L'Eau du Caporal especially can be considered to be the rarer of the lot as it was introduced originally in 1985 while Oeillet Sauvage (2000) is next in line in terms of rarity followed last by Tea for Two (2000), the most recently discontinued of the three.
L'Eau du Caporal - meaning literally "Water of the Corporal" - was originally named after Napoleon Bonaparte also nicknamed "Le petit caporal" although this connection is no more evoked by the house today which prefers to talk more vaguely of elegant uniforms parading in a woodsy atmosphere during a vivifying morning.
The eau de toilette was composed by perfumer Jacques Fraysse. It is an aromatic and spicy fougère said to be "adored" by both men and women although the genre is normally skewed masculine. More recently, there has been a movement coming from several branches of the fragrance industry to popularize fougères amongst women. L'Artisan is therefore signaling that their customer experience allows them to show that they were ahead of the trend.
Notes are: geranium, lavender, oakmoss, citruses, tangerine, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver. The personality of the fragrance is said to be of "an exceptional elegance".
Oeillet Sauvage (Wild Carnation) is signed by perfumer Anne Flipo, reputed for her work on floral accords. The peppery scent of carnation makes for a spicy floral perfume. The eau de toilette features notes of pepper, pink peppercorn, carnation, rose, ylang-ylang, white lilac, wallflower, cedarwood and musk. Personality is powdery, sensual - even narcotic - offering a persistent trail or sillage.
Tea for Two (Thé pour Deux) is a composition inspired by the smoky - and occasionally tarry - aromas of Lapsang Souchong tea. The composition is signed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti.
Imagine a cup of Lapsang Souchong enhanced by cinnamon, ginger and honey. Personality is rich, generous, enveloping,comforting and "unique".
Each eau de toilette is priced at 100€ for 100 ml. They will be available from November 2014, right on time for the Holidays.