Picked totally at random and because I couldn’t stop sniffing it once I’d tried it, I find myself reviewing unseasonably. L’Artisan Parfumeur Batucada is a very summery scent that seems to work in winter, or rather, if it doesn’t, I’m going to wear it anyway. In any case, it is a perfume that must have been especially invented to flip through glossy holiday brochures in January. You can almost hear the seagulls.
I often find it interesting, and I’ve been doing this more lately, to write down my first impressions of a scent and then compare it to the actual notes. It either illustrates my instinctive and subjective response, or it tells me I don’t know my notes from a carrot. I think it’s somewhere in between. There is no right or wrong response in perfume. If I think a perfume smells like tobacco and yet it has no tobacco in it, then to me, it still smells like tobacco. ( Wrote the blogger wringing her hands and trying not to look like an amateur).
L’Artisan Parfumeur Batucada reminded me of rhubarb, with a hint of something dirty or earthy: not quite sweat, not quite bad hygiene, but hovering somewhere in between. Then it reminded me of the sea but I couldn’t think why. I found it very Mediterranean.
In actual fact, Batucada opens like a cocktail: it’s all mint and sugar and lime. Then it has Tiare flower, which is a gardenia wearing Ambre Solaire, and it finally beds down into salt and sea notes. I think it must have been the sea notes that gave me that salty, not entirely clean tang of trunks, sea food and sand.
All in all, it’s an interesting scent that combines clean with dirty at the same time. I still say there’s rhubarb in it though.
The only sad face I pull when I try a perfume from L’Artisan Parfumeur is that my friends leave before the party’s got into its full swing. Longevity is never quite what I was hoping for. Apart from that, L’Artisan produce fascinating scents that keep me on my toes. By turns eccentric and unpredictable, but always good quality and innovative, L’Artisan has something for us all.
Stockists: L’Artisan Parfumeur Batucada is available from Amazon.co.uk if you’re in the UK and Sephora.com if you’re not. If you don’t want to buy blind, you can try this delightful sample set from Amazon.co.uk which has ten phials of perfume. ( Any guesses who got one for Christmas? Clue: it may be a blogger you know).