L’Artisan Parfumeur Séville à L’Aube

I really don’t like admitting this, but I am a total prude. I blame Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which taught me that having sex causes your boyfriend to revert to his evil vampire state and then you have to kill him to close the vortex to a hell dimension.

If that’s not abstinence-only education, I don’t know what is.

Denyse Beaulieu, the perfume blogger who collaborated with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour on Séville à L’Aube, is not a prude. She is, in fact, the author of an encyclopedia of eroticism! So when I first read Denyse’s description of the inspiration behind Séville à L’Aube, which throbbed and pulsated with phrases such as “Román’s hand runs down my black lace shift and up my thigh to tangle with my garter-belt straps” and “thrust into her fragrant flesh”, I mentally backed away slowly. I imagined an overwhelming, indolic jasmine fragrance, exactly the sort of thing I don’t like. I am very happy to have been proved completely wrong.

What we have here is a very unusual and original orange blossom perfume. My favorite part of Séville à L’Aube is the beginning, when the sweetness of the orange blossom is cut with green flashes of leaves (lemon tree leaves, according to Luckyscent). These zesty top notes are nothing short of gorgeous, and they last for a respectable amount of time before the lavender steps in. After that, lavender and orange blossom are the only notes I smell for hours. I found the combination of lavender and orange blossom to be a bit too sweet for the first hour or so, but the two notes eventually settle down into something very pretty. The oh-so-slightly-sensuous incense (and it’s really just a whisper of incense) comes in only at the very end of the fragrance.

Will I be buying Séville à L’Aube? Probably not. You see, even though I thought that the combination of orange blossom and lavender was very creative and skillful, I still don’t like orange blossom or lavender. I’m very impressed by Séville à L’Aube, but I don’t necessarily want to wear it. Should you try Séville à L’Aube? Definitely. It’s absolutely worthy of the L’Artisan line. At $165, it’s one of the most expensive L’Artisans, but the lasting power is very good (especially compared to other notoriously ethereal L’Artisans).

17 thoughts on “L’Artisan Parfumeur Séville à L’Aube

  1. Ari, you’re impossible! 🙂 I’m watching Buffy now (not sure which season I’m on – fifth or sixth?)

    I will have a chance to try this perfume soon but I’m optimistic: I like both orange blossom and lavender.

    1. OH GOD! I didn’t spoil anything for you, did I?? If you’re already on 5 or 6, you must have passed Angel getting all stabbed! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Seville- I’ve rarely seen such a uniformly positive response from perfume lovers.

      1. No-no, I’m past even the next “boy trouble” where it was already spelled out “you sleep with a boyfriend, he turns evil…” (couldn’t find the quote but something to that effect) 🙂

        1. Ugh, the later Spike plotlines are all Marti Nixon’s doing, and I kind of hate them. When I was younger, I LOVED Spike, mostly because the actor is so hot. Now the character horrifies me!

  2. Thanks for your impressions! Everyone talks so loudly about this Seville and I don’t know what’s the excitement about. I can’t even try it because no one sells it in Poland. Not sure if this would work for me, none of L’Artisans I tried did…

    1. Aww, I’m so sorry to hear the L’Artisans haven’t worked for you, lucasai! Seville might come to Poland eventually- it’s only out in England right now, it’s not even in the U.S. yet. I think that it will be very popular, so maybe it will be added to the main line?

      1. Ah, don’t be sorry. There are many other houses that work perfectly for me. The time to buy one of these bottles shall come in November (I’ll save enough money until then).
        Will see if it’ll appear or not.

  3. I know, it received such a good response but my feelings are pretty much the same as yours. Not what I expected from reading the book and not the orange blossom to end all orange blossoms. It’s a unique and well crafted scent but I’m so glad I didn’t get a bottle blind.

    1. I haven’t gotten to read the book yet, Taylee, but from what I’ve heard about it, there’s definitely a big disconnect between the book and the perfume. I read a post on Olfactoria’s Travels that said that Denyse wanted the perfume to be more universal, not just personal to her.

      1. Yes, that would make sense. I just really wanted to like it so much; the descriptions in the book were gorgeous (though I won’t spoil anything for you ;D), but they don’t really give the same impression as this scent does. It’s well done, nonetheless. =) Oh, and I know this is a totally random question, but I read one of your blog posts and learnt you want you be a perfumer? =D That’s such an interesting choice; do you know how to start training to be one? I’m just really curious about how perfumers become perfumers. =)

  4. It’s reviews like this that remind me why I don’t even buy decants blind, thank you for that, because I was kind of kicking myself I didn’t get in on the one offered at FFF. (It can be frustrating when so many splits happen before samples can be easily found. With my skin chemistry, it’s too much of a gamble to buy unsniffed, and those 15 or 20 dollar decants do add up.)

    And any review that starts out with a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer has my stamp of approval. 🙂

    1. The thing is: many of 5 ml decants (that’s usually the size I go for with unsniffed purchases) are not much more expensive then later 2 ml samples will cost from the decanter site. I never buy unsniffed anything I know I will be able to test in the store, maybe a couple of months later. But if I know that I want to test something and it can’t be found here, as well I might go for a decant. Luckily, there are not that many perfumes I really want to try so I do not do those blind purchases too often.

  5. I think we need to eliminate the word “thrust” from the English language. The poor word needs a break, after all the unfortunate scenarios it is employed in.

    That’s all I can really say. I’m traumatized from that sample sentence, which was worse than all the other sample sentences I’ve read.

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