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  1. #31

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    First let me say that I was really excited to try this.... I picked it up yesterday at Nordstroms.... nothing special at all - very similar to Art of Shaving Lemon except not as good and with a little aquatic note. I would recommend AOS Lemon or Acqua di Parma over this - hands down. In my opinion Vintage is still the best from Varvatos.

  2. #32

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    Glad to see someone informed everyone as I was about to say it too. I just smelled Artisan and its nothing special at all. Water and Lemon Juice was what I got from it. Very simple and nothing intriguing. not at all recommended. i sniffed at the varvatos store. VINTAGE is much nicer.

  3. #33

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    Tried this today at the Michigan Avenue Nordstrom, as I'm in Chicago this weekend for the Chicago Auto Show.

    My impressions: very good. Starts out citrusy, then evolves into a scent like a nice French-milled soap I used once. And it's selling like crazy at the initial rollout... the BPI rep said that they got it in on Thursday, and they already are down to one bottle at that particular store. She thinks it's going to be a big hit, and I agree.
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  4. #34

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    Tried this one yesterday...Have to say that I really am enjoying it. It certainly has a very unique vibe to it, which is something that I don't see a lot of these days.

  5. #35

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    UPDATE:

    Two hours after I tested Artisan, I have to say that the drydown reminds me of my very first scent (and in a good way): Gap Dream, which I had in middle school. Anyone remember this one? Must be the orange blossom and floral/citrus notes.

    And yes, Dream was a unisex scent, as I remember the Gap selling it that way, although the Basenotes Directory lists it as a feminine.
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    Quality fragrance - pretty impressed. Closest associations I made...the orange had a fresh tartness reminscent of Penhaligon's Castile....Artisan drys down differently, though, not having the powder of Castile. Became much closer to the men's Clinique Happy. Good stuff, someone seeking out a new summer citrus could certainly do much worse.

  7. #37

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    I bought this at Nordstrom in Atlanta on Saturday. My wife and son helped me pick something out as my Valentine's Day gift. They only had the 4.2 OZ from what I could see, so I took the plunge.

    Real nice and "zesty" scent. Has a sparkly presence about it, and comparisons to Happy are warranted. This will be a great summer scent. Also reminds me of scents like Creed VIW, Guerlain Homme, and the Tommy Bahama Set Sail series. There is a boozy, suntan lotiony, quality to it.

    It smoothly positions itself as something different in the JV lineup, yet my wife remarked when she smelled each one last night that they all do have a common note. She has a far better nose than I, so I'll take her word on that.

    Is it worth the $75 price tag? No. But my wife was desparate to get my gift purchase off the list! I like it well enough, however! The packaging is very cool with the woven bottle cover...

    Vintage shines better in cool weather, JV is good year 'round, and Artisan is the Spring and Summer choice.
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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    As with most designer offerings, folks seem either to love or hate Artisan. I, for one, have been impressed by several recent designer offerings. The creative directors seem to be raising their games given the ascent of the niche industry in recent years. The most intriguing comment I've read above is TheBark's description of the fragrance as a more subdued FdM-type orange-floral offering. Although I wanted very much to like it, FdM's neroli synth-bomb was just too much to handle. That and the comment above regarding the fragrance's relative longevity. I'll be checking this one out soon.
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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    I'm intrigued by the positive comments on this.

    Although the references to Fleur de Male are confusing since I thought that was much more richer and neroli prominent (not orange blossom).

    I have been looking for a masculine orange blossom scent that's affordable. I just got a sample of Jo Malone that I haven't smelled. If anyone has smelled the JM and the Varvatos would you compare them?
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  10. #40

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    Um.. This fragrance is stellar. I got the chance to test this in vegas at the Forum shops and I instantly fell in love! The orange blossom in this is divine! So good very nice relaxing and clean. Perfect for summer. This is by far one the best ne releases of 2009. Varvatos is awesome for putting out scents that are just downright good. Kudos to BPI . This might very well be my 2009 holy grail

  11. #41

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    Great scent. Tried it a Holt Renfrow. It smells really fresh, clean, and earthy for lack of a better word, and the citrus note really stays strong from beginning to end.

  12. #42

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    Just tested this for the first time. Rather weak longevity, scent is ok but not great. Smells unisex to me.

  13. #43

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    Well, it seems like this is breaking out of the exclusive period with Nordstrom now... Sephora and Von Maur have it on their websites (and probably in their stores, too). And I talked with the local BPI rep yesterday... she just got a megaton of training material in preparation for the full launch at other major retailers such as Macy's.

    So if you haven't gotten a chance to sniff it yet, you will any day now.
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  14. #44

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    It's now at Macy's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    [b]...Artisan is a familiar transparent green accord of fake herbalness (marjoram/thyme/lavandin they claim) that I have smelled in green dime-store body washes in the 90's, and maybe in some green jovan tonic aftershave gels (again 90's), mixed with some ok-sweet synth citrus and a pleasantly smooth woody base under it.
    It's alright, but not a winner imo.
    I agree with the green dime-store fragrance comment. When I tried my sample, the first thing that came to mind was 4711 cologne with less of the rubbing alcohol smell. I didn't care for it at all.

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    I own the first one and vintage (which I like), but this is a definite no go for me. Very cool bottle indeed. Varvatos went through a lot of trouble to make such a cool bottle. I wish the scent was more interesting to compliment it though.

    I first smelt Artisan on a scent strip and was very impressed. I couldn't stop smelling it actually. So, I came back a few hours later and applied it to clean skin and didn't have the same experience. The initial application is very nice. It gave me the impression that it was going to be very nice once it developed, but over time it just smelt like festering oranges that have fallen from the tree. To top that, it's festering oranges that somebody's pissed on.

    A real disappointment for me, but don't let this stop you from trying it out yourself. Just be sure to TRY IT FIRST BEFORE BUYING. This means, spray it on your skin and let it marinate for a couple hours to see what it's going to end up being.

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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    I checked Sephora yesterday, and they did not have it on the shelves yet. Same with the new Guerlain AA's.

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    I tried this today. I went to Quiznos and asked where I can wash my hands right after. Nice bottle. Pour the sewer water out though.

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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    I found this to be quite vile and nasty. The initial orange smell reminded me of some cheap orange drink like Tang or Orangeade. The drydown was not much better. No thanks........

    I hate the bottle also.
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    I bought a 2.5 oz bottle blind and regret it. I love the original JV, and with all the outstanding reviews of Vintage I figured what the heck. Big mistake. Smells decent for the first minute, then it evolves into a rather nasty scent that, for me, conjured up an image of an old barn full of hay and rusted tools.

  21. #51

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    Wow. I have to disagree with the latest commentary. To each his own, but it's a winner for me.

    My secretary really liked it the first time I wore it, and she rarely comments on my cologne. My wife digs it a lot as well.

    I think it will do even better in warmer weather. I don't regret my purchase at all. I noticed Saturday that our Dillard's now has all sizes.
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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    Stopped by Nordstrom's to pick up a few shower gels and talked the SA into tossing a few spray testers of this into my bag. It does start off all orange and sparkly but my leathery hide turned it into Mugler's Cologne, light, in all of about ten minutes. An hour later it was gone and I do mean gone , not even a hint that anything had ever been there. What with longevity like that and the little wicker basket look people may mistake it for a niche!

    Side note, looks like Geir Ness has pulled his line from Nordstroms altogether. Or is this a known thing and I just missed it?

  23. #53

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    it reminded me of Mugler's cologne, too with an orange twist.. and have to agree it didn't last long. But I couldn't stop thinking about it when I got home and had to have a bottle.

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    I only sprayed Artisan onto a card, but it disgusted me. Smelled like an elderly woman rolling around in a field of orange peels.

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    I sampled this and really liked it alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I found this to be quite vile and nasty. The initial orange smell reminded me of some cheap orange drink like Tang or Orangeade. The drydown was not much better. No thanks........

    I hate the bottle also.
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    i love the bottle,. and i want to try it !!!

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    Wow...this sounds like something I'd either love or hate. I'm intrigued. Looks like I'll be stopping by Nordies after work.

    It seems like I can go a whole year w/o buying frags...but it's ALWAYS during the spring that I feel like I need a new bottle. I'm feeling the itch now!
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    Wow. I can't beleive there's so many negative comments about this cologne. I sampled it last week and it blew me away. Today i bought the 1.7 oz and I havent been able to stop smelling my wrists since I first sprayed it.

    I'll get back here with more comments after a few wears, but i must say that along with Castile by Penhaligons, this frag has one my favorite openings. It's orangey and lush, without being sickeningly sweet.

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    Default Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    Tried it, bought it, love it. I haven't been this jazzed about a new frag in a very long time. Sure, it's like half the scents in my wardrobe but I have a thing for citrusy & clean frags, what can I say? Plus I think this would be awesome for layering. It reminds me a lot of a long discontinued orange blossom scent from Bath & Body Works. I looooved that scent & I'm thrilled to have something similar (and better!) again.
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