With such a whimsical name, it was easy to be attracted to this scent like a butterfly to a buttercup. With a seemingly mixed bag of reviews from the gushing to the nonplussed, I have to sadly align myself with the latter camp.
La Chasse aux Papillons opens with a whisper and then gets dirty, like twigs. There is a hint of dried up buds, and an indolic background of jasmine. Tuberose is alleged to be the dominant mistress here, but I could not smell any. There is definitely Lime Blossom, but again, a dryness, like a flaky leaf, emerged on my skin. Maybe Tauer’s Zeta spoiled me for other lime blossom scents. There is freshness to this of sorts, and it certainly suits the spring season, but I was not enamoured of the white flowers with a hint of mud and dried leaves, nor of its light sillage and poor longevity. I found it to smell almost medicinal or clinical, but that could be my brain getting confused because jasmine is often used in commercial air freshener and soap. Jasmine has many facets, and I didn’t care for this one.
Pity though, because I liked Premier Figuer and Timbuktu too and have a whole tin of L’Artisan samples to plough through yet. But in the world of fragrance I would lack discernment if I loved everything a brand made, wouldn’t I?
I still love you L’Artisan Parfumeur, but I’ll leave this one to its fans.
You can buy L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons on Amazon UK, Amazon.com and of course from www.lartisanparfumeur.com. I have the sample tin, which is a great way to try before you buy, and you can buy it here.