I've been interested in trying Serge Lutens L'Eau ever since I read about it on NathanBranch.com over a year ago. I've had it on my list to smell every time for ages, yet this fragrance always manages to slip my mind when I am at Barneys - there are simply way too many distractions. This past weekend I finally remembered. It's been reviewed as the perfume for those who do not like perfume. I was instantly intrigued since I am one of those women who doesn't really like perfume. Yet after reading so many mixed reviews I spritzed this with an open mind.
I sprayed it on my wrist and was pleased with the simple, clean and pure scent. At first it seemed a bit too simple, slightly unoriginal and very familiar to something else I've tried before. Still I liked the freshness and the beautiful bottle. I told the sales associate that I would think about it. It wasn't until 3 hours later that I decided to go back and purchase it. Throughout the afternoon I kept sniffing my wrist. I was surprised by the longevity of the perfume, especially given the "lightness" of the scent. Also, after a few hours, I did not have a headache which was a huge plus (I find many fragrances migraine-inducing). Also, as simple as this scent is, I personally found a bit more depth than "simple clean." Hard for me to describe, but click on over to Nathan Branch's review and it will make complete sense to you.
As I was looking at all the Serge Lutens bottles, smelling them one by one again, the sales associate recommended I also try the Nuit de Cellophane layered over L'Eau. The combination was interesting but a bit sharp for my taste. A bit too floral, but a sharp floral. She kindly made me a sample to take home which I will be trying out more in the upcoming weeks.
From the fragrance reviews I've written you can tell I gravitate towards the simple scents. I've been getting regular use out of all the Jo Malone Tea Fragrances. This is my first Serge Lutens purchase which I know many say is not typical of his fragrances, but I love it. I've always been drawn to Un Bois Vanille, yet every time I've tried it I find it slightly too heavy for my taste. It smells so much better on my friends. My quest for the perfect vanilla continues. Most are simply too sweet and cloying for my nose. Un Bois Vanille comes so close to the perfect combination of notes for me ... but not quite what I've been looking for.
Do you own any Serge Lutens? What are your recommendations?