I’m a huge fan of the John Varvatos fragrances and it’s a real shame the designer doesn’t have the same kind of name recognition in the UK as he does over in the States because if he did I’m sure his fragrances would be much more popular than they are. They certainly deserve to be best sellers. The original John Varvatos Artisan fragrance is lovely (see a brief review of it here) and each successive addition to the collection, like Artisan Black and Artisan Acqua, have brought something new to the portfolio.
The latest addition, the limited edition, Artisan Blu, is all about bottling an aquatic, summery vibe so think Mediterranean herbs, summer flowers and the kind of crisp, clean wateriness that evokes summer hols and balmy evenings on the beach – a very comforting thought as I write this on a cold and grey February afternoon believe me. As ever, the bottle, comes encased in a handcrafted rattan sleeve – in this case deep blue and, appropriately, reminiscent of fishermen’s nets. One to put on your spring fragrance list for sure.
Top notes: Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Lavender, Chayote, Basil
Heart notes: Palmarosa, Clary Sage, Geranium, Iris, Orange Blossom Absolute
Base notes: Patchouli, cedarwood, parasol pine, tamarisk, pistachio tree resin
John Varvatos Artisan Blu is available from Debenhams from 1st April priced £49 for 75ml eau de toilette.