Friday, August 28, 2009

L'Artisan Parfumeur Daily Rituals-Morning Bliss

I have, for many years, been a spa fanatic. Mostly because I have been in the spa industry for most of my career, but also because I just love the relaxation and feeling of well-being it provides. There is no substitute for taking a moment to stop, breathe and let go of your daily stresses. Now, working for L'Artisan Parfumeur, my days are spent helping the world smell a little prettier, so my downtime doesn’t really allow for a lazy day at the salon or day spa.

Also, your skin is your largest organ and you must take care to keep it healthy just like any other part of your body. Gentle cleansing, internal and external hydration is key, however daily and weekly targeted maintenance is essential to keeping a glowing and healthful complexion.
Luckily, the
Jatamansi and Cote d’Amour body products from our organic line serve as a wonderful at-home spa treatment so I don’t have to miss out because of my busy schedule! Not only are these products 100% organic, they deliver aromas to revive, calm, or invigorate and the body care actually heals and treats the skin! Amazing!

I use several of the products as treatments during my daily routines, then a combination of products as a more intense treatment weekly.

Let me share…

Daily A.M.

1. I choose either the
Jatamansi Shower Gel or the Cote d’Amour Body Bar depending on if I need a little more hydration on my skin. The Cote d’Amour Body Bar is infused with Spirulina and is very hydrating and replenishing.
Our Jatamansi Shower Gel is better if I need to clarify my skin, say after a workout session (or if I’m particularly sleepy still since it is very invigorating!)

2. In the shower, using a natural loofah, I work in circular motions to loosen any dead cells and concentrate on rough areas such as elbows, heels, and knees.
This next part is most important though…While breathing in the beautiful aroma I have chosen to start my day; I calm my thoughts and focus.
That is the best part of starting my day with scent! It allows me to have a quick moment transported to another place through the luxury of scent.
So, don’t forget to breathe in deeply, slowly and release.

3. After rinsing completely I follow, on damp skin, with a quick and light massage of the
Jatamansi Dry Oil to lock in moisture. A lot of people wrinkle their nose at the use of body oils; however this organic oil is mineral oil-free which means it slips right into your skin. Just lightly towel dry and go!

*Extra attention for thirsty skin!!
For really dry or damaged skin, like my legs or arms after a weekend at the beach (yuck!) I follow with the healing effects of the
Jatamansi Body Cream.
Because of the high mineral content, anti-oxidants, and vitamins in the Cote d’Amour Body Cream it is especially beneficial for the delicate décolletage area. Use daily for anti-aging results.
Lastly, lightly dust with your favorite
L’Artisan Parfumeur fragrance. Here are a few that pair well with the above body products.

The Jatamansi Body Care Line:
Jatamansi Eau de Toilette
L’Ete en Douce

L’Eau de l’Artisan

Or play and create your own blend!

It would seem all this pampering care would take hours…not really. Keep all the products in a handy place, and just do it. Once you start incorporating this into your morning routine, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without making this a part of your everyday life.
Daily rituals help bring calmness and peace – something we can all make time for!
Scentfully Yours!
p.s. stay tuned for P.M. rituals and more...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tips to help make your fragrance last!

As the work week comes to a thankful end and our thoughts turn to the weekend we thought we'd share with you a few tips on how to make your favorite fragrance last while you are out enjoying your time with friends and family!

Unfortunately, a perfume can not last on your skin eternally. Perfumes must evaporate in order to release their scent. Different components of the perfume will evaporate at different times, meaning the fragrance will evolve over time ( see our post on the fragrance pyramid). This change is called "volatility".

The volatility of fragrances also depend on the individual wearer. Body temperature, weather, and skin dryness affect how fast your perfume launches off your skin.

Perfume will last longer on a person with more oily skin than on someone with dry skin. The oil tends to bind the perfume to the skin resulting in a more controlled release of the fragrance over time.

We do not recommend that you apply your fragrance directly after stepping out of the shower. The heat, soap and water will strip away your body's natural oils. Instead, wait a few minutes after applying your L'Artisan body lotion to regain your body's moisture. This will give the perfume something to latch on to.

Another tip is to apply the perfume to your pulse points. These are areas where the veins are close to skin surface and you feel your circulation, including your wrists, neck, between your breasts and even behind knees. Remember not to rub your wrists together after applying perfume as that will break down the perfume oils.

Resist the urge to overdo it when applying your perfume. You want to create a pleasant fragrance aura around yourself and not overpower those around you. Most perfumes will last somewhere between 4-8 hours. Keeping a travel size bottle of your favorite L'Artisan fragrance in your bag is a perfect way to touch up your your fragrance's top notes throughout the day!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler September 2009.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A champagne toast to Cote d'Amour!

On the evening of Friday, August 14, 2009 L'Artisan Parfumeur was proud to host a champagne reception celebrating our newest fragrance and body line, the certified 100% organic Cote d'Amour, at our perfume gallery in Henri Bendel in New York City. The event was also our opportunity to introduce everyone to New York artist Jaime Lischke who created a beautiful window installation inspired by our refreshing new fragrance. The evening was a complete success and a delightful time was had by all who attended! We look forward to our next champagne reception in the near future!

Cote d'Amour Body Cream, Eau de Toilette and Body Bar.

Artist Jaime Lischke poses in front of her art work.

Jaime Lischke and guest.

Guests pose in our Perfume Gallery.

Guests enjoy champagne and the wonderful scents
of our fragrance bar.

Discovering a new favorite L'Artisan Parfumeur

L'Artisan Parfumeur's Linda Hardaway (left)
discusses perfume with guests.

L'Artisan Parfumeur's Celene Aguilar and
artist Jaime Lischke share a toast of champagne!

L'Artisan Parfumeur's Celene Aguilar (center)
thanks guests for making the event a success.

Monday, August 17, 2009

We are back!!

Why hello there! We know that it has been way too long since our last blog post, but rest assured we are officially back! Since this is a renaissance of the L'Artisan Parfumeur blog we thought it best to start off with a little discussion on one of the most basic components of perfumery: The Fragrance Pyramid!

Perfume is created so that that different scents are experienced over a period of time. They are often referred to as "notes". The 3 different notes of perfume; top notes, middle notes and base notes work together to form the harmonious scent accord of the perfume. It is a true skilled artistry to create a fragrance with the knowledge of how each note will evaporate on the body over time. Using L'Artisan Parfumeur's #1 selling perfume in the United States, the always classic La Chasse aux Papillons, allow us to explore the notes of a fragrance a little more.

Top Notes:

These are the very first scents you will smell when experiencing a perfume. They are made up of small light molecules that evaporate quickly. The top notes of a fragrance are only evident to the nose for the first few minutes. Although the top notes are fleeting they play an important role as they are what brings the perfume to life! Without them a fragrance would be flat and lifeless.

La Chasse aux Papillons Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon and Pink Pepper Berries

Middle Notes:

These scents emerge just as the top notes are dissipate. They are the "heart" of the fragrance and will be evident on the nose for 4-5 hours.

La Chasse aux Papillons Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Lemon Tree Blossom, Tubereuse, Jasmin and Linden Blossom

Base Notes:

As the middle notes begin to depart these scents emerge. The base notes add depth and solidity to a fragrance. They are perhaps the most personal of all the notes in the fragrance pyramid as they are what hold the fragrance to the skin and will behave differently on each individual body. Together with the middle notes, the base notes produce the main theme of a perfume. The base notes will be experienced in hour 7-8 (even longer depending on the perfume) of applying a fragrance.

La Chasse aux Papillon Base Notes: Tubereuse and Ylang Ylang

We hope you enjoyed our quick little tutorial on the fragrance pyramid. Be sure to check back in with us often as we will be updating this blog frequently with information on the stories behind our fragrances, the artist who have created them and many other posts relating to the wonderful world of fragrance!