Now Sampling: Papillon Artisan Perfumes

Papillon Artisan Perfumes has been on my list of independent and artisanal perfume houses to try out this year. I’m a little embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get around to trying some of Liz Moores’ work, but I’m finally here!


I wanted to compare Angélique to Jo Malone’s Mimosa & Cardamom, which I enjoy but not enough to spring for a full bottle in my collection. Angélique is lovely and definitely its own scent. Mimosa & Cardamom kind of shouts “yellow floral!” in my face, whereas Angélique does not. There’s a touch of green here, and a touch of bitterness. I actually wanted more from the galbanum! Angélique leans a little more floral on me than I expected, and it’s quite dry from the cedar and incense accord. It’s very pretty, remains fairly linear on me, and only lasts for 3-4 hours. If I could squeeze 5 hours of wear time out if this, I’d consider purchasing it, but the longevity is just not there. It’s so lovely though and I’m glad to have sniffed it.


I was intensely curious to sniff Dryad! I have to say, on my skin, it’s an oakmoss bomb. I get oakmoss right from the opening, not just in the base. This is not a bad thing, but it’s A LOT on my skin. It’s damp, earthy, green mossy all at once. It’s also sweaty. This may have been amplified by the fact that I wore Dryad out to dinner during one of our first true warm weather evenings of this spring. It was actually slightly sweaty weather, as opposed to the extremely dry, cold winter we’ve had. My body chemistry was probably adjusting. I have used half of my Dryad sample vial, and I’m excited to get a couple more wearings out of this. Right now, it’s less green than I was expecting on my skin. It’s oakmoss overload for about an hour on me, and then settles into a skin sweat smell. It mainly captures the way I smell after a vinyasa yoga class, right before I take a shower. Its not a bad thing — a little natural sweat is normal and very human. But it is slightly jarring to smell it. I’m so glad I ordered a sample of Dryad because it’s given me a lot to think about.

I want to explore the Papillon line much more in-depth, but I’m glad to have started with these two. Angélique has given me a very pretty composition to admire, and Dryad is a challenging one to really think about. Judging from instagram, it looks like Liz Moores is launching a new creation soon, so that will be exciting!


I ordered my Papillon samples from Twisted Lily.

The photo of my samples was taken by me.

4 thoughts on “Now Sampling: Papillon Artisan Perfumes

  1. I just recently tried Tobacco Rose and Angelique. I really liked them both but they did not last very long on my skin (maybe 2 hours?). I think these need to be sprayed lavishly for me. I have been curious about Dryad as other bloggers I follow really like it. I adore oakmoss absolute which I have bought from Eden Botanicals and I find it to be a perfume unto itself….so I might get along with Dryad. Also, tried Salome a while ago. That one is a “dirty knickers” kinda vavavavoom powerhouse that I would only feel comfortable wearing in my home-LOL! But I can see why it gets a lot of love. I think the Papillon fragrances are well crafted and well done.

    1. Tobacco Rose & Salomé are on my list to sniff next from Papillon! Yes, I think longevity is the issue. Even Dryad was a skin scent for me by about hour 4. I need a spray applicator for these scents rather than my little splash sample vials. Its just not enough. You can do a hugely generous spray application with these!

      I would be so curious to hear your thoughts on Dryad! It’s fascinating to smell. And it seems like the type of composition that really morphs and transforms on the skin.

  2. I tried 4 perfumes from the brand, including these two, and I’m positive this is not “my brand.” To tell you the truth, every time I hear people praising these perfumes, unless it’s supported by a picture of their new bottle of that perfume, I get a suspicion that they’re just being polite towards a small brand. Of course, I’m exaggerating a little but I know that I am not writing anything bad just not to harm them.

    1. No, I understand what you mean. I thought Angélique was so pretty but the lack of longevity was disappointing. I get more out of my Jo Malone Eau de Colognes! I’d like to try a couple more scents from this line before making a full judgement.

      In general, with the rise of influencers on social media, I feel like we’re losing real reviews and real feedback. I am always interested to hear critical analysis. I know that you always give your opinion, whether it’s positive or negative — and I appreciate that! So don’t worry about not heaping praise on this brand or any other. I enjoy hearing your thoughts!

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