Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
L’Artisan Parfumeur’s entry into the blossoming organic skincare market has resulted in Jatamansi, a line of body products based on the healing extract of the Himalayan nard plant. L’Eau de Jatamansi is a scented body mist, which is a part of the Jatamansi line. Opening up on a crisp brightness that alternates between the verdancy of fresh grass and the peppery warmth of sun parched herbs, L’Eau de Jatamansi never loses its subtle aura. …
The composition unfolds into a radiant woody accord. The more assertive resinous herbal notes are only a delicate sprinkling; the rosy sweetness only serves to round out the composition. L’Eau de Jatamansi fits perfectly into the aesthetic of L’Artisan Parfumeur—nature inspired compositions; uncluttered and minimalist arrangements. The character of this light fragrance is reminiscent more of Navegar and Thé pour un Eté rather than of Bois Farine and Voleur de Roses. Its environment conscious idea is executed in the same effortless chic manner as the other L’Artisan fragrances. Effervescent and herbaceous, L’Eau de Jatamansi manages to be both refreshing and sophisticated, without calling to mind the herbal supplements section of Whole Foods.
L’Eau de Jatamansi does not have tremendous lasting power; however, being a light mist, it is not intended to last for longer than a couple of hours. I find that its freshness which is created by dry, mineral herbs, rather than by conventional sharp citrusy notes or tired ozonic accords, is very appealing. As a body mist applied straight after a morning shower, L’Eau de Jatamansi is as rejuvenating as a cup of coffee. Two hours later, I am ready to don something richer, but while L’Eau de Jatamansi lasts, I have no complaints.
L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau de Jatamansi features notes of citrus, blue chamomile, rose, and guaïac wood. Already available from the L’Artisan boutiques in France, it will be launched in the US in May of 2007. Henri Bendel and L’Artisan boutiques already have the rest of the Jatamansi line.
Photo of the Himalayan nard plant from Sbepl.com.