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    Default Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    I have only tried Timbuktu from L'Artisan offerings and I would like to hear your impressions.
    Also does it do well in terms of sillage, longevity. Does it smell good to others around you?

    Lastly, what are your top three choices from L'Artisan house?
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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    I own and love Timbuktu. For me, It has fine sillage, longevity and doesn't seem to be offensive to others.

    My three favorite L'Artisans are probably:

    Vetiver
    L'Eau Du Caporal
    Tea for Two

    The truth is that there are so many from this house I love!
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    Thank you hednic! I see Timbuktu is not in your top three. I'll have to get my nose on some of them. Tea for two sounds like something I might like.
    (I hope its nothing like Comme de Garcons series 1 - Leaves: Tea. Didn't like that one)

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    I like Timbuktu as well. Good in the qualities in which you are concerned. One friend found it unpleasant but her taste is suspect . Top three? Arbitrary, as could be different an hour from now, but let's say L'Eau des Merveilleuses, Dzing!, and L'Eau du Navigateur. Good luck finding any of hednic's selections, or mine, other than Dzing!, as they are discontinued.

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    Thank you for your impression and advice docluv45.
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    Good luck finding any of hednic's selections, or mine, other than Dzing!, as they are discontinued.
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    I actually bought a bottle of Timbuktu but wound up selling it. I thought it was a bit too feminine for my liking.
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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    too soapy.
    did not like it at all.
    if you liek these types of scents, try Comme de Garcons 2
    Much better fragrance in my opinion

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    I only sampled Dzongka and Timbuktu though I like bought I ended up buying the first one.

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    too soapy.
    did not like it at all.
    This was exactly my experience with Timbuktu. Soapy and abrasive.

    My top three favorite L'Artisan fragrances are Safran Troublant, Bois Farine, and Nuit de Tubereuse. I like a lot of fragrances from this house.
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    THANK you very much everybody. I know it's not enough people to make a conclusion but there is slightly more negative comments than positive ones. Which is perfectly fine, keep 'em coming whatever they are.

    Another question - is Tea for Two a safe blind buy?

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    Tea for two is definitely not a safe buy. It can be cloying at times. its a strong scent. I first liked it a lot but then it started annoying me.

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    Tea for Two smells very much like a tobacco pipe. If you like the idea of that, then it's a great option. But like Attila said, it's probably not a safe blind buy.

    I didn't like Timbuktu until my 3rd or 4th time wearing it. I bought samples of it on 3 different occasions. Every time I wore it I didn't like it--I thought it smelled like sour b.o., or I thought it smelled too flowery and soapy...once I just thought it smelled like cardboard. But I kept going back to it. Finally, it all clicked and now, I love it. This is one of the only fragrances where this has happened. Usually, if I like it, I like it, if I don't, I don't.

    Sillage and projection and longevity are excellent, in my opinion. Better than 90% of L'Artisans in terms of that.

    My 3 favorite L'Artisans are:

    Timbuktu
    Fou d'Absinthe
    Dzing!

    (in that order)

    Other ones I think worth sampling are Dzongkha, Bois Farine, and Mechant Loup.

    There are also many that I have never tried.

    Good luck!

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    Sooo many to choose from. IMO, top 3 are Tea for Two, Dzing!, and hmmm, one of Fou D'Absinthe, Saffron Troublant, and Dzongha. Tough call on that last one.


    as for Timbuktu, I liked the idea, but have also found it too soapy.
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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and silage, other choices

    1-Seville a l'Aube
    2-Safran Troublant
    3-L'Artisan Figuier

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    Muchas gracias, muchachos!

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    performance of timbuktu is great. as for the scent itself, it's good - nothing more.

    its something i enjoy but not something i would buy if my decant ever runs out

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    I went to a local perfumer the other day to sample L'Artisans and Diptyques. They had 20 L'Artisans in a case. Can't remember all the names, but they brought me papers and let me try them all. I fell in love with and bought (U=unisex, M=male, F=female):

    Dzongkha - U
    Fou D'Absinthe - M
    La Chasse au Papillons - F
    Timbuktu - U

    All of them took my breath away, especially Dzongkha. This experience made me stop looking at male/female/unisex labels, sniff and buy what my nose adores.

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    If you are a fan of Vanilla fragrances, Vanille Absolument is a good one. Not loud and very smooth.

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    You are spot on Timbuktu, one of a kind scent, a must have for every fragrance lover.
    I just adore this scent: uniquness, freshness, greeness, sillage and longevity.

    The other two L'Artisan I would recommend:
    Tea for two
    Fou D'Absinthe

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    Masterpiece and a staple in my wardrobe.
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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    THANK YOU everybody.
    I have finally found a bottle for myself (thanks to a female member here).
    This is all I want in a perfume - that feeling of complete certainty - "this is it". Sillage and longevity perfect on my skin but I have to warn other members to try it on their own because on my brother this perfume is close to the skin and does not project. But hey, on me it's great so who cares

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    Default Re: Timbuktu your impressions, longevity and sillage, other choices

    It's a superbly constructed vetiver scent in my opinion, only that karo-karoundé note is nauseating which forced me to sell my small bottle.

    The incense smoke combined with vetiver in this one are amazingly blended. I really wanted to like this one.

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    I love Timbuktu.

    It's a really dry scent with lots of incense, smoke. vetiver and some woods. It's incredibly unique with above average longevity and sillage.

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    I own Timbuktu, and find it to be OK, but just OK..
    La Chasse au Papillons on the other hand is amazing

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