrance, although repulsed is maybe to strong a word, kept at a distance may be better. And readers who know me, will know why, as soon as we see the notes.

I have no official list of notes, but what is revealed in the press release and what I clearly smell is spices (pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander?), black tea, jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood and maybe patchouli in the base.

Tuberose is the offender of course, the one note that keeps Mon Numéro 7 from being a slam-dunk for me.

When first applied, Mon Numéro 7 is perfect. A spicy symphony, the tea coming on strongly, I love it! In the heart the whole thing gets floral, I like the fresh jasmine here, but when the tuberose makes its appearance I find myself wishing to have back the spices and tea notes that were so exhilarating and refreshingly different in the beginning.

The floral accord is not strong, it is rather subdued and almost subtle (for tuberose) and I would say, if I had to wear a tuberose scent, this would be an excellent choice, since it is no big white floral, no typical representative of the genre, but it is also no longer the spicy tea scent I long for and wished this perfume to be.

This treatment of tuberose reminds me of a Duchaufour creation for L’Artisan from last year. Mon Numéro 7 is a little like Nuit de Tubereuse set in India. A Bollywood version of Nuit de Tubereuse. 😉

Now it gets really interesting though: after the initial grand entrance and song and dance of tuberose, it recedes again and I am left with a beautiful sandalwood drydown, a warm, wooden softness that retains a hint of spiciness that makes it unique and attractive and is rather cuddly and comforting while staying close to the skin. The sillage during the whole development (wear time is around 4-5 hours on me) is moderate, just how I like it. I want to smell my perfume on myself, but I do not want to overpower others.

Mon Numéro 7 is a very interesting creation, it wears slightly different every time, sometimes the spices reign supreme (that is how I prefer it!), sometimes it is totally the show of the tuberose. You never know what you get. I think it is very dependent on temperature. If you want something that is not boring, this is it!

And it is so very Duchaufour! 🙂

Image source: parfumo.de, luccasdoc.org
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20 Responses to Duchaufour In Bollywood – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro 7

  1. Undina says:

    Tuberose is the only note so far I definitely do not like. It won’t prevent me from trying this perfume but I have serious doubts it will be for me. Thank you for the review.

    • Olfactoria says:

      You are welcome!
      I do not like it either, sadly. I like it most when it is almost imperceptible, then it can lend a certain richness to a floral accord, but as soon as it peeks out prominently, it is over for me. It is not as bad in this case. 😉

  2. Tara says:

    Oh, I thought this one (along with 10) was the Numero for me but I was really hoping for tea, sandalwood and jasmine rather than tuberose. However like Undina, I will definitely still try this. “Interesting” is always a good thing and Nuit de Tuberose has grown on me so that may help.

  3. Marla says:

    Ah, Nuit de Tubereuse, I still haven’t made up my mind whether I love or hate that one! Sometimes I wear it and it’s love, other times, I want to jump in the shower. This sounds like a similar Conundrum Perfume, so of course, I’ll have to try it. Excellent review.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I like this one way, way more than Nuit de Tubereuse, it provides less of a love/hate situation for me. But the tuberose keeps distracting and bothering me nonetheless.

  4. KathyT says:

    I will put this one in the middle of my must try list, but tuberose is not a note that I get along with too often. I like to be able to enjoy the perfume that I am wearing, but I don’t want it to hit me over the head like an angry toddler trying to have all of my attention. The list of tuberose fragrances that I have NOT tried is quite long actually.

  5. anotherperfumeblog says:

    This sounds lovely to me. I’ve got no problem with tuberose. And it is also possible that I am being influenced by my love of the bollywood aesthetic. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  6. deeHowe says:

    Nuit de Tubereuse set in India? Be still my heart!!!! You had me at “equal parts attracted and repulsed.”
    Do you remember that thing where I said I wasn’t going to buy anything unsniffed anymore? My strength of will is being sorely tempted right now. Two days in a row! You will be my ruin, dear Bee. 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      I got to you again? I am sorry! 😉

      The cough *idiotic* cough distribution of this collection will necessitate many unsniffed buys. I don’t know if it is a great idea for L’Artisan to make customers angry, if they end up unhappy with their purchase…

      • dee says:

        Which country is this one exclusive to? City/Country exclusives seem to me utterly ridiculous, because all it means is that we have to jump through hoops to get our hands on them. I mean, seriously, who do they think is buying this stuff? Is this series targeted towards people who buy one bottle a year (or every few years) or to those of us that spend thousands of dollars per year? This is a good rant. 😉

        • Olfactoria says:

          Dee, I must tell I am not sure about the exclusivity of 7. We shall all know for sure soon.
          And I agree with your rant entirely. Sometimes I am not sure why and how companies end up with their business strategies. I should think listening to what the consumers want should be a helpful thing if you are doing business, and in these times nothing is easier that just reading what we want, it is out there. No guesswork necessary. Who else is even aware of L’Artisan? Even if it is a larger niche line, it still is an unknown to regular people. So it is the Perfumistas they should cater to, we buy more than one bottle, we even take the 100ml (if grudgingly) but having to fly to Hong Kong is taking it a bit too far! 😉

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  8. Tuberose definitely is a ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ note. The notes in this one sound interesting, maybe I’ll prefer this one to Nuit de Tubereuse which was a pure scrubber on me 😦

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