In reading some background information about L'Artisan for their new fragrance line, I learned something very interesting. Jean Laporte, the creator of L'Artisan Parfumeur (in 1976), was a chemist who was asked by a friend to create a banana fragrance to match her outfit for a fancy dress ball. The unique aroma was such a sensation that Laporte became a go-to within society circles for his individual, niche scents.
L'Artisan is a house that believes in the interpretation of fantasized nature. The new Natura Fabularis collection features six fragrances that are intended to evoke an imaginary garden. But instead of just emulating the scents of plants as they are in nature, perfumer Daphne Bugey, who enjoys creating confusion, was allowed to free her imagination and create a fantasy that would put an unexpected twist into each fragrance. Each of the scents features a number in the name and that number represents the number of trials before the final formula.
In a dark and shadowy forest, nature gives off scents of incense, resin and concentrated sap. Deep in the forest it is hard to catch a glimpse of the sun and ancient trees have roots that have formed gnarled sculptures. Tree trunks are covered in resin that reaches towards the sky, looking for that sunlight. Tenebrae plunges us into the heart of a mystical forest where incense fumes infuse the pure sap.
Tenebrae is a woody aromatic fragrance featuring notes of fir, woody notes, earthy notes and olibanum. It is an eau de parfum, edp.