If I wanted to buy a fragrance from this niche house, what would you recommend ?
I care very much about longevity and projection and I've heard that many frags from L'Artisan have poor projection and longevity.
My skin destroys fragrances quickly. I wear 6 sprays of stuff like Body Kouros and The Dreamer or 7 sprays of the disappointing Chanel Allure.
They have some EDP's and "Extreme" fragrances so, surely, there must be a decent projection/longevity L'Artisan by my standards.
Also, how bad are these aspects in their classics like Dzing!, Timbuktu, Tea for two or Dzonghka ?
I geat great longevity and throw from L'Eau D'Ambre Extreme and my partner does from Traversee Du Bosphore - but of course the smell is more important...
Timbuktu, Patchouli Patch and Dzing are my favorites!
I have dry skin and tend to eat perfumes too. Timbuktu does pretty well on me, it's quite long lasting and radiant - it may not be particularly loud, but it fills the room with a low hum. I would think the similar Dzongka behaves this way too, but haven't tried. Dzing has ok longevity on me, but it is nowhere near other animalic perfumes like the Montales or Serge Lutens.
@ cacio - Timbuktu seems very interesting and I will buy it, even if it's without monstrous projection.
As for Dzing!... that's a classic and must have niche frag.. or at least that's what I got from the reviews.
Montale, Serge Lutens.. these are houses with extremely strong and lasting offerings, my type, it seems.
But what about Al Oudh ? It's an EDP, but is it a strong one ?
I get pretty good performance from Fou d'Absinthe. Timbuktu lasts for me as well.
I get great mileage out of Timbuktu and Havana Vanille.
I have tried many from the line, and I would say I got the best longevity out of L'Eau du Navigateur.
Kurt smells like Teen Spirit
Timbuktu lasts almost 10 hours on my skin and projects fairly well.
Timbuktu lasts forever on me and it getting better in the dry down.
***My favourite from my collection***
-------- Amouage: Tribute Attar, Jubilation XXV, GoldMan
------ Serge Lutens: Chêne, Tubéreuse Criminell, Ambre Sultan
-------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore, Coromandel
------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir, Tobacco Vanille
------- Hermès: Terre D'Hermès Parfum, Ambre Narguilé
------ EDP Frederic Malle: Carnal Flower
-------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
------ Parfum MDCI: Invasion Barbare
Unfortunately most (especially the older ones) have poor projection. Longevity is there, but without projection what does it matter?
I detect an upward trend in projection from the latest releases like Batucada and Traversee du Bosphore.
I have purchased two bottles of L'Eau du Navigateur but not sure what to expect in terms on lobgevity or silage? Perhaps somebody could tell me what their performance is?
For me to buy anything, it of course must smell great but then I don't see the point in smelling great if it doesn't have great projection/silage, so if not good then they go to eBay.
Also, have a bottle of Coeur de Vétiver Sacré, again not sure what to expect! Poor silage and longevity have no room in my wardrobe and could free up cash for more worthwhile purchases.
I get very good longevity from L'Eau du Navigateur. Fou d'Absinthe also lasts pretty well. Timbuktu / Coeur de Vetiver Sacre didn't last so well for me.
As others have mentioned, Timbuktu does very well. Last evening I worse Dzing!, and not only did it project nicely into the evening, but I'm still getting whiffs of it this morning. I'd say that one's no slouch either, at least on me. Nice scent, too.
I have several L'Artisan fragrances, including the four you mention (only a sample of the Dzonghka). My skin also absorbs perfume very quickly, leaving hardly a trace after a very short time. The most successful in the longevity/projection departments, so far, has been Patchouli Patch, followed closely by Voleur des Roses(another patchouli scent). They both last for hours on my skin, and project very well.
However, if you and patchouli are not good friends, then the next line of candidates I suggest are Al Oudh, Traversee du Bosphore, and Timbuktu. All three are heady oriental perfumes, with varying degrees of incense and spice notes. Timbuktu stands just a bit above the other two, with a beautifully transparent interpretation of an incense unlike any other. I always smile when I apply some Timbuktu to my wrist, because it starts off smelling like the taste of a gum I used to chew as a kid-Thrills. They all last 4-6 hours, but projection seems to drop off after 1 hour.
Dzing is a unique perfume that does not project well for me, but it lasts until the next day. It has an unusual haylike/circus tent scent that evolves over time to a soft floral musk. I find it leans slightly to the feminine side, and smells great on my wife.
I only have a sample of dzonghka, and this is definitely an incense powerhouse. Sadly I do not appreciate the elements of this scent so I don't wear it.
It's not the house of choice in terms of longevity and sillage - you'd obviously be better served by Serge Lutens, Mazzolari or Nasomatto, to name a few. But if you mean to perversely challenge the Gods of scent , Timbuktu is it, I suppose. Not just does it last reasonably well, it's also a great composition AND smells good. That is not something I could (very subjectively) claim for many L'Artisans.
Timbuktu has my vote.
L'Eau du Navigateur. I like strong frags and have several L'Artisans. Navigateur is one of those frags i have to wash off after 12+ hours to make it fade. Up close and wearing it, it is very strong but i have a feeling it is not that much of a room-filler, compared with the average powerhouse frag.
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