Once in a while, it’s fun to play those “what if?” games. So for today: What if a generous perfumed fairy godmother showed up on your doorstep and offered to give you three bottles of scent. The only catch? All three have to be from the same house and the scents have to be in current production.
Today, let’s play with Serge Lutens, shall we?
Right off the bat, I know I’ll have to have Fleurs de Citronnier. This citrusy beauty was one of the first Serges I fell for, and it’s still among my favorites. The lemon blossom, neroli and tuberose make this feel a bit refreshing as well as beautiful. I never want to be without it in my collection. FdC would be a lovely choice for a bride, a bridal shower, or for any occasion when you want to feel classy and elegant, yet fresh and approachable.
Speaking of classy and elegant, if initially a tad haughty, my No. 2 choice would be Bas de Soie. As I’ve said in other reviews/picks of it: “A bit off-putting for me at first try, I came to see its icy-cool, not-quite aloof aura as an acquired taste. Kind of like that girl in high school or college you thought was conceited, but turns out she’s just reserved, and perhaps a little shy. And once you got to know her, you found her quiet elegance rather refreshing.” This is delightful for spring and offers a nice antidote to summer’s sultry, muggy weather.
Oh, dear, now comes the really hard part — I’m quite sorely tested on the choice for No. 3 from Serge Lutens. There’s the smoky, cuddly, tobacco-y warmth of Chergui, the lovely leather-floral-apricot suede of Daim Blond, and A La Nuit with its bold, sensuous jasmine growl.
OK, let’s think rationally here. I do have other jasmines that I enjoy, so guess I can let A La Nuit slip out the door without too big a fuss. And since my first two Serge Lutens picks seem best suited for warmer weather, I imagine I should go for something to warm my bones in fall and winter. So Chergui takes the third spot.
What about you? What are your top Serge Lutens scents?