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Nose-to-Nose - “Bertrand Duchaufour" Decant Pack (Wednesday, March 23, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)



Kay: Do you always buy fragrances from "fave" perfumers?

Gwen: Not always, but I do pay attention to the perfumers I like and trust.

Kay: You mean like......Olivia Giacobetti, Andy Tauer and Bertrand Duchaufour?

Gwen: Yeah. But, if they aren’t on the list of faves, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. It just means that I’m less predisposed to rushing out to try them. How about you?

Kay: I have fave perfumers but I also tend to go by house and brand. I mean as good as a perfume is, if the house doesn’t have the budget to let the nose use good ingredients, well, it can be a case of good ideas in, but garbage out.

Gwen: I agree.

Kay: And some people are just so prolific, it’s hard not to get caught up in their wake. Like Bertrand Duchaufour, for example.

Gwen: Yeah - I found a list of his frags on Now Smell This. Check this out:

Fragrances created by Bertrand Duchaufour:

Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana (2005)
Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta (2003, with Jean-Claude Ellena)
Amouage Jubilation XXV for men (2007)
Christian Dior Fahrenheit Fresh
Christian Lacroix Bazar Femme (2002, with Emilie Copperman & Jean-Claude Ellena)
Comme des Garcons series 1, Leaves: Calamus & Mint (2000)
Comme des Garcons series 2, Red: Harissa & Sequoia (2001)
Comme des Garcons series 3, Incense: Avignon (2002)
Comme des Garcons series 3, Incense: Kyoto (2002)
Comme des Garcons series 5, Sherbet: Cinnamon & Peppermint (2003)
Comme des Garcons series 5, Sherbet: Rhubarb (2003)
Eau d’Italie Baume du Doge (2008)
Eau d’Italie Bois d’Ombrie (2006)
Eau d’Italie Eau d’Italie (2005)
Eau d’Italie Jardin du Poete (2011)
Eau d’Italie Magnolia Romana (2008)
Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose (2006)
Eau d’Italie Sienne l’Hiver (2006)
Frapin 1697 (2011)
Givenchy Amarige d’Amour (2002, with Emilie Copperman)
Givenchy Lucky Charms (2005)
Lalique Flora Bella (2005)
L’Artisan Aedes de Venustas (2008)
L’Artisan Al Oudh (2009)
L’Artisan Ambroisie Ararat (2005)
L’Artisan Dzongkha (2006)
L’Artisan Fleur de Liane (2008)
L’Artisan Mechant Loup (1997)
L’Artisan Mure et Musc Extrait (2008)
L’Artisan Nuit de Tubéreuse (2010)
L’Artisan Patchouli Patch (2002, with Evelyne Boulanger)
L’Artisan Piment Brulant (2002)
L’Artisan Poivre Piquant (2002)
L’Artisan Timbuktu (2004)
L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore (2010)
L’Artisan Vanille Absolument (2009, was Havana Vanille)
Leonard Leonara (2002)
Marc Atlan Petite Mort (2011)

Naomi Goodsir Or du Serail (2014)

Ozwald Boateng Parfum Bespoke Pour Femme (with Hugh Spencer)
Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene (2011)
Penhaligon’s Amaranthine (2009)
Penhaligon’s Sartorial (2010)
ST Dupont Dupont Femme (1998)
ST Dupont Signature Femme (2000)

Kay: WOW! I didn't know he's done ALL those fab scents! He’s been a busy guy - no doubt about it!

Gwen: But one of the advantages to focusing on one perfumer is that you get to know their ‘style’ – just as you would come to know an artist’s work, or a chef’s creations.

Kay: Yeah, you’re right about that. Duchaufour's fragrances are unique - rich and multi-faceted.

Gwen: What do we know about him?

Kay: Well, he’s French, of course – born in Nancy, and I'm guessing he's in his early 40's. he grew up loving the smell of hay, and pine forests. This is from Wikipedia:

"Bertrand Duchaufour is a French perfumer who trained at the Lautier Florasynth group in Grasse while also working at Florasynth Paris and Créations Aromatiques (the two companies merged in 1997). From 2008, he has been L'Artisan Parfumeur's perfumer 'in residence'."

And I found this quote from him about his “signature style” in the interview with Bertrand Duchaufour by Michelyn Camen, on 08/28/09

"M: Related to the question of notes... do you believe in signature accords, that perfumers have signatures? A reader noted that she have picked up your signature accord, which reminds her of freshly cut chilly peppers, spicy hot yet coolly green. And perhaps when Luca Turin wrote about you having created a new transparent floral-woody accord, he meant the same thing. Can you comment on that?

BD: Yes! There are signatures. There are a couple of chemicals that I put in my perfumes, one rooty and earthy, another green and peppery, which very few perfumers use, they could be considered my signature."

Gwen: You know, when I started getting interested in niche frags and collected a good few bottles, I noticed that many of them were by Duchaufour. That’s how I came to know his perfumes and to trust his vision. Kay, why don’t we do a decant pack of just BD’s stuff – some of yours, some of mine - then people can see his style for themselves.

Kay: You mean SMELL his style for themselves!

Gwen: Yeah - that, too! So here it is. The “Bertrand Duchaufour" Decant Pack – 4 decants of his great scents for $12.00 plus shipping.

“Bertrand Duchaufour" Decant Pack”

Timbuktu – L’Artisan Parfumeurs
This is one of our favourite scents – hasn’t the slightest hint of floral sweetness! Instead, it is unobtrusive but radiant veil of incense and sandalwood, dry, cool, exotic, peaceful - a light scent, with a quiet force, and absolutely beautiful. Great on a man or a woman.

Traversée du Bosphore – L’Artisan Parfumeurs
Saffron, leather that’s buttery soft suede not horsehide, an iris accord that smells dry and slightly smoky. After 30 minutes or so, the soft sweetness starts to come out - pink, rosy, slightly nutty. It’s a soft luminous scent, with hints of leather and smokey incense returning to tease your nose through the drydown, and very unique.

Eau d’Italie - Eau d’Italie
The definition of summer in southern Italy – the smell of the sea air, minerals in the soil, summer herbs and fruits made sensuous and smooth by incense, patchouli and cedar. A warm, vital scent that’s great on men or women.

Sartorial - Penhaligon's
Inspired by bespoke tailor Norton & Son’s workshop on Saville Row, Sartorial is the smell of scissors, steam, cloth and people. But it’s not the smell of a sweatshop – it’s a tailor’s shop: refined, gentlemanly and proper.

Today we’re adding the “Bertrand Duchaufour" Decant Pack to our decant sample pack offerings. The price for 4 decants is $12.00, plus shipping.