L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons (note: this is a repeat of an earlier review): La Chasse aux Papillons was originally released by L’Artisan in 1999. It was created by nose Anne Flipo, and has notes of citrus, orange blossom, linden, tuberose, and jasmine. La Chasse is one of many fragrances that I dismissed on the first try, only to later become hopelessly smitten. It is the classic, ethereal spring-time white floral, very fresh and girly — a white floral even a white floral hater could love. It starts with light citrus notes and a lovely burst of linden. The orange blossom also adds a nice, dry zing, and helps to balance out the sweetness of the tuberose and jasmine. I wouldn’t exactly call it green, but there are grassy notes as well. It is not an overly complex perfume, but for what it is, it is perfect. Like most of the L’Artisan Eau de Toilettes, it is short lived; it lasts for about 3 to 4 hours on me.
L’Artisan Tilleuls au Vent: The notes are linden and lemon tea. It is meant as the “sister” room fragrance to La Chasse, and as you might expect, it is even less complex. It is also more closely focussed on linden, and although there are hints of other floral notes, it has much less of a “white floral” feel than La Chasse. It starts rather sharp, but quickly calms to a bright, clear linden with green notes and a touch of honeyed sweetness. There is no soapiness at all. I think of D’Orsay Tilleul as a delicate fragrance, but when you smell them together, the D’Orsay version feels comparatively weighted down by the hay and beeswax. I still prefer the D’Orsay, but Tilleuls au Vent is a close second. The lasting power is surprisingly good for a room fragrance, but it still only lasts a couple hours on me.
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