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Seville a l’Aube   Eau de Parfum by  L’Artisan Parfumeur

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Seville a l’Aube

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A perfumer, a writer. A man, a woman. A perfume, a story: Séville à l’Aube. From an encounter comes this incredible soliflore fragrance, a sublime orange blossom, alive with contrasts.

The writer behind the story that inspired Séville à l'aube is Denyse Beaulieu, the author of the noted fragrance blog Grain de Musc. Her creative collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour is the narrative thread of her book The Perfume Lover, a Personal History of Scent, published in the UK in March 2012 and due out in the US in March 2013.

Séville à l’Aube is a perfume filled with passion and desire. It is also the contrast between the joy of carnal pleasures and the dark, sombre aspect of the drama of Holy Week.

The story takes place in Seville, Andalusia. Incense-burners imbue the city with a spiritual atmosphere, as flowering orange trees diffuse their sweet, delicate perfume.

The lavender scent of Eau de Cologne emanates from the crowd, blending with the sweet smells of church candles that burn throughout the ceremonies. In this magnificent setting, a passion is born between a woman and a young Spanish man. The orange tree is the leitmotif of the perfume. Its green sap scent is present, blended with a fizzy aldehyde note that expresses intense emotion, from the outset. In this way, the fragrance opens with spicy, green and zesty notes. There is also a distinct lavender note redolent of the Eau de Cologne so typical of Spain.

This initial sensation gives way to the passion of the heart notes, which strike us like lightning... Enhanced by a jasmine accord and beeswax, the orange flower absolute reveals its opulence and stunning sensuality. The indole accord resonates with this bouquet of white flowers, revealing the fragrance’s eroticism, while the whole ensemble is enveloped in the sweetness of Siam benzoin.

Tinged with melancholy, the perfume’s base notes unveil a certain darkness, imparted by Luiseiri lavender from Seville, with its cistus, resiny, ambery notes. It echoes the lavender top notes, resonating harmoniously with frankincense to give a spiritual intensity to the entire perfume.
Seville a l’Aube Notes
Lavender, pink pepper, lemon tree leaves, orange blossom, jasmine, magnolia, beeswax, incense, Benzoin Siam, Luiseiri lavender
PerfumerReleasedCountry
Bertrand Duchaufour2012France
Seville a l’Aube - 100ml
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Well the description sounds beautiful! Alas, my chemistry and this scent are most definitely not friends. I cannot fathom this being a unisex fragrance - for me it's all femme. Very, very sweet and I find it impossible to detect the lavender, beeswax or the incense. It's been on my skin over 4 hours now, and all I get is an old fashioned candy sweet scent. I am in my early 30's and to me this is a very mature fragrance; something "safe", powdery, light and very old-folks home. There are plenty of perfumes that don't work well on my skin, but still impress me with their creativity and depth. Sorry to say this one does not move me at all. Except to wash it off!
By Amanda - from Savannah, GA on 7/8/2013
This starts with a very green top note, almost a tomato leaf greenness, then it gradually dries down into a delicious incensey orange blossom. Very well done, my new favorite orange blossom scent. Bertrand Duchaufour does it again!
By Anonymous - Project Analyst from San Diego on 6/12/2013
This is my new "feel good" fragrance. Wow! I wasn't sure I would even like it. Especially with the lavender note (I don't like lavender). But it is well mixed with the other notes. There is a smell of incense too, but not a "churchy" one, more a "spiritual" one (but more in the well-being and happiness aspect of it). A unique fragrance.
By Helene - from Montreal on 6/1/2013
urgh, not sure how I feel about this. Lots of orange blossom. Gives an impression of orange and green. It's somehow too much, has a weird gourmand quality, like a big too-sweet meringue covered in candied flowers and orange leaves. Also a tiny trace of celery.
By Kari on 1/15/2013
The dry-down is rather nice, but the orange blossom open did not really interest me much and the dirty jasmine in the early heart ruined it for me completely. A relatively strong finish, but not worth getting there. 2.5 stars.
By Anonymous on 12/10/2012
Thisis such a gorgeous scent! My favorite orange blossom scent... Starts with a burst of green leaves then segues into a romantic sweet orange blossom. Lasts all day on me. Utterly fantastic!
By Anonymous - from San Diego on 11/22/2012
I get a lot if benzoin in this one, and the same rooty, astringent carrot from Nuit de Tubereuse. The orange blossom note has a burned sugariness to it, so that it isn't airy, but syrupy. Definitely a fall perfume.
By Anonymous - attorney from Oakland on 10/22/2012
The opening is a lively orange blossom composition with some unusual notes. But that lasts only a few minutes. The drydown is a sweet, fairly generic orange blossom cologne. It's gone completely in 45 minutes on my skin, according to my housemates. There is one note in common with Nuit de Tubereuse that actually sears my nose briefly. No idea what the aromachemical is, but it can be a bit painful.
By Mary - from Miami on 10/17/2012
I don't really understand. This smells almost exactly like Nuit de Tuberose. I do like it but what's the point in an almost exact fragrance in the same line??
By Anonymous on 10/12/2012
My favorite fragrance by the wonderful Duchafour. This is so well orchestrated and so tenderly beautiful. Rocketed to the top of my prodigious collection of orange blossom scents and thankfully its longevity is outstanding. Definitely fbw for me, on my Christmas wishlist.
By Kat - Cesigner from Spokane on 10/4/2012
I have a fetish for Orange Blossoms, unfortunately the Lavender note is not me at all, it reminds me of good bathroom cleaner. too bad.
By JCparodi - from Brooklyn on 10/1/2012
I so eagerly awaited a decant, only to discover this smells uncannily like Fruity Pebbles. The opening (as much as I could ascertain with my sample) is smoky and sexy with the sweetness of orange blossom but the dry down is straight Fruity Pebbles. I was really hoping for smoky holy days and my garters getting tangled.
By Anonymous - health care provider from los angeles on 9/17/2012
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