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The art of smelling exquisite while traveling: L'Artisan Parfumeur

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It's been said that people who don't wear the right perfume "have no future". When you're traveling and meeting new people, don't you want to make a great first and memorable impression? Paris, France's L’Artisan Parfumeur is considered one of the unique fragrance houses in the world. You can find their perfumes, candles, gifts, etc. in the most famous and luxurious department stores and boutiques also all over the world (as well as online). I was very happy to be hosted to experience some of their beautiful scents!

Rappelle-Toi ("Recall/Remember You" in French) was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour.

His creative process follows two fundamental principals: firstly, he believes that balance is achieved when opposites attract, like yin and yang. Secondly, nothing is lost nor is created, everything is transformed. He distorts and deconstructs nature, playing with contrasts such as vegetal and animalic notes.

I experienced the perfume like this: Sniffing it in the bottle, I detected powder with a little snap on the end – like a proper lady who gives you a wink. Spraying on my wrists, I noticed animal and hearts of lush, fresh flower. The middle was a musky vanilla. Then, you smell cracked pepper on the dry down. It's brighter and peppery – opposed to other spices – making it more modern than spice perfumes of the 1980's. This is what Fragrantica.com and the company's press release say:

"A beautiful transcendence. With its mesmerizing opulence, gardenia evokes this quiet introspection, enlivened with fresh vibrating notes of Sichuan pepper. This magnificent flower is enhanced with musks and smooth sandalwood with honey accents."

Gin and Sichuan pepper open the composition with their freezing and hot nuances. Gardenia in the heart is accented by incense (a wonderful opposition of light and dark!), sandalwood, musk and honey. The fragrance is suggested as floral spicy woody.

Onde Sensuelle ("Tide of Feelings" or "Sensual Wave" in French) was also created by master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. I noticed sniffing it in the bottle that it was a fresh spicy, not heavy or assertive. It still had the ability to wear during daytime. Spraying it, I definitely noticed crisp citrus quickly evolving to exotic, super-ripe tropical fruits. Then, the juniper bite comes in the dry-down. I picture a well-traveled, literary type wearing this. It’s unique and a “thinking man” would appreciate this on a woman. This is what they said in Fragrantica.com and the company's press release:

"A captivating wave of passion. This EDP is a work of contrasts, between a burning spicy bouquet of ginger, saffron and cumin, and the icy crispness of juniper berries and cardamom. It recreates the sensation and tension of this urge."

Onde Sensuelle seems to be a very disturbing fragrance. It opens with bergamot, grapefruit and cardamom freshness, then warms up with cumin, ginger and saffron. The base notes includes animal musk effect, amber and agarwood. The fragrance is suggested as spicy floral amber.

Jour de Fête ("Holiday" in French) was created by Olivia Giacobetti. She started training at the age of 17! This is what I experienced in the scent: Sniffing from bottle, I noticed very gourmand notes – cinnamon sugar, baked goods. Upon spraying, the baked goods- gourmand scent holds up. It dries to more powder notes. Light, very feminine. This is what Fragrantica.com says about it:

(It) was imagined as a fresh almond surrounded by a layer of icing sugar, and as almond flour with a taste of wheat and honey.

Haute Voltige ("Acrobatics" in French) was created by Bertrand Duchaufour. This is how I experienced it: Powerful floral plus tropical melon upon sniff in bottle. Upon spraying on wrists, I noticed lush mixed cut tropical fruits, with a light musk upon dry down. It's a warm scent, good for evening. Fragrantica.com and the company's press materials describe it like this:

"An explosion of joy. This is an Eau de Parfum with an expansive and extroverted personality, where a generous floral peony note meets with the unexpected fruitiness of pomegranate."

Fruity and metallic green notes of pomegranate are blended with black pepper in the opening of the fragrance; the freshness of red peony is accented with juniper berry in the heart; the base notes feature wood, oak moss and balsam fir. The fragrance is suggested as fruity floral chypre.

Mr. Duchaufour's perfumes will be available to the public in May.

If you're traveling with L'Artisan Perfumeur perfumes, several come in 3-1-1 bag sizes to begin with. If you select a perfume that's larger than what's permitted, buy one of their Nomad Atomizers, to be able to travel with any scent you want!

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