By Michelyn Camen

We worry about the additives in our foods, chemicals in our water and unnamed toxins lurking in the very air we breathe. That’s a ton of worrying, which causes a lot of stress. Luckily, L’Artisan Parfumeur, the fine fragrance company known for their aromatic treasures since 1977, has read our uneasy minds.

Jatamansi is L’Artisan’s first organic fragrance and the company’s first entry into body and bath care. The line includes a 250 ml Spray Fragrance, an All Over Body Cream, a Body Oil and a Bath Milk. The 100% natural Eco-certified line celebrates both the exceptional dermatological properties and the legendary fragrance of the rarest, richest, and most organically pure of the mythical plants: Himalayan Nard (Sanskrit name – Jatamansi). Botanically close to valerian, it is known to have powerful calming and relaxing effects, but unlike valerian, Himalayan nard does not act as a sedative and leaves the mind clear. It is known for its uplifting effects, and for harmonising the emotions and favouring inner peace. Just think of it as Savasana (the final relaxation pose at the end of a yoga practice.)


The highly original formula is an olfactory adventure; it’s a woody fragrance with herbaceous and aromatic notes. Incense, bergamot, and patchouli as well as a surprising burst of grapefruit create an ever changing blend once on the skin.

Be socially conscious, stress free and smell great? Sounds perfect to us. To purchase, visit:

L’Artisan Parfumeur
222 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

Originally published May 2007
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