L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Dry Body Oil

It’s a smashing second act for L'Artisan Parfumeur. For a brand that has got fiendishly cult followers, L'Artisan’s foray into body oils is surely going to garner the same despite the stratospherically priced treatments. But, unlike other so-called luxury brands, which opt to mix a slivers of parfum with mineral oil, L'Artisan actually works to create their line of dry body oils with wholesome carriers that you’ve come to know & love. And, their scent-inspired oils aren’t for the dull and unimaginative. In other words, don’t expect Lavender any of renditions of it with L'Artisan. The Premier Figuier Dry Body Oil ($70) is one such example of how a fragrance translates irresistibly well from its signature scent.

The award winning Premier Figuier, created by Olivia Giacobetti, was the first perfume ever to have been constructed around the fig. Its green freshness, Sandalwood notes and subtle complexity had earned its laurels among top tier scent bloggers. But, more than its grasping popularity, the scent and even the brand serves as a reminder of how true luxury brands still are mistakably late to the game of introducing ancillary oils to complement fragrances and enhance the harmonizing experience naturally and intuitively. It’s why I am completely smitten by L'Artisan. It’s taking fine huilery nearly to the heights of scent making, which is a progressive art in itself. Very few brands or even artists extend this courtesy to making a fine oil. To most, an oil is just well...an oil. But, to a few, a well-blended oil is so much more. The sensation and scent combined triumph over any measly ‘mix & blend’ bottles. Premier Figuier Dry Body Oil definitely stands apart from the cut.

The pleasure of Fractionated Coconut & Sunflower Seed oils are blended with the politesse of natural Opuntia Ficus Indica Fruit extracts. Also known as the Prickly Pear, the antioxidant, Vitamin C, and phyto-rich helps ward off free radical damage while whisking away telltale signs of sun damage. A study in the August 2004 "Journal of Clinical Nutrition" reported on a comparison between plain ole’ Vitamin C and Prickly Pear Fruit to see if there were differences in antioxidant potency. Although both decreased oxidative damage to lipids and improved antioxidant status in healthy humans, only the Prickly Pear fruit significantly affected body oxidative stress. The extracts coupled with the Vitamin E enriched Sunflower Seed carrier shows us how the dry oil is delicately in harmony with nature and the environment.

Less flamboyant is the scent. It’s the un-green green scent. It’s the green freshness you want when grass labeled scents don’t cut it. Premier Figuier surprises you from the get go as most people may think of a fig-scented anything as being close to a Fig Newton. You can drop the naïveté before reading forward. There’s a pretty big mystique in capturing the fanciful fig and bottling it as a scented oil. For once, here’s a scent that brings the sweetness of wood with a warmly rounded out fullness of a leafy Fig. This is slightly cut by slivers of Almond, though barely detectable behind the honeyed smolder of Sandalwood and changeful twists of Coconut. With a tender verdancy, the velvety oil is fully sophisticated in its botanic glory, suggesting an airy character at its core. It's aqueous, refreshing, and almost unisex in sorts, but never banal. Quite frankly, the dry oil doesn’t thoroughly highlight Fig’s gamine aromatic beauty, which is why if you love this scent (or any scent for that matter), layering the fragrance with this body oil will allow the comforting depth & complexity to realize wholly making the end result a fun discovery. With both, you can bring the ethos of summer fun with you wherever you wish with Premier Figuier’s maddening but delightful penchant for changing to your skin’s essence. Works equally when layered over Vanilla scents, too.

Why more brands don’t follow the intuitive brilliance of L'Artisan Parfumeur is beyond me.

Price: $$$$
Scent Classification: Green, Woody
Viscosity: Slightly viscous (4/10)