L'Artisan Parfumeur - La Chasse Aux Papillons Dry Body Oil


You know you flip & flop. In the fast times of body care, some oils can’t be hurried. L’Artisan gives us some of the world’s finest fragrances. And, now equally rivaled body oils. La Chasse Aux Papillons Dry Body Oil ($70) with its memorable name is an intoxicating gem that captures the romantic fancy of the self-professed Tuberose fans; a superb floral bouquet inherently classic and white from the sweetness of Jasmine and from the chaste touch of Tuberose, but made cheery with the zippy zest of Orange Blossoms. What differs here in this harmonious arrangement is the lack of obvious green undertones, though there does seem to be some well-tempered grassy hints alongside the very sheer but beautifully handled Linden Blossoms, which thankfully don’t get drowned out. In one fell swoop and slather, you’ll find the oil to be supple, round and delicate.

The other night, I spent two hours gazing wide-eyed over the perfumes at Scent Bar. Childlike wonder aside, I realized what I adore about pretty much anything L’Artisan creates is the coolness of the noncommercial brand and its sense to maintain this cred. In the famously insular world of fragrance, the easygoing sophistication of L’Artisan’s obtrusively elegant scents isn’t always easy to appreciate. Oddly enough, the brand’s unmistakably luxurious oils are, but no one knows about them.  Sentimental as the scents are, they routinely receive accolades across the blogosphere, but the immediate reaction to reading about an oil from L’Artisan Parfumeur is…really? They make body oils? Yes, they do. And, only three intimate versions so far.

Here you actually feel the aesthetic without the spin of any PR punch. Before you’re inclined to think that this is just another scented accessory to help with your fragrance harmonizing, may I remind you the body oil is good for skin’s health, particularly because it lacks any mineral oil.

What makes this a dry oil (which instantly absorbs upon application) by definition is the highly refined base of Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, which are derivatives from Fractionated Coconut Oil. Giving your skin a lighter slip than the carrier version, the CCT is quite stable ensuring the body oil won’t go rancid anytime soon. And, CCT slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. When used after a shower, I was struck by how the skin-loving oil is charming, aromatic and seductive with its discreet notes. A definite skin-sniffer, it’s especially impressive as you can make out the actual fragrance, which leaves a cuddly trail on skin. I truly enjoyed this offering from L’Artisan and would be very tempted to try this on my hair, but don’t think I could handle going through the bottle as quickly as I would.

Though I don’t have the good fortune of owning the archetypal scent (just yet), I would like to think the doubled pleasure would revive and nurture scent with an impressive staying power. But even without an EDT on hand, it’s always a pleasure to feel the genuinely delightful and emotional energy from L’Artisan’s poetic potions. Even though it's a rare to have it happen.

Spring just wouldn’t be complete without this.

Price: $$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity