L’Artisan Parfumeur Méchant Loup

L’Artisan Parfumeur Méchant Loup

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood by The Dandygal

Little Red Riding Hood lived with her mother in a smallish town near the woods. One day her mother said: “My girl, I have packed this basket with goodies for your grandmother who lives all alone in the woods. Bring it to her, but be careful. Do not get off the main way.”

So Little Red Hiding Hood went into the woods. Her basket was filled with honey cakes, the kind made with very dark honey and not too sweet, just like grandmother liked them. There was also a small bottle of bitters, because lets face it, that was way more useful than a bottle of red wine if you’re an old lady living alone in the woods. There were some more sweets such as liquorice plus hazels and chestnuts, for grandma liked her sweets not too sweet. There was also a small bottle of black pepper in the basket since a woman cannot life off sweets alone.

The woods were dark, but Little Red Riding Hood kept walking. She passed some lumberjacks who were busy cutting logs of wood. They waved to her and kept on working. Farther into the woods Litle Red Riding Hood was distracted by a pretty tree and the very dark green smells surrounding it when a voice called to her.

“My, my, who is this pretty girl walking all alone in the woods and smelling just so nice?”

Little Red Riding Hood turned around and saw a wolf standing on the other side of the trail. She was afraid but her mother had taught her good manners so she answered: “I am Little Red Riding Hood, Mister Wolf. And thank you for the compliment – that is a perfume from the big city. It’s Méchant Loup by L’Artisan Parfumeur.”

And thusly, the wolf learned that he liked niche perfume much better than little girls and he wandered off to get himself a full bottle. Nobody was eaten and everyone lived their perfumista life happily ever after.

The end.

L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme

L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme

Oh boy, I thought to myself. L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme, that’s going to be too much for me, right?

Then found out that adding on ‘Extreme’ is simply L’Artisan Parfumeur‘s way of denoting a flanker (see: La Chasse Aux Papillons Extreme, Mure et Musk Extreme). XD The perfumes themselves aren’t necessarily more extreme than the original. So, don’t expect this one to be like the original L’Eau d’Ambre (1978), because it’s not as far as I can tell. L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme was released in 2001, perfumer is Jean-Claude Ellena. I have the old packaging here, the newer bottles are all in that black packaging.

So, how does it smell like, other than yummy? Because I can tell you it is very yummy. It’s spicy and sweet and cozy and just very ambery. Lately I was lucky enough to be able to smell a mixture with only benzoin as a scent component in and I realized that’s the stuff I like so much. And LdAE has lots of that benzoin.* I think I also detect patchouli and vanilla, a light base of musk, possibly a touch of sandalwood. There’s more to the top note. The top is a bit harsh with it’s spices, but the perfume calms down quickly and then just wafts all those lovely base stuff. At times it also turns smoky, but not like incense. More like a really good cigar.

The official notes as listed on my packaging are: Spices, patchouli, damascena rose, benzoin, vanilla.

As a base heavy perfume this stuff lasts almost forever. I get ten or more hours on skin, longer on clothes of course. Sometimes you forget it’s here and then it starts wafting again. It smells so warm and sometimes intense, a work colleague started to look for the ‘scent lamp someone must have lighted’ until I admitted that was probably me. Luckily he didn’t complain or something.

All in all I find LdAE extremely wonderful. The only ‘downside’ is that it stopped me from buying any more amber perfumes. Everytime I sample one I ask myself ‘is this in any way better or very different to LdAE of which I own 100ml after all?’ And the answer is usually no. This shows that while I like amber I’m not crazy about it, because when it comes to orange blossom, already owning a 100ml bottle has never stopped me from acquiring more. XD

 

*I just realized I’ve been typing that as ‘benzoe’ in my other entries so far. Turns out that’s the German word, English is benzoin (resin). While I’m footnoting I’d like to point you to this entry in kafkaesqueblog, which is the be all end all explanation of amber notes as far as I am concerned: clicky.

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons

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Since I had discovered the brand L’Artisan Parfumeur I was kind of prone to picking up whatever I got my hands on, haha. Many people list La Chasse Aux Papillons as their favorite from the brand so not only did I blind buy it – I didn’t even check for the notes beforehand! Usually when I blind buy I at least do my research first…

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But they had a small roll-on of the EdT, only 7,5 ml. That wasn’t too expensive so I thought whatever. So I rip the packaging open, pour on my wrists (as much as possible with the roll-on) and sniff.

… Is that tuberose?

Oh, no! You see, when people post their “my favorite this and that” lists I try to sample these perfumes to learn. And whenever people listed their favorite tuberoses I tried – and shrank backwards. Tuberose perfumes… they are really quite intense. That’s not the problem, though. I’s that they are suffocating. It’s like a huge cloud of tuberose was decending upon me, forcing me to lie down. So I decided tuberose was not for me, even though I felt that the smell itself was not bad at all.

Back to La Chasse: Warily, I hold my wrist away from my body and decide to just let it sit for a while. Although, from the start on, it is not suffocating at all. Also, this isn’t supposed to be a tuberose soliflore. It’s only one note among many. And it actually does smell quite beautiful. No wonder this perfume is beloved by many.

Half an hour in I am still not getting smothered by tuberose. I count this as a win. 🙂

Two hours later the smell is already faint, three hours later it is gone. Pity. This is one of my two complaints. No matter when I wear it, it never sticks past three hours. The other is the roll-on. I feel like I’m not actually getting anything out. Maybe this affects the longevity as well. I feel like in an attempt to make sure the roller ball doesn’t splash or the perfume doesn’t evaporate, they made it too tight. I really prefer spray mechanisms and I wish they made their small bottles with sprays instead. As it is, I will stick with the bigger bottles again.

So, what does La Chasse actually smell like, besides tuberose? It smells happy and airy and a tiny bit green. A spring garden with many flowers. Mandarin juice. Ylang-Ylang, and not too little of it. Something that could be linden blossom, if it isn’t an aspect of the tuberose. Orange blossom, probably. I think the orange blossom is dancing with jasmine, but if it does, it is the gentlest orange blossom/jasmine combination I ever smelled. La Chasse smells like sunlight after a long winter, which is kind of why I’m reviewing it right now.

La Chasse Aux Papillons was released in 1999 and is still available. Nose is Anne Flipo.

Combined Holiday and B-Day Gift Haul

Combined Holiday and B-Day Gift Haul

I don’t usually receive that many beauty related gifts. But last Holiday season I did get some interesting bits, so here’s my ‘gifts I got in the past month or so’ haul:

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What do you get a person who has been massively obsessed with perfume lately? Perfume! And a book about perfume! XD The book is ‘Perfumes the A-Z Guide’ by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. It is hilarious and I greatly recommend it. The perfumes are L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme by L’Artisan Parfumeur and Al Oudh, also by L’Artisan Parfumeur. And Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain.

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The naked bottles. 🙂

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And I sort of forgot to photograph these with the outer packaging: Tom Ford Black Orchid, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup and the pretty lipstick is Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume. Look at the pretty packaging!

So reviews for all of these will come up… sometime. I’m sorta behind on reviews. XD

L’Artisan Parfumeur Rappelle-Toi

L’Artisan Parfumeur Rappelle-Toi

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This massive pink box houses my second ever purchase from L’Artisan Parfumeur. It’s a huge box, considering it houses ‘only’ 50ml of perfume. I have the old packaging here, the newer bottles have the same look as all the other L’Artisan bottles now.

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The perfume is Rappelle-Toi EdP, originally part of the Explosions d’Emotions collection, now part of the permanent line. My bottle is eight-sided, but it has the usual seven sided cap. It took me forever to realize why I couldn’t line up the sides!

Rappelle-Toi was released in 2014, perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

For me, this was a blind buy. Bad, I know. XD I just loved Timbuktu so much I was like what the heck. So rip the packaging open and spray with abandon.

And OH EM GEE, best smell ever? I will never ever wear anything else again. So good. Best Gardenia I ever smelled, hey.

Half an hour later: Oh, dear what is that nasty smell? Has a cat come in and marked the place? Oh no. I close all windows, make sure there’s no animal inside. Oh wait, is that me? A sniff on my wrist. BLERGH. This is awful. (That’s what you get for blind buys, eh?) Scrubbing it off? No dice. This thing stays on. But hey, after scrubbing it now smells a godly as before. Yum.

So the first thing I learn: don’t put on too much.

Second test, a day later: one single spray. Godly, best perfume ever I will never wear anything else. Half an hour later: oh, this is nasty. 😦 Whyyyyyy? Same day, two hours later: I ask several people what they think of my new perfume. Does it stink? No, they all say, smells really good.

Second thing learn: This is the kind of perfume that smells better on other people – it’s the distance that does it. Do not press nose on wrist.

Not wearing it? Not an option. This is still the most wonderful Gardenia. I make sure to spray it only on my legs.

A couple days later – the revelation: I eat dinner and grind black pepper on it. Hey, is that…? I inhale.

When I stop sneezing I am sure: Rappelle-Toi smells just like a huge noseful of freshly ground black pepper. That is the stink! And funny thing, now that my brain knows what it is smelling I find the perfume a lot more tolerable. I can wear it on my torso now. From time to time I still get the PEPPER waft, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s as if the brain only needed the reassurance, no, this is not poisonous, it’s edible. XD

Apart from the black pepper and gardenia another note I get is honey. Honey can be rich and sweet, but also have a bit of a stinky side. It’s probably part of this weird package. I don’t smell much else, I keep getting distracted by the pepper and the gardenia.

Overall this is a lovely perfume but more on the intense experience side. Luckily the sillage is not huge so it’s unlikely to assault coworkers etc. Lasting power is pretty good, around ten hours.

End of story: this might not be the best perfume for a blind purchase, but I came to like it anyway. To be honest, I kept on doing blind purchases and I was really lucky so far. There will be a lot more reviews for L’Artisan Parfumeur upcoming.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu

L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu

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So I picked this one here up on a whim. I knew nothing about L’Artisan Parfumeur and nothing about this perfume. I just thought it sounded interesting. XD This is a bottle of Timbuktu EdT. I smelled it and immediately fell in love. Later on I looked the brand up and it seems this is one of the original niche perfume houses. Timbuktu was released in 2004, perfumer is Bertrand Duchafour. What I have here is the old bottle style. They have recently replaced their bottle design with black glass. Honestly I think this design here is prettier. You can still find old bottles around.

So it’s called Timbuktu, because it was inspired by the perfumer’s travels through Mali. I’ve never been to Mali so I can’t say if it is any way authentic. The packaging lists the notes as: Cardamom, benzoin, karo-karounde, papyrus wood and vetiver.

Not listed, but to me this smells strongly of frankincense and myrrhe??? The start is spicier than the drydown, so I’ll believe there is cardamom in it, even if I can’t pick it out individually. It’s lightly peppery, too. Later on the spices get quiet and it gets just so incensy to my nose. But I guess I also get the papyrus note. I’ve smelled papyrus before and while that usually dustier, I get it in this perfume. The vetiver is gentle and does not overwhelm the whole thing, as it sometimes happens with vetiver.

You know, to be comepletely honest I didn’t look at the notes list before writing this entry and I’m just so freaked out it does not list frankincense. XD

Well, no matter what is in it, it smells amazing and unusual. It does smell dry, so very dry. I have to be in the mood for it, but I am in the mood frequently. 😉

On my skin it lasts a good ten hours, although it gets close to the skin and soft at the five hour mark. The drydown is a bit sweeter, as the benzoin comes through. But it’s never a sweet perfume.

Absolutely worth a try. This was my very first L’Artisan, but certainly not the last.

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List of ingredients.