L’Artisan Dzongkha

I’m foregoing trashy Friday because the gossip is just not that good or interesting these days.  Instead I’ll review L’Artisan Dzongkha, which is good and interesting.

Up for Monday is the new Narcisse from L’Artisan.  Preview on that — I’m smitten. It’s not at all what I expected, less and more, and completely unique.

Dzongkha has notes of Litchee, Cardamom, tea leaf, peonoy, incense and iris, along with some leather notes.

When this first goes on, it is really bitter on me briefly, but it only takes about ten minutes, and it softens and gets spicier and warmer. I can smell the iris in there, it’s not the prominent note on me.  It stays buried under the incense and spice, just floating in and out of the smell zone. I know Marina got a lot of iris when she tested it. I’m getting spice and tea and incense, like Passage D’Enfer and Tea for Two combined with a couple of other notes just to mix things up.  I find it incredibly charming and original and absolutely perfect for fall and the colder weather months coming up.

So an update on the restylane/botox saga.  I did make an appointment to do the restylane for the upper lip, I need my pout back. Don’t know about the Botox. I may give it a try in a couple of areas, just to see, but I’m still debating and am leaning to not right now. The good news is, when I have it done, about mid-October, you all will get the complete report here!  Another thing I found out at my consult, they have all sorts of lamps and lasers that can get rid of ruddy cheeks. I’ve had ruddy cheeks forever, just sensitive skin and some broken capillaries. Not terrible, just annoying. But I’m going to sign up to do one of those treatments that gets rid of the broken capillaries. How cool will that be?!

Also coming up — hopefully next week, if it gets here — a review of the new foundation from Giorgio Armani.  I’m a huge fan of their illimuninating foundation, it’s the only thing I’ll wear, but this new one sounds like absolute perfection, it is supposed to smooth your face as well.

Now, bear with me when March is gone, it’s tough for me to do five days a week of posting, but I sure will try!  Some of the posts could be weak to quite weak, though.   You are welcome to poke fun at me when I do something really lame out of desperation.  Y’all have a great weekend. I’m off to go to the fall colors in my hair, the ambers and golds and beige and caramel instead of the blonde highlights. I love this time of year and the switch to the warm tones.

  • rose says:

    Patty, I liked my sample of Dzongkha a lot. But I also like Timbuktu a lot. So I bought 10 Corso Como since I couldn’t decide between the two. Go figure. Love that sandalwood/frankincense smell. BTW, I had laser work done on my face for broken caps and for a little over a week I looked like I was dragged on my face by a motorcycle. Wasn’t expecting that and had to show up for work before I was completely healed. My friends were brutal making fun of me. Hysterical! Am doing it again next Friday. Ha.

  • kuri says:

    Look forward to the Armani review! Everything looks really nice so it would be nice to read your perspective on it.

    Good luck with the restylane! I’d like to see your hair too 🙂

  • chayaruchama says:

    Pretty Patty-
    There is NO way I will poke fun at you regardless of what you attempt.

    I’m grateful, as it is, that you’ll continue to show your shining face here while our wicked dilettante girlfriend gallivants about Eastern Europe amidst gypsy violins [SIGH !}, wurstchen,Dobosh torte, and G-d knows what else, that darling fiend…

    Dzongkha sounds lovely…
    Will dutifully sniff when Barney’s stocks it-

  • Ina says:

    Patty, I get no iris here! NONE! Instead, it smells like soapy vetiver in the drydown. Wah! :(( I love the top notes, though. As for Armani foundation, I’m a huge fan of their Luminous Silk foundation. I don’t wear make-up but this is my staple for winter to cover the paleness. Also adore their lip shimmers. Mwah!

  • Dusan says:

    I forgot — I’m all for hospital suites – you and your baby get a royal treatment, and there’s no price tag on that, isn’t there?

  • Dusan says:

    I’ve got OK teeth for now, but getting veneers some time after hitting the bad side of the forties is definitely an option. The only bad thing about my teeth is that I had to have two of them pulled out, coz… I really wasn’t a dentist-going kinda person and now my girlfriend is badgering me into filling the voids with implants :-ss . She says she doesn’t want a boyfriend who looks like he’s been chewing firecrackers :-b But, uh, I mean, it’s hardly visible (5 up left, 4 up right) — only when I laugh [which, everyone will tell you, is most of the time]. Bloody ‘ell, I hate dentists, but I guess beauty must suffer @};-

  • Patty says:

    Leopoldo, I’m not sure if it will be too sweet for you. It might or might not. Do let me know what you think of it.

    I hope to get some pictures of the pout! I have to wait a few days until after so it can all settle becaues I’ll have trout pout for about three days (gag!). A necessary thing just to get my lips back. :d

  • Patty says:

    Thank you, R! I’m not sure if you’ll like it or not. I think it will be either love or hate, but do give it a couple of tries because it can take a while to change and to get a bead on what it is doing. I think I applied three times before I became sure I loved it.

  • Patty says:

    March — cool cow, I never saw that one either!=))

    You know, the L blue bottle, it is greenish blue.

  • Patty says:

    Dusan, if I can get a decent close-up picture that does not reveal all my “care lines” in my face, I shall do that. I think they take before and after pictures, or I’ll ask them to.

    My favorite before/after pictures is when I did veneers on my teeth. I kept those for the longest time because it was just face transforming. I had a crooked tooth right in the front that I put up with forever, but did the veneers, and wound up with nice, straight teeth. Best money I ever spent. Well, toss-up between that and the hospital suite we paid for when I gave birth to my second son, that was the next best $200 I ever spent.

  • Patty says:

    Nina, so weird. I get very little Saffron in this. I think it’s a skin thing maybe. Noir Epices just goes so crappy on me, but it starts out similar to Dzonghka.

  • Leopoldo says:

    You’ve also turned my head too on the Dzongkha front, which I’ve been dodging quite happily up til now. Will fgo for a decant for sure.

    Do we get to see your pout when it’s done?

  • violetnoir says:

    Dzonghka, huh? I wasn’t that interested, but maybe now I am. 😕

    Happy highlighting, darling!


  • March says:

    P — oh oh oh! What kind of a weird blue bottle?!?! I can’t wait!!

    Hey, have you ever noticed 3:-o before? How great is that? I should have worked it into one of my answers yesterday about Rien.

    Dang, have to get that in the mail 2 you!

  • Dusan says:

    Patty, make sure you stick the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics in your report, y’know, in the interest of science. Haven’t tried a single L’Artisan (%*Â¥???@&*) ergo Dzongkha either. Yep. But it sounds yummy.
    You just show up here every day, write whatever you want and we’ll laugh our heads off as usual. Have a restful weekend.

  • Nina says:

    Dzongkha surprised me – I was expecting incense and I mainly got…saffron. In fact, it reminded me more than a little of Safrant Troublant, which no one else has commented on so is probably a impression unique to me! It’s still in my question-mark box, along with Sel de Vetiver and a couple of others I will probably cave on sooner or later…

  • Patty says:

    March, if you log in from Vienna, that will just crack me up. Enjoy your vacation, and you can catch up when you get back.

    You haven’t tried Dzongkha yet? I’ll put that on the list. BTW, look for a weird blue bottle winging its way to your house now, I hope it gets there before you leave.

  • Patty says:

    Elle — Yeah!! I know we tend to like the same things most of the time. I adored this one,I love it when a new fall scent goes into Most Favored territory.

    I hate needles, have I mentioned that? So getting needles poked into my face isn’t something I’m really crazy about doing. I just need my lips back, especially since I’m having to go to wearing glasses all the time now.

    Getting older sucks.

  • Patty says:

    Sairah — Definitely try the Dzongkha. I hate FM Noir Epices, and Dzonghka is like a wearable Noir Epices, not so bitter and strong. At first I thought it would be horrible, but as the day went by, I kept smelling this great smell, and it was the Dzonghka.

  • March says:


    I’m gonna miss this. A lot. I’ll probably be begging some tourist for internet access time in exchange for … my scintillating conversation?:-? A bratwurst?

    Hey, now you have me all re-psyched for the Dzongkha. That was the one I was most excited by this fall, and the reviews so far have been … weak.

  • Elle says:

    I love Dzongkha! I seem to have the same skin chemistry as you do w/ this one – the iris is there, but not dominant.
    I’ve had friends who’ve had Restalyne injections and are extremely happy w/ them. Look forward to your report.
    Whatever your posts are, I’ve got no doubt they’ll always be fab and fun.

  • sariah says:

    That Dzongkha sounds lovely. Posts that are weak to quite weak? Whatever, you are cracking me up. I’m sure if you missed a few days, we would miss you but that would be totally understandable. Have a great weekend Patty. 🙂