Today I am testing the L'Artisan summer limited edition fragrance for 2005, Extrait de Songe (later renamed L'Ete en Douce, see below). The scent was created by nose Olivia Giacobetti, and features mint, rose, orange blossom, linden, hay, woods, and white musk.
Extrait de Songe starts with lightly sweet floral notes and a brief touch of mint. It dries down to a very clean, very cottony blend of linden, hay, and musk. If you were to take D'Orsay Tilleul, replace the honey with musk, and spray it on freshly washed cotton clothing drying in the sun, you would have Extrait de Songe.
It is light and airy, and in feeling if not in smell it is reminiscent of other Giacobetti fragrances, such as En Passant and the IUNX line. It has surprisingly good staying power for a L'Artisan summer edition; it lasted at least 5 or 6 hours on my skin. It is nicely done and likely to appeal to fans of clean musky fragrances, but as I have written before, I am not a huge fan of clean. I will certainly use up my sample, but this will not be a full bottle purchase for me.
Extrait de Songe comes in a 100 ml bottle for $110, and includes a refillable 8 ml purse spray & funnel in a taffeta case. For buying information, see the listing for L'Artisan under Perfume Houses.
On a related topic, it is rumored that Frederic Malle will be releasing another Olivia Giacobetti scent soon, possibly based on leather. If you know anything about it, please comment!
Update: Extrait de Songe was removed from the market after a trademark dispute with Annick Goutal.
Update 2, 10/12/06: Extrait de Songe has been re-issued as L'Ete en Douce. As of now, it is exclusive to Barneys, but is expected to be in wider distribution by the end of the year. Note that it is now in the "standard" L'Artisan packaging, not in the pretty bottle shown above.