L’Artisan Parfumeur Event

September 15th, 2006

Francois DuquesneL’Artisan Parfumeur is a niche French perfume house that’s been around since 1976. It “proposes an individual approach to fragrances for those who are looking for their personal perfume, regardless of trends” and the “fragrances are inspired by nature and familiar scents found in the sweetest corners of the memory” (Lartisanparfumeur.com). I first became familiar with the line about 3 years ago and was immediately fascinated by their one of a kind creations. Today I’d like to tell you you about an exciting L’Artisan Parfumeur event I attended last night. It took place at the Ruby Room salon-spa in Chicago that will be carrying the line from now on. I went there with a friend from Makeupalley, Lauren, who I have to thank publicly for bringing it to my attention. Since I’m quite fond of L’Artisan perfumes, it’s always exciting to see them available at different shops. This time, however, it wasn’t just that. It was also the fact that I got the opportunity to meet an owner and the U.S. president of L’Artisan, Francois Duquesne (you can see him in the picture holding a Dzongkha bottle).

As I write this post, I find it quite challenging to bring my thoughts in order simply because I’m still all aflutter over the experience. Not only did I get a chance to sniff some of the perfumes but also heard Monsieur Duquesne talk about the L’Artisan approach to perfumery – the “moment of life” concept which means capturing various olfactory moments. For instance, the famous La Chasse aux Papillons was inspired by a picture of running through the flower meadow chasing butterflies. In contrast, Mechant Loup represents the image of the Big Bad Wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood, with the notes of cedar, liquorice, hazelnut, and honey – a woodsy, smoky blend that’s quite mischievous in character (and my new favorite). Their perfumes are created in the tradition of artisanship, with much thought and dedication as well as excellent quality ingredients. I find this particularly appealing, and in spite of having my personal L’Artisan favorites, keep discovering more and more – Fleur de Narcisse being the most recent one. I got a brief chance to smell it last night, and I can just tell you, it’s out of this world gorgeous. It’s being released this November, as a limited edition of 3,000 bottles worldwide. I’ll wait to write a proper review once I get a chance to have some in my hands. Meanwhile, you can read Marina’s impressions here.

Now on to some important bits of information regarding the line. Contrary to the recent rumor regarding discontinuation of Dzing! – I personally asked Monsieur Dequesne, it is not true. Big sigh of relief! L’Artisan also plans to open their signature shop in Chicago next year – very excited about that! Dzongkha, that’s to be released in October, is now available for pre-orders at Ruby Room as well as Barney’s.

In conclusion, I’d like to share with you some of my L’Artisan favorites: Dzing!, Bois Farine, Safran Troublant, Orchidee Blanche, Oeillet Sauvage, Tea For Two, Mechant Loup, L’Eau du Navigateur. I also immensely enjoy their candles – Pour des Prunes, The et Pain d’Epices, L’Ambre (awesome for colder months!), Trefles a Quatre Fleurs. They have a superb throw and are well worth the price.

L’Artisan perfumes are available at such online shops as Aedes, Luckyscent, Beautycafe, Lusciouscargo as well as numerous shops nationwide (for more info, please check the Retailers page on the L’Artisan site).

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  • 1. Elle  |  September 15th, 2006 at 6:25 am

    What a fabulous evening! And am SOOO relieved to hear that the Dzing rumor was false! Phew! Saved from massive stockpiling. Money which will probably have to go in a Fleur de Narcisse piggybank since it’s sounding more and more like a must have. Their candles really are my gold standard – brilliant throw. The et Pain d’Epices and Pour des Prunes are absolute year round necessities for me.

  • 2. Marina  |  September 15th, 2006 at 6:29 am

    What fun! And how great that Dzongkha is coming so soon, this is going to be my next L’Artisan purchase…well, that and Navigateur.
    And hurray about Dzing!

  • 3. Malena  |  September 15th, 2006 at 6:32 am

    What a relief: I couldn´t imagine that Dzing! to be discontinued – that would be sort of a crime ;) With Dzing! my love for leather-scents started!
    I also like Passage d´Enfer very much, in fact it´s the only perfume with incense that I like to wear, all others remind me too much of churches.
    I also like Oeillet Sauvage, Bois Farine. well, the more I think about the more I realize that I like most of their fragarcnes, though I wouldn´t want to wear all of them. They all have a “special something”!
    Now I´m looking forward to testing Dzongkha – I´m so curious about it!

  • 4. Judith  |  September 15th, 2006 at 8:36 am

    Thanks so much for this! The evening sounds wonderful, and I am among the many who are thrilled to hear that Dzing! is not disappearing. I was lucky enough to hear M. Duquesne speak at the April sniffa in NY, and I am hoping he will be there in October (perhaps carrying some preview bottle of the Narcisse with him:) A Narcisse sample is currently winging its way to me from Germany.
    I love so many L’artisans its hard to pick favorites, but among them would be Dzing!, Fleur d’Oranger, Passage d’Enfer, Orchidee Blanche, Mechant Loup, Safran Troublant and Navagateur (mix of the very feminine, and the–not!)

  • 5. violetnoir  |  September 15th, 2006 at 11:08 am

    I attended a L’Artisan event with some perfume friends last November at the Beverly Hills Barneys. I do not recall their rep’s name, but he could not have been sweeter.

    I can’t wait to try the new Fleur de Narcisse!


  • 6. Lauren  |  September 15th, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    I had so much fun too! Ina impressed the professionals with her insider knowledge and I happiliy performed the job of sidekick. Now if y’all just start ordering Dzhonga by the case and mention Ina’s blog, maybe we can get a bottle of Narcisse? Because it is amazingly gorgeous and probably worth selling your firstborn. I’m just saying.

    btw today I’m wearing Fou d’Absinthe with ylang ylang essential oil. Very far-east in a snowstorm….

  • 7. March  |  September 15th, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    Great to hear about Dzing — it seemed so improbable anyway, I think they sell a decent amount of it. It doesn’t smell good on me, but I love it on other people.

    I am very much looking forward to sampling the Narcissus.

  • 8. chaya ruchama  |  September 16th, 2006 at 6:04 am

    It sounds as if you had a marvellous time…
    [Wish I'd been there with you !]
    I look forward to sampling the new releases…

    Have a happy w/e, Inushka…

  • 9. Victoria  |  September 16th, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    It sounds like a great event! I am glad that you were able to attend it and to tell us all about it. :)




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