Friday, December 2, 2011
Timbuktu by L'Artisan
In spite of Timbuktu's chameleon-like strength, this is a very good scent. If it wasn't, I doubt I'd keep wearing it in order to understand it a bit better. It's extremely doubtful that the fragrance has an innate inconsistency with its strength and sillage, so the perception problem is surely on my end.
I have been fortunate enough to review a few excellent incense fragrances as of late. It seems Timbuktu will have to added to that list. The soft touch of L'Artisan's releases works magically with Timbuktu. That approach has caused me problems due to my skin type, but it's perfect for this one. Most of Bertrand's creations are transparent to me and Timbuktu is sheer as well. It succeeds however in being able to penetrate in spite of itself.
My wearings of Timbuktu convinced me that this scent is about incense. Soft, billowy incense at the core with some tastefully executed fruit and spice notes framing the smokiness. None of the accompanying notes are extroverted and take a team-player attitude.
There's subtle aromas of spicy resins while myrrh joins forces with the incense. Patchouli and vetiver bring their game to the table as well, but their additions are
The previous L'Artisan I reviewed ( I believe ) was Navegar and I thought it was high time I came across a fragrance from this house that I not only liked, but worked on my skin. Timbuktu can surely be added to that shortlist and it has even better presence that Navegar.
If any readers are looking for a transparent incense fragrance that smells flat out terrific, you need to sample Timbuktu. This isn't only about incense, but you need to find that out for yourselves. Big thumbs up from Aromi for Bertrand's Mali masterpeice.