Second chance Monday: Beautiful Bas de Soie, cool but never cold (and giveaway winners)

bas de soie 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.
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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.

Kath September 13, 2013

I will try spraying(I'm working on a new order to send to Surrender to Chance right now),thanks so much!

kath September 12, 2013

I've used the last drops of my sample of Passage d'Enfier,and want more,that scent goes straight to my heart.But it fades in an hour,even w/moisturizer,etc.I am very new to perfume and am wondering if there are any others I can layer to come close to that tingling scent?

Jennifer Counts September 10, 2013

I love Bas de Soie! It was one of the first SLs I tried. Like others here, I had a hard time with Arabie. The day I tried it, I kept getting whiffs of it as I was out shopping. I thought for a little while that I was smelling the Indian restaurant down the street but then realized the smell was coming from me. I felt like I had spilled chicken tikka on myself. I haven't tried it again since. Maybe I'll revisit again someday. As for ones I have come around on, Seville a L'Aube is one. I felt like it was too sweet when I originally tried it, but I was inspired to try it again after sniffing Fragonard Fleur d'Oranger in Anthropologie. Something about the honey-ish note in it made me think of Seville a L'Aube and made me want to revisit it. So I found the teeny little bit of sample I had left and sure enough, it was working for me way more than I remembered. So I recently got a small decant from STC and wore it yesterday.

Suzanne September 9, 2013

Ann, your personification of Bas de Soie is so charming. The Serge Lutens fragrance I did the biggest turnaround with was Arabie. I thought it smelled like mulled wine and a Christmas candle at first - it just so overwhemed me. And then, like you, I found myself craving it little by little, until a little was a full bottle. :D Btw, honey, there is a love letter coming in your way later today. As soon as I can pick myself off the floor and find adequate words. <3 <3 <3

Tiara September 9, 2013

I breezed right through my Bas de Soie decant. Loved it from the beginning but not sure why I haven't bought more. So many full bottles to work through already along with a gazillion decants maybe? There have been oodles of scents I dismissed right off the bat but have tried later only to wonder, "What the heck was I thinking?" I have learned to hang on to most for a second or third try before passing along. I've also learned not to pass only too quickly!

rosarita313 September 9, 2013

Hi Ann! I love Bas de Soie and got a decant of it; hesitated at first because of so many comparisons on blogs to Chanel 19, which I love & have worn for decades. I didn't think I'd need them both, but to my nose they're quite different. It was my go to this last spring, I should get it out and try it now. As for new takes on other scents, I was doing really well revisiting samples for a while, then I just got tired of sampling, but - I know I still don't care for Elie Saab or Cartier Baiser Vole. Now it's time for my favorite spicy dark scents, so the search for white florals is on hold.

eldarwen22 September 9, 2013

Arabie was kind of difficult for me. It was a spice rack with a medicinal element to it then it grew on me. No 22 was another one. I think that it was the incense and the aldehyde combo that got to me because I wasn't used to smelling those things together.

patriciaC September 9, 2013

Hi Anne I tryed and thought Petite Cheri was a stupid childish fragrance when i first sniffed. On a hot day this summer i re-tryed it, i was looking for somthing that wouldn't make me feel suffocated, and thought it's not half bad. Now i kinda like it, but my sample is gone. Who would have thunk it! FBW? i would if i could, can't afford it. Lesson learned.

Dina C. September 9, 2013

Ann, I love Bas de Soie, too. The icy hyacinth, galbanum and iris combo is lovely to me. I'm not a fan of the SLs that are all about stewed fruits and hot spices; they're a bit too much for me. But this one, and Clair de Musc, are great.

Belle September 9, 2013

Say, how does it compare with Un Lys? Ugh, after that post about Baiser Vole, I'm dreaming about trying lily scents...

Lisa D September 9, 2013

Ann, I also dismissed the Bas de Soie very early on, and haven't returned to it. I remember thinking it was unexpectedly, um, classic and formal - very un-Serge. Now you've got me wondering if I should dig out my sample!

Caroline September 9, 2013

oh yay, did I win the draw? Will send a message, thanks! Bas de Soie is one of my favorite Serges, and it's been a perfect, cool & crisp accompaniment to summer's humid days. I'll be curious to see how it does in the fall. Looking forward to trying the new SL lily scent too...

Rina September 9, 2013

For some reason, the SLs just don't do it for me. What I do crave, and miss like a lover if I forget to spritz before heading out the door is my beloved Le Labo A44. I WILL possess a FB some day (yes, I know...don't confuse me with facts!). For now, I keep the metal traveler in my purse and a STC decant at home...Argh, the things we do for fragrance!

Fiberliza September 9, 2013

This is my signature fragrance...always genteel and reserved, but edgy at the same time! Thanks for your review!