For the past few years, L’Artisan has kind of reminded me of an adorable puppy that constantly gets into sitcom-esque mischief. “L’Artisan, are you chewing on the power cords again?” “L’Artisan, did you discontinue Safran Troublant again?” But I’ve noticed some reassuring changes over at L’Artisan recently. The much-lamented 50 ml size is suddenly available for 16 of the line’s scents. Now we get this shockingly well-priced sample set ($20 for ten 2 ml samples). But is it worth your hard-earned Hamiltons? (After all, that’s 2.01 Tupac bobbleheads!) Read on for my analysis!
- Killer Price. 2 ml of the same ten L’Artisan fragrances in this set would cost more than $60 at sampling sites like Luckyscent or Parfum1. And that $60 wouldn’t include the very cute tin and packaging!
- Good Selection of Classics. Most of L’Artisan’s iconic fragrances are present and accounted for (Premier Figuier, La Chasse Aux Papillons, Mure et Musc, Timbuktu), which makes this a perfect gift for anyone new to the brand.
- Seville a L’Aube Included. Seville is one of the most interesting scents left in the L’Artisan range, so I’m thrilled to see L’Artisan actively trying to push it.
- No Safran Troublant. Booooo! Boooooooooooo!
- Several Categories Underrepresented. If you go along with L’Artisan’s classifications, this set has four florals (La Chasse Aux Papillons, Nuit de Tubereuse, Mure et Musc Extreme, and Seville a L’Aube), four “woody” fragrances (Fou d’Absinthe, Caligna, Premier Figuier, and Timbuktu), and then only one Oriental (L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme) and one citrus (Batucada).
- Relatively Safe Selection. With the exception of the previously-mentioned Seville a L’Aube, you won’t find any of L’Artisan’s stranger, braver scents in this set (think Dzing!, Traversee du Bosphore, Bois Farine).
Buy if: You’re just starting to explore L’Artisan, or want a cute, well-priced gift for someone new to the line.
Pass if: You’re a longtime L’Artisan fan- you’ve probably smelled these before.