Jacinthe des Bois was released in 2000 as part of L'Artisan's Je T’ai Cueilli Une Fleur trio, which also included Verte Violette and Oeillet Sauvage. All three fragrances were created by Anne Flipo, who was also the nose behind the popular La Chasse aux Papillons. In place of the standard L’Artisan packaging, the trio featured bottles decorated with a trellis design, with silk flowers attached to the neck.
The notes for Jacinthe are tulip, galbanum, sap, broom, narcissus, beeswax, hay, and maté. It starts out pretty much a dead ringer for fresh hyacinths. I do love hyacinth, but I am not sure how long I would be able to stand the very sweet scent of the unadorned flower. Happily it is swiftly joined by heavy green notes and the other florals, although narcissus is the only other flower I can detect.
Once the top notes fade, this is a delicate, almost transparent fragrance, with light notes of beeswax and hay. It is one of my favorite spring-time florals. L’Artisan fragrances are not known for their staying power, and Jacinthe is no exception. It lasts for a few hours at the most on me.
L’Artisan Parfumeur has discontinued Jacinthe des Bois and Oeillet Sauvage, although as of this writing, bottles are still available at beautycafe and lusciouscargo. Verte Violette has appeared in the standard L’Artisan bottle, so I am assuming it is safe for the time being.