HiHo Perfume Peeps! You all have spring up in the northern hemisphere so I wanted to chat about a long-time favourite scent of mine, Batucada. For some reason this fragrance never gets any chatter. Since it was released I have thought it one of L’Artisans best, even showed it to everyone at ScentSation Chicago in 2014. It’s like L’Artisan dropped it onto our noses in 2011 and almost nobody bothered to even sniff it. I think it’s the name. Batucada is said to be a samba derivative dance from Rio. Even now I get the vowels in the wrong place when I say it and always have to check box or bottle for spelling..
Batucada by L’Artisan Parfumeur 2011
Karine Vinchon and Elizabeth Maier
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Lime, Cachaça, Mint
Heart: Tiaré, Ylang-ylang
Base: Sensual skin accord, Sea salt
Lime, mint and alcohol sit in contrast to creamy white flowers in the opening of Batucada. Already the tang of salt gives the whole fragrance an edge. Like a cross between a creamy pine/lime ice block and a margarita.
Like the lively, compact, rhythmical and sensual dance that it is names for Batucada is flamboyant and has excellent projection. Though, when you think it is going to head towards heavily narcotic white flowers, it takes a step back and remains chaste. The lime and salt keep everything in check, a fine balancing act. Lusciousness caged but not repressed.
Batucada is wearable by both sexes. While feeling like a spring/summer staple I have been known to wear it all year round. Perhaps a little too explosive for the office it seems the perfect party or holiday scent. So different from anything else in my wardrobe, wearing it creates a lovely sense of dislocation and fun.
You’ll notice my bottle is the last style. It is my backup bottle because I saw it for a very reasonable price in my mate Greg’s Sale Doc and couldn’t pass up the bargain.
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Have you tried Batucada? Are you a L’Artisan fan? What’s your pick?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies