Mmmm…L’Artisan Parfumeur. Doesn’t that just dance on the tip of your tongue like a 1945 Chateau Lafite? Yes, it sounds every bit of the complex mélange that it is. And, like wine, the French take their fragrance-making quite seriously.
One expects the iconic parfumeur to create unique and amazing scents from classic elements for the body, but what about the home? This is a treat I did not expect to find in my goody box, and I have to admit that I made a small judgment error when first I opened my mysterious matte black box.
You see, I saw the elegant gold scrollwork declaring “L’Artisan Parfumeur, Paris” at the bottom of said box; I saw the gold Chinese character emblazoned above it on a carmine seal. “L’Ambre”, it told me this selected fragrance was. Not usually one for the heavy scents of the Orient, but as all signs pointed to this being an exceptionally elegant, probably regal scent. I dove right in.
Oh the bottle! (that’s Tyna’s pick shown here. This is a home spray you proudly display, not hide with your cleaning supplies!) I would buy this for the bottle alone. Like the box, the L’Ambre bottle is black matte with the small orange-red stamp displaying the Asian character declaring its name. It looks like it belongs on Edith Piaf’s dressing table. Or maybe Mata Hari’s. Maybe Gypsy Rose Lee’s. Immediately I spritzed some on my wrists, dabbing a bit in my décolleté.
A bit strong, but…oh wait…home fragrance spray I could now see spelled out in tiny letters at the bottom of the box. Whoops. Well, the scent is too strong to wear on your person—do not make this mistake. But for your home…tres parfait!
L’Ambre is a boudoir scent, for sure. You may have to search a bit to find it, as it only seems to be available outside of the US at the moment, perhaps to concentrate on their decadent and gorgeous Amber Balls. But it’s well worth the hunt (and LuckyScent does have it in a candle). A couple pumps in the air linger softly; one on the pillow and/or sheets stays longer. I felt like I didn’t have quite enough black lacquer, red velvet and tapestries to do it justice, but…oh the romance it inspired. Smelling this rich, layered scent (there’s hints of an animal muskiness that I don’t usually like, but here seemed oh-so-right for some reason) my bedroom became a boudoir—I’ll spare you all the details. This scent and a little Agent Provocateur are all a girl (and boy) need for a special rendezvous.
Another home fragrance received at we heart this is Tileuls au Vent, “under the linden trees”. This is said to be a lighter, fresher floral scent—right up the alley I usually ride. I’m not sure if this one is as romantic as the L’Ambre, but I can’t wait to find out.
If you’re not the spritzing kind, L’Artisan also makes home fragrances in candle form. Some lucky testers got to try Oranger en Fleurs (the honeyed and fresh fragrance of orange trees in bloom), Rose des Indes (rose with accents of peach and apricot) and Jacinthe et Feu de Bois (smoky woods with the green boldness of white hyacinth in full bloom) Don’t they sound delicious?
What say you all? Are these the most romantic scents ever?[ratings]
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