If there is one thing about John Varvatos’ fragrances I can appreciate, it’s the packaging. Artisan Black, which is his latest limited edition offering, is a continuation of Artisan’s hand-woven theme. It has a black lacquer finish that gives it an air of sophistication. Gents, this is definitely one for the mantle (or front and center on your dresser).
As with previous scents under the JV Fragrances and Skincare collection, Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the perfumer responsible for this creation. The accompanying press materials describe the scent as a masculine contemporary with a refreshing uncomplicated theme. It evolves into a deep woodsy structure, revealing a chyre backbone of sensual woody and leathery chypre accents.
I personally like this scent for those summer nights when the “anything can happen vibe” is in the air. The opening is fresh and a tad on the sporty side for me. But it quickly settles and its dual personality becomes apparent. The leathery and woody notes come to the foreground but the citrus notes never quite dissipate and that keeps it sprightly.
This will sell well for JV and it should. It’s a straightforward scent that can easily transition from day to night. If you’re looking for a go-to scent, this is it.
John Varvatos Artisan Black – Eau do Toilette, 4.2 fl. oz – $78 Available at retail NOW
One thing that I would appreciate about this new scent is the improved longevity. I also enjoy the design of the bottle.
I smelled this new scent this weekend when I was out shopping and I have to say, it smells fantastic! I currently have JV Rock Volume One and like it a lot.
I want to wear it! Like I’m in a hiphop video & it’s my Jesus piece! I hope it smells as good as it looks!
Your enthusiasm has piqued my interest. I love the packaging as well.
Nice fragrance. Wonder how they would work in soy candles
The packaging is great, as well as its scent. Most people buy its because of its packaging.