ANGELS AND INSECTS: LA CHASSE AUX PAPILLONS by L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR (1999)

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This uplifting, flowery delight by L’Artisan Parfumeur was recently being pushed by Yokohama Barney’s New York as a wedding scent: the window dressings, fancy as ever all swirling linden petals; pink blooms, tuberose princesses; and lepidoptera brides. I don’t know if it is especially nuptial – though that idea certainly does make sense, for the butterflies, fluttering in your stomach – but I do know that La Chasse Aux Papillons is lovely;  heady, joyous, light-winged and summery.

 

A whirl of leaves as you rush gaily past shrubs; a dizzying flourish of petals : tuberose, linden, orange blossom – the linden blossom crucial here, steering the perfume in a different direction from the majority of feverish hot house flowers and giving the perfume a slightly cooler, more mysterious edge, the whole an exuberant delight that I really like and have on occasion even considered buying – but for some, all the giddying, whirling about with the butterfly nets may leave you dizzy, s ick……..

 

 

A fragrance, then for the extovert I would say; for someone not afraid of display his or her colours, of reeling in admirers.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “ANGELS AND INSECTS: LA CHASSE AUX PAPILLONS by L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR (1999)

  1. brie

    Don’t know why but I was thinking about this one today (maybe the half foot of snow we got last night?). This fragrance was Brittany’s foray into niche…we have quite a few samples of it all over the house…but never a full bottle. I will have to seek it out and wear it today!

  2. brie

    Such a shame it is so fleeting (two hours at most on my alabaster wrists)

    • brie

      How wrong I was! Sweat induced from two hours of shoveling snow suddenly made this butterfly bloom on my skin…gorgeous!

      • ginzaintherain

        I had forgotten that elswhere it is still wintery. Here, yesterday was like everything had suddenly bloomed into summer. I am glad a bit of that made it your way in any case, disappearing and reappearing butterflies and so on

  3. Reblogged this on The Black Narcissus and commented:

    Enough of this cold weather!!

  4. Lilybelle

    LCaP wasn’t for me, but I can’t remember why. I loved the concept and thought, “oh, that will be so me”. Not to be. 😦 I love bees and butterflies and dragonflies and summer meadow flowers and picnics on the banks of burbling brooks. Not so much the creepy crawly things, though. “Angels & Insects” that was a strange one, wasn’t it?

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