My favs are Premier Figuier, l'Eau du Navigateur, Al Oudh, Safran Troublant, Vanilia, l'Eau D'Ambre.... and I NEVER will be able to buy 51 bottles !!!
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One of the many, many questions about L'Artisan perfumes I would like to ask is : there is a way to understand year of production ? In this case the "checkcosmetic" batch number is not useful, and I had to guess looking at caps and writings on the box.
Not really but the caps give you a clue as to the age in general terms. The octagonal bottles with gold colored caps that are small, flared and domed are older, the hexagonal bottles with flat-topped, hexagonal gold colored caps newer, and the clear glass (plastic?) caps newest.
One of the many, many questions about L'Artisan perfumes I would like to ask is : there is a way to understand year of production ?
From my experience, the batch code consists of two letters + 2 numbers + 1 letter, the second number is indicating the production year. This only applies to those perfumes produced after the millennium, don't know anything about the batch code before that.
Funny: Jean Laporte has a thing for big, garish gold caps. I recently got a bottle from MP&G, and the cap is similar to that vintage Laporte bottle...but even worse--it has a huge red plastic 'gemstone' in the top. Hideous and tacky.
I love L'Artisan though.
I have and love
Aedes de Venustas
Mon Numero 10
Tea For Two
Have, but don't love
Premier Figuier Extreme (non-Extreme is better)
Mure et Musc Cologne
Want to get
Eau du Navigateur
Overall, I love this house...but does anyone else here find that Vetiver de Coeur Sacre smells like pickle juice when applied to skin?!
Well I hope you can dig in and find images and some real history - photos, interviews etc. - because this brand in many ways defines the whole 'niche perfumery' movement from the latter part of 20th Century.
I own several 'classics' and still track the new releases - but it's the earlier Jean LaPorte era that intrigues me. Good luck.
My favorite from JFL is L'orchidée blanche, an honeyed iris with flowers.
The old bottles were cylinders (i have oeillet sauvage in this format the year it was released in the "je t'ai cueilli une fleur" pack)
I have 51 large bottles of this line in my collection...
I have 2 partially used bottles from Ebay (and I thought that was a splurge): Premier Figuier and Saffron Troublant, and a tiny sample vial of Mechant Loup. They are all so unique and evocative. The sheer range of L'Artisan is impressive. I'd like to try their takes on vanilla, absinthe, and mimosa.
As an aside, I think if I'm very good in this life, when I die I will go to Aedes de Venustas.
Great starting point for dates, Andre - I wonder if there is any real 'curator' of the line at L'Artisan who might be able to fill in the blanks. Have you been in direct contact with anyone there? You would think that this is one house that is getting close to being able to release a mini-bio - one of the first truly niche companies?
I have 51 large bottles of this line in my collection and my favorites are: L'Eau Du Caporal and the Mon Numero series.
Holy Mary,man you are sitting on a fortune!!I wonder when I will be getting rid of my collection as I feel like I am losing my personlity.lol
as a matter of interest,do you know if Tea for Two has really been discontinued?
I will never understand why they had to discontinue L'Eau du Navigateur and Tea For Two, my single two favourites from the line. Anyhow, I also love Safran Troublant, Dzing!, Dzongkha, Al Oudh, Fou d'Absinthe, Voleur de Roses, Timbuktu, Méchant Loup, Coeur de Vétiver Sacré and Nuit de Tubéreuse madly. You could call me a fan of the house
Iris Pallida (original)
L'eau du Navigateur
Tea for Two
Fou d'Absinthe (my first L'Artisan)
Voleur de Rose
Have owned and loved (now gone):
Fleur d'Oranger 2007
The Pour un Ete
Like but don't love:
Would like to get:
Aedes de Venustas
Seville de L'aube
and some classics...
Vetiver (the original)
I have only ever owned the most recent packaging except for my Mechant Loup which has the more rounded/faceted bottle and cap. Their range is great and I find myself coming back again and again despite all the other bottles in my collection.
The earliest bottles have Jean Laporte written on the coat of arms which is now blank I believe. I have a bottle of the Eau des Merveilleuses which has this coat of arms while the bottle is a simple rectangular glass bottle tinted slightly greenish gray. The cap is very similar to if not exactly like the one on the Jean LaPorte bottle cited by 30 Roses above. I'm believing that LaPorte initially put out product just under his own name, then switched to L'Artisan Parfumeur, eventually taking his name off when he went to the octagonal bottles.
I was delighted, incidentally, to find that LaPorte fragrance had not been snapped up by anyone, but hopefully the perfume is still in decent condition. I will soon find out...
Are these fragrances better used for summer wear since their projection is poor? I'm about to try my first one tomorrow (Fleur de Liane) and was wondering if it would be able to perform in this harsh winter weather at all. I could really get into purchasing from this house often just based on sniffing the sprayer though.