Hey, we can just never have too much chatter about a new L’Artisan from Bertrand Duchafour. I know March has talked about it twice, the most recently yesterday. I could just shut up about it and say LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVEIT and have done with it, but I feel the need to talk about it just a little just to make sure we have ratcheted up the overkill on this new release.
Before going further, the winners from Tuesday’s drawing for samples of this are: morpyk, tally, gator grad and eric.. Just click on the contact us over on the left, remind me that it’s a NdT sampler you’ve won, and give me your address, and I’ll get it mailed out!
Notes for NUIT de TUBEREUSE: tuberose, cardamom, pepper, clove, citrus, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, mango, angelica, gorse, sandalwood, palisander, musks, benzoin and styrax.
As March said, if you are expecting a big old tuberose room-clearer, you’ll need to go hug your Fracas and Carnal Flower and Tubereuse Criminelle.
I don’t get that weird note on the open of NdT, it shows up later just to creep me out when I’m settling into thinking this scent is just one thing. It’s green, rooty tuberose, and then promptly splays right into a really warm, nutty incense’ish thing, which sounds completely different than what March and Robin and others are smelling. I keep sniffing around it, trying to find the vegetal, the weird, the bitter, the whatever, and I just get comfort and cuddly with some wafting tuberose as the cherry on top. Angelica is probably the note I get the strongest besides the incense and tuberose, and I’m chalking that nutty sense to that, even though I normally don’t read angelica as nutty. Clover and cardamom nutty? I don’t know.
What fascinates me about this scent is that on me it is warm and comforting, but not in a way that leaves me comforted. It’s a disturbing comfort. Like that moment when you are doing crow or a handstand in yoga, and it’s not something you feel confident about in the least, but you hit that one sweet moment when you know you’ve lined it up and that’s what it should feel like. Then you realize you are probably going to bang your nose on the floor or your arm might give out, but it’s almost weightless and without effort for a second and you may even look good doing it, but deeply disturbing in feeling right.