L’Artisan Parfumeur — Home Fragrance review

L'artisan_homeBMmmm…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.

L’Artisan HomeOh 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?

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wht contributor Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design and part of the team behind the iPhone app, Mark On Call.

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Written by sherrishera

8 Comments

  1. Avatar of brooklynshoebabe
    brooklynshoebabe

    This is the most decandant and wonderful smelling scented candle I’ve ever come across. Most of the time, I don’t even light the candle. I just hold the beautiful black box in my hand and let the smell just gently waft up to my nose. When I first received the box, I thought it was perfume and I couldn’t wait to wear it for I am a fan of Orient notes in my perfume. Although I was disappointed that I couldn’t wear the scent, I was happy to just be call to the smell at all.

    My husband doesn’t like the smell of scented candles. My cat and my 2 preschoolers make it very difficult to have decor candles on display. But I make it a point to burn this candle at least once or twice a month. If I can get the time, I will soak in a long bath just to relax with this wonderful smell. I received the L’Ambre, a “…mysterious, warm and spicy scent of amber….” According to L’Artisan’s website, “enjoy this legendary fragrance in the comfort of your home and be transported to the faraway lands and the days past.” I don’t know about faraway lands and days past, but the warm spicy scent does transport me to someplace much more sexier and decadent than my yellow tiled bathroom. lol.

    Whatever the notes, they make me feel sexy and decandent. However, at $60 a candle, I don’t know if theis a product I will be buying for myself anytime soon.

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    winnie

    I was lucky enough to receive the Jacinthe et Feu de Bois candle. I have to agree with Rakisha, its almost too beautiful to burn which happens a lot with me (of course i eventually did). I’ll start with the packaging, the box it comes in doesn’t even need to be wrapped if you buy it as a gift, but the actual candle is in a beautiful frosted glass, which i love!!!! When you light it, even at the beginning the whole thing glows. I love the scent as well! its perfect for the “wintery” LA months. I agree that $60 is a little steep for a candle but there are a lot out there for the same price, and i think it would make a special gift for any candle lovers on your holiday list!

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    nouveaucheap

    Exactly like Sherri, when I saw this home fragrance in my goody box and realized it was from L’Artisan, I ripped it open and immediately spritzed it on my wrists and neck. Oops! But unlike Sherri, Rose des Indes actually seemed lovely and not too strong on my skin (though I will use as directed in the future). Rose des Indies Home Fragrance Spray comes in an octagonally-shaped bottle similar to the one pictured, except the glass is clear, revealing the lovely juice inside. Also, the label is pink with one solitary gold-embossed rose. Just perfect, and very boudoir-worthy.

    Even though I’m not a rose fragrance person (with some minor exceptions such as Stella by Stella McCartney), as a home fragrance spray, this just seems fitting for a bedroom or vanity area. It is exquisite (but tell me, what L’Artisan fragrance is not?) and the combination of Indian rose with subtle spices, apricot and peach make this a fragrance that ANY woman would want to smell in their bedroom, on their sheets, etc. It’s pure femininity in a bottle. Love love love. Yes, the price is steep for a home fragrance spray, but consider the brand and quality. (And if you’re like me, you *could* get double-duty out of this bottle, though probably not recommended). :)

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    tiffany

    When I first opened up my Oranger En Fleurs scented L’Artisan candle I was super excited. The candle packaging screams luxury. Even before you open the box, you can smell the yummy citrus floral scent coming through. This is one powerful candle. When I burned it for the first time, the smell quickly took over my entire house. I hate it when candles smell great, but hardly have any scent when you burn them. This candle does not have that issue what so ever. I highly recommend these and think they would make a wonderful gift.

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    suzan

    I have such candle and frangrance spray envy. I too am sick of buying candles that don’t live up to my scent expectation. I’ll be moving into a new place soon and I’ve been looking for things to spice up my new living space. It’s hard to find things that you can love for the long term when you’re spending on a budget. This is a little pricey but I might just make a purchase as a little house warming gift to myself.

  6. Avatar of sherrishera
    sherrishera

    Hey all, I know it’s a little pricey but it is a quality scent. Since this is gift-giving time I would strongly encourage this as a present. I can’t imagine I’d fork over the dough for this candle or scent for myself, but I wouldn’t think twice about gifting it to someone who’d forever be grateful. What a special extravegance…for the mom who can’t afford such indiscretions or for romantic girly-girl who has it all. Hope lots of ladies find this under their tree!

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