Hey there Posse. I was reminded a couple of weeks ago by my post on Fleur Diamantine by Maison Crivelli that a bunch of us love Bas de Soie by Serge Lutens. While not being note kindred the two do share an attitude. Soft enough to wear to work but interesting enough to keep you riveted. A bit like President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” HA!
Can you believe that this year marks its 10 year anniversary? Bloody hell, feels like only a moment.
Recently I finished a Surrender To Chance decant but I finally bit the bullet and opened my bottle. Woo Hoo!
Bas de Soie by Serge Lutens 2010
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Hyacinth, iris, galbanum, spicy notes, musk
My first though when spritzing is “ooooh, what a lovely soft, watercolour version of narcissus.” Then I realise it’s hyacinth and iris. Creating the prettiest, clearest rendition of spring available without being a punch in the nose. Sheer and still potent but not aggressive or daunting in any way. The musks smooth the whole fragrance and the closest thing my mind can give you a reference with is blue glass. That lovely dark blue glass, quite thick usually and with little bubbles captured within. While remaining poised, cool and elegant there is something rustic and lovingly hand made about the way Bas de Soie smells for me in the first 15-30 minutes, depending on the day.
As the initial fireworks burn off I’m left with exactly the idea of Silk Stockings. Those incredibly fine, gossamer thread, shaped and sheer, leg perfecters that still breathe. Almost transparent by now, Bas de Soie becomes luminous. A cool and serene scent that will make you an oasis of chill in a madly bustling world. I can easily imagine it working as a restorative after any kind of drama or trouble. Personally I like to wear it when I need focus or to drop levels of excitement.
Even to dry down the crisp green stays, though muted and made fluffier my musks.
For something so sheer the longevity is excellent. Projection is never intense but more of a creeper if you sit still. Then the people around you will get impact. Interestingly, Bas de Soie has excellent sillage. It does light up the air as you pass. Utterly unisex. Perfect spring scent, or to remind you of spring.
Is this how Bas de Soie wears for you?