Wednesday, April 20, 2005

L'Artisan Parfumeur - La Chasse Aux Papillons

The first thing I smell is linden. I do like linden. This is a good one, too; most linden fragrances have this hard-to-describe quality to them, kind of soapy and unctuous. The linden in La Chasse Aux Papillons doesn't have so much of that. It's more floral, maybe on account of the other floral notes. I'm liking this so far.

You know, until recently I was a little confused about the classification of the linden tree. I blame Jo Malone and her French Lime Blossom, another linden-heavy fragrance. After a little Googling, and some delicious lime flower tea, I came to the conclusion that lime trees and linden trees were the same. It sort of made sense, considering that neroli oil comes from orange blossoms. Kind of like how pork, ham, and bacon all come from pigs, and to be perfectly honest, I don't really know which part of the pig is bacon, and so on. And is ham a kind of pork? I've always referred to ham and bacon as "pork products."

I need one of those diagrams that shows you the different parts of the pig. I probably also need one for orange trees.

Anyway, I still had my doubts about lindens and limes being the same plant, considering all the Linden Avenues I've seen throughout the Midwest, and I know citrus trees don't grow in Kansas. Something wasn't right.

Turns out that the linden tree, genus Tilia, is known as "lime" in Britain, and is unrelated to the lime fruit, Citrus aurantifolia. Thanks, limeys.

I kind of wonder what the flowers of Citrus aurantifolia smell like now.

...And wouldn't you know, in the time I took to explain that, La Chasse Aux Papillons has completely disappeared on me. I don't smell anything anymore.

L'Artisan does make a "La Chasse Aux Papillons Extreme," which I suppose may last longer than fifteen minutes, but I'm not wearing any perfume with the word "extreme" in it.


Anonymous said...

have you found a fragrance yet that smells like ham? because i would totally buy that!

Girl said...

My question: what part of a pig is the "hock"? Is that the hoof? That might be a good basenote for Eau de Hawg.

Also, will you review your Olsen Twin fragrances? Pretty please??