Wednesday, June 08, 2011

L'Artisan Parfumeur- Fleur de Liane

Here are some good things I can say about L'Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Liane:
If you use enough of it and spray liberaly, it's a very long-lasting perfume.
It's not offensive despite the obvious aquatic notes and the stuff that registers as a melon.
The green parts and tropical flowers are nice.
Fluer de Liane is obviously thoughtfully created and well-made.

Not bad for a perfume I have no desire to wear again.

I've tested L'Artisan's Fleur de Liane many times since it was released three or four years ago. On good days I felt it ws just meh. On bad day it reminded every perfume genre I dislike. Because seriously, watery greens? pale florals? MELON? Please don't. But I have a fondness for L'Artisan and felt that even Fleur de Liane deserves consistent and more in-depth testing, so I did.

I don't like the opening note. The perfume smells like watered-down fruit juice blended with an abstract green thing that didn't come from nature. That's what has always sent me scrubbing in the past. Things do get better, even if I feel the white floral heart of tuberose and magnolia is too sheer and abstract to be fully satisfying. I admit Fleur de Lieane is friendlier and easier to wear than assertive white florals with a side of green. No one would complain if you wear it to a cubic farm or spray yourself silly before boarding a plane.

The weird thing is the slightly green floral heart that hangs there forever (10 hours easily with heavy spraying) never develops further. It remains in this wet magnolia stage until I wash it away with no sign of the promised base notes.Is it even considered an official dry-down? I don't know. Fleur de Liane lives in constant limbo, kind of pretty, a little boring and completely devoid of an edge.

Notes: green fresh notes, guava leaves, magnolia, tuberose, vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli and pockwood

green notes, sap, guava, magnolia, tuberose, frangipani, marigold, guaiac and cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli, moss

Depending on whom you ask.

L'Artisan Parfumeur- Fleur de Liane ($95, 50ml) is available from Aedes, Luckyscent, MiN NY, Beauty Habit, Barneys and Henri Bendel (NYC).

Photo originally by LumixFZ28 on Flickr, manipulated and ruined by me.


  1. It's funny, I love this and find it sort of light, grassy, springy, and refreshing--harmless. I tried some again today to double check and got the same feeling. I don't wear it a lot, but it doesn't give me the willies like it apparently does you.

    Btw, I wrote you to join your Facebook group, especially to see cat pictures! LOL!


  2. Cynthia, I'm not surprised to hear that when FdL works, it's delightful and refreshing. I guess I was just not meant to smell fresh ;) .
    Thanks for joining the group. There'll be a cat photo later tonight, I think.


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