Seville a l’Aube by L`Artisan Parfumeur 2012

Hi there Frag Hags,

Going through my samples in preparation for the big move to our new abode has been super fun. So many things I completely forgot I had. It’s like digging through a fragrant treasure chest. When Seville a l’Aube was first released it was unavailable in Australia and I was so excited that I must have ordered 2 x 10ml decants from different splitters, one I found is almost empty but one is nearly full. Then when I could get a full bottle they both went into the box of lost fragrances….. You know how it goes

Seville a l’Aube by Bertrand Duchaufour for L`Artisan Parfumeur 2012

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pettigrain, olive blossom
Heart: Tobacco, beeswax, orange blossom, lavendar
Base: Olibanum, benzoin

My mate Denyse Beaulieu, from Grain de Musc,  is the muse that co-created Seville a l’Aube with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. It comes from a story of a night in Spain where she met and trysted with a local on one of their high Catholic religious festival nights. Amusingly, and crassly, some bloggers and perfumistas have said that Seville a l’Aube means Fingered Behind the Church in Seville, in fact it means Seville At Dawn.

Seville a l'Aube Seville,_Spain WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

Orange twigs and leaf, with a dry, feral background that pumps raw sex and ultimate clean simultaneously. Seville a l’Aube makes me smile in delighted appreciation when I spritz. There is a pithiness and the honeyed beeswax id so animalic but not like ass, more like sweet wee, and the resins shine through as wet resin in the beginning rather than dry incense. There is still gum from the trees and bushes. The blossom is sweet and breathy.

You know it all washes over me in terrific clouds of fragrance and though I can smell the parts that make Seville a l’Aube up, what I really enjoy is the whole magic creation. A sweet and dirty, twig and dust, wee and breath bomb that glides around me in rapturous clouds. The first half hour is BIG! I have to be careful if I’m going into the world that I don’t overspritz because this much gorgeousness can be confronting for regular people. I love how the heart gets this great citrus-wood scented wax-candle that is slightly religious but more about cleansing for me, and the lavender keeps it all herbaceously slightly off kilter as if something extraordinary is on its way.

You know the song from West Side Story, Something’s Coming? That is how Seville a l’Aube makes me feel.


Maybe it’s the story in the book or maybe it is Bertrand Duchaufour and Denyse Beaulieu working together on something interesting, fun and magical that transcends the story and just gives the feeling of anticipation all by itself. Seville a l’Aube is thick and hefty, a beautiful, elegant waft of pithy orange, waxes and resins trails out behind you as you walk. If I spritz in a room and then walk out, the room is full of Seville a l’Aube on my return and it stays that way for hours.

 Denyse, Portia Michael Jovoy 2014 #1Michael Borg, Denyse and I in Jovoy, Paris 2014

I have often talked about The Perfume Lover, and my mate Denyse Beaulieu who wrote it, because it’s a rollicking great read. The story that became this wonderful fragrance and told in such a readable, approachable style that it’s like sitting down with Denyse and listening to her chat. Full of fragrant insider gossip and details of creation that unless you are in the midst of creating fragrance would never be stuff you’d get to know.

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Have you read the book or tried the fragrance? Did you love it too?
Portia xx


31 comments on “Seville a l’Aube by L`Artisan Parfumeur 2012

  1. Jackie b says:

    Thank you for reviewing this perfume, I love it and bought a bottle. Then I found the book in the library and snapped it up. I decided to spray a blotter and put it inside the pages for the next reader to enjoy…hopefully!

  2. Erica Golding says:

    I have heard that this is the most gorgeous orange blossom perfume ever created, and I have been so curious to try it. I would love to see how it contrasts my innocent L’artisan 2005 Fleur d’Oranger! Thank you Portia, for sharing this beautiful scent journey and piquing my interest in the sensory art and the well-loved story behind the fragrance 🙂 xxoo

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Erica,
      I think you’ll be let down if you are expecting straight up orange blossom. This is woven into so much else. Very different to the SL.
      Portia xx

  3. Tara says:

    Wow, I’m going to see if I get what you do from this next time I spray Portia. I love Seville a l’aube for autumn and also have a full bottle. I like to spritz some CdG Kyoto underneath to amp up the incense.

    I really enjoyed The Perfume Lover.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Tara,
      What a wonderful idea to amp up the incense. I bet you smell freaking killer in it.
      The Perfume Lover had me on the edge of my seat from go to whoa. I had to go back and re-read it because I had immersed myself so far in the story that I had almost no recollection of it afterward.
      Portia xx

  4. I unfortunately haven’t read the book (just some of her blog posts) but I really really appreciate the fragrance. I bought the l’artisan sample set as my first perfume order just a few weeks ago, and my first taste of Seville really stood out. I love the sweetness wrapped in peppery softness. It may be my first FB purchase – but we shall see. A few others tempt me as well. 🙂
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      It’s a good line Sun Mi Fontaine,
      Use up your whole set of samples, there will be one you crave long after the sample is dry.
      Portia xx

      • greennote2 says:

        This is so true Portia, if you still yearn for it after the sample’s finished then it’s definitely worth it. And they’ll still be there. And if not there’ll be something else!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Hi there GreenNote2,
        There’s ALWAYS something else.
        Portia xx

  5. Fingered behind a church in Seville? Hm. Probably people wishing they’d been so lucky… Although it was in front of a church, not behind. The man from the story that inspired Séville à l’aube has now finally smelled it, and says it *does* remind him of Seville during Holy Week, so it seems Bertrand Duchaufour and I did capture the mood ! And thank you for the lovely review, Portia.
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  6. Holly says:

    I love this perfume and Denyse’s book! You’ve outdone yourself with this review, Portia. It’s delightfully cheeky, charming and spot-on. Denyse’s comment here truly enhances the whole experience as well. I will be thinking of “Although it was in front of a church, not behind” and giggling throughout the weekend. Thanks to both of you for brightening my day!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      How cool is Denyse!! So fabulously NAUGHTY!
      Ha Ha ha! I snorted coffee when I read her comment.
      Holly, I will be wearing Seville a l’Aube today and smiling about it for the same reasons.
      Portia xx

  7. Elia says:

    Def feeling like a Frag Hag lately…
    I had no idea about the backstory 🙂 Cute.
    I’ve read some of the Grain de Musc blog and it’s always lovely,
    so I’ll keep the book rec in mind.
    I really like the perfume. I think alongside with Timbuktu they are clearly the best perfumes of the line.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      WOW! That is a big call. I have quite a L’Artisan collection and Seville a l’Aube is definitely up the top with a few of them.
      If you get a chance the book is not just about the creation story of the fragrance, it’s also an extremely entertaining look behind the scenes at the frag world.
      Portia x

  8. cookie queen says:

    Maybe I need to try this?

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Val,
      I think you might like it. Simpler than your usual taste but still lush and lovely. It has a really good story and lasts better than most of the L’Artisans.
      Portia xx

  9. Tourmaline says:

    Hi Portia,

    I enjoyed reading your compelling review. I have not yet tried Séville à l’Aube, but look forward to doing so. I was fortunate enough to have been given the book for my birthday in 2012, after I had dropped a big hint. I took it on holiday soon afterwards and found it terrific – both informative and entertaining.

    I remember reading that, when she was growing up in Canada, the first perfume that Denyse ever received was a bottle of Max Factor’s Green Apple cologne, and that she hated it. This story amused me because, when I was a child in Brisbane, my best friend had an older sister who owned the frosted, apple-shaped, green-liquid-filled bottle of this fragrance. Although I had not tried it, I coveted it; I was sure that the cologne would smell just like Woodleigh Fields Green Apple Shampoo – good enough to eat! Reading the book, it was heartening to be reminded that although people can be raised in different countries and cultures, they can have similar experiences with perfume, just as they can with books or music.

    I always wondered how Green Apple smelled. Early last year I saw a 1.8 oz bottle of the eau de cologne on eBay, and, out of curiosity, I bought it. I found the fragrance refreshing, although of course it could not live up to the hyper-real apple spectacular of my imagination! The main thing was that a little “unfinished perfume business” from my childhood was finally resolved.

  10. Thank you for the review! I totally love and love this perfume. It bring me back to the night I spent in Seville. It’s one of my favourite scents to wear on the fiesta nights.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there ThinkingMagpie,
      Great to see you. I thought you’d dropped off the earth.
      I envy you your trip to Seville. One day….
      Portia xx

  11. annina says:

    LOVE this perfume! The hubby bought it for my in the late spring, and it was my go-to all summer.

  12. greennote2 says:

    I so, so wanted to love this. I read a lot about it and thought I’d love it – green, citrusy, all good. But I suspect I have some distant olfactory memory that involves toilet cleaning products in a regional antipodean town rather than anything fun in front of a church in Seville. I tried my sample for the second time this morning, but no, sorry, still getting that unfortunate cleaning product thing. On the bright side, one less bottle I have to purchase. And I can completely smell that it’s great and well made, just not for me. And I have other loves, so, in the greater scene of things, the world is not about to coming crashing down around me.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ha Ha ha ha! What a wo0nderful stream-of-consciousness rant. Loved it GreenNote2. Sorry Seville a l’Aube didn’t work for you, I find the cleaning product drama with a couple of Serge Lutens frags. We can’t help what our noses remember.
      Portia x

    • Sun Mi says:

      today i tried a fragrance and all i could smell was deli pickles. i’m not sure what’s worse. cleaning product or deli pickles… UGH and it gave me a massive headache. fortunately for me though, Seville brings up no pesky scent connotations. 🙂
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