I was told by someone “Barney’s has the bell jars in” which I took to mean that the Barney’s in Beverly Hills had them. So of course I have to make a dash down there to see it for myself. Unfortunately, I think the person telling me meant that they were available online, since I was told that they were at the Madison Avenue store and that is no timeline for them to go anywhere else. Grrr..
Cruising the L’Artisan display, front and center was the new, limited edition: an orange concoction named Sèville à l’Aube.
I like L’Artisan, but somehow it’s a house that I never managed to totally click with. With the exception of Dzing! I’ve never been completely lured in by their scents to actually commit to a full bottle of them. Oh there were ones that came very, very close like Al Oudh or Traversee de Bosphore but there were other things I already had. It’s not them, it’s me. I need a bit more oomph, a bit of theatricality, even a touch of the vulgar sometimes to get me hooked. Perhaps because my preferred style of dress is so preppie (yes, I do wear LL Bean, even down to the shoes) that the only freak-flag I really fly is an olfactory one.
Sèville à l’Aube came close to being a love. It opens with a bright orange spray mixed with orange blossom and pepper, then adds in a very nice earthiness as it dries down- a quiet, contemplative scent that Patty loved but just didn’t catch my fancy.
It is apparently a limited edition, which also rather annoys me. So I will stick with the bottle of Mandarine Mandarin I already have.
$165 for 100ML at the usual suspects. I asked for and received my sample from Barney’s