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L'Artisan Bana Banana

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Perfume Description

In 2019 with the help of Perfumer Céline Ellena, L'Artisan reimagines the fragrance that started it all. Bana Banana is an amber banana fragrance - a rare, yet rich baroque-style composition - a blend of jasmine and candied bananas.

Bana Banana features notes of pepper, nutmeg flower, violet leaf, jasmine, iris, banana flower, tonka bean, musk and amber. It is an eau de parfum, edp.

An excerpt of a review from cafleurbon

In 1976, the same year he founded L'Artisan Parfumeur, Jean-François Laporte was challenged by a friend to create a banana scent to complement the fruit costume he'd wear at a Folies Bergère ball. Having noticed that ripe bananas somewhat evoke the smell of fully-bloomed jasmine, Laporte decided to macerate pieces of the fruit in a jasmine flower infusion.

The experiment failed, but it did inspire Laporte (a true artist, and founder of what we now call “niche perfumery") to explore more possibilities of pairing fruits and flowers. M. Laporte loved recounting the amusing banana-scent tale to friends; one of those was none other than Jean-Claude Ellena, who in later years mentioned it to his daughter, Céline. Forty-three years after the failed marriage between banana and jasmine, Celine Ellena successfully realizes that very idea, producing a technically admirable, highly enjoyable fragrance.

My initial reservation before trying Bana Banana gave its place to sheer delight: yes, the banana certainly declares its presence with plenty of confidence, but it has none of the aspects I dislike in other scents (no cloying, sickly sweet character, or unpleasant artificiality). On the contrary, the banana note here has all the nuances I love in the actual fruit's smell: the creaminess and sweetness of a – just ripe enough to eat – fruit, balanced with the slight bitterness of its peel. Adding to the banana's deliciousness, some mild pepper and a nutmeg overload provide a spicy kick, while a hint of violet leaf enhances the naturalistic fruit note.

The olfactory link between banana and jasmine becomes even more evident after the first eight or so minutes, when the latter takes over in a seamless manner. After the prominent jasmine heart (aided by powdery iris) emerges, along with a progressively dynamic, sensual base of tonka, musk and amber, the generous banana opening subsides. After that point, Bana Banana becomes a very pleasing ambery/musky scent, warm and moderately sweet, rich in spices, tonka and vanilla. As the scent becomes increasingly abstract in its long drydown, the banana exists only as an undertone.

Céline Ellena's concept of a “baroque banana" is successfully realized in a composition of charming balance between velvety and powdery texture, playfulness and sensuality, subtlety and richness. Furthermore, the fluffy amber accord makes Bana Banana one of the few ambery scents fit to wear even in warmer days. Suave and exuberant, it is a delightful, fun fragrance made with considerable technical skill; it exudes originality, humor, and just the right amount of quirkiness to please those that are looking for an unusual, but widely wearable, scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


L'Artisan Bana Banana

In 2019 with the help of Perfumer Céline Ellena, L'Artisan reimagines the fragrance that started it all. Bana Banana is an amber banana fragrance - a rare, yet rich baroque-style composition - a blend of jasmine and candied bananas.

Bana Banana features notes of pepper, nutmeg flower, violet leaf, jasmine, iris, banana flower, tonka bean, musk and amber. It is an eau de parfum, edp.

An excerpt of a review from cafleurbon

In 1976, the same year he founded L'Artisan Parfumeur, Jean-François Laporte was challenged by a friend to create a banana scent to complement the fruit costume he'd wear at a Folies Bergère ball. Having noticed that ripe bananas somewhat evoke the smell of fully-bloomed jasmine, Laporte decided to macerate pieces of the fruit in a jasmine flower infusion.

The experiment failed, but it did inspire Laporte (a true artist, and founder of what we now call “niche perfumery") to explore more possibilities of pairing fruits and flowers. M. Laporte loved recounting the amusing banana-scent tale to friends; one of those was none other than Jean-Claude Ellena, who in later years mentioned it to his daughter, Céline. Forty-three years after the failed marriage between banana and jasmine, Celine Ellena successfully realizes that very idea, producing a technically admirable, highly enjoyable fragrance.

My initial reservation before trying Bana Banana gave its place to sheer delight: yes, the banana certainly declares its presence with plenty of confidence, but it has none of the aspects I dislike in other scents (no cloying, sickly sweet character, or unpleasant artificiality). On the contrary, the banana note here has all the nuances I love in the actual fruit's smell: the creaminess and sweetness of a – just ripe enough to eat – fruit, balanced with the slight bitterness of its peel. Adding to the banana's deliciousness, some mild pepper and a nutmeg overload provide a spicy kick, while a hint of violet leaf enhances the naturalistic fruit note.

The olfactory link between banana and jasmine becomes even more evident after the first eight or so minutes, when the latter takes over in a seamless manner. After the prominent jasmine heart (aided by powdery iris) emerges, along with a progressively dynamic, sensual base of tonka, musk and amber, the generous banana opening subsides. After that point, Bana Banana becomes a very pleasing ambery/musky scent, warm and moderately sweet, rich in spices, tonka and vanilla. As the scent becomes increasingly abstract in its long drydown, the banana exists only as an undertone.

Céline Ellena's concept of a “baroque banana" is successfully realized in a composition of charming balance between velvety and powdery texture, playfulness and sensuality, subtlety and richness. Furthermore, the fluffy amber accord makes Bana Banana one of the few ambery scents fit to wear even in warmer days. Suave and exuberant, it is a delightful, fun fragrance made with considerable technical skill; it exudes originality, humor, and just the right amount of quirkiness to please those that are looking for an unusual, but widely wearable, scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$4.89

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