There were some Serge Lutens scents that were on my curiosity list, so I snagged some samples during a recent Surrender to Chance flash sale. Spoilers: I don't think we're friends. I love Gris Clair, but I think that may be it for SL and I - one shot romance, dudes.
So let's talk about them. (Disclaimer: I don't always wear a scent for the whole day, but I can really only handle one new scent a day. I tried to smell three or four at a time once and madness ensued. Not recommended.)
Also, I didn't start on a Sunday.
Wednesday: Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau edp
Bread note, spices, licorice, apricot, immortelle, sandalwood, woody notes, amber
Mmmhmm, "bread note." I WAS PROMISED BREAD. Every perfume blogger waxed eloquent about grannies baking bread or croissants on the streets of Paris or whatever. I like bread. Jeux de Peau does not smell like bread. I've made many a loaf - yeasted breads (plain baguettes and sour dough, pizza dough, flatbread, sandwich style), tea breads, quick breads...fresh baked/baking bread does not smell like this. Unless, I don't know, maybe you eat weird bread?
I mean, they were otherwise correct. It is weird. So maybe it is weird bread. Who knows. It has a apricot-anise opening, with erratic spices zinging through, like some madman just went nuts in a bakery. It's not sweet, and is baked with too much sandalwood and immortelle for this kid. A shame, because I like licorice, which gives it an herbal freshness, and the spices here are reminiscent of traditionally masculine scents, which make me feel cozy and romantic.
But yes, it's not for me, and lastly, I wouldn't say Jeux de Peau is a gourmand. I like gourmands, even though they never make me think of food, exactly. They're a dessert for your nose, instead. Not like smashing a piece of cake in your face, though. Ok, that's enough, obviously I can't write a coherent thought about the weird bread perfume. Next.
Thursday: Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger edp
Orange blossom, white jasmine, Indian tuberose, white rose, citrus peel, hibiscus seeds, cumin, nutmeg
Friday: Serge Lutens Datura Noir edp
Myrrh, bitter almond, tonka bean, musk, osmanthus, heliotrope, mandarin, lemon blossom, tuberose, vanilla, coconut oil, apricot
Saturday: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille edp
Black vanilla absolute, licorice, sandalwood, coconut milk, beeswax, caramelized benzoin, bitter almond, Gaiac wood, tonka bean
Voila! I finished my sampler pack of Serge Lutens, I am so pleased. I think that's all I want to try from the house right now. I'm traveling this week and next, so I may be slow with comments, but I want to know: What's your favorite SL? (Mine is Gris Clair).