L'Eau de L'Artisan (L'Artisan)

L'Eau de L'Artisan (1993), Olivia Giacobetti's first creation for L'Artisan, is billed as a predominantly citrus fragrance by Michael Edwards. Perhaps this classification serves as a kind of fallback position, for there may be no easy category for something as strange and tactile as this fragrance.

Citrus is here all right, but imbedded in a strong and perfectly identifiable note of white glue. Very soon, a very fresh green grass note commandeers the fragrance-- but again, only for a moment; it seems to dry out right under your nose.  Scents, sights, and textures from marine landscapes (salt, sand, seaweed) work their way into the picture. The final impression: a tatami room overlooking the sea; unfurled over each window, matchstick bamboo shades swaying at the touch of a landward breeze's invisible hand.

Oh, and a glass of lemonade for Mr. Edwards.

Scent Elements: Lemon, verbena, mint, basil, marjoram, oakmoss, hay, seaweed, woods