February 5, 2017
Alexandra Tomlinson Elle UK David Vasiljevic
You will never hear me complain about winter. Summer in the South is long and brutal; winter is a welcome respite. I love the long cold nights and cherish every snowflake and dreary, sub-freezing day. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I fell hard for a fragrance that is blissfully warm and golden….basically sunshine in a bottle: L’Arganique Beaute.
Hammam (google images)
Laurie Petrucci is the founder of L’Arganique Beaute. Ms. Petrucci was inspired by Morocco, with its precious argan oil, and the rituals of Hammam. Childhood memories of time spent on her family’s farm, combined with her love of the spa experience and a desire to create her own all-natural spa signature scent led her on a journey that has resulted in the creation of her own company and her first luxury scent collection, which includes candles and perfume oils, as well as the Eau de Parfum, which was created in 2013.
Marella Agnelli in Vogue, October, 1967
L’Arganique Beaute opens with a Bourrée of ripe, succulent berries and effervescent champagne. The berries are as lush and rich as a fine liqueur, while the champagne note adds sparkle and exuberance. My bias towards base notes well documented; top notes are generally something I generally endure while waiting for the good stuff, but the opening of L’Arganique Beaute is one of the loveliest I’ve experienced in quite some time, almost vintage in character.
Shalom Harlow by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue, 1993
The luscious berries melt in to a golden heart of sumptuous, honeyed mimosa. In Europe, mimosa has a strong association with Spring, but I am only familiar with it as one of my favorite notes in perfumery, and the mimosa in L’Arganique Beaute does not disappoint. It smells like honey drenched skin, warmed by the sun and waiting for a kiss…sensuous, yet innocent. My husband loved this portion of it, and thought it smelled very intimate. The warm, polleny characteristic of mimosa is beautifully complemented by argon oil, as well as a touch of sweet, dry patchouli. The argon oil enhances the golden warmth of the mimosa while the patchouli adds a grounding earthiness to the fragrance.
Talitha Getty for Vogue, 1967
The plush mimosa fades away gracefully, lending warmth and sweetness to the woody base. L’Arganique Beaute is beautiful from start to finish, with excellent longetivity (12 hours) and above average sillage, which garnered several compliments. While I am usually not one to pay much attention to gender classifications in my fragrance choices, I have to say that L’Arganique Beaute is probably best left to the ladies. But you gentlemen will in no way be deprived of pleasure from trying it secondhand. It gives new meaning to the term “shared fragrance” and I highly recommend the experience!
Notes: Fruit, French champagne, mimosa, patchouli
DISCLOSURE My review is based on a sample given to me by Ms. Petrucci.
–Tammy Schuster, Sr. Contributor
Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-In-Chief
Thanks to Laurie Pettruci, Founder and CEO – L’Arganique Beaute de Parfum Green Acres LJP, we have a draw for 7 ml Eau rollerball for a registered reader anywhere in the world (you must do this to be eligible here)
for our US readers a 50 ml bottle
To be eligible, please leave a comment describing what sounds most appealing about L’Arganique Beaute, based on Tammy’s review, where you live and if you have a favorite spa destination that you dream of or love mimosa and/or argan oil in fragrance. Draw closes 2/8/17