Wonders never cease - I've finally found an orange blossom fragrance that I like! Not that I was looking for one, but John Varvatos Artisan is, for me, a benchmark for how orange blossom should be used in a men's fragrance.
In almost every perfume I've tried containing this note,
it's used in a heavy, sugary, prissy manner, and I hate it. To call them "old lady" fragrances
would be an insult to old ladies.
However in Artisan, a floral citrus scent, it's combined with neroli in
a way that gives the whole fragrance a wonderfully green, crisp, garden-like
smell. It smells fresh, clean and sleek,
and in a totally natural way. It's like
a walk through a flower garden and orange grove on a cool spring morning. I know that sounds sappy, but it's true. The drydown becomes woodier, but the florals
hang on until the end, fortunately.
So many modern men's fragrances try to create freshness by
piling on loads of violet leaf. I like
violet leaf, but it's overused these days, to the point where it makes
fragrances smell un-natural and metallic. Artisan succeeds where those violet
Artisan is living proof that we should never poo-pooh all
modern fragrances. A lot of care went
into making this a truly unique and beautiful scent.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: John