Watch Out, Here I Come! – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville à l’Aube

The Perfume Lover, a book by Denyse Beaulieu (Grain de Musc) is on everybody’s reading list these days. It was also on mine. I did read and enjoy it, but I’m not sure yet whether I should review it or not. There are many reviews already out there, good and bad and most shades in between, so I’m not sure my perspective is exactly needed.

What I will surely do though, is take a look at the perfume that was made by Bertrand Duchaufour, realized by L’Artisan Parfumeur and inspired as well as chronicled by Denyse Beaulieu in her book.

I will try to look at the perfume as I would at any other, where I don’t know as much about  its genesis and just smell what is there for me to smell right now.

Seville a l’aube, in Denyse’s own words is an orange blossom oriental with zesty, green and balsamic effects, with notes of petitgrain, petitgrain citronnier, orange blossom absolute, beeswax absolute, incense resinoid, Luisieri lavender absolute and Siam benzoin resinoid.”

I expected a much darker scent to be honest. Something along the lines of Kilian’s Sweet Redemption. But Seville a l’Aube is a lot lighter than that.

In feel it reminds me of a cross of Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom and their Amaranthine, incidentally both Duchaufour creations.

But Seville a l’aube is different of course. It opens lively and fresh, a burst of citrus and greens with an idea of lavender coloring the sprightly, bright yellow scent with a touch of blue-grey somberness.

The fragrance then slowly morphs into sweeter territories, orange blossom tinged with nectar, honey-sweet and pollen-heavy.  This is were the carefree summer scent gains character and depth, loses its innocence so to speak and reveals its darker side, without ever losing sight of the happiness though. Because happiness is what runs through this perfume like a unifying thread, down into the depths of the base where a soft, almost tender incense and a lot of sweet and warm benzoin add even darker shades of brown and grey to the orange blossom’s heartbreaking beauty.

Like any other good drug, Seville a l’aube was not love at first spritz. But slowly and steadily it grew on me and grew to be utterly addictive.

I have never been to Seville, I am a wholly different person from Denyse, although I admire her for many reasons, but Seville a l’aube is still the perfume I want to spend many upcoming summer nights with.

I believe that this perfume, inspired by the most beautiful night of Denyse’s life, might inspire me as well. It is a perfect olfactory veil to carry about me. Something that makes me happy, relaxed and ever so slightly more adventurous than I might otherwise be.

Watch out, world, here I come!

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35 Responses to Watch Out, Here I Come! – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville à l’Aube

  1. flittersniffer says:

    Am in Preston(!) with a phone signal briefly, and was so excited to read your review of this one. As ever, your nose is able to “chronicle” the scent’s development beautifully, as well as to identify quite a few more notes than I did, like the lavender, which I was not sorry not to spot.

    And I quite agree about Seville a L’aube being happy throughout, which surprised me too. I also get that feeling from it of added boldness. I had no adventures on a par with Denyse’s when I had my own solo holiday in Seville, but I felt energised and at one with the world – it was one of the best weeks ever and I hope to go back one day. Meanwhile, the perfume is out soon…. : – )

    • Olfactoria says:

      I really want to go to Seville now (or maybe Preston is nice as well?) 😉
      We totally agree on this one, definitely FB-worthy material.(If you want to split it, with me keeping the bottle, let me know!)

  2. I think this is going to be a HUGE summer heat, we’ll all be wafting it when the weather gets hot and sticky!

    P.S. I did snicker at “I’m a wholly different person from Denyse” 😛

  3. Tara says:

    Thanks for getting this review out so quickly,B, I was eager to get your thoughts on this one. An orange blossom for summer evenings sound great and I like the greeness of pettigrain. I’m glad you mentioned that it was not love at first sniff because my expectations are so high I might have been disappointed on first sprintz. If I have the same reaction, at least I know it has the potential to become highly addictive with repeated wearings.

  4. lady jane grey says:

    Oh my, orange flower, one of my absolute no-go territories…

  5. Tarleisio says:

    Oh, B, you’ve gone and done it now…you said orange and you said blossom. I’m truly damned now! 😉

  6. masha7 says:

    I have to admit, I am quite leery to try this scent. Wasn’t it a couple years ago when another Duchaufour/Beaulieu creation, Nuit de Tubereuse, came out with so much hype? All the publicity was just making people frantic for the stuff, it became the Ultimate Lemming. When I tried it, I was very disappointed. It was interesting, but I found it unwearable. Now it’s happening all over again and I find myself going, “Ho hum”…I’m going to keep looking for my perfect bottle of Shiseido’s Murasaki! But your review is lovely and inspiring, as usual- I almost got excited for this one!

  7. smartapartments says:

    I am just dying (dying!) to try this. I can’t recall ever being so excited about a release other than Jardin sur le Toit, which was nice, but not nearly as perfect as Jardin sur le Nil to my nose.

    How does this compare with the L’Artisan Fleur d’Oranger? I’ve heard that it’s the “ultimate” orange blossom.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi there,
      comparing Seville with Fleur d’Oranger, I’d say that while FdO is a warm orange glow like embers of a log fire or a sunset, Seville is bright yellow like the morning sun. It is a lot lighter and brighter, more citrus-y in the top and less sweet in the base. Seville shows orange blossoms at dawn, FdO depicts them at dusk.
      They are definitely different enough to warrant both in a collection.

  8. deeHowe says:

    I suffered, for the longest time, from being repulsed by Orange Blossom (partly because of the company it frequently keeps), but a perfumista friend made me a sample set of OB scents that changed my mind. Well, By Kilian Love opened the door, and Azemour and all her pals clamored in.

    When I first found out that this was going to be an Orange Blossom scent, I was disappointed, but now I’m looking forward to it! Orange trees grow here, and they are currently in very smelly blooming stage: I can’t get enough of it!

    I was also one of those rare birds that really, really likes (and wears) Nuit de Tubereuse, so if that’s indication of how those two work together, it’s fine with me 🙂

  9. Dionne says:

    A happy orange blossom? I’m interested.

  10. Philipp says:

    I love orange blossom, Prada’s Infusion de Fleurs d’Oranger is one of my standard summer scents.

    I am looking forward to try Seville and compare it to the Harvest Series FdO. I won’t buy the book though.

  11. Undina says:

    I want to try this perfume. Not because of the nose behind it. Not because of the notes in it. And even not because of all the great reviews (but I’ll mention still that I enjoyed yours). Why then? I love the idea of a perfume accompanying a book. And if I happen to love the perfume I’ll buy it – if not for anything else, to support the idea of different forms of art crossing over into each other’s territory.

  12. malsnano86 says:

    I received the book-perfume package and went straight for the book, isn’t that amusing? I didn’t open the sample until the next day, when I was halfway through the book and wondering what on earth this “Duende” Denyse was talking about smelled like.

    I loved the orange blossom part, and didn’t love the rest – it is still too earthy-moldy for my particular tastes, but I have to say that if I hadn’t read the book I’d have stopped after the first testing. I have worn it several times now and still don’t love it (and probably should do a giveaway for what’s left, so someone else can have a taste), but knowing what it’s about, what elements BD and Denyse were trying to evoke, made the experience much much richer.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Do you think the scent smells like “that night”? I expected something quite different from the story, I have to say.
      But I really enjoyed the book and love the perfume.

  13. Suzanne says:

    I’ve been dying to read your review of this but put it off until my taxes were done. (Which they are now, thank God.)

    This sounds like my kind of thing … especially the “honey-sweet and pollen-heavy” aspect of it. With some light incense (swoon!). And if you’re planning to add it to your collection, it must be good. 🙂 Lovely review, Birgit.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Glad your taxes are done! 🙂

      Seville is highly likeable, I’m sure you’ll love it, although it is less sensual than you would expect from the book.

  14. Civava says:

    I’ve tried it but haven’t made my mind yet. I can always like orange blossom. This one has more greenery at the beginning which I like. So far it is nice scent. I must spend more time with it.

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