Today is another iris, the latest entry from Serge Lutens, Serge Lutens Bas de Soie . Iris whore that I am, I’m a little nervous about this one because though it is getting a lot of admiration in the early reviews. Iris and hyacinth seem to be the notes with the main focus.
Serge Lutens Bas de Soie is heavy orris out of the perfume gate, though early on you do get some of the hyacinth very early. I wouldn’t classify this anywhere near Iris Silver Mist, so don’t buy it thinking you’re getting ISM-Lite. ISM is much rootier, with a little spice. Bas de Soie is colder, metallic, a little soapy. There’s a cold softness to it. I think the silk stockings is pretty apt, it has an exterior that is smooth, beautiful, untouchable, but the longer I have it on, it takes on a slightly bent aspect that’s almost soft and loses some of that soapiness.
Some people have noted that Serge Lutens Bas de Soie has a blue smell, and I’d agree with that, it takes on characteristics that I associate with the color blue. The thing that comes into my head every time I smell it, and it doesn’t change much at all after the first 10-15 minutes, is marble. For me, that’s not a bad thing at all. Few things so cold feel so comforting to me.
As far as how I like Serge Lutens Bas de Soie personally, I’m still mixed. There’s something a little offputting in it which is also beautiful. But isn’t that exactly what Serge tries to do in all of his scents? That point of view seems to have been missing or hard to find in the lasts few scents, so I am glad to see it back. I’d far rather not be sure about a fragrance, but turn it over in my mind a lot than to smell it, declare it great to wear and never think about it again.
So let’s give away a couple of samples of this so you can see for yourself if cold can be comforting or if you disagree with me. Just drop a comment to be entered!