The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan Parfumeur

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So many words have been used to describe the collaboration and inspiration for the creation of Seville a l’Aube.  Me, I’ll just get to the down and dirty…

WHAT I SMELL: Goes on almost medicinal, then quickly turns green, like cut grass…wait, that lasts for just a minute.  Here comes the orange blossom, lots of orange blossom mixed with jasmine.  I keep waiting for this to become sweet, but it never does.  It rests in this layer of subdued floral, green and orange blossom purgatory.  After about 6 hours, the scent had pretty much faded into oblivion; not that I minded so much.

Seville a l’Aube Notes:  lavender, pink pepper, lemon tree leaves, orange blossom, jasmine, magnolia, beeswax, incense, Benzoin Siam, Luiseiri lavender

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A cross between floor cleaner and sour shampoo.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE SEVILLE A L’AUBE: labored, sour, pensive

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SEVILLE A L’AUBE: Second Cherry, AustralianPerfumeJunkies,  Bonkers About Perfume

BOTTOM LINE: As you could note from the reviews above, this fragrance is loved by some, just not by me.  What I do love is the story about the creation of this scent and have to laugh at the thought of what would be created with me as the muse (civit comes to mind!) so I can’t fault the fragrance as a whole.  However, I think I’ll stick with fragrances with citrus and neroli rather than orange blossom (see Orange Star review).

  • Bone Rating: 2.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Nose:  Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Expense: $165 for 100ml EdP (limited edition)

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

20 thoughts on “Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan Parfumeur

  1. Oh Dear!! You are living proof that to each their own. I can’t believe you didn’t LOVE this. I’ve almost used up my 10ml. Maybe try it again in cooler weather?
    Portia xx

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  2. People ar raving around about it! Thanks for your review! I can’t sample it because this as a limited edition is not being sold in Poland. Sheesh.

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  3. I have a sample of this on the way and now I’m even more curious to try it. I think you are the first person I’ve seen who wasn’t in love with it. Everyone’s nose is different though.

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    • My dear Poodle – I look forward to hearing what you have to say about this. Sometimes I know that I can go back and visit a scent later and then find that I’ll like it. That won’t ever happen for me with this. Let me know what you think!

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      • Okay, I got my sample and I’ll give you my first impression. I get the lavender/green right away but only for about 30 seconds. Then it goes to the flowers. I get orange blossom, magnolia and a little jasmine. It stays like that, pretty but not sour at all, for about 2 hours, gradually fading but never really changing. In the very end if I sniff very closely maybe I detect the beeswax and a teeny bit of incense but maybe I’m just trying to convince myself it’s there. It’s pretty, and I don’t hate it because it reminds me of something I can’t put my finger on…I need to try it a few more times to really decide. It’s not a scrubber on me but it’s not love at first sniff either.

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        • I’m glad that you like it. Maybe it’s just my sour disposition, but everyone’s skin is different I guess and that why some fragrances work for some and not for others. Thanks for giving me the update P!

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  4. What did I tell ya! 😉

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  5. The plot thickens … 🙂

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    • I went back and read the review 2 days later and I really sound like I was in a bad mood. If I remove myself from it, I can say that it was not my favorite by any means, but it was not the worst either; more meh.

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  6. I waited that long – not to respond but even to read your review. Why? Because when I saw the title I knew I didn’t want to know anything before I get to try it myself and a sample was on its way to me.

    I read before just a couple of reviews (but not too closely) and skipped the rest. I didn’t expect to like it at all (too much hype and high expectations usually kill the actual perfume for me). So I sprayed without much hope…

    First I want to say that I smell it completely different from what you describe. I haven’t got any medicinal note from it and it was rather sweet. Not as sweet as Sweet Redemption I was comparing it to but sweet enough for me to question if I really wanted to wear it. Then it calmed down and smelled nice. Just nice but not a FBW… And then I realized that I couldn’t stop smelling my wrist. I re-applied it in the evening, this time without Sweet Redemtion on the second wrist, and I almost loved it. I will wear it more to see how it feels the next time but on the back of my mind I’m bargaining already with myself if I think that limited edition bottle will be around long enough in case I want to get it…

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  7. I too have to say I was shocked to read this review. This one was instant love and FB worthy to me…sweet orange blossom on me. But it definitely goes to show how different body chemistry can make or break a fragrance on your skin 🙂

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    • I swear that only me and 5 other people found this disappointing. I look at it this way, it kept me from buying another bottle of perfume. I’m so glad you like it and that it didn’t go sour on you like it did for me!

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