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Batucada (2011)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur


Batucada information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerKarine Vinchon-Spehner
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Batucada

Batucada is a shared / unisex perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Karine Vinchon-Spehner

Batucada fragrance notes

Reviews of Batucada

This is a very fresh, green, salty and aquatic scent with touch of woods and very faint florals.
Right at the start I can smell fresh lime that has a tart and very bitter aroma just like the smell and taste of itís peel and there is a very salty green note right beside it to amp up the freshness. it does smell fine but itís also very boring!

After a few minutes lime is gone and only thing that I can smell is salty green herbs and very transparent peppery cedar wood and slight amount of clean musk. Itís funny but mid of the fragrance smells kind of like pickled cucumber! when you open a jar of pickled cucumber a strong salty bitter herbal (mostly tarragon) aura comes out of it and this fragrance reminds me of that moment.

In the base bitter green and salty feel settles down quite a bit and scent gets more musky and slightly sweet and now extremely light florals joining in to end changes of this fragrance on your skin.
Even though itís an aquatic fragrance projection is mostly close to the skin and longevity is decent and around 3-4 hours.
You can do much better than this with your money! donít waste it here!
06th December, 2016
This is pure calone on me, and it a total scrubber. I have 2mL, and hate it so much that I won't even be finishing the sample. Awful, awful, awful.
08th October, 2016
I feel like the crux of Batacuda's performance, much like a crappy mixed drink at a bar, is too much sugar. The fruity, playful, and alcoholic aspects of the fragrance are not bolsterd, but rather bogged down by an excess of syrupy sugar. This effect diminishes a bit with time, but the opening is too thick, the drydown a little too spare, and the perfect balancing point in mid-transition is over far too quickly. Overall this does remind me of fruity chewing gum from the early 90's. It is kind of immature in spirit, but I concede that it is fun. Certainly a once-in-a-while party scent.
04th January, 2016
From a sample....
Batucada in Brazilian culture is a form of the Samba dance charachterized by a fast and repetitive motion. What that has to do with the name of this fragrance is anybody's guess as is L'Artisan's intentions behind this fragrance. I believe Batucada is the product of a designer trying too hard to create an interesting and complex representation of another house's success. In this case it seems to be an attempt to replicate Creed EROLFA, MI and Virgin Island Water rolled into one. The end result is a fragrance that has sweet fruit mojito, tropical floral, mint, coconut, sea brine, soft woods and sharp woods that's brought altogether in a calone tonic mess. There's absolutely nothing interesting here and the mix of notes and transition is nauseating and headache inducing. L'Artisan has some interesting and compelling fragrances, however Batucada is not one of them and better left to the Carnivale.
17th April, 2015
OK, so Batucada is a fairly dumb tropical fruity floral, but I don't hate it nearly as much as my fellow reviewers. After a quick shot of sparkly fruit punch (mostly peach, strawberry, and pineapple, to my nose), it settles down to a cumin-inflected skin smell mixed with hints of salt air and rum, while the pineapple lasts into the drydown.

Honestly, I've had the best luck with Batucada in cold weather, which brings out a slightly indolic coconutty ylang that I could be called a neutered tribute to Black Orchid, but provides a good foil for the pineapple/rum combo.
21st November, 2014
Great Summer Scent That Goes Skin Too Quickly...

Batucada opens up very promising. The lime, mint, sugar, and floral combination are alluring and perfect for extremely hot weather conditions. Because I travel often to Miami and the Caribbean where I spend most of the time outdoors under extreme heat, I was looking exactly for what Batucada offers. Let's face it. There are many citrus compositions out there. But most of them aren't designed to be worn outside for long periods of time under an extremely hot sun and humid weather.

Batucada meets my expectations, but unfortunately only for a short period of time. Batucada shines and delivers on its promise during the first 60 minutes, but as it is the case with most LAP fragrances, it goes downhill from that point forward. The more aquatic notes begin to take over, the lime, mint, and sugar notes disappear, the floral notes become softer, and what I'm left with is some aquatic note that makes the initial caipirinha drink smell turn into what is left at the bottom of the glass once I'm finished drinking it. A combination of a watery residue of the drink mixed w/ ice and some added light floral note.

After 1 hour or so, Batucada has totally gone skin on me. There is no silage or projection at that point in time. I need to re-apply it again and again all day long to get that delicious first 60 minutes smell again. I've left with a skin smell that resembles what my skin smells like at the end of the day after coming in and out the beach or a swimming pool multiple times during the day: an aquatic, watery, fresh feel mixed with my own skin smell.

And this is the same story and experience I've had with other LAP fragrances. It seems to me that LAP strategy is to allure customers with beautiful and unique compositions and maximize their profit margins by delivering these in low oil concentrations. For most part, LAP's fragrances are very poor performers.

Batucada's score as a summer or hot weather fragrance, for the first 60 minutes: 9/10, after the first 30 minutes: 3/10.

One more note...

To those who say that this composition smells like sunscreen, I totally disagree. A a tropical lime drink with some flowers accords, a coconut sunscreen, definitely not. I wish I could detect coconut (I love that tropical scent)...but contrary to the published notes, there is no coconut smell here at all and not sunscreen smell.
16th June, 2014 (last edited: 02nd July, 2014)

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