Monday, December 26, 2011

L'Artisan Holiday Trio: Nuit de Tubéreuse, Mûre et Musc & La Chasse Aux Papillons


L'Artisan was on my Christmas wishlist and I was thrilled to be gifted the beautiful Feminine Parfum Set with Nuit de Tubéreuse (EDP), Mûre et Musc and La Chasse Aux Papillons ($98 from ArtisanParfumeur.com). I have always admired the beautiful L'Artisan bottles and frequently stopped by the counter back when the line used to be carried at Saks (years ago). Being overwhelmed by fragrance in general, I never really looked into the line, or any other fragrance line for that matter. In the past couple years I've stuck with Jo Malone as a safety finding the line to be clean, simple and classic. It wasn't until a recent shopping trip to Barneys that I started to look more into L'Artisan, Serge Lutens, Byredo among other beautiful lines (but oh, so hard-to-find, at least for me). I'm slowly but surely expanding my fragrance collection. I couldn't be more thrilled with this gorgeous little trio as my introduction to L'Artisan. The three scents in beautiful miniature vials 15 ml each:



The exquisite box:


Each bottle is quite small with only 15ml in each vial but they are perfect for testing each fragrance and ideal for travel. For size reference, all three will fit into the palm of my hand. I am hoping they are refillable.

Initial thoughts and reviews on each scent:

Nuit de Tubéreuse is an Eau de Parfum and noticeably more concentrated than the other two. At first spritz this was my least favorite - it opened with an overwhelmingly strong powdery-incense-mixed scent. It reminded me of the smell that surrounds you when you first walk into a Lush Store (which I like, but not in the overwhelming sense). After a few minutes, it dried down and turned less powdery and became a bit more sweet with more noticeable notes of tuberose. It has a romantic feel and although not something I would normally be drawn to, it's growing on me and smells divine.

The notes: cardamom, clove, pink pepper, black pepper, citrus, green mango, angelica, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, broom, musks, vanilla, sandalwood, palisander, benzoin and styrax.

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Mûre et Musc in this trio comes in the Eau de Toilette. This is our favorite pick as the most youthful and light. I normally do not like berry-scented fragrances. I found most variations of Trish No. 9 and Philosophy Falling in Love to be nice on others, but too sweet, cloying and headache-inducing on me. (My mother and sister always hated this when I sprayed it on at counters.) L'Artisan Mûre et Musc is a wearable fruity scent. It's been on my radar for several months now ever since I smelled it on one of my friends LJ. It smells amazing on her and I am thrilled to find that it works well with my chemistry as well, although it smells sweeter on my skin than hers. It's clean, bright and fresh. Lasting power is medium but I love the way it smells as it fades. I need a full-sized bottle of this one.

The notes: wild blackberry, musk, citrus

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La Chasse Aux Papillons is another beautiful light and airy floral. It's the perfect mixture of orange blossom and tuberose with a hint of jasmine. This one turns slightly more floral as it dries on my skin. Right now I think it's a bit too light for right now but will be perfect in a few months time. It smells like a spring garden, more floral and green compared to Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell (which is slightly sweeter with a hint of spice).

The notes: Notes of tuberose, orange blossom and spices.

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A few snapshots of my perfumes all lined up ... my collection is growing at an exponential rate:




Bottom line: My next trip to Barneys can't come soon enough. I already want a full bottle of Mûre et Musc. All three are exquisite and given the fact that a 50 ml bottle of the L'Artisan Eau de Toilettes starts at $100, I think the $98 for 45 ml is a reasonable price (even though this was a gift). My husband purchased this set directly from L'Artisan online but the set is also available on Barneys online.

A few resources for L'Artisan reviews that I found extremely helpful: The Non-Blonde, The Notice, Lucky Scent reviews. What are you favorites from L'Artisan? The descriptions and reviews for Mimosa Por Moi sound absolutely delicious but I wonder if it's too sweet?

12 comments:

  1. Nice packaging! I have a feeling I would like the light-smelling one (middle).

    Thanks for the review.

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  2. Thanks for yet another amazing review! You're my all time favorite blogger, and I hope you blog forever. I honestly feel like your blog is my Cosmo, and I'm always impatiently waiting for updates. I was wondering if you'll be reviewing Dior Garden Party Makeup Collection for Spring 2012. Thanks

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  3. Fleur de Narcisse and Iris Pallida are my absolute favorites. I also like Drole de Rose, Voleur de Rose, Dzongkha, and Timbuktu. Enjoy your fragrances!

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  4. Oh my goodness, I die for your perfume collection, especially the Jo Malone ones! I always feel naughty buying myself perfumes, but I have indulged in a couple of Jo Malone fragrances this year and intend on building my collection up next year! Merry Christmas!! x

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  5. I worked as the L'Artisan rep at Saks in Houston when I got out of college almost 9 years ago. I can't believe it's been that long. It is definitely too bad the customers didnt embrace the unique qualities of the french line. I think it would be more well recieved if it relaunched at major stores in today's market.

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  6. I'm glad you've been having fun with the pretty gift. I have a bottle of La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme and enjoy it in the spring and the summer. Mimosa pour Moi is a little thin, I'd say. I wouldn't call it sweet, although it is feminine. It's got a hint of lemon as many mimosas do. My favorite l'Artisans are Traversee du Bosophore, Timbuktu, Premier Figuier, and Piment Brulant...oh! and of course, Cote d'Amour in the summer heat is perfection!

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  7. Can I ask..where are the storage/trays that you keep all your perfumes in from? Also, do you keep your perfume in the bathroom??? Thanks! LOVE your blog..I check it everyday!! xx

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  8. Anonymous, thank you for your sweet comment :) I haven't seen Dior spring in person yet so I don't know what I'll be purchasing. I do plan on reviewing the nail items for sure.

    Rosamaria, thank you so much for the recommendations. I've made a list to check those out!

    BlueCrush, Merry Christmas to you as well! I adore Jo Malone :)

    Lara, I couldn't agree more. So many unique brands are now hard to find because of the things you mentioned. I think if it were re-introduced to other distribution channels I agree that I think it would be well received.

    lovethescents, thank you for your input on Mimosa! I've added your other recommendations to my list as well.

    The Future is Rosy, the storage tray was from Pottery Barn. It was in a sale section of the store this past summer, but I've seen them come out with new gorgeous trays every season. It was in their bed and bath area :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful coffret! I love L'Artisan's special sets, they always combine such lovely scents. Mure et Musc was my very first L'Artisan perfume- I will always associate it with a fabulous shopping trip to Barney's in NYC in '93. Gorgeous. I am lately obsessed with getting my hands on a bottle of La Chasse- really the prettiest gentle white floral perfume, don't you think? Your collection is an homage to elegant gentle perfumes. Perfection! xo

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  10. Ever since I saw your perfume collection photo I've been obsessed. I'd love to know which Jo Malone's you have - I can only read the label on the first one LOL. For that matter, I'd love to know all the fragrances you own...Thanks! Love your blog :)

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  11. Hi there, great review! Would you please do a post on how you store/display your perfume collection. I'm always having trouble deciding if I want to fully display mine or hide them haha

    Thanks!!

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  12. What an adorable gift...those bottles look absolutely divine. I've never been into L'Artisan myself; I'm more into amber-type scents, and their Ambre Extreme always smells a bit harsh to my nose. But it's probably time I checked them out again.

    Your collection looks nice! I love how the Serge is towering above everything else, LOL.

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