New & upcoming perfumes: Givenchy, Hermes & L'Artisan

As previously reported, Givenchy is gearing up to launch a Harvest Collection, starting with a new version of Amarige this December. It will feature "the 'green sensation' of the 2005 mimosa harvest in its top notes along with tender orange blossom notes", with the mimosa from Grasse making up 25% of the juice. A new edition of Organza, featuring the jasmine harvest from India, will debut in March, followed by Very Irresistible with Bulgarian Rose in May. (via Women's Wear Daily) Update: see more on Organza Jasmin d'Inde & Very Irresistible Rose Bulgare here.

Hermès will launch a new tea-based Hermessence called Osmanthe Yunnan at the end of October. Thank you to Victoria for the news! (via Bois de Jasmin) Update: see a review of Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan.

And more on the new Fleur d'Oranger from L'Artisan: it was created by nose Anne Flipo, and features the 2004 harvest of orange blossom from Nabeul in Tunisia. Notes: orange bigarade, petitgrain, neroli, honey, and orange blossom. (via osmozUpdate: see a review of L'Artisan Fleur d'Oranger.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    OK, l'Artisan, here I come! You coming with?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is looking that way :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I've already fainted once when I read the news on Bois de Jamsin this morning, but I am feeling like doing it again…A tea-based Hermessence. Can't wait.

    I am having high hopes for the new L'Artisan as well, I've been searching for a perfect orange blossom scent forever…maybe this is the one!

  4. Anonymous says:

    M, my only question is: will it be available in the 15 ml bottle? I cannot afford the big Hermessence bottles :-(

  5. Anonymous says:

    At first, it will be in a large 100ml bottle, although later discovery sets will be added. Cannot wait!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ouch they are expensive…I am still hesitant to buy Poivre Samarcande even though I love it so much.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks V. Will be waiting for that 15 ml :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    End of October? Define that for me. Would that be closer to the fifteenth, or the 31st? LOL! I can't wait to try this new Hermes.

    And the L'Artisan sounds lovely, too.

    Finally something to look forward to!


  9. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know too…looks like I'm going to have to schedule another visit to NYC :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lucky you, R. I wish I could join you!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, you know me… I'm quite looking forward to taking a sniff of these Givenchy versions… I really admire Amarige, despite the fact that I absolutely cannot wear it. And I would enjoy Organza so much more if it were possessed by an EVIL honeysuckle. I don't think I'd buy either unsniffed, but I am dying of curiosity.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love Amarige, love mimosa, love orange blossom, love tea. I'm excited…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Some day we will perfume shop together, R!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Me too! Except for the mimosa, anyway ;-)

  15. Anonymous says:

    K, you have smelled so many more things than I have…I'm going to have to try the original Amarige first.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Oh that's not true AT ALL. I just tend to gravitate toward the big brand stuff more than the niche because it's a million times easier for me to find where I live. Also, I have this strange addiction to Givenchy. I can't explain it – maybe it's becaue if their house has anything you could call a Givenchy signature, it's that many of their offerings have a slight sweetness to them?

  17. Anonymous says:

    So interesting, because I adore Eau de Givenchy, but have for whatever reason hardly explored the rest of the line. I think also I get very, very caught up in the thrill of the chase. Have done much more niche than dept store smelling, despite living nowhere near a place to smell niche scents. Bad niche snob, bad bad.

  18. Anonymous says:

    that was supposed to were NOT possesed by an evil honeysuckle. Me + typing = tragedy of coherence. Sigh.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Eau de Givenchy is wonderful, though, isn't it? I think with the niche stuff I sometimes just don't want to mess with sample ordering and whatnot – not sure why. Laziness, perhaps? I think I somehow prefer the more tactile experience of a dept. store, so I can hold and look at the bottles. I miss out on a whole lot, though, doing it that way. So many of the niche things remain unexplored for me. And yet, I don't mind splurging every so often on random bottles of this or that via online shopping. I am just an oddball.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I would have thought you'd be a mimosa fan because it's not too sweet? It reminds me somehow of a softer, less dry and crisp version of orange blossom.

    I didn't even know what was mimosa was until I discovered L'artisan at Aedes all those years ago, and then I actually wondered why it didn't smell like champagne and orange juice. Though the L'Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi smells a bit like Play-doh on me and I don't wear it alone, I find it works really well as a base for Tubereuse!

    Also I love the Calypso Mimosa because it has a pretty jasmine note mixed in…

  21. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps I have just not found the right mimosa yet…didn't like Mimosa Pour Moi either. Champagne & orange juice actually sounds more appealing to me than the flower!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I like the tactile experience too, but have to settle for a trip to NY every few months and lots of sample swaps in between. It is hard on my postman.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hi. First time poster here. The new Hermessence is exciting but I'm really more excited for the L'Artisan orange. I am almost hoping that I don't like it b/c it appears that I will have to take drastic financial measures to purchase it.

    Now in 2 weeks I'm moving to an apartment in Center City Philadelphia on the same BLOCK as a wonderful little fragrance and skin care boutique/spa ( and they sell L'Artisan. So the temptations will be just devilish. Creed, Miller Harris, Acqua di Parma, Comptoir, Calypso, Fresh, Diptyque, L'Occitane – It's the ultimate catch-22 for me. I think it's been a lot easier for me living 2 1/2 hours away from new york or philly and being able to resist (as much as possible – though the Creed liquidation at the boutiques was a lovely surprise that put me slightly in debt and had me eating Ramen noodles for 3 months.) Now what am I going to do?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Welcome! Bluemercury is a great store, and the selection is wonderful given how small they are. You'll also find more fragrances down the street at Anthropologie, although the selection is much less up-market.

    Have tried the Fleur d'Oranger now, and it is lovely but not to the tune of $250, at least for me. If it was being sold at the regular L'Artisan prices, a bottle would be mine. If you end up loving it, snap it up quick…there are fewer than 3000 bottles, and I can't imagine that smaller stores like Bluemercury will get very many.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm – would be hard for me to spend that much on something without a white flower note in it…though it does sound gorgeous. If it's popular they will probably add it to the regular line, no?

  26. Anonymous says:

    A, which of the fragrances are we talking about? If the Fleur d'Oranger, it is based on a specific harvest, so they might do another “vintage” orange blossom, but this one won't go into the regular line once they've sold out.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I live in Madrid Spain and there is a fantastic perfume bar called Barfumeria that specializes in niche brand fragrances and the sales girls really know there stuff. The selection of fragrances are amazing. They have L'Artisan Parfumeur, Route du The, Commes des Garcons, Kai, Comptoir Sud Pacific, Caron Boutique, Lorenzo Villoresi and many more…….

    I happened to pass by last week and the creative director of L'Artisan Parfumeur was presenting the new Fleur D'Oranger to the press and I had the oppotunity to smell it and it was a surprisingly nice orange blossom that is not too sweet and very easy to wear however I too was taken aback by the 180€ price tag. While I was there I tried Dilmun from Lorenzo Villoresi and I found it more profound and it has far more personality. Does anyone else have an opinion on these two fragrances?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a wonderful store, I wish I had something like that near me. As I said in the comments above, I finally smelled the new L'Artisan, and agree that it is a great scent but not something I would pay that kind of money for.

    Dilmun is my favorite from LV, and I hope to review it soon!

  29. Anonymous says:

    OOO!! You know BlueMercury?? Do you live near Philly?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I am about an hour away, near the PA/DE border. I do wish Philly had better perfume shopping…I tend to go to King of Prussia mall more often than I go downtown, and even then, have to make regular trips to NYC in order to try the more obscure scents. If you find any other wonderful stores, do let me know!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I meant FdO. I realized right after I sent that that it was based on a specific harvest, which I guess also accounts for the price. I will try to see if they have it at Barneys in LA, as I'm not in NYC and can't get to the Lartisan store in Soho. Do you happen to know of any good stores in the LA area?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Check here:

    There are listings for LA & Santa Monica.

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