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Eau de Toilette

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Like cardamom? I certainly do, so this unusual offering, which deploys a there-and-gone-again green-mango note to cut cardamom’s usual dusty aspect at the top of the fragrance, was right up my alley. By the time that’s fading, a pretty, very light incense note (papyrus? yeah, I’d buy that) is wending its way through the composition, and the whole thing resolves to a lovely not-quite-sweet, not-quite-woody drydown that lasts far longer than I would have expected from this house. Warm and enjoyable.
By   - editor from Seattle on 5/17/2020
I tried my sample of Timbuktu several months ago. It didn't do much for me. I put the sample away. I just found it in it's hiding place and gave it another try. Wow! I love it. It's really a great fragrance. It's not girly but I feel very feminine when I wear this. Definitely not a "gender role" perfume! Longevity is very good.
By   - Manager from Dallas on 7/24/2016
Smells very similar to Oud shamash. Side by side, Shamash may be rounder and more golden. but wearing them separately you could not tell them apart. Nonetheless, I love them both.
By  on 3/14/2015
All I get from this scent is pink musk stick lollies. I haven't eaten one since I was 12, but Timbuktu takes me back to the 20cent bag of lollies we used to buy at the local pool on hot summer holidays. I am glad for the memory however I was expecting something more complex and intense.
By   - Student from perth on 9/25/2014
This has a nice fresh opening. However, it goes away to an annoying, eye-watering, patchouli concert. After the dry down in 6 hours, it subdues to something nice. A soapy, patchouli base. For the patchouli fans, this is your baby.
By   - Wholesale Tire Sales from Savannah, GA on 9/5/2014
If I weren't hopelessly and helplessly in love with this fragrance I would give it 5 stars simply upon its uniqueness! What a beauty it is though, and I can't help not loving it for it's beauty. The fact I smell unlike anyone else in the world when I wear it (except for the others blessed to be wearing it) is merely a bonus point. Please, never discontinue this work of art, L'Artisan. It is divine.
By   - n/a from Northern Virginia on 8/24/2014
My first sniff put me off as there was no familiar scent I could categorize. second try and I was hooked. UNIQUE. not flowery-not incensey-indefinable. I love it. and yes unlike most in the line this one has some staying power. get a sample.
By   - medical from seattle on 1/30/2012
Very sweet but strong medicinal herbal accord that actually makes me nauseous. Just my luck this seems to be the only L'artisan I've tried that has pronounced sillage and is very long lasting. No sale here.
By  on 1/23/2012
Blows every other "fresh" scent out of the (cool) water. Bright and green and exhilarating. What Irish Spring SHOULD smell like. Has SO much radiance. I think I can smell it more from 3 feet away than I can up close. May be too much if you work with others in a closed room. Can't decide whether I like this more on my guy or on myself. But definitely a winner.
By   - Designer from Northampton, MA on 9/24/2011
Different. Unusual. Quirky. And everything works together for a grand slam home run! Even with the odd start it's extremely easy to wear in all temperatures, not offensive but certainly an attention getter! I would recommend that anyone who likes fragrances to give this a try!
By   - Graphic Arts Teacher from Northern Virginia on 7/16/2011
This is a lovely scent, beginning with a huge blast of pink pepper which really appeals to me, followed by light spices. Unlike many of L'Artisan's perfumes, this lasts for hours on my skin. The drydown reminds me of lemon laundry liquid, not in a bad way, but unexpected in what is supposed to be an exotic perfume, and this is the only reason I have deducted one star. If I didn't have a couple of similar fragrances I would add this one, it's very nice.
By   - retired medical typist from Victoria, Australia on 2/9/2011
Unfortunately the myrrh and vetiver are too pronounced with my chemistry...
By  on 1/31/2011
Nothing about the description of this fragrance says I should like it...but I love it. It is truly unique and on a hot humid summer day nothing fits better for ultimate femininity without being overpowering! Did I say unique? This fragrance is unique and well worth trying out. I expect it will be love or hate but certainly worth trying if you're looking for something that's definitely not mainstream but easily accepted by the masses. And doggone it, did I say this is one more UNIQUE fragrance? I love it!
By   - fragrance fan on 1/12/2011
Dans un monde le plus improbable...ce parfum qui promet l'exotisme sent "L'air du temps" de Ricci !!! Et bien, avec ce parfum, on nage dans cet improbable...après plusieurs heures à le porter, le parfum dégage davantage une odeur salée qui rappelle la fraicheur des brises marines. Si on aime ce genre, c'est un bon parfum de jour ou pour le travail. Personnellement (et tous les goûts sont dans la nature et il n'y a rien de plus personnel que les goûts en matière de parfums...) pas d'excitation olfactive particulière.
By   - from Montréal on 12/2/2010
A lovely, woody incense with a soft and unique drydown. I know most people like to wear this in colder weather, but I love it on hot days. Very refreshing and original.
By   - RN from Miami, FL on 7/25/2010
Timbuktu starts out smelling like soft, floral incense and ends up smelling VERY similar to Estee Lauders Pleasures (maybe a less soapy version). This is pretty but a bit too femenine for my tastes.
By   - Photographer from Massachusetts on 1/23/2010
Timbuktu is the most intoxicating perfume I have ever smelled! Spicy and exotic, with a strong base note. Good for both day and night, I have taken this on as my signature perfume. It takes about 10 minutes for then smell to develop, then lasts all day, fading gracefully after 5 or 6 hours to a whiff of spice.
By   - from Melbourne, Australia on 7/30/2009
I think TIMBUKTU would be a masterpiece-- and a major seller-- if it had more substantivity, sillage and lasting power. It is a wonderfully exotic African woody, which also recalls the green/yellow African savannah. I also smell a faint-faint note which reminds me undeniably of wild cat spoor, like that of a lion or cheetah. Far from being disagreeable, this note rather adds a warm-blooded, pulsing, animalic quality to the reeds and woods which is magical. Easily one of L'ARTISAN'S best... shame that it is so evanescent. Still, I give it a five for originality of concept and utter uniqueness.
By   - graphic artist from boerne, TX USA on 6/2/2009
one my sister loved years ago. tried it and at that time it was HERS so i backed off. you change over the years and your perfume faves do too. i found this fresh and green ... perfect for summer. it reminds me of a place i visited in north florida... SEASIDE> the northern woods and the ocean...
By   - agent from st pete on 5/18/2009
I like incense. I hate this! Intrusive, bothersome, headache-inducing...
By   - female from northeast on 5/13/2009
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