Makes you smell like a box of oranges for about 30 minutes
Cons: Terible longevity, too citrusy"
I think I know what they are getting at with the name "Artisan."
Although the synthetics are quite apparent, it certainly is not the typical super sweet designer offering – these are highly esoteric synthetic accords... no kidding, the introduction of the lavender is so totally synthetic and yet it is entrancing in its beauty: the pyramid labels it as "lavandin" - quite beautiful as presented here. The opening citruses – clementine, tangelo, mandarin orange – join with lavender and are shadowed by background herbs – thyme, marjoram, to create an unusual somewhat dry, abstract orange / lavender accord. The accord in itself is rather aromatic and... unique? interesting? ...probably both! It is also a lot plastic... and the awe-inspiration of the solo lavandin is really kind of lost... the accord becomes a negative because of its genericness.
Some strong ginger notes begin moving into prominence signaling both the emerging heartnotes – slightly floral, orangish accord – and a relatively annoying mixture of ginger combined with the opening lavender. I was annoyed enough to wash it off, but because of its uniqueness, I was willing to last out the entire run of the fragrance, so I didn’t scrub... gotta show my respect for the artisans of the world.
So far I've gone from ethereal to generic, from generic to annoying... and now the the drydown brings me from annoying back to generic. The drydown is a lavender-orange-aromatic-woody "meh." In addition, the drydown has very limited lasting power... it really should last longer than it does.
I’m afraid that this fragrance does not impress me, but, oddly, I don’t dislike it even though I get mostly orange, synthetics, and that lavender / ginger combination that annoys me. My interpretation is that this is more a marketing department "artisan" rather than a creation by an actual artist / artisan -- an artist/artisan can work with only the materials they have, and if they had been allowed better quality raw materials, this would have been a very desirable fragrance. Oh... and also, the original John Varvatos is a better fragrance than this.
Pros: Some beautiful notes and accords. Would be a great scent with better quality ingredients.
Cons: Too generically synthetic."
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