L'Artisan Mont de Narcisse In the rustic countryside of Auvergne, Heaven and earth come together. The highlands of Auvergne represent a vertiginous horizon. The prairies are immaculately white, as if winter had returned by surprise, carpeted with Narcissus. The story begins with bergamot notes, tinged with fresh and spicy notes of cardamom and pepper, reminiscent of the dormant volcanoes in the region. Then leathery and smoky notes come to the fore, followed by osmanthus, to create this unique olfactory landscape. The image is immediate and of immense clarity: a narcissus by the fire, between the untamed vegetal accents and the darker notes of a deep leather.
Mont de Narcisse features notes of narcissus, immortelle, leather, birch tar, black pepper and cardamom. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
We all have perfume ingredients we adore which are less admired by perfume lovers in general. Two of my favorites in this category are narcissus and immortelle. Both are oddly scented polarizing ingredients. For those who are in search of something different in their fragrance these deliver that. I wouldn’t have thought a perfume brand would put both in a perfume; L’Artisan Parfumeur Mont de Narcisse does.
Mont de Narcisse is another entry in the Les Paysages collection which is meant to cover specific geographical regions of France. This is inspired by the narcissus covered fields in Auvergne at the height of the summer. Despite that description, this is not a summery perfume. This is a composition of strong ingredients in search of harmony. The perfumer who has the task is Anne Flipo. It is a difficult balancing act using the deeply vegetal green of the narcissus with the maple syrup-like quality of immortelle alongside a birch tar leather accord. There are a couple of moments where Mme Flipo grinds some gears climbing this Mont.
The green of the narcissus is where the trip begins. Mme Flipo uses black pepper and cardamom to add a spicy complement. The pepper is more prevalent while the cardamom makes the narcissus a bit cooler than it already is. The immortelle lays down a gourmand-like contrast with the maple syrup part of the scent profile out front. It warms the standoffish narcissus while adding a contrasting floral. The leather accord which makes up the base is formed around a smoky birch tar. It opens with a bit of a smudge pot quality because of that.