IScentYouADay turns two today, so I guess being two I can throw a few things, bite stuff and go to bed early. This is also my 500th post, so it is a significant day to me. It wasn’t easy to pick a scent for my 500th post and 2nd birthday, but then I had a lightbulb moment. I have already reviewed two of the terrific perfumes from Papillon Artisan Perfumes, but that elusive Anubis kept escaping me. Twice it has been lost and twice it has been found. The second time was today, and it felt right to choose it when it turned up again as if fated to. I am therefore choosing ( and wearing) Papillon Artisan Perfumes Anubis for my 500th post. It is quite simply outstanding and well on its way to becoming a cult classic.
It’s fair to say that 2014 was an extraordinary year for Papillon Artisan Perfumes. With only three scents to the name, the critical response has been enormous with the industry sitting up and taking notice in the very first year of their launch.
For Nose Liz Moores, Anubis holds a personal place in her heart, initially being a creation for herself. After being asked so many times what her perfume was, Liz made it available to the public (hooray!) and after several incarnations, Anubis was born.
Oddly enough, when I reviewed Papillon Angelique, it was instant love but I really struggled to describe it. It was almost as if it were a classic already and as such, impossible to deconstruct. I found myself in the same position with Anubis. I know I love it, but it’s hard to explain why. I could tell you the notes, but it would be like looking at the sheet music instead of listening to the opera.
Here’s what it smells like to me: An ancient stone walled chapel, as old as a millennium and infused with the smoke from a thousand thuribles. Imagine all that, only on leather, with a bonfire in the middle distance, and a hint of Egyptian embalming oils. That is what Anubis says to me.
But here are the notes so that you can pad out my subjective description: suede, jasmine, pink lotus, castoreum, immortelle, saffron, myrrh, benzoin, rose and frankincense.
Anubis has been blended so seamlessly that each note segues flawlessly into the next. As a whole, it makes one resounding chord, as if it’s always been around. If you like Tauer Lonestar Memories or Cuir Ottoman by Parfum D’Empire (both excellent), then I am almost certain you will like Anubis too. Longevity is around ten hours on my skin, and this is eau de parfum strength.
Anubis has already made waves and friend of the blog MeganInStMaxime named it as her favourite launch of 2014. The great Persolaise has also lauded it, and dear Thomas aka the Candy Perfume Boy has awarded fellow Papillon scent Tobacco Rose one of his coveted “Candy” Awards. The mighty Kafkaesque writes a superb and comprehensive review of Anubis that I cannot begin to compete with, you can find it here.
Anubis is unique: by turns it is smoky, leathery, spicy and redolent with incense and enigma.
And as for Liz Moores? Utterly charming and a delight to deal with.
During my visit to Les Senteurs way back in Oh…2014, I was pleased to see the trio of Papillons by the door, among illustrious company, as they have every right to be. I believe there will be more brewing over at Papillon one day and I believe there will be a queue around the block…
Happy Blog-aversary to me! and thank you for popping by!