So I got a sample of a new L’Artisan yesterday, Skin on Skin from the Explosions D’Emotions trio (the other two being Armour Nocturne and Deliria). Of course, my life being what it is, I have a cold and yesterday my nose was too blocked to do any reviews. The sample (along with a few other tempting little vials) sat there taunting me all day while I sniffled away into a tissue.
Luckily though, this morning I was feeling much better so right out of my shower I splashed on a few precious drops of Skin on Skin and took a deep, congestion free breath.
Was the wait worth it? Now Smell This lists the notes as iris, suede, saffron, whisky, lavender, rose and musks, and at very first whiff it was like all of these differing scents were competing to be heard, resulting in something loud and confused and almost screechy. The leather came out on top, fuzzy and dark, followed closely by a light iris-musk that seemed a bit out of place. The whisky was lurking there too, alcoholic and a bit abrasive, although the lavender , rose and saffron got lost in the background. The opening? WHOA BUDDY.
Luckily, the melange settles down fairly quickly, and Skin on Skin resolves itself into a rather lovely suede-iris, with the iris losing its fustiness and smoothing out nicely. The whisky is almost lost entirely, and the florals raise their heads - still in the background (you wouldn’t really call this a proper floral scent), but there to lend depth to the rest of it. It’s a little sweeter than I expected - that would be the musk - and I swear I can smell vanilla in there even though it’s not listed, but so far I’m enjoying it very much.
Enough to covet a bottle? Mmm, probably not. I was mostly drawn in by the promise of leather and whisky notes, and like I said, the leather is soft and light and the whisky almost none-existent. I have been looking for something with a good iris, but really, I’ll probably end up with Prada Infusion d’Iris or even Chanel No.19 Poudre, both of which do that green little note great justice.
It may be that my sense of smell is deserting me as my nose blocks up again (quick get me my cold and flu meds!), but as the dry down wears on, Skin on Skin seems to be fading fast. It’s light and airy and pretty, something for people who maybe don’t like perfume-y perfumes, and who are cautiously interested in the idea of wearing leather as a scent. As soft as it is, it would probably make a good office perfume, if, unlike me, you’re not the kind of person to subject your coworkers to vicious wafts of Angel and Rush.
In the end, Skin on Skin is lovely, soft and pretty, sweet but not overly so, leathery but still feminine. I’m going to ration my sample vial with care, though, because I don’t think I’ll ever crave a whole bottle.
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