Serge Lutens La Religieuse released like days after I was in Paris. I mean, my timing seems to suck for being there WHEN a perfume gets released. But let’s walk past my little fit I’m throwing and pretend I wasn’t so extra.
It gives me an excuse to post pictures of Jennifer Jones in Song of Bernadette, and that makes me so happy.
The press info for La Religieuse goes something like “its composition was constructed as a fight of good and evil, a contrast of black and white.” It is centered very much on jasmine, with additional notes listed of civet, musk and incense. We talked about this briefly last week. Those four notes just make my heart start pounding. Good v. evil, jasmine, civet, musk incense. What could go wrong?
The Spring is not for me. – Bernadette
Not much civet, a little incense and musk, the jasmine isn’t nearly as feral as I like.
Those are the things from the marketing copy that it’s not. It is shy, blooms that have only begun to open, it is not lush or full or ripe. It is still new with wide eyes and runs for the corner quickly if you try to tease it out. It is a little soapy with a coy and innocent smile. More saint than sinner. Or is it? It makes me ask what is it hiding?
I dunno, I’m thinking of pairing it with Muscs Koublai Khan. Le viol de la religieuse. Oh, listen, my French lessons are just starting, so I butchered that.
La Religieuse isn’t my main perfume love. Sarrasins and Tubereuse Criminelle cry for me at night when I don’t wear them. But… but La Religieuse echoes some part of de Profundis to me, a plaintiveness that is yearning. Maybe just for some really skanky jasmine, But I think that is something we should all yearn for.
Overall, I like it, and it fits well for those who don’t love or are put off by Sarrasins and Tubereuse Criminelle and MKK or A La Nuit or some of the other BIG scents. A line can’t be all loud and sweaty trollops. Serge Lutens La Religieuse will let someone tip-toe in the Serge door and start peering at those trollops without forcing them to up their flirt game too much.
Let’s do a giveaway. 6 commenters will win a sample of Serge Lutens La Religieuse. Just drop a comment telling me if you are anxious to sniff this or not or any other thing at all, and you’ll be entered!