You do not hear much about Artemisia in Perfumeland. I wonder why that is.
Does everybody find it unworthy of reviewing? Is it not marketed enough by Penhaligon’s, so nobody knows about it? Is it so bad, it is shunned by those in the know? Is is so good everybody who tries it want to keep it for him/herself?
Well, the last point it is probably not the reason nary a review is to be found about this perfume, because once we Perfumistas find something we like, we do not keep mum about it, we tell it to the world. And so I will…
Artemisia was created in 2002 and includes notes of Nectarine and Green Foliage, Green Apple, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Tea, Violet and Vanilla, Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber and Vanilla.
If I had started out reading the notes list, I probably would not have bothered with Artemisia in the first place (Aha! Maybe that is one reason for the google blankness on this fragrance!) It sounds like a right fruity-floral, doesn’t it?
Artemisia smells smooth, well-blended and simply good. It intrigues and confuses me. Why? Because I never know whether Artemisia is extremely complicated or totally simple. I never know what I smell at any given moment, no one note gives itself up to my nose, all I get is a perfect blend. A blend that smells…
Hmm, I am stumped. (Aha! Maybe that is the reason for the google silence on the subject!) Artemisia presents itself to my nose well rounded and perfectly formed. Whenever I try to get an angle on it, it slips away from me. There is no entrance into this perfume, no starting point, no similes, no metaphors. All I can come up with is: It smells good (if slightly boring – hmm, another possible reason for the Artemisia embargo).
So what do we know: Artemisia presents a problem. For someone who sits down daily to write a perfume review, to not find a single possible descriptor for the perfume under my nose – this is interesting, to put it mildly.
It makes me feel half incompetent, half amused. I may be totally out of it, or I may have found the un-analyzable perfume.
Therefore I want to ask for your help.
If you know Artemisia, please help me out. What do you smell? What is your angle, your approach? What does it say to you?