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Artisan (2009)
by John Varvatos


Artisan information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 295 votes)

People and companies

HouseJohn Varvatos
PerfumerRodrigo Flores-Roux
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchShiseido > ZIC Corp

About Artisan

Artisan is a masculine fragrance by John Varvatos. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux

Reviews of Artisan

The opening is something unique and something familiar, all at the same time. Feels like a casual, day scent. Very similar to Clinique Happy with its airy, floral orange scent.

I don't have problems with longevity when spraying on clothes, so I recommend that. However, projection is weak after the first hour.
08th May, 2020
John Varvatos Artisan - A water weak scent that barely can get classified as a cologne. Mostly a lot of perfumers alcohol with the smallest amount of scent molecules can can include. The generic soap you showered with this morning will over power this scent an hour after you dry off, it is that weak. Maybe if you soak yourself in it - (15 to 20 sprays) you can get it to last more than an hour. Then you are treated with a so-so skin scent.
It is as if John Varvatos and Elizabeth Arden group figured that they will screw over the customer with a high price and very poor performance scent with a bottle covered in rattan. Wow I was such a sucker listening to the frag people who sing the praises of this stuff.
09th November, 2019
The green and the brown,
Basket full of equinox
'Round a summer breeze.
28th September, 2017
Opens strong with a blast of oranges and fades into oblivion after just a few short hours. Not a bad fragrance but simple, with weaker than average silage and longevity. Not something I'd keep in the rotation.
15th June, 2017
Not an overwhelming thumbs up. A three-star scent, for me. This was the first modern scent I bought several years ago after a couple decades of not wearing frags anymore. I loved it til I became more familiar and knowledgeable about what was on offer out there in the BN world.

The orange burst is fruity, rindy fresh, right off the bat. This has been beautifully described before me, so I won't get too wordy about that. The pimento and herbs adds the exotic edge to the orange. There is a satisfying inoffensive muskiness to the base, which is quickly arrived's not a multi-faceted scent, constantly morphing. It's fairly linear. The wonderful fresh orange stays present for the couple hours it lasts on skin. Then it is, while not gone, as some state, strictly a clean-laundry sort of skin scent. I mean, it doesn't smell like soap, it justs smells clean and fresh, like fresh laundry might if hung out to dry in an orange grove.

And that's where this one serves a better purpose, as a room freshener, or to spritz bedding. Or to give yourself a post-gym whore's bath, in lieu of spraying on some hideous Axe/Lynx. If you wear it on your clothes it will stay with you more than a couple hours, but that's it. It's an inoffensive, musk-fruit-herb scent that wears well in warmer, evening weather, but is certainly OK for all occasions. I'm wiser now. Don't bother with it unless you love Varvatos scents (I never bought another, myself, because of the "meh"-ness of this one. It's OK, but I like it better than giving it a neutral. My younger son's girlfriend liked it on him. There you go.
06th March, 2017
Mmmm, What a lovely clementine - I mean cologne. It's not really clementine, it's more like a mandarin tree was grafted to a pomelo & orange hybrid then the product was genetically merged with lavender by mad scientists because why the hell not. What you get is really good. You know when you have the first whiff of a mock orange blossom and it smells so good because it's fresh, fruity yet floral, and zesty. I like that.

After the head note fades from the spotlight you begin to notice the complimenting scents of jasmine and other herbals, but why should I talk about them when I can talk about the clementine scent. Ah, clementine. I love the floral citrus scents. They remind me of when I was I child and I went picking them from my Uncle's tree.

I rate this Clementine out of 10.
15th February, 2017

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