Seville a l’Aube by Bertrand Duchaufour for L Artisan Parfumeur 2012

Hey Fume Freaks,

Today I have finally had a moment to give to a fragrance hugely anticipated. I was worried because the build up has been so extraordinary that I felt dwarfed by the sheer weight of prose already directed at it, about it, a book was written of the creation of it and the moment it was inspired by. What could I add? Then I was lucky enough to win a sample from the author of the book The Perfume Lover and scent muse for this fragrance, Denyse Beaulieu of Grain de Musc. I feel it would be churlish to not at least give my fumbling impressions and add to the well deserved clamour surrounding another L’Artisan Parfumeur and Bertrand Duchaufour masterpiece.

Photo Stolen L’Artisan Parfumeur

Fragrantica gives these notes:
Top: Petit grain, olive blossom
Heart: Lavender, orange blossom, beeswax, tobacco
Base: Benzoin, olibanum (frakincense)

What do I small? The opening is green, but a warm woody green that in a short while sings with orange and beeswax that already resonates with the frankincense and benzoin. The lavenders create an interesting, almost manly, depth and the whole manages to stay fresh and herbaceous throughout. The orange blossom and tobacco, I think, meld at some points to smell like there is another person with you. It’s uncanny, I keep expecting a hug from behind.Having read the novel I can see the progression but I would love this fragrance even had I not. I smell like sexy, holy, oranges!

Photo Stolen BookDepository

The staying power is excellent, I wake up with subtle but recognisable wafts of orange and soft vanilla after wearing for dinner and 8 hours of sleep. The sillage is good but not extreme. I was able to eat dinner without it interfering with my palette but TSO Jin could smell it and liked it.

CandyPerfumeBoy, NowSmellThis, BoisDeJasmin, all do amazing reviews filled with stories and information I can only hint at.
LuckyScent sells 100ml for $165 and ships worldwide
BookDepository sells The Perfume Lover book around $20 including delivery worldwide!

Besides the fact that this is a wonderful fragrance, I love that a blogger’s dream has come true in so many ways. Published book, worked with one of the world’s most respected and loved perfumers, was the muse for a fragrance and is now traveling doing book and fragrance talks and launches. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Please do try it and tell me how you liked Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan Parfumeurs,

Portia xx


16 comments on “Seville a l’Aube by Bertrand Duchaufour for L Artisan Parfumeur 2012

  1. Dionne says:

    I’m looking forward to trying this, and looked to put it in my cart with my August Luckyscent order, but they don’t have it available yet just as a sample. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

  2. poodle says:

    This is definitely on my must try list. I love the whole story around it too. I also like that a few people have said it has some lasting power.

  3. Musette says:


    I got this, spritzed it……..and nearly fell stone-dead on the floor from sheer……..sheer…..hell, I dunno. Lust? Delight? Swoonaliciousness?

    This scent is beyond gorgeous. I would love to be rich enough to scent my sheets in it, so I could roll around like a cat in catnip.


  4. sinnerman01 says:

    L’ a perfum’s all sound Devine !! And the quality is superb . I only own one but it has to be my most exciting house !! Very unique and forward thinking in design and theme !! There are a few I would like to own over this offering but let me say it certainly wets my lips !! Dam them , the lusting and desire for all these amazing offerings is almost to much !! If I ever won the lottery I would order 100 ml of the entire line !!

  5. killerrabbit says:

    Sounds gorgeous, delicious, delightful and just up my alley. However the only known stockist of l’Artisan in Brisbane hadn’t even heard of this one. I have vowed to only purchase after sniffing (she says with an unopened, unsniffed vintage Patou in front of her).

  6. Undina says:

    The decant is on its way to me. I even have a tracking number… but I just wait 🙂

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