Mandarina Corsica 2018

Mandarina Corsica by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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Mandarina Corsica is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is fruity-sweet. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Quentin Bisch

Fragrance Notes

Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
MaltolMaltol
ImmortelleImmortelle
Tonka bean absoluteTonka bean absolute

Ratings

Scent

7.764 Ratings

Longevity

7.453 Ratings

Sillage

6.756 Ratings

Bottle

7.856 Ratings
Submitted by Greifswald, last update on 26.08.2021.
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WildGardener

252 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
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Sweet but not so Simple
After a diverting intro of citrus and light almonds – which is almost marzipan but not quite –a faint but dark leathery nuance develops from the mandarin.
As the citrus and the sweet-light almonds develop, a dry, pale brown, slightly
herbaceous accord with a burnt sugar sweetness unfolds beneath. This reveals a hint of powder as it goes, until the contrast between the two is fully developed: the slightly tart mandarin glistens from natural aldehydes, and under that, the biscuit tones of musk, immortelle and vanilla add a sweet backdrop.
Even several hours in it remains well structured, vibrant like a Dutch still life where
citrus gleams against pelucid marzipan and homemade cookies on a wooden table. This is a gourmand, but, because it doesn’t overstate the mouth feel too much the
effect is ambiguous. It’s sweet, but not edible. Quentin Bisch was not aiming to catch us by our taste buds – like some of the more crass foody scents have done, here he was scouting the borderland between taste and odour, the most interesting ground for a gourmand to tread.
Unlike some perfumery, which sacrifices beauty on the altar of weirdness, this is a thoroughly pleasant ride, as well as one that keeps you on your toes. In that sense, it walks the line between niche and mainstream, being interesting but still accessible.
7.5
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8
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
DonJuanDeCat
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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
Very helpful Review    16  
The dark side of the force... uh... tangerine?
Hello there, you smelly lot! No, he he, I meant of course sniffing pack! :D
Great that you guys "pop in" here again when I post a new comment. Today it's about Mandarina Corsica by L'Artisan, which sounds great just from the name. Exotic and citrusy, and as I'm sure most people know, I also like citrusy scents, especially scents with oranges or just like here with tangerines.

This fragrance here is also supposed to contain maltol, and I have to admit that I had no idea what maltol was until now. But apparently this is a fragrance that makes for sugar and cotton candy like scents. And this possibly also comes across like caramelized candy like at a fair or Christmas market (aaaah, sounds so yummy, and hey, half the year is almost over, which means it'll be Christmas again soon, yeah!!!! :DD). This makes me think that the scent could possibly smell less fresh and more wintry instead, but I'll find out in a bit.

Therefore, it goes already!

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins with sweetish and slightly citrusy tangerines as well as tonka beans, which at first seem somehow incongruous, but do not smell bad at all. In general, the fragrance is also (dark) sugary-sweetish, which could be due to the Maltol, because as just described Maltol is responsible among other things just for a sugar-like scent.
A little later you smell the sugary fragrance notes clearly more intense, while the tangerines move further and further into the background. In addition, it seems to become slightly spicier with time.
From the base, the fragrance becomes more powdery, as now the tonka bean is more intense. Therefore, you can also smell the typical, dark sweet scent of tonka bean, while from the tangerines is hardly anything left.
The late base actually only smells of tonka, so the fragrance is powdery-sweet. It's all quite nice, but also a wee bit too simple.

The sillage and the durability:
The sillage is quite okay, the fragrance is good smellable due to its sweetness, but a firecracker he is not. The shelf life is quite good with its eight-ten hours.

The bottle:
The bottle is L'Artisan-typical heptagonal and consists of a dark tinted glass. The fragrance liquid appears thereby greenish to olive. On the front you can see a narrow and reddish patterned label with fragrance name and logo. The lid is glossy black and also heptagonal. Everything looks very good.

Conclusion:
Okay, Mandarina Corsica has become a fragrance where you might think of a fresh summer scent from the name. However, the scent is dark and sweet and clearly goes in the autumnal-winter direction, even if it should not radiate as intensely as most winter fragrances. Perhaps he is thus also rather an all-rounder, which one could always use?

He is in any case very nice, even if he now represents nothing great and is somewhat simple, but you can test him already times. Would he be a little stronger, I would also recommend him to go out, but so, as the sillage is here, he is more so a fragrance for everyday life and leisure.

Oh yes, the scent reminded me of the cooler season. I'm already looking forward to Christmas and hope that I'm also vaccinated by then (and many others too), so that then the Christmas markets open again and can be visited. Missing out on a Christmas market was once too many! Maybe there will be a Parfumo-Meeting, where all the Parfumas can beat me up, because I always call everyone stupid,... who knows? :)

So until then people, have a nice evening :)
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Bottle
Gandharva
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Gandharva
Gandharva
Top Review    19  
The ever-sweet present
First of all, it quickly becomes clear: you have to like tangerine here. And that no mysteries, no shoals are to be expected here. Tangerine in the head, tangerine in the heart, and tangerine is also her name. But: Anyone who thinks there is a girl, a child or something shallow at work here is mistaken. This here is a lady who has maturity and knows how to combine subtle contrasts. Sweet and bright, yet full of spicy, almost dark depths. She's unvarnished, but beautiful. Upright, with sun-tanned hands, she smiles at you warmly and embraces you, without ups and downs until the end. Only the pure, rich, sweet life in the here and now.
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Mantus
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Mantus
Mantus
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The flavoured gourmand warmth
At first you can perceive a sweet and fruity note, which has a pleasant soft and sour aura and you already have the feeling to have a beautiful, freshly peeled, fully ripe, but not overripe mandarin in front of you.

A little later, the tangerine is coated with a sweet, gourmand, typically caramel-like note, without its salty accompanying hint, which is responsible for the fact that the prelude gets a very dense, discreetly viscous consistency and I have actually tipped on caramel instead of maltol; that reminds of malt and caramel
In the further course of the fragrance the background is immensely warming, slightly aromatic, spicy, buttery and I would never have come across Immortelle, but suspected a small pinch of cardamom.

In the last 3 hours a beautiful, dense, almond-like, creamy powdery aura is responsible for the well-being, which provides a wonderful finish and is due to the Tonka Bean - Absolute.

In total, the fragrance lasts 6 hours on my skin.

The Sillage is designed from the start to be perceived well at half an arm's length and this is maintained for 2.5 hours before being reduced in quiet steps until the fragrance ends.
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StellaDiverF

213 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
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Mandarin & Caramel
On my skin, Mandarina Corsica is mostly a play-off between two competing accords, namely juicy mandarin and creamy caramel. The madarin scores first with not only its vividly realistic succulent pulps, but also its slightly bitter, even metallic pith, while the caramel looms around the edge. Then the caramel gathers force in the next two hours to gain equal footing with the mandarin.

The caramel in Mandarina Corsica is thankfully not one-dimensional, saccarine syrupiness. Instead, it has a deliciously milky, unctuous texture mimicking the sensation when a cube of caramel starts to melt on the palate. Moreover, there is also a subtle smoky facet, probably borrowed from the immortelle, that enhances the natural feeling of the caramel note, while a delicate touch of tonka beans' powdery almond nuance rounds everything off.

This middle phase of Mandarina Corsica is my favourite part, not only because the caramel note is well constructed and rich in nuances, but also because its juxtaposition with the juicy pulp and metallic pith of mandarin creates an intriguing tension as well as making the caramel appear less heavy. As a result, I'm reminded of Déliria also from L'Artisan, and Etat Libre d'Orange La Fin du Monde also signed by Quentin Bisch. Not because they smell any similar, but all three have this interesting contrast between various gourmand and metallic elements. I'm also sometimes reminded of Prada Candy at times, as both have an appetizingly unctuous yet not so heavy caramel note, but the mandarine note also plays a strong role in Mandarina Corsica.

The dry down is predictably dominated by the caramel and tonka bean about 5 hours in. Sadly, without the enticing citrus to balance, the caramel and tonka bean tend to become more sugary and flat in the end. The sillage is moderate in general, while the longevity can reach to 10 hours.

I initially dismissed Mandarina Corsica as uninteresting upon first sniff, having thought it's merely capitalzing the gourmand trend. But when the different nuances unfold themselves in the course of its development, I was pleasantly surprised. However, I'm still slightly disappointed by the safe and monotonous dry down, especially because of the potential shown by this surprising juxtapostion of two well realised accords. Nevertheless, I think it's worth at least sampling it, even if gourmand fragrances are not one's favourite genre and just for a fun olfactory experience.

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