L’Artisan Parfumeur has launched L'Orient, a new collection of five fragrances: Bois des Sables, Contes du Levant, Fables d'Orient, Légendes du Cèdre and Ode à l’Oudh.
L’Artisan Parfumeur opens the doors of the Orient and urges to dream. This collection of tales and legends offers an East praised by dreams and fables and celebrates a rich and opulent nature. Being guided by his emotions, the perfumer Christophe Raynaud sowed in these stories some native ingredients of an Orient of wonders: Turkish rose, saffron, cedar, incense. An idealised, reinvented Orient, a nod to the ancestral and mysterious cradle of perfumery.
Bois des Sables ~ "There can be no clearer or more encompassing depiction of the perfumer’s creative obsession, crystallised around one idea: wood, wood and more wood! It was incredibly bold to create this woody bouquet, skilfully composed, blending patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, oud and cedar in a bed of unctuous vanilla that beautifully coats this wood "forest" to nourish and then tenderise it. "This fragrance embodies the richness and generosity of woods by combining Cypriol, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Gorjum, Cedar and Gaiac with the smoothness of Vanilla. " Christophe Raynaud"
Contes du Levant ~ "In a simple and clear writing, the perfumer wanted to capture the green and spicy scent of a Damask Rose treated in majesty, just infused with sumptuous notes of incense and patchouli. He succeeds in putting in tension the freshness of this Turkish rose and the addictive warmth of the pepper and ciste trio. This fragrance, entirely structured around the favourite flower of the Orientals, deploys its aura of mystery on the skin. "This fragrance features three vibrant peppers - white, pink and black - to enhance the iconic rose du levant, majestic in each of its facets, on a mysterious and bewitching patchouli base.” Christophe Raynaud"
Fables d'Orient ~ "You have to imagine a "flower milk" that has been brought to life in the perfumer's mind. It is a material, a texture as much as a smell. Its incarnation is the sun-radiated heliotrope flower with its unctuous and creamy fragrance. The nutmeg, with its warm, peppery scent, makes it irresistibly addictive. The last piece of the puzzle, ensuring the fragrance blends with the skin, is the magical vibration of amber and the cottony comfort of musk, which close the accord on a sensual and comforting note. "This is an oriental fragrance that celebrates amber and the most beautiful and precious resins of frankincense and myrrh, wrapped in white iris petals and the comfort of overdosed musks. " Christophe Raynaud"
Légendes du Cèdre ~ "The perfumer wanted to create an almost mystical emotion of what he nicely calls a "woody nectar" built around a creamy cedar with warm and gourmet accents of saffron and muscade nuts. The presence of the enchanting resins of ciste and labdanum evokes the warm earth of the Orient. This innovative combination of cedar and fiery spices dyes this perfume with an aura of mystery and makes the journey madly enigmatic. "This fragrance is a woody nectar built around a creamy cedar with saffron accents”. Christophe Raynaud."
Ode à l’Oudh ~ "The perfumer had long dreamed of a fruit liquor with floral accents, as sweet as a flow of honey down the throat, with the effect almost of a mysterious potion. He made it the beating heart of the perfume, the soul, the very essence of his creation. Even in the base, the perfumer has favoured simplicity: a leathery-animal note suggested by oud wood, resonating perfectly with saffron and vanilla bean. A signature fragrance with the necessary roundness and comfort. "This fragrance reflects the delicious opulence of vanilla, coloured with spices and adorned with vibrant woods. " Christophe Raynaud"
L’Artisan Parfumeur L'Orient Bois des Sables, Contes du Levant, Fables d'Orient, Légendes du Cèdre and Ode à l’Oudh are available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum, £160 each.