I’m always crushing on something scented or other. My nose knows no limits. Candy Crush is where I showcase the beautifully scented things I’m crushing on right now so you can hopefully develop a crush too.
I LOVE a body product, especially a shower gel. There’s something just so luxurious about slathering on one’s favourite scent in a lotion, cream or a gel. These products are the perfect thing to layer with a beloved scent, extending and emphasising it or for mixing it up with something unexpected to create contrast. They also make perfect gifts especially if it’s a treat yo’self kind of gift (i.e. the best kind)…
L’Artisan Parfumeur recently (well, relatively recently anyway) launched a new range of Shower Gels and Body Lotions in five of their emblematic scents. Celebrating the iconic classics of the range, these products are housed in the most handsome packaging ever: sleek black pumps that are as functional as they are pleasing to look at. So what is there not to crush over? New ways to wear iconic scents: check. Beautiful packaging: check. Amazing smells: check. Consider it a Candy Crush!
Shower gels are my go to body product. There really isn’t anything nicer than lathering up a fragrant storm in the shower and a familiar scent can take on a new character when it meets a bit of steam, making for a truly heavenly olfactory experience. Three things make a good shower gel; a powerful scent, a silky texture, and bubbles, lots of bubbles. The idea is to having something that foams up enough to give good coverage whilst leaving the skin subtly scented and silky smooth. Is that too much too ask?
In the case of L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Shower Gels, it really isn’t much to ask at all and their composition delivers on all counts. I went for the Mûre et Musc Extrême for my Shower Gel because; a) it’s one of my favourite L’Artisan scents; and b) fruity scents are the very best in the shower (the smell of tangy blackcurrants in the shower is HEAVEN). Two generous pumps of this stuff makes for a nice lather with a noticeable scent. It strikes the right balance between scenting the skin gently whilst allowing one to either layer another perfume on top or just spritz on some Mûre et Musc Extrême. Either way, the shower gel isn’t going to disrupt your day – in fact it’s going to get it off to a great start.
And now for body lotion. I’m not a big user of body lotions, I’ll be honest, but when I do use one I want something that’s going to boost the longevity of my scent rather than something simply to make my skin feel soft. The idea is that one can anchor their favourite scent to their skin by layering with a Body Lotion, whilst having the added bonus of silky smooth skin at the end of it. Sounds good to me.
I tested out L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Body Lotion in arguably one of their most famous fragrances: L’Eau d’Ambre Extrême. I’d describe the experience as being almost as decadent as wearing the fragrance itself. The Body Lotion has a STRONG fragrance to it, which is noticeable throughout the day even when one isn’t wearing L’Eau d’Ambre Extrême. It has a thick, milky texture that absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a greasy trail. The scent is a little bit more herbaceous than the Eau de Parfum (weirdly I get lavender from it) but for the most part, it leaves one awash in the hedonistic air of deliciously sweet amber. Gorgeous.
So it’s safe to say I’m crushing hard on this L’Artisan Parfumeur Body Range. Both the Shower Gel and Body Lotion do what they intend to and feel top quality. It’s also really lovely to enjoy these iconic scents in a more immersive way. The best thing though, is the price. £25 for a 200ml Shower Gel (and a little goes a long way) is pretty decent in this day and age so there really is no excuse not to sniff these out. I’ve got my eye on the Timbuktu next…
300ml Shower Gel = £25
300ml Body Lotion = £29
Available in; Premier Figuier, Timbuktu, La Chasse Aux Papillons, L’Eau d’Ambre Extrême and Mûre et Musc Extrême.
Samples, notes and quotes. Images are my own.