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.
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).