I was surprised to see that I have never included L'Artisan Parfumeur's signature scent, L'Eau de L'Artisan, in a Top 10 of Summer article. This 1993 fragrance by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti has long been one of my hot weather staples, and it is one of very few bottles in my collection that I drain and replenish on a regular basis.
L'Eau de L'Artisan's opening is bright and crisp, with lots of sharp verbena (the notes: lemon, verbena, basil, mint, tree moss, hay, seaweed). Dry green herbal notes chime in almost immediately, after that, you get what smells like freshly cut grass soaking in warm, salty seawater. It is this latter accord that sets L'Eau de L'Artisan apart from the many greenish, citrusy "house eaux" on the market, and makes it one of those hot weather fragrances that I love to wear in mid-February, when I need a little reminder that summer will get here, eventually.
It's a clean fragrance (I don't find it soapy, but some people do) and very fresh, but without a big huge synthetic "fresh note". It is not the place to go looking for complexity — it runs through its paces in about 15 minutes, after that it's essentially linear until it fades away, and the lasting power, as with any summer Eau, is not fantastic. You will need to bring some with you to refresh, or you can do as I do and take advantage of its departure to switch fragrances mid-day.
L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau de L'Artisan is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette. For buying information, see the listing for L'Artisan under Perfume Houses.
More grassy citrus: Calypso Tangerine, Christian Tortu Eau Fraiche.