L’Artisan L’Été en Douce Eau de Toilette

February 3, 2012

Continuing my Barneys obsessions with my newest fragrance discovery is a feature on L’Artisan L’Été en Douce Eau de Toilette ($100 for 50 ml/1.7 fl oz). L’Artisan says that L’Été en Douce is “all about purity and light” and I couldn’t agree more. After having fallen in love with the holiday trio (featured here), I was determined to pick up something full-sized from L’Artisan at Barneys. This particular trip was my first experience with the L’Artisan line and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. High-end department stores can sometimes be extremely intimidating and a hit or miss, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I had my fragrance-expert friend with me to help, but luckily we were both assisted by a wonderful specialist named Lily.

I’m still new to fragrance shopping but I’m slowly but surely venturing into more brands. When asked “what do you like?” I still am not exactly sure how to answer. I feel as though it’s more of a “I know it when I smell it” kind of thing. Lily started by asking what other scents we liked and disliked and after a few minutes of questioning was able to pick out some amazing choices. I thought it was incredible that she knew exactly what to select for each of us. I personally narrowed it down to Vert Violette, Navegar (even though it’s for men), Thé Pour un Été, and L’Été en Douce.

Both my friend and I each left with the 50ml version of L’Été en Douce. (Twinsies!) It’s the perfect skin-perfume that is gentle, soft and subdued. It is clean and refreshing with a slight mixture of floral and green. The notes include orange blossom water, green hay and white muscs. Lasting power is decent on me, I’ve read some reviews that say this one disappears on impact, but I tend to prefer scents that fade nicely. It’s soft and very subtle, perhaps too gentle for some, but perfect for me. I can wear it to the office or anywhere without feeling self conscious. My only regret – that I didn’t purchase the 100ml size instead.

My fragrance collection has been growing! Those wanting to know all the fragrances I own can simply click on the Fragrance Tag below this post. I’ve reviewed all the ones I have that aren’t minis/samples. I plan on doing a comprehensive fragrance summary soon. Many thanks to those who offered wonderful L’artisan recommendations to me a few months ago. If anyone else has more, I’m all ears!

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  • Beautiful post and photos, Sabrina! I was one of those who recommended L'Artisan to you, specifically my favorite, Mûre et Musc. My mother picked up this fragrance for me in Paris years ago, and it's been my signature scent ever since. A few months ago, I added Mimosa Pour Moi to my collection (purchased at Barney's in SF), and now I'm plotting to purchase L'eau du Navigateur. Every scent is beautifully crafted, so it's hard to choose just one!

  • Eileen

    What a great experience! Isn't it nice when someone kind and knowledgeable like Lily can take you under wing and guide you towards the perfect fragrance? I find a lot of department store perfume SA's know the inventory but don't really know about fragrance itself. They mean well, but their recommendations are often off because they just don't know that much about how a perfume is put together and how the various notes function. It sounds like you found two winners, though: Lily and L'Été en Douce.

  • Anonymous

    I must sample this now! Thank you for the review.

  • This looks like a nice perfume to try. I like anything fresh.

  • L'Eté en Douce – means "soft summer" – has always been a fave of mine. Makes me think of white cottons drying on the line in summer sunshine…near a field of wild flowers. I haven't worn it in years- this post has awakened a lemming! Its on my list. Love your pics too!

  • I couldn't have agreed more with your love for L'Artisan fragances…I adore a couple of them. I am not familiar with this one yet but I'm quite sure I will be soon based on your review

  • This sounds lovely — green notes and orange blossom are among my favorites 🙂 This one is definitely going on my shopping list! Thanks for the great review! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    L'Ete en Douce has been one of my personal Favorites from the L'Artisan Parfumeur collection for years now. Most people don't understand the subtle beauty of this one & it's nice to see that it's being shown some love!
    Thank you for this lovely article & beautiful pictures!!! 😉

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina, I am a great fan of the extreme figuier. But you have to be careful with the bottle and never lift it with the heavy stopper. My first bottle fel on the ground in the box (I had for about three weeks!!!) and all of the perfume was inside the carton box and I stood there, breathless with only the stopper in my hand!!!!And bought another one after a while!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hi sabrina! I was just wondering how it is compared to jo malone's nectarine blossom and honey? Is the scent as subtle as this? Its my favorite cologne but i want to venture out of the jo malone's fragrances. The thing is that i get intimidated by those SA's- sometimes they like pounce on you and you feel like you have to buy something and sometimes they ignore you completely! What scents are comparable to my fave scent on this brand? TIA! : )