Navegar by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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Navegar is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for men and was released in 1998. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGinger, Lime, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesRum, Black pepper, Star anise
Base Notes Base NotesGaiac wood, Frankincense, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (124 Ratings)

Longevity

5.7 (90 Ratings)

Sillage

4.6 (88 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (76 Ratings)
Submitted by Baux, last update on 10.10.2020.
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6
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
YKem

3 Reviews
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YKem
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Navegar? I don't know...
I can't say anything about the bottle, because I don't own it and I only have/had one sample.

Since we have warm weather today I wanted to try something new and sprayed this on my neck? The first whiff.......
Oh man that was not very pleasant, sour and spicy at the same time with an intensity of 15 sprayers...
I thought the sample was tilted first...
Nope, apparently not!
In the top note an intense lime with strong ginger and light pepper
The heart notes include rum (which I don't like at all, and if only in combination with sweet),DEFINITIVE BLACK PEPPER...
I have not yet arrived at the base but I am sure that cedar wood will be the decisive factor here.

A drunk Jack Sparrow would certainly like that, but unfortunately I don't :)

I wish everyone on Parfumo and in DE a nice day and a nice weekend!

MASKS DO NOT FORGET TO Wear!!!!
7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Vrabec
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Very helpful Review    9  
En Voyage chez l'Artisan Perfumer: 5 Navegar - Subtropics in the Orient
Navegar - a funny name for a perfume.
navigate - with this I associate certainty of aim, direction, accuracy, clarity. You think of seafaring first, but navigation is also available elsewhere.
Let's see what it does.

The start begins with juicy, freshly plucked ivy. Fresh, wet, medicinal, GREEN. A dry, powdery note blends in, which reminds me of Dior Homme intense from 2011. In addition, there is a gentle spiciness accompanied by airy peppery notes that make the fragrance appear incredibly light. And that makes it almost too light, because sillage and durability are at best equivalent to an Eau de Cologne. A bit of a pity, because I like the fragrance and here the performance is really not good.
The secret star of the fragrances, the lime, only opens up after a few minutes. It provides for an accompanying tangy acidity as well as properly refreshing juice. Great! Rarely have I smelled such a citric acid scratching the palate.
And here again, the association of green as a colour comes to mind. All in all, I am thinking of wild forests in foreign countries that want to be explored. By the way, you will search in vain for rum, it is only homeopathic if at all.
All in all, we have a fragrance that was certainly ahead of its time in 1998, but which is absolutely in line with the modern; this powdery, dry freshness is found in many perfumes, here with a natural spiciness that reminds me most of Loewe's "7 Plata", even if ginger dominates. Unfortunately, the Sillage here is only just above the perception limit, otherwise I would regret the attitude of this fragrance.
Let's get to the closing words:
This navigator does not steer a boat, he smashes with his machete the undergrowth of the subtropics, somewhere in the Orient. His walk is easy, the expeditionary force follows him.
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
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Lime, Cedar, Anise & Pepper... a woody fragrance for warmer weather!
Well, this one is a nice fragrance... but I find it a little light on my skin. What I get is the lime and anise, as well as the light rum, but it's mostly surrounded by cedarwood in the background. The fragrance is meant to evoke the age of travel in wooden sailing ships around the world to Asia, Africa & South America. I can see where they were coming from, but I have a feeling that this fragrance really needs hot weather to shine and reveal it's true colours. I do get most of the notes, and they are well blended for sure. But it's faint on my skin, and if I get the chance I would try it then. Although I'm sad to learn that it has been discontinued by L'Artisan Parfumeur. This is the third fragrance I've tried from them, and I still think they are a great house. But this one is better in hot weather for me, and sadly they don't make it anymore!
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Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Helpful Review    3  
Still too much pepper in the recipe
Two of Olivia Giacobetti's fragrances, Fou d’Absinthe and Philosykos have a special place in my wardrobe. Even her compositions I will never wear, I still admire: En Passant is an incredible achievement of photorealistic narrative art (Edward Hopper for the nose) and the ultra-cool accord of Hiris is almost enough to get me to wear iris.

But what happened to Navegar?

I’ve tried Navegar over 2 days with multiple applications so I gave it plenty of chances to prove itself. Every time I spritzed it on the top notes came together in a blast and the air around me was filled with the smell of freshly cut grass. I'm a little perplexed by the opening of Navegar because I have yet to see another review that mentions anything like a “blast” or “freshly cut grass.” But aside from the un-Giacobetti like wallop of the opening, it certainly fits her modus operandi of magically creating fresh, realistic green accords. It’s really exhilarating! So, I was all set, just waiting for a really great development and...

...nothing.

Over the next 30 minutes that grassy accord slowly withers, though it never completely disappears. Then, for a brief time, a weak, peppery lime accord makes an appearance although that might just be the result of the opening breaking down. Finally everything gives way to a really disappointing cedar that lacks any sort of character.

~Retested and edited April 28, 2013~:
I wrote my original review of Navegar over two, cold, dry days back in February. My paper dry skin devoured Navegar like a sponge so I never got its full effect and I panned it pretty soundly. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Giacobetti's fragrances are susceptible to the ill effects of low humidity. Now that we’re in the midst of the warmth and humidty of spring I’ve given it a second chance and some of the issues I had in my first review have been resolved. Poor longevity is no longer an issue and Navegar lasts for hours. It's still a poser that I have yet to read another review mentioning an opening of “freshly cut grass.” Nonetheless, I marvel at Giacobetti’s ability to create fresh green accords.

On the flipside, there are aspects of Navegar I still do not care for, particularly the feeling that the lime, ginger and particularly black pepper are overbalanced to everything else. I can finally smell cedar -hallelujah!- but Navegar seems to be crying out for the sweet boozy note of rum that’s supposedly in the mix. You know, a la Fou d’Absinthe although sweeter, of course, and providing a slightly boozy foundation to the perfume.
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