I acquired a couple of mls of SÃ©ville Ã* L'Aube
, and have worn it twice now.
I've seen it characterized as L'Artisan's new orange blossom soliflore, but for me it is not a soliflore. The orange blossom took second place to the incense and benzoin notes, which dominate throughout, and more so as the scent dries down.
I didn't find it indolic at all.
Although it's sweet if sniffed directly, it isn't so sweet as it wafts up. I noticed the orange blossom right away, and also a root beer note (I didn't just imagine that; my daughter took one whiff and said she smelled root beer. I've noticed this note with several other fragrances, including AdP Mandorlo di Sicilia
and Hilde Soliani Conaffetto
, the latter also being an orange blossom fragrance.)
The incense was there from the start, and a balsamic note, slightly creamy (the benzoin, I suppose.) It was a little smokey at first, but not as much as Avignon
. I didn't get the lavender or beeswax.Edit
: Maybe I didn't pick up on the lavender because of the different variety it is, according to the interview with Duchafour, see: http://www.basenotes.net/content/133...ille-Ã*-l-aube
When I try it again, I'll see if I can detect that.
For me this was basically an incense + orange blossom scent, emphasis on the incense. I didn't find this a "sexy" perfume, notwithstanding the backstory about the night in Seville that was its inspiration.
The scent lasted over 7 hours on my skin, but I got tired of the incense going on and on; in the end it became monotonous.
I will give it this: a little goes a long way. I just used one spray to the chest area.
My advice: Try before you buy, unless you are crazy about incense and don't have the opportunity to test it first (given that it's a limited edition.)