When I first fell down the rabbit hole, I used to salivate, anxiously awaiting the next release from Serge Lutens. But after a few scents that failed to wow me (L’Eau, L’Eau Froide, etc.), and with so many new releases coming out elsewhere and new houses debuting in recent years, I let it slip off my radar somewhat. I figured I’d get around to the latest when I got around to it, or it just happened to fall into my lap. Sometime in that period I tried a Serge that did make me prick up my ears a little, however: Bas de Soie.
I got a sample of it when it first broke, and although very interesting, I thought it too cold for my taste and dismissed it.
But somewhere along the way, something changed. I had these odd little cravings for a scent that I couldn’t put my finger on. They gnawed at me and made my stomach (and nose) growl with the wanting of it. Oh, for the love of Pete, what is it? Well, I poked through practically every sample that I own, and of course, nearly at the last, I found it. And that something turned out to be none other than Bas de Soie.
What once was a bit off-putting for me at first try, became a hungered-for, must-have scent. I came to see its icy-cool, not-quite aloof aura as delightful. Kind of like that girl in high school or college you thought was stuck up, but turns out she’s just very reserved, and maybe a little shy. And once you got to know her, you found her quiet elegance rather refreshing. Speaking of refreshing, I’ve found this scent to be great in the spring, naturally, but also a nice antidote to muggy summer weather.
Bas de Soie’s blend of iris, hyacinth, galbanum and musk exudes chic, classy sophistication to my nose and I always feel well-heeled when wearing it, even if I’m in jeans and a gauze top (Chanel Cristalle also falls into this camp for me). I now have a mini of the Serge, several sample sprays and am seriously considering a FB or at least a hefty decant.
Have you given second thoughts lately to a fragrance that you’d previously written off? Or do you have any scents that you find yourself absolutely craving?
Ooops — before I forget — the winners of the Oscar de la Renta Granada samples are
Maggiecat and Caroline
You know the drill: Just click on the Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog link with “Ann draw” in the subject line, remind us what you’ve won and send us your address. I’ll shoot you an e-mail to let you know that I got it. But please be patient, as I will likely be in and out of town over the next few weeks.