55% would repurchase
on 8/16/2017 10:47:00 PM
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A spicy Gourmand?! Yes please!!! Three cheers for yet another interesting creation from Bertrand Duchaufour (the nose) and L’Artisan (the house).Trust that I love a fun and youthful, “so sweet you can almost feel the stickiness” gourmand - from Laura Mercier’s Crème Brulee to Prada’s Candy… Even so, it’s both exciting and refreshing when someone can put a major twist on the gourmand category of fragrances, especially in terms of sophistication, which is exactly what has happened here. This is an oriental spiced gourmand – yowza! And lemmie tell you my friends, its intoxicatingly delicious! Per description, notes here are said to be passion flower, sandalwood, red rose, vanilla, saffron, ginger and sugar. However, I get zero sandalwood or red rose out of this scent. On me, I get candied flowers, saffron, some vanilla and ginger, along with wafts of cream… Description wise, Safran Troublant is sitting in a Paris café drinking an ultra spicy and fragrant Saffron tea as a fresh batch of crème puffs are placed on a table next to you. This is sexy as hell to me – and just as unique. It’s warm and creamy, and hugs the skin. I am in love with this one, its way up there on my absolute faves by Duchaufour. As for cons, it would be my usual beef with L’Artisan fragrances: longevity and sillage are not the greatest, however, it’s better than the majority of my L’Artisan’s (I get 3ish hrs and that’s if I douse myself big-time). But this is such a lovely fragrance I don’t mind re-applying.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 8/16/2017 10:46:00 PM
Yowza! There truly is something exquisite about this divine creation from Bertrand Duchaufour (the nose) and L’Artisan (the house).This is a sweet and sexy composition. It’s warm and intoxicating, and on my skin I get maple, vanilla with caramel, tonka, coffee, and chestnuts. Although I have seen this described as an oriental spice, I would categorize it as a sophisticated and rich gourmand, with slightly masculine properties. If you like sophisticated sweet scents, this one is for you.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 8/16/2017 10:26:00 PM
This is interesting because I often see it described as a resin-laden woodsy citrus with beeswax, but all I get are aromatic white florals, balsamic, candied violets, and sugar fruit gummy candy. This is also said to be a sexy scent, with a risqué backstory, which I find interesting because get no carnality out of this fragrance at all. I find it to be playful and pretty, reminiscent of a summer evening stroll while eating sugar coated fruity candy right after the sun has set. This is unique in that it marries a lot of elements into one, yet it somehow manages to work cohesively. This is a very interesting composition by Bertrand Duchaufour, and very different then other scent I have by him. Unlike so many of my other L’Artisan fragrances, both sillage and longevity are outstanding!
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on 8/14/2017 6:53:00 PM
I was a bit afraid of this and cautiously purchased it in 1.7 oz size (which have since been discontinued). However, this has turned out to be one of the most unique scents I have ever owned, and for certain it is one of the more interesting creations from both Olivia Giacobetti (the nose) and L’Artisan (the house). It’s whimsical and green, and I get top notes of Anise and something pine-ish, which fades into some sort of pink-peppercorn and ginger-mint composition. I find this scent to be extraordinary and full of heart. it does an interesting and playful little dance; I feel mischievous when I wear this. To me, this is like bottling the air at a royal renaissance jubilee, where the booze and conversation flows heavy with harps in the background while jesters keep everyone in hysterical laughing fits. As other reviewers have noted, it’s a Somewhat masculine scent, however, not overpoweringly so IMO. As it wears I find this gracefully fades into the background in a way that tames it. I’d say its unisex in the same way as many of Giacobetti’s other creations, such as Dyptique’s Philosykos. I find the marriage of licorice/Absinthe, pink peppercorns, and mint birth a sweet and unique fresheness in the dry-down. This is one of the rare L’Artisan releases where I have no complaints regarding sillage or longevity. I give this scent 3 stars for uniqueness and longevity. However, keep in mind that this is not a scent for everyone – for sure I can see how this would be off putting for many, esp. those who prefer feminine creations. I definitely think this is one of those “love or hate” compositions, with zero room for an in-between. This is a scent that can be appreciated for those who dig dangerous and unique scents.
on 8/14/2017 6:49:00 PM
I expected to love this straight away – so much in fact it was a blind buy. I figured, how can you go wrong with a Mandarin orange perfume if it’s a scent you love? Plus L”Artisan is my favorite niche perfumery. Additionally, I am a major fan of Olivia Giacobetti’s creations (through L’Artisan as well as other houses). Sadly, this was very disappointing. The scent itself is fairly simplistic, which is fine by me. Its acidic and I get more peel than pulp, which makes it interesting in terms of individuality. Although this is a pleasant enough satsuma scent, it’s quite wimpy in terms of composition as well as sillage and longevity. A mandarin should be sharp and bold with a lot of projection, and this something I was somewhat blindsided by considering Giobetti is the nose behind Frederic Malle’s En passant and Dyptiques Philosykos. This definitely wins the award for weakest scent I have ever tried – 6 spritzes disappears by abt. 90% on me in less than 5 minutes. That’s insanity. Basically I have resorted to using this as a base, and adding other combinations atop in order to create unique (and longer lasting) aromas. Again, the scent itself is not so much the problem here – this would be great as a workplace scent where perfumes’ need to be lightweight and subtle. However, if you are like me and crave boldness and longevity, this is going to be a major disappointment. This fails to keep its promises and does not warrant the hefty price.
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