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L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tauer Zeta A Linden Blossom Theme: As The Leaves Lose Their Lushness

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Tauer Zeta A Linden Blossom Theme reminds me of this time of year when I was a child.  It was a time when things crunched underfoot but still had traces of colour as they dried out.  It was a specific autumnal phase when the moisture is leaving the leaves and you can crumble dried scented ferns between cold fingers.

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Linden blossom is another term for lime blossom, which by rights, should be a springtime event and full of green promise.  However there is something distinctively twiggy and prickly about Zeta which makes me want to wear this with a woolly scarf on a cold day.

Zeta opens with a spiced lime, which is the best way I can think of to describe it. It is zingy lime and lemon from the start, bedding down into dried papery peppery-ness (I couldn’t say that after a glass of wine).

Along come the flowers then:  Ylang Ylang, linden blossom, orange blossom, rose and neroli. The linden blossom seems to be loudest, along with the orange blossom and lime juice.  However, it’s the Orris root that seems to be prominent here, and to me, it’s what gives Zeta it’s rooty, dried leaf edge.

It’s a curious combination and one that is rare, but trust Andy Tauer to create it.  His scents fill you with visuals, and Zeta is a cold, autumn day, pink cheeks, and the last of the golden green leaves as they fall on the ground.

Zeta is available from Tauer Perfumes in Zurich,  From  Les Senteurs in the UK, and on Amazon.com in the USA and Canada.