Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cult lavender: Bucoliques de Provence by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Me and all see that prestigious house of L'Artisan Parfumeur is about to moult a new skin and began a silence reborn in which first the labels and color of bottles changed and then new olfactory style takes us to a convey into renewed world of L'Artisan. While nowadays any change in label or flacon became synonym of dilution I try to not be skeptical to this contemporary fashion, but this is what reveals in time with settled and current quality of older releases. However, the house has put many of older creations into hall of memory list and ended their production.

The house released a new perfume that is their latest before Natura Fabularis collection. Created by Fabrice Pellegrin, Bucoliques de Provence is homage to renown lavender of Provence and speaks about traditional tanning industry of the region, and this is where it starts the voyage with reviving traditional leather lavender blend in new accent. Bucoliques de Provence is a new interpretation of lavender with an unusual suede render.

The fragrance unzips with an alive spicy juniper berry and lavender, warm, rocky, deep aromatic lavender that introduces an aristocratic comfort with its gypsy herbal aroma that resembles lavender-oriented intense green aromatic fougères of past like Halston 1-12, Azzaro Pour Homme and exceptionally young but avuncular Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Pour Homme. This beginning gives me feeling of being fresh after a face shave with premium material and professional razor.

The lavender faces off with intense bitter and kind of mentholated sweaty sage-like persona that begs for a leather to join in and the leathery accord composed of iris absolute, sensual and suede-like appears but never gets prominent. The edgy grassy lavender, warm and realistic, continues with anisic spiciness and greenness till a tinge of iris that is soft and loose in powdery aroma offsets it. Now lavender shows more warmth but it's not ambrosial lavender of Caron Pour un Homme nor wild melting lavender of Vero Profumo Kiki. It's soft warm, sauve and sensual, unisex, grassy green, light leathery and dandy.

Bucoliques de Provence has a very vivid quality of smell but what makes me kind of picky about an absolute lavender like this is the resemblance of smell of the plant to floor washing liquids. Lavender is not an expensive material. Even in the highest form of harvest it has way too long to compete palatial notes like iris, therefore as long as the iris keeps going silence in Bucoliques de Provence the lavender cannot gain much further. But it's still a classy barbershop fragrance with medium longevity and sillage on my skin.

Carpe Odor!

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