Hey Posse, Bapteme du Feu is a 2016 released Serge Lutens fragrance. I didn’t discover it for a couple of years. Mine is in the new packaging and the juice is very dark. Bought a bottle, sprayed it a few times, loved it and then forgot about it. Till now. Often when a few things arrive in close proximity the new will replace the ld on my desk and get all the wear. It’s just one more sign that I have way too much perfume. Oh well, that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.
Part of me feels like the Serge Lutens brand is being lost in the dust of all the new brands overtaking it. The newbies are missing out on the awesome heritage of this groundbreaking alliance of Shiseido, Lutens and Sheldrake. Especially how so many of the things being done now, usually worse, originated with this crew.
Bapteme du Feu by Serge Lutens
Fragrantica give these featured accords:
Tangerine, Gingerbread, Woody Notes, Castoreum, Powdery Notes, Osmanthus
Firstly, I love the new labels look. That black is very nice. Sadly, it’s almost impossible to read the title of the fragrance in anything but full sunlight. Sure my eyes aren’t what they used to be but I find myself reaching for these bottles less and less because if I’m in a hurry then the added aggravation doesn’t seem worth it. I know it’s a small thing but of course I’ll reach for something I can read in a rush, spritz & go.
How does Bapteme du Feu smell? The top is a lovely burst of citrus that smells very juicy and sweet. I can easily imagine this fragrance being a perfect spring wear, especially for the afternoons. You know how the days are warmer but the minute you lose the sun it gets chilly again? Well, after the refreshing citrus then the scent makes a U Turn and heads towards spiced bakery goods.
It’s a fluffy, powdery, cozy scent. Bapteme du Feu google translates as Baptism by Fire. I’m not sure it’s perfectly named really, or maybe it is meaningful in some other way in French. There’s no burning, smoke or char on my skin. Actually the dry down is kind of leathery for me.
Longevity is good and sillage is moderate after the first few minutes. Unisex and I’d really like to smell this passing on a guy in full business attire. It would be very nice, and ever so slightly subversive.
Have you had a Bapteme du Feu moment? Is there another Serge you love?