L’Artisan Explosions d’Emotions 2013: Review

Hello Fume Heads,

I know you are all crazy to try the new L’Artisan Parfumeur set of fragrances. well my mate Nick from Libertine Parfumerie has sent me a set of all three, in tester form. Thanks Libertine Parfumerie, you guys ROCK!!!  So what I thought we would do today is look at the 3 fragrances. Then do a VERY special giveaway. Hopefully you will be thrilled. It’s our way of saying Thank You for being the most tremendous community of fragrance and scent lovers in the universe, and thank you for being a part of our dream.

L’Artisan Explosions d’Emotions by Bertrand Duchaufour 2013

Firstly, let’s talk about these bottles. They are fun and hefty, the octagonal mirroring the old bottles but adding a side, or a facet? I love the gold-tone label in the niche on one side, it looks slick and very law firm-ish or as if your designer has picked your fragrance. They will look excellent on your bureau, in your wardrobe or wherever you keep your fragrances. The embossed gold-tone cap reflects the Seville a l’Aube cap and I like it too. My only though is to wonder how people with small hands cope with it, it is cumbersome and heavy. My big hands do fine but I do wonder….

Amour Nocturne L`Artisan Parfumeur

Amour Nocturne L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Cedar, hot milk, caramel, gunpowder, orchid

Well it certainly is an unusual, inventive and funky opening. Sweet, dry and smoky all at once. Amour Nocturne is hardcore elegant, you know those uber stylish people who always radiate self confidence, chic and easy going, sometimes slightly sideways style? They never look like a fashion plate but manage to seem coolly confident in their choices and often one or more pieces are recycled or a gift from Granny that none of us could even DREAM of wearing, yet for them it all looks charming and effortless. This is what those ladies and gentlemen smell like. Homely and sexy at the same time, the gunpowder adds a real zing that takes this nearly gourmand fragrance out of the ordinary and into magic. You really can smell sweet, warm, caramel milk woods and gunpowder, or a metallic dream of gunpowder. The orchid is amped up well beyond the ability of most orchids to smell but in this very noticeable amount it reminds me a little of the early Olympic Orchids offerings like Little Stars, reminds not mimics.

To be honest I thought this was going to be shit. It’s most definitely not, I love it

Deliria L`Artisan Parfumeur

Deliria L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Metal, rum, toffee, apple, candy floss

Sheer and very much like Aeroplane Jelly when you pour the boiling water onto the crystals. It has a distinctively unusual, super sweet to the point of nausea, hot sugar and food colouring smell. Both disgusting and gorgeous but with wonderful memories of times spent creating jelly masterpieces. One year we did Rainbow Jelly, which is just the 6 jelly colours in the rainbow made solid then add the next layer. Time consuming but Oh So Worth It, 2cm thick slices (with a hot knife) on a white plate with some ice cream is a pretty special looking piece of art. The sheerness fades quite quickly to a sweet haze on my skin, it is still all the opening madness but subtlety has arrived, and a very slight hint of skank. MMMMM, it gets interesting. As Deliria dries down I get a yummy biscuit effect.

This is a fine piece of perfumery but not really my style, though I could grow to like it maybe. I can imagine the younger crowd, sweet scent lovers or new to the wormhole will like this one the best. If you are thinking of gifting and the recipient is currently wearing mainstream stuff then this is a logical progression. 1000 times better than most mainstream and not infinitely more expensive.

Skin on Skin L`Artisan Parfumeur

Skin on Skin L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Suede, saffron, whisky, lavender, rose, iris, musks, skin effects

Skin on Skin is the one people seem to have noticed and be raving about. It is the most like a L’Artisan of the three, that saffron, suede, iris combination is flawless here. Beautifully blended, soft, pretty and yet still wearable by a guy.The inside of a newish handbag, maybe a brand new pair of sandals after their first wear. There is sweet human hiding beneath the flowers and suede, I am not sure that I get the booze, I need to spend some more time with Skin on Skin on my skin.

This one feels modern in the traditional underplayed L’Artisan way. I know that sentence reads funny but the L’Artisan crew are groundbreakers: first fig frag, Dzing!, Velour de Roses, Tea for two and many others were numero uno of their type. So copied now that the scents seem a trifle generic but if you really spray a lot on and live the ride then you’ll see that in most cases they have been copied but not exceeded. Again they offer a new way to do things but it’s a muted, comfortable new way. I can imagine people wearing Skin on Skin as their go-to daily fragrance and being very happy with it in all seasons.

 giveaway kbaird
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L’Artisan Explosions d’Emotions GIVEAWAY


This week we will have TWO main winners and each will receive:

1 x 100ml TESTER bottle with lid of a L’Artisan Parfumeur Explosions d’Emotions fragrance (with about 15ml missing) and no you don’t get to choose
P&H Anywhere in the world

There will also be THREE other winners and each will receive:

1 x decanted sample of all three L’Artisan Parfumeur Explosions d’Emotions fragrances
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ and go to Libertine Perfumes<<<JUMP and find me a perfume and its manufacturer. NO DOUBLE UPS!!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie @LArtisan Explosions d’Emotions GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-2fb #Perfume #Giveaway


Entries Close Sunday 1st December 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner.
The winners will have till Wednesday 4th December 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Special THANKS to LibertinePerfumerie for these amazing giveaways. Please visit their site because they are so generous and helpful. If you wonder why they are more expensive than the discounters or OS retailers it’s because they are the only licensed company selling their fragrances in Australia; where you know you are buying new, fresh and genuine product. The cost of importing, and buying the right to import, alcohol based fragrances (and having the right to send alcohol based fragrances throughout Australia, which are illegal to send in the Australia Post air system) is expensive and they must cover their costs to bring you these luxury goods.

65 thoughts on “L’Artisan Explosions d’Emotions 2013: Review

  1. I follow by WordPress or email and read them as soon as their in my inbox!! I also follow through Facebook and Twitter xx I went for a ‘Woody’ fragrance for Christmas L’artisan Parfumeur ‘Amour Nocturne’ 


    • I mean L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR ‘CALIGNA’ for Christmas sorry I must have been thinking of my fav of the three listed when I posted haha lucky I checked!


  2. Pathetically jumping up and down and squealing here. I have sampled these and they are yummy!
    My entry is Interlude Man by Amouage (my husband’s secret Xmas present sshh.)
    I follow by email.


  3. YAY!! So excited for this giveaway!! I tried a sample of these and am OBSESSED!! I follow through email.Parfum d’Empire
    EQUISTRIUS. Thank you,Thank you,Thank you for the chance to win 🙂


  4. I follow by email and Bloglivin’. For a perfume from Libertine, I’ll pick Neotantric Inferno e Paradisio, because I love the name! Thanks for the draw.


  5. I usually follow your blog by just checking daily but just subscribed via email to make it all official. I see you on Facebook (i use a different email address) as well and often follow the links from there as well! This draw sounds fab and I’m crossing my fingers for skin on skin if I win. I just subscribed at Libertine as well. And, I chose Nasamotto Narcotic Venus as my perfume this time 🙂


  6. Amazing giveaway! Astonishing! I think santa claus is a fan of perfumery… From the website I chose Hermes Un jardin en Mediteranee, a fave of mine, but a little expensive… I follow by mail and I love it!
    Hugs from Sweden


  7. Amazing draw ! Thanks, very very generous. I follow through facebook and e mail. For you Portia I would recommend Fruit Gorilla Sex on the peach lip balm from Libertine (great name!) and the fragrance Amouage Gold for when you are doing the laundry and still want to feel glamorous 😉


  8. email follower
    Libertine carries Frapin 1270 (P Frapin & Cie)–I have this in the old packaging, wonder if the juice is the same, I love it and am planning to wear it tonight.

    I sprayed the L’Artisans in store. Skin on Skin was definitely the most appealing. One of them, probably Deliria, had a metallic bit that was compulsively sniffable but repulsive, like Secretions Magnifique.

    You are right to be concerned for the little-handed perfume wearers! I like their small tall bottles better for ease of use.


  9. Hi Portia,
    I just discovered Libertine Perfumerie yesterday while researching (I am) a Sex Goddess by Neotantric, a fun line from Sweden that may not be distributed in the USA. What a fabulous site! Makes me want to visit the magical land of Oz! The new L’Artisan fumes sound fascinating. Last year was a big Fou d’Absinthe year for me. I follow via email.
    Lots of love from snowy Santa Fe,


  10. Hi Portia. Thanks for the great giveaway! I follow via email. And darn you for making me go to the Libertine Perfumerie and look around. I stumbled on Arquiste Anima Dulcis and now I want this! The last thing I need is another perfume I want!!! 🙂


  11. Hi Portia, I’ve smelled all those new L’Artisans a few times now and each time I get a different experience. ‘Skin on Skin’ made an instant positive impression and I’m still making up my mind about the other two: it’s hard to reconcile the adult names/themes with their childrens’ birthday party smells! I follow via email and also Facebook. From the Libertine website I’ll pick ‘Devil in Disguise’ from the new Mark Buxton range. Thanks for this fabboo competition! xxxx


  12. These all sound so interesting and unique. My perfume from Libertine Perfumerie is Miller et Bertaux A Quiet Morning. I follow via RSS Feedly.


  13. Gorgeous Portia! And big thanks to Libertine… Just for fun I pick L’Artisan Drôle de Rose. I follow on FB, and just realised that my emails stopped when APJ moved recently, so I’ve re-followed by email. win win (hopefully) WIN! 😀


  14. I think I’ve loved all the L’Artisan’s I’ve tried (with the exception of Mimosa pour moi – too high on the sweet scale for me). And Libertine have L’Artisan’s Dzing! I think I follow by email and RSS through Feedly and MrReader (my inbox started overflowing, now I feel much more organised, joy!) and WordPress.

    Amazing giveaway, well done, Portia, you enabler you!


  15. Wow, the bottles are really pretty. The notes sound really good too.
    I follow by email. Libertine perfume: Amouage Ubar.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  16. I follow via Bloglovin’ and really hope to try Amour Nocturne. The NM near me dropped the entire line last spring to accommodate the Nest home fragrances display and I am desolate. My pick at Libertine is Fragonard Billet Doux which I have always been curious about.


  17. I’ll choose Carthusia Ligea, it’s fun and powdery and makes me feel like I should be wearing something bright yellow, along with enormous Jackie O sunglasses. I follow with Bloglovin. Thanks for the generous giveaway!


  18. Hi Portia
    You never disappoint with reviews and giveaways!
    Perfume – ‘Premier Figuier’ by L’Artison Parfumeur.
    What happened to L’Artison Passage d’enfer?? I follow by email.
    TRish W


  19. I follow by email — it’s fun to see which of the APJ crew will pop-up each day in my inbox.
    Love playing on the Libertine site with Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Finder (though always surprised at the results).
    My Libertine pick: Parfum d’Empire’s Eau de Gloire.


  20. Thank you, what a great giveaway! I’d love to try these. I follow by email, I choose Black Afgano by Nasomatto, which I tried this week and loved!


  21. Hi Portia and APJ gang! I am suuuuuuper excited about this awesome giveaway!! I follow by Facebook and by email. I choose my favourite Amouage from Libertine, Amouage Memoir 🙂


  22. Just wanted to say that I loooove ur blog, n ur giveaways! Ur description of fragrance gives me pure joy! I follow u on twitter,RSS and newsletter. I follow u everywhere cos I’m fascinated. Thanks for making everyday smelling good!


  23. I already have my samples of the L’Artisan Explosions d’Emotions so do not enter me. But I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the review! The bottles are really gorgeous but unfortunately for me what was inside did not rock my boat. But there you go…different noses can all agree that what one loves may not suit me. Hey I rhymed!


  24. I’ve tried 3 fragrances and all of them are quite interesting, SKIN on SKIN is very nice, but its first notes are not for me 😦
    As I own Amour and I’ve tried all of them don’t enter me 😉
    It was interesting to read your opinion about this collection


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