Name: Seville A L’aube
Brand: L’Artisan Parfumeur
What I liked:
– beautiful oriental orange blossom scent
– complex and original
– excellent sillage and staying power
– suitable for any occasion and season, and can be worn by men too
– pretty bottle
What I didn’t like:
– although the scent is not overpowering, some people may still find it too intense
– the price
I love perfume. In fact, I’m obsessed with it and I’ve always hoarded samples like crazy. Yet, I rarely buy a full bottle of perfume. Fragrances can be very expensive and for me to splurge on one, it doesn’t just have to smell good. It has to be original and sweep me off my feet, and make me want to reach for it over and over again. It had been ages since a perfume had done that for me and then last March a sample of Seville A L’Aube by L’Artisan Parfumeur landed on my desk. I took a sniff and I was hooked, line and sinker.
Since then, I’ve been eagerly counting the days since its release. I never impulse buy when it comes to perfumes but had I smelled it in the store, I would have gotten it there and then. So, I wasn’t surprised when Denise Beaulieu, the muse who inspired the scent and chronicled its creation in her book, The Perfume Lover, mentioned it was selling really well and that a lot of people were purchasing it on an impulse. It is that good. And it is also LE, so if you are interested in it and live in Europe, head over to the nearest counter or buy it online now. If you live in the US, though, you will have to wait till September, when it will finally be released there too, to get it.
Some of the most beautiful, most intriguing scents on the market were created to capture a particular moment in time, a special event or occasion. That’s the case with Seville A L’Aube too. Denise told perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour of a special night she spent in the arms of her lover in Seville during Holy Week and the smells associated with it: the bitter orange tree in full bloom, the honeyed aroma of the beeswax candles, the incense burned during the ritual and the whiffs of lavender cologne rising from the tightly pressed bodies… “Now that would make a very good perfume!”, Bernard exclaimed. And the rest is history.
Seville A L’Aube is an orange blossom oriental scent. The orange blossom note, which is present right from the start, dominates the entire fragrance. At first, it is bright, fresh and tinged with green accents. It smells just like a clear summer day. The scent then slowly becomes sweeter, but also richer and spicier. The orange blossom is now honeyed with beeswax, and every now and then I get the subtlest whiff of tobacco, which adds a light smokey touch to the scent. So light that at times I even doubt it’s there at all.
Lavender is also there, although it’s a bit hard to detect at first and I think that’s partly because it smells in a really unexpected way here. Most fragrances tend to accentuate the sweet and powdery facets of this plant. Duchaufour instead has decided to use Lusieri lavender which smells quite dark, balsamic and slightly bitter. It’s an unusual choice, but one that works. It’s the lavender that prevents the scent from becoming too sweet, and makes the orange blossom work so well with the incense note in the base. The incense is soft and tender, and it feels like you’re smelling its last remaining whiffs after it’s been burnt. Benzoin further accentuates the sweet darkness of the scent.
However, the scent never becomes too dark, too sensual or skanky, like you would expect it to when you consider it was inspired by a racy, erotic story. Seville A L’Aube is a mysterious and warm scent. It reveals its darker side without losing its innocence and its brightness, which pervades the entire scent. It is refined and enchantingly beautiful. And a lot easier to wear than you’d expect. It is sophisticated enough to be worn on special occasions, but also also casual enough for daily wear, and is suitable for any season. I was afraid it’d be too rich for summer, but instead the hot weather just makes the orange blossom bloom beautifully.
And you may also have to share it with that special man in your life. Although it leans more towards the feminine end of the spectrum, it is unisex enough to be happily worn by men too. Just make sure you don’t spray on too much. Seville A L’Aube has excellent sillage (the sillage is the trail perfume leaves behind) and staying power. A couple of sprays are all you need to smell gorgeous for the entire day. Seville A L’Aube is a complex, original scent and is proof that perfume can still surprise us.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville A L’Aube is a beautiful oriental scent that focuses on orange blossom and features green, beeswax and incense notes. It’s an intense, mysterious but bright scent that can be worn by everyone for any occasion. Original and complex, it lasts all day.