Perfume Review: Serge Lutens Arabie and Fleurs De Citronnier
Review by Tom
I was having a bit of the "Video Store" effect for this weeks review, wandering around the plethora of stores Los Angeles has to offer and their olfactory delights.
Okay, I am totally lying.
This week was one of almost endless rain showers, the weird, histrionic rains that we get some years; sudden blinding downpours that cause hillsides to collapse, newscasters to intone darkly about "Storm Watch 2008" and Angelenos to huddle at home on the sofa watching Netflix (damn you Netflix! When will "on demand" work on a Mac!?! Grrrrrrr) I also did a bit of dusting and found samples of these two wedged between some DVD's and Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks.
I had initially dismissed Fleurs De Citronnier as being a merely pleasant, feminine scent that was lovely but I personally would never in a million years wear. Spritzing it on my wrist I was a bit taken aback: sort of like Julie Andrews ripping her top off in "S.O.B." there are aspects to this good girl that are decidedly, wonderfully bad. Yes, there is the heartbreakingly innocent lemon blossom, but it is backed by a sheer hint of tuberose. The same tuberose that I smell in Tubereuse Criminelle, even down a hint of that smoky kinky Vicks accord. Just a touch mind you, but that and it's surprisingly musky drydown was enough to make me use up the whole sample in just a couple of evenings. Would I buy it for myself? Maybe a decant; I don't think I would need a whole bottle of it. You ladies please go for it though. My friend Bitsy (who is on the phone right now) says that it's pretty, and pretty on her, and that I'd better agree, or else...
Arabie I had tried a while ago and sort of found to be a bit much: too much benzoin-booziness, too much dried fruits, too much spices. Just Too Much... Of course that might have been the mood I was in. Somehow when I tried it this time it just worked in a way it hadn't before; suddenly it's boozy pruney woodiness was the snuggiest thing ever- the perfect armor against the sudden violent downpours and driving windswept chill. This is going to be a rather fraught week at work for various reasons that I won't go into boring detail about, but I think this might be the go-to fragrance for days like that this winter. Do I need a full bottle? Maybe...
Available at the usual suspects, $110 for 50ML