Originally Posted by mrcologneguy
L'Artisan is a quirky line. I change opinions about their fragrances quickly. Gotta be in a specific kind of mood for most of them; I have yet to find one that's merely "pleasant," as in office-wear friendly. My favorites so far are Timbuktu, Havana Vanille, and Fou d'Absinthe. Still haven't sampled the whole line, though. I'm sure there are still some gems I haven't run across yet.
I agree with every word of this.
Artisan really are an art house outfit, or at least they were for a long time. The more recent releases--Al Oudh
, Nuit de Tubereuse
, Coeur de Vetiver Sacre
--are more typical of modern niche offerings; that is, high quality interpretations of classic materials, than their predecessors.
Much of the early stuff, both literally and figuratively foundational to the niche genre, is fun, compelling, and unwearable in any professional context. You may only love a few, but I think you will respect most, and will undoubtedly be better for having smelled them all, something I am still in the process of doing.
The Artisan US website used to have a sample program with 5 for ~$15 shipped, carded 1mL vials wrapped in charming gold ribbon with a handwritten thank-you note, but one of their French reps who was at Aedes last summer for an event explained that they were in the process of revamping their websites and combining them into one big site. And so they have; I just went there and I have to say, it is much easier to navigate than it was before.
I am unable to find any mention of a sample program, though, so you might have to contact their customer service to find out if they still offer it in some form.