So let’s talk about Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer. Ever go back and sniff something again that you really thought was weak, thinking you just didn’t understand it or missed something? Of course you have. Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer is one that I just thought was weak sauce when I first sniffed it. It had other good reviews, and I kept thinking I must not be getting something about it. It’s been about 9 months since I first smelled it, I’ve tried it again. And?
Nope, not happening. I still don’t get it, and I still smell soap and, well, nothing much else.
Then I went back and resniffed Serge Lutens de Profundis, even though I wear it periodically – more in winter than spring/summer – to re-evaluate how I felt about it. I fell deeper in love with it than I already was. I adored it when I first smelled it, and the longer I have it and wear it, the more spectacular and complex it becomes. I ran out one time and just found myself yearning for it. Parfums DelRae Wit falls in the same category, as does Hermes Eau des Merveilles.
What perfume is the biggest turn-around for you or nonturn-around? And which do you find are more you than ever the longer you have it?
Yes, of course it’s my summer perfume ennui time. Heat is bad mojo for me on perfume. The one thing I’m doing more of, now that I have it, is spraying Frederic Malle Un Gardenia La Nuit room spray everywhere in the heat. White florals bloom, and this is just magic for me every time I smell it. I’m wearing less perfume and feel like my perfume radar is off in the heat, but I’m enjoying my other scents more, like incense and room sprays. I think it’s a way for me to enjoy smells but not have to have them on me a second longer than I have to.