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Lazing on a sunny afternoon
My last visit to Vienna brought me to the wonderful world of "fragrance and culture". The nice thing about it is that not only individual fragrances are available, but great care is taken to offer the entire range as far as possible. Two fragrances by L'Artisan Parfumeur were on my list for testing: "La Chasse aux Papillons" and "Bucoliques de Provence". It was a hot summer day and both were perfect for a relaxing stroll through the city centre. With scones with strawberry jam and an iced tea in the enchanting inner courtyard of the Haas&Haas Teahouse (a tip for all visitors of Vienna!) I dedicated myself not only to the culinary but also to the olfactory pleasure of the two Artisans. "La Chasse aux Papillons" opens the hunt with a fragrant, delicate and peppery bergamot, which goes very well with the underlying flowers. Within minutes, the somewhat impetuous beginning leads directly to one of my favourite fragrance trees: the lime tree. In early summer I cycle through a large park every morning and evening in the city I live in, where two large avenues of linden blossoms fill the air with their scent. In the beginning, when the flowers open, it is a delicate, fresh, light green scent, which becomes heavier, sweeter and denser as the days go by - and which almost smells like a fully ripe or overripe banana to me as it fades.
The lime blossom in the lock elixir for butterflies on my wrist captures the phase of flowering I like the most. On a morning not too hot, just full blossom, but not yet too sweet. And that's how La Chasse aux Papillons stays for me. A lime blossom dream that blows around me and becomes more and more tender and playful. Almost imperceptibly he changes and lets other flowers come to the fore more. I have some floral scents that change a lot towards the end and end balsamic or resinous or woody. That's not the case here: La Chasse aux Papillons is a flowery fragrance through and through - and an extremely natural one at that. I love fragrant plants, but so far I don't have a single perfume that focuses on a single fragrance. Because although I can't pass by any lilac, rose, lavender or scent radio without sticking my nose into the flowers, I don't want to smell like a lilac or lavender bush all day long myself. But La Chasse aux Papillons conquered my heart so quickly with its delicate lightness that I bought it the next day. I hesitated briefly when I noticed that it was only available in 100 ml bottles - but only very briefly, because the natural softness of the fragrance has been bought at the price of a not-exceling shelf life. And so on days when I wear the scent I arm myself with a bottling and spray generously in between, humming quietly in front of me: in the summertime, in the summertime, lazing on a sunny afternoon...