Thursday, January 29, 2015

L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

I did a mini review of the extreme version (EdP) before, but this one is slightly different, and now I have the full bottle and am able to apply it in generous spritzes, so I thought a full review was merited.

"La Chasse aux Papillons" translates to "Chasing butterflies." It is a romantic name that suits the most feminine, delicate perfume I own or have ever smelled. The notes listed on the L'artisan website are "linden, light tuberose, orange blossom." It is, to me, a white floral that flits around, beautiful and feather-light, like the butterflies of the name.

There is no mistaking this for anything but a white floral, but La Chasse aux Papillons is different because it is neither indolic nor powdery. This definitely isn't the stately Estée Lauder Tuberose Gardenia or the sun-kissed, buttery Guerlain Terracotta Le ParfumKai is greener, Amazing Grace is much muskier.

Though jasmine/tuberose are the predominant notes, the addition of the linden blossom keeps La Chasse aux Papillons sweet without dipping into the dirt - the petals of this beauty stay white and soft. It's never too much, and it's like that first, enchanting whiff of jasmine when you unwittingly walk past its bush. If you stop and put your nose to the blossoms - try to breathe in too deeply - you'll always get that buttery, oily, almost animalic indole. That's not to be found here. Just that first, effervescent whisper of tuberose and jasmine. It's uncomplicated and unapologetic, and so damned pretty. I'm not complaining - it makes me feel pretty. It's youthful without being young - rather a classic.

$100 for 50 mL at EdT strength at L'Artisan (I bought mine during the holiday sale, along with Méchant Loup).