If you’re looking for a special gift or for a unique new scent for yourself, take a look at L’Artisan Parfumeur. This now iconic French fragrance house was founded in 1976 by perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte with an eye towards producing exclusive new fragrances inspired by nature. These artisinal fragrant masterworks combine the very best ingredients with both classical and avant garde notes to produce works of art, a lyricism of scent, that can be found nowhere else. The unexpected combination that produces a scent that is as surprising in its effect as its composition is their hallmark. With titles like Timbuktu, Fou d’Absinthe, Batucada, Dzing! and Passage d’Enfer you’re bound to find that exotic twist that you aren’t likely to find sitting next you on the train or in your lunch companion’s handbag. This symphonic range of scents, with notes that include golden wood, toffee, leather, lime, Tiaré flowers, vanilla, cardamon, pepper, absinthe, saffron and pine needles combined in ways that are unexpected and unmatchable, is artfully composed to recreate a mood or moment that you might encounter en plein air, captured in a bottle, to carry with you and evoke a memory at will- works of olfactory art for the heart, mind and soul. What could be more fabulously French than that?
The dazzling array of scents for both men and women can be found online at L’Artisan Parfumeur or in the US at Barneys New York & Henri Bendel, two of my favorite purveyors of all things beautiful and fine. The line includes the perfumes and eau de toilettes as well as a variety of other products featuring their iconic scents. If you want to feel daring or unforgettable, sensuous or romantic, whether you’re searching for a signature scent or the perfect accompaiment to each and every one of your whims, L’Artisan Parfumeur is for you.