26 Tenebrae by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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26 Tenebrae is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is green-resinous. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Daphné Bugey

Fragrance Notes

Forest accord, Frankincense, Resins, Plant juice

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (30 Ratings)

Longevity

6.8 (23 Ratings)

Sillage

6.3 (23 Ratings)

Bottle

8.9 (25 Ratings)
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 13.04.2020.
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7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
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Very helpful Review    9  
I did NOT ask to have that sack shaved...!
Hello and welcome to a new comment, you bookworms! D
Today I'm writing about a rather extraordinary fragrance, namely over 26 Tenebrae from the Natura Fabularis Collection by L'Artisan. It is one of those fragrances that awakens a deeply hidden dream of leaving the busy, hectic and noisy city life behind and escaping deep into the mountains, into a cave or, as in this case, into the woods. And to be able to experience nature, away from many people and above all far away from technology.

Even if this thought seems quite tempting, many people will have to admit to themselves that one has become insanely dependent on all that "city stuff", and I'm not just talking about running water and toilet paper (which seems to have become quite a rare commodity nowadays due to the stupidity of people) :D
Yes, go out into the wide world, but go where only a few people live (or people who live more in harmony with nature). When you have arrived there, wherever that may be, surrounded by nature and all that, and you look at your mobile phone and notice in shock that you have no reception or at least no internet, you will surely try to ask one of the few people there for the WLAN password. And when this person, who anyway hardly lives in contact with modern technology and probably doesn't even have a landline phone, looks at you as if you had asked him to shave your balls... then you know that you have finally arrived at a place, where you really don't have Internet... where it suddenly dawns on you that you can't survive without it, so you leave the place and run until at least one bar appears on your mobile phone (or the E, H or H+ symbol for Internet... you don't even have to dream of 4G/LTE!). Well, the modern generation is just too soft these days, but hey, by running you stay in shape at least a bit, and that's something :DD

Anyway, if you don't want to go into the wilderness, you can use scents like this one :D

The smell:
The beginning seems cool-mineral to me, and only after that I can smell warming resins, which also have a sweet taste, first of all incense as well as soft and airy scents, which remind a little bit of benzoin.
A generally woody pine scent is present, even though the top note in particular has a more resinous and mineral scent than a forest scent. However, the scent of pine becomes much more intense from the heart note onwards, especially when the scent of general woods is intensified and an earthy scent is also perceived. In general the woody scent becomes more and more distinct and also smells very good if you like this kind of scent.
A little later, the earthy and woody notes recede a little, so that the sweeter resins now come to the fore, making the fragrance warmer and gentler. Of course, the earthy and woody notes continue to smell until the end, but they get weaker and weaker, even if they never completely fade away, because every now and then you can still perceive them well. All in all, it remains like this until the end. Not bad, the whole thing, not extraordinary, but quite nice.

The Sillage and the durability:
The Sillage is quite okay. Not very strong, but not very weak either, so it will be noticed well on you for a while. Also the shelf life is above average, so I could perceive it reasonably well on one for six to eight hours.

The bottle! Unlike the usual heptagonal bottles from L'Artisan, this one is cylindrical in shape and narrows slightly towards the neck. The brownish colouring and the spherical cap make it look like a slightly modernised version of a pharmacy bottle. A striking detail is the golden-black bee or wasp hanging from the flacon above the label. All in all a very beautiful flacon.

Conclusion:
Soo, this scent here starts out quite unusual, almost special with a strange aura, similar to the scents that our Mr. White here likes to wear at perfume meetings and where you can still perceive it from the other end of the Christmas market or so :DD

But seriously, the beginning is not only woodsy authentic, but also very earthy, but not in the patchouli way, as you might imagine it under an earthy scent, but earthy like real earth under your feet, which you can smell when you walk in the woods on an autumn day, hoping to see a wild cat or a lynx (admittedly, both are great and cute little animals :))
Therefore, you might ask yourself at the beginning what you could use such a fragrance for, as it smells as if it is neither good for work nor for going out... Well, later on the fragrance becomes a little softer and warmer, where the resinous scents are in the foreground, but still you can smell strong forest and/or earthy scents from time to time. For a sociable evening the scent is nevertheless already quite good to use, I don't mean a party where you go to celebrate, but more with food or a good wine and such things. Well, or for perfume meetings!

It is particularly suitable for those who do not want to have everyday scents under their nose and would like to smell a little different. Perhaps it would be even better for those who do, if this fragrance also had a stronger, special note in the base. But still, it is worth testing, I personally liked it, especially since I like resinous scents or pine and forest notes in general.

So then, that's it from me again. I wish you all a nice evening and of course Happy Easter :) See you next time!
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Finely balanced forest freshbird that comes along quietly
Tenebrae was one of my first rehearsals after being catched by the perfume world. At first I found the scent totally hard to rate, I couldn't think of any description except that I was easily reminded of liquorice. Meanwhile I find that it has a strong recognition value and is extremely balanced. It describes a modern clean forest that is very tidy and fresh. It'd be a buy if he held out a little longer. In any case I enjoy my sample very much :)
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Scent
6
Longevity
5
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Top Review    11  
Forest walk
According to the official website 26 Tenebrae (lat. 'darkness') represents a shamanic forest in which the incense is absorbed into the plant juices. "When you look up, you see isolated rays of sunlight trying to penetrate the canopy of leaves in the dark forest. Here stand hundred-year-old trees whose roots form knotty sculptures. There resin-covered tree trunks rise up to the sky."

They already have good copywriters at L'Artisan Parfumeur. I'm thinking of a Breton forest (the Paimpont forest) because that would be the geographically closest forest where I can imagine shamans, darkness and knotty roots. On the other hand, I wouldn't know why Breton shamans should burn incense. The incense in 26 Tenebrae is not very strong and certainly not sweaty. I can smell resin clearly. "Forest Chord" as a fragrance sounds very synthetic. They will hardly have distilled a cubic metre of forest into essential oil. At least this forest chord doesn't smell synthetic but strongly of moss, warm and dark green.

In the competition for the darkest forest: right arm: 26 Tenebrae, left arm: Nouvelle Collection - Bois Noir by Robert Piguet. The Bois Noir (French 'black forest') is clearly darker. 26 But Tenebrae already smells of dark forest with much moss. Only in comparison there is a lighter almost soapy note, probably the plant juices.

26 Tenebrae is actually a great dark forest stuff that can not only decorate the shaman. But durability and projection are not as good as I would like them to be in the price range. In this respect 26 Tenebrae reminds more of an Icelandic forest (I exaggerate a little). What does an Icelander do when he gets lost in the dark shamanic forest? He gets up.

I would wear 26 Tenebrae at any time of the year and I would wear it on both men and women, though perhaps not necessarily on young women. I would wear 26 Tenebrae to work, in the evening, to go out, in my spare time and also daily. I know people who do sports and when I imagine that the smell they emit when they come from sports mixes with 26 Tenebrae... so no, not to sports.

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JssfranchJssfranch 4 years ago
6.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
10
Bottle
Glorious opening. Quite linear in the order the notes are written above. 1st Forest accord, 2nd Frankincense, 3rd Resins and Sap.

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