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Mont de Narcisse (2018)
by L'Artisan Parfumeur

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Mont de Narcisse information

Year of Launch2018
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
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People and companies

HouseL'Artisan Parfumeur
PerfumerAnne Flipo
SupplierIFF
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group

About Mont de Narcisse

Mont de Narcisse is a shared / unisex perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Anne Flipo

Mont de Narcisse fragrance notes

Reviews of Mont de Narcisse

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This opening is rather unique: there is a cardamom core, with a brighter bergamot giving an uplifting edge to it. This is topped up by a gentle and restrained white pepper, and the result just lovely.

The drydown adds an osmanthus with touches of vanilla pods. The vanilla is a dry variety, not very dominant, and a good team player in this olfactory ensemble. Later on a surprising metamorphosis takes place: a smoky note arises, with a slightly honeyed touch of rubber. The rubber is not a tyre-style rubber, but a softer version. Together with a leathery and spicy undertone I suspect that the immortelle, that splendidly versatile botanic creature that take on that many disguises, is responsible for this change of direction. The leather impression is that if a soft suede; this is not a Knize-Ten-style leather creation.

The base carries on the theme of the heart notes, with bites of prunes merging with the vanilla and expresses hints of a restrained mentholated background aroma. Touches of dried grass come and go, and dusty and discreet contemporaneous powdery touches are making transient appearances, but they lack any musty or boudoir-like characteristics.

I get moderate sillage, good projection, and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

An interesting scent for warmer autumn days, with original touches and construed quite well. Nothing extraordinary, but crafted solidly. 3.25/5.
11th June, 2020
It opens like the smell of a dusty piece of old leather bag that has been kept next to a bouquet of dried white flowers. Its boozy accord from the dried plums and vanilla works well with the dusty leather and there is a mentholated aroma from the lavender. The dry down doesn't change that much, it's the same dusty leather with fruity plums and osmanthus sweeten by vanilla. It reminds me of Gold Leather by Atelier Cologne.
18th August, 2019
Mont de Narcisse is a gorgeous floral with a bit of rubber (is it pepper?) in the opening that keeps it very unisex. Its powdery feel makes me think of Bois Farine from the same house. I can for sure smell narcissus in its powderness, and the dryness of an unsweet fruit liquor.
15th April, 2019
Mont de Narcisse opens with refreshing bergamot and transparent woody pepper, but soon turns darker with the addition of sweet tart, softly boozy and fleshly plums, and slightly smoky, phenolic birch.

These two opposite aspects are then quickly reconciled thanks to the appearance of the leather. Here, it's slightly rubbery, exhibits a hay-like nuance and a subtle saffron hint as well, but at same time evokes a supple, velvety texture, much like suede. The plum and birch feel like natural complements to the suede. Not only do their olfactory profile overlap, the contrast between the lusciousness of plum and the austere, dry, phenolic aspect of birch enriches the whole suede/leather effect.

The fragrance turns slightly more resinous and more suave in the dry down, thanks to the immortelle rounding it off with its adorable honeyed warmth and smokiness. The sillage is rather close, while the longevity is around 8 hours.

Throughout its development, Mont de Narcisse reminds me of Hermès Cuir d'Ange and Givenchy Cuir Blanc. The former, because the suede note in both fragrances are quite similar, but the suede in Mont de Narcisse is not seen through an ethereal veil of heliotrope nor is it adorned by flickers of cumin like in Cuir d'Ange. Instead, it feels darker and more lavish. Meanwhile, my reminder of Cuir Blanc is mostly due to that both open with lightweight pepper and fresh bergamot, then focus on a suede note. But again, Mont de Narcisse appears richer in layers thanks to the supporting trio of plum, birch and immortelle, while Cuir Blanc chooses white musk to create a cleaner, more luminous effect.

However, as much as I enjoy the overall suede fragrance that is Mont de Narcisse, I can't help but ask:

Where is the narcissus?

Sure, the narcissus might have played a role in summoning a hay-like aspect to the suede note, but it doesn't appear as a clearly defined note any time during the entirety of its development on my skin, at least not in a way that I'm more familiar with, of the enticing juxtaposition of horse, barnyard, hay, green sap and white flowers. Instead, Mont de Narcisse is a suede fragrance through and through. A very lovely one for sure, but for a fragrance whose name literally translates to "hill/mountain of narcissus", I feel a prominent suede fragrance is not what I signed up for.

As a result, I'd refrain from recommending Mont de Narcisse as a narcissus fragrance, but rather a slightly balsamic and suave modern fruity suede fragrance.
12th October, 2018

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