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Friday, July 30, 2010

Serge Lutens Bas de Soie

By Marla

So do you like the warm, North-African amberfest Serge Lutens, or do you prefer his cold, austere, Northern European perfumes? I know this is a rather simplistic division- it’s just a question I asked myself when I visited his boutique at the Palais Royal for the first time. Ah, purple, my favorite color! I own Chergui, which I wear only in the hot, dry weather of the Alpine autumn, and Rousse, which, being a redhead, I think of as a signature scent, and a lot of fun to boot! But beyond the Land of Serge, I prefer cold scents, mean and green, such as Un Jardin Sur le Nil, Niki de St. Phalle, Bel Respiro, and the original Cristalle. So I proferred one wrist to sample Forreau Noir, and the other to try Bas de Soie. A mere 10 minutes later, I’d already bought the aptly named Bas de Soie. Like silk, it’s cold yet warm, smooth yet nubbly, and thoroughly sensual.

The soaring top of Bas de Soie is dark green with galbanum, and neon purple with hyacinth and aldehydes. The galbanum is ashtray-free, by the way, perhaps one of the new slimmed-down, or synthetic galbanums. The icy facets of iris dominate the scent, with some discreet soapy notes, and a little powder. The heart is quite sweet, though they told me I wear Bas de Soie much more sweetly than most (aaah…). The drydown is a soft and subtle skin scent of musk, light powder, and whispered florals.

This is an elegant, icy perfume with a tender heart. It’s perfect for refined evenings but wears beautifully during the daytime. Serge Lutens has been playing with cold, restrained compositions for a few years now, but I think with Bas de Soie, he really hit home. Fortunately, it will not be a boutique exclusive, so we will all be able to try this new creation of snow and crocuses. If you would like a chance to try a sample of Bas de Soie, let me know which are your top 3 Serges!

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Anonymous Lavanya said...

Purple is one of my favorite colors as well - Bas de Soie sounds lovely- so glad that it isn't an exclusive!

My top 3 Serge's would be:

1. Tuberose Criminelle
2. Un Lys
3. Fleurs d'Oranger

I like Chergui, though not as much as I expected to- but once in a while, when the temperature and chemistry is right- it *is* very enjoyable.

Oh and I'd love to be entered in the draw!

12:40 AM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

Would love to try it!

My top three would have to be four: Bois de Violette, Rose de Nuit, Iris Silver Mist and Tubereuse Criminelle.

12:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Akimon Azuki said...

I have been on a hyacinth AND iris streak lately and Bas de Soie sounds indeed silky smooth.
My top 3 Serge's:
1. Encens et Lavande (one of my tops overall)
2. Muscs Koublai Khan
3. Iris Silver Mist

I would love to be entered in the draw!

12:53 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine - TC, Myrrhe and Filles et Aguilles. Thx for entering me - Alica -

1:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Emma said...


1. Chergui
2. Iris silver mist
3. Un Bois Vanille

1:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

Top 3 SLs:

- Tuberose Criminelle
- Feminite du Bois
- Iris Silver Mist

Although, Bois et Fruits is right up there -- it's so much like Feminite du Bois, and it's hard for me to decide between them. FdB is the sentimental favorite though.

And A La Nuit really deserves a place in my top 3, as I love it so much. Oh -- and I forgot Daim Blond, which I haven't worn in forever. Goodness, this seemed like such an easy question at first!

I would love to be entered in the draw!!

2:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Tatyana said...

My top 3 are...

1. A la Nuit
2. Gris Clair
3. Fleurs d'Oranger

...and Cedre, Fleurs de Citronnier, Ambre Sultan too.
It was difficult task... :)

3:34 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

I'd love a chance to try this. :)
My top 3 at the moment (it tends to change with SL): Santal Blanc, Fleurs d'Oranger and Serge Noir.

4:07 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It IS hard to narrow it all down to 3 favorites, isn't it? Now you all are making me want to go back and revisit all the Serges!

5:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Iris34 said...

My top 3 Serge's are :
1. Iris silver mist
2. Un lys
3. Encens et lavande

I would sooo love to test Bas de soie !

5:40 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting that a lot of you love ISM, I do, too, though it couldn't be more different in character from BdS. I find ISM more wild, vegetal, and earthy. BdS is extremely refined, though both perfumes share the iris note. ISM's iris is more garden-virtual, BdS's, more like the iris of Hiris or Iris Poudre.

5:45 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice review! I'd love to be included in the draw.

My three favorite from SL are La Myrrhe, Chergui and Ambre Sultan.

Ann C.

7:23 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Top 3 (verrrry difficult): Chergui, Rose de Nuit, Muscs Koublai Khan-----and Bois de Violette. TC if I can layer it with, say, Cuir d'Arabie (killer!) This sounds interesting.

8:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Maria said...

MKK, Ambre Sultan and FdO. Anyway, I try all my SL samples all the time and I could wear any of them. None that I couldn't.
Can't wait to try this one.

8:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous dinazad said...

The boutique is a marvel, isn't it? A veritable temple of fragrance. Even the SA's don't really talk, they sort of waft words in your general direction....

My top 3 are:
1.Miel de Bois
2.Douce amère
3.Mandarin Mandarine

and then Chergui and Chêne, Gris Clair and Cêdre, Arabie and Fumerie Turque. And Ambre Sultan. And .....

Would love to be in the draw!

9:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

My top 3 Serges are:

1. Fumerie Turque
2. Ambre Sultan
3. Bois de Violette

9:12 AM EDT  
Anonymous Roberto said...

I'd love to try this new Lutens.
My favorite three are:
Fumerie Turque
Gris Clair
Ambre Sultan
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

9:25 AM EDT  
Blogger Daniela said...

My Top 3:

1 - Iris Silver Mist
2 - MKK
3 - Bois Violette

Please include me in the draw! Thank you!

9:38 AM EDT  
Blogger Furriner said...

My top 3:

1. Muscs Koublaï Khän
2. Gris Clair...
3. Chêne

9:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous Ashroncag said...

Hmm....Mine are Douyce Amere, Chergui and Fourreau. Cant wait to try the two new ones!

9:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy-peasy: Chergui, Ambre Sultan, and Datura Noir.

Chergui's so fine. For a gay man, there's nothing like walking into a lady's home, having her greet you with a hug, and remarking, "You smell inCREDible!"

10:05 AM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

My top 3 are Fourreau Noir, Rousse and El Attarine :), would love to try the new one. Thanks you for offering sample.

10:10 AM EDT  
Blogger SamanthaW said...

I would love to try Bas de sounds like something I'd love. My top 3 are
1) Fille en Aiguilles
I bought my husband some for X-mas but it was really my somewhat sneaky way of getting a gift for him that I wanted also!
2)Daim Blond
3) Datura Noir

10:32 AM EDT  
Anonymous olewydd said...

Hmm... Haven't gotten to try *any* SLs yet, but here're the top 3 I want to try right now, along with Bas de Soie :-)

1. Tubereuse Criminelle
2. Iris Silver Mist
3. Ambre Sultan

11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

So dying to try this one! Please pick me. :) Top 3: Sa Majeste La Rose, Chergui, and Fumerie Turque.

11:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've heard comparisons to Chanel no 19 and snow and crocuses sounds amazing! Please enter me in the drawing

And my 3 favorite Lutens:
1. Chergui
2. Bois de Violette
3. Chene

11:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try this. My top three SLs are:
A la Nuit
Vetiver Oriental

Thank you!
Karen G.

11:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Miel de Bois
2. Chergui
3. Daim Blond

Mrs. Honey

11:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't tried them all..there are so many! But I love the richness of Ambre Sultan, the retroness of Daim Blond, and I think the comfort quality of FiveOClock. Looking forward to reading what other fumistas favourites are.

12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Balutakat said...

I like Encens et lavande, Feminite du Bois, and on a whim I bought Fils en Aiguilles due to Tom's review and it's become my signature scent. I've maxed my perfume allowance for this year, so please enter me in the draw. :)

12:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Tara said...

I already have a sample so you don't have to enter me in the drawing, but I have to say, for me, Bas de Soie is perfect. I love its coldness and although I know people have equated this perfume to the color blue, for me I feel cold white or chilly cold purple more blue purple than redish purple.

My top 3 Serges are:

1. TC (probabaly my #1 of all time!!)
2. Mandarine Mardarin
3. ISM (how this has now been replaced by Bas de Soie)

12:33 PM EDT  
Blogger cbstarker said...

Purple is a beautiful color and one of the reasons I bought Sarassins! Still, my top three Lutens is undeniably Serge Noir, Cuir Mauresque, and Vetiver Oriental. But I own a lot more!

12:48 PM EDT  
Blogger tsetse said...

Oooh, I want so much to try this :)
Top three SL's are Tubereuse Criminelle, Chergui and Iris Silver Mist.

12:49 PM EDT  
Blogger Elisa said...

SL isn't my favorite house (I know, sacrilege) but I do love Chergui, and I like Fille en Aiguilles very much on my homme, and I love the trashiness of Datura Noir layered with Un Bois Vanille. Favorite or no, I'd love to try a sample!

1:07 PM EDT  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

I hadn't heard of Bois de Soie before and I would love the chance to give it a sniff! My favorites by Serge [so far] are:

1. Santal Blanc
2. Chene
3. Feminite du Bois

3:01 PM EDT  
Anonymous lilacskin said...

oooooooooooohhhh! mama wants to try...

i like feminite du bois and iris silver mist and i love daim blond. i would like to love bas de soie.

3:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Parfymerad said...

Base de Soie is really piquing my curiousity - would love to be in the draw.

Top three Serges?

1. Feminite du Bois
2. Filles en Aiguilles
3. Tubereuse Criminelle

3:30 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

I think I will be loving this one!

No need to enter me, I can get a sample at my local shop, SO glad Bas de Soie is not an Exclusive range release!

I will still tell you my top 3 Serges though - but stopping at three is almost impossible!

1. Un Lys
2. Fumerie Turque
3. Datura Noir

Also love T.C. and A La Nuit and Sa Majeste de la Rose, Miel de Bois, Daim Blond, and, and and....

3:54 PM EDT  
Blogger dk said...

This is hard.

1. Fleur d'Oranger
2. Datura Noir
3. Iris Silver Mist

6:06 PM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Thanks for this great review, Marla! I look forward to trying this one, though hyacinth and I have a rocky relationship...

Won't throw my hat in (I can wait) but I am a fan of spicy Serge and floral Serge--Chergui, Feminite du Bois, and Bois Vanille, but also A La Nuit, Sarrasins, and Fleurs d'Oranger.

6:07 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So no one's going for 5 o' clock with Ginger?? I actually kind of liked that one....

6:29 PM EDT  
Anonymous PhinClio said...

I'd love to try this.

My top three:

1. Fumerie Turque
2. Arabie
3. Chêne

9:28 PM EDT  
Blogger sean's jo said...

My top three would be
1. Daim Blond
2. Filles et Aguilles
3. Bois de Violette
Though Bas de Soie sounds wonderful. Thanks for the compelling review and the draw.

9:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Kyra said...

Chergui- easily in first, then I waffle about.Vetiver Oriental might be second, but generally not on me.And Iris Silver Mist.

10:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Arwen said...

My favorites are:

Douce Amere
Fille en Aiguilles
Fleurs d'Oranger

12:22 AM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

That Bas des Soie...I was able to try it on skin, oh so briefly, in The Temple Itself. It was...nice and pretty, quite lovely...neither amberfest nor austere cold. Oh, dear. I do like my chilly frags, including Niki and Bel Respiro, which actually aren't sharp on me...but oh, No 19 and it's first act... BdS did not seem like it would fall in that category for me. I really would like to spend more time with it to figure out if there's more going on there that I was able to get.

My favorite Serges:

Feminite du Bois (this is Serge, not just the label, right? :) )

8:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm, I'm wearing some Chene today, it really is foresty heaven, isn't it?

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Kay Tyler said...

Someone else (Lavanya) has already listed my favourites...weird!!!

1. Tuberose Criminelle
2. Un Lys
3. Fleurs d'Oranger

I'd love to be entered in this draw, thanks :)

11:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

1. Miel de Bois
2. Chergui
3. Ambre Sultan

...BUT I haven't tried many of the others -- I expect to love Iris Silver Mist and several others.

Tasty review!

5:37 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't tried many, but so far it's:

Santal Blanc
Ambre Sultan
Daim Blond

-- Dominika

6:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

#1) MKK
#2) ISM
#3) Chergui

6:36 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have only tried 2 Serge Lutens and they are gorgeous enough to be favorites.

1. Sa Majeste la Rose

2. Clair de Musc

I would love to make Bas de Soie a third fav. Please enter me in the draw!
Melanie J.

8:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Aside from the fact that this scent is simply refreshing, it can also make someone feel relaxed and feel fresh all throughout the day.. One of my favorites would include the Bvlgari and of course, Anne Klein..


9:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Criminal Ethics Conference said...

1. Nuit de Cellophane
2. Arabie
3. Chene

And I frequently mix Chene with the other 2...

1:12 AM EDT  
Anonymous Miss Plumcake said...

1. Filles en Aiguilles
2. Bois et Musc (which I'm wearing now)
3. Un Lys

I think I must be the only girl who doesn't like Chergui at all!

4:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chene would be a good one for layering, and actually, lots of people find Chergui a bit, how can I put it...overwhelming! But you must admit, it's unique!

5:46 AM EDT  
Blogger tarleisio said...

I've heard of some comparisons with Chanel no. 19, which is one of my top fives of all time, so I'd love to try this, so please enter me in the draw!

My top three Serges...are:
1) Chëne (I'm a semi-redhead, and it wears wonderful on a woman, if you've got the gonads for it!)
2) Fleurs d'Oranger - pure, drop-dead sexy/happy/joyous in a bell jar. (and the men in my life go crazy for this one!)
3) I might be a loner here, but La Myrrhe blows my mind, it's so stunning.

8:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I love La Myrrhe, too, and see a bottle of it somewhere in my future!

10:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

Top 3 Serges...easy!
1)Chergui, I love this!
2) Vetiver Oriental,
and Un Lys. (Un Lys is so pretty, but I rarely wear it. My oldest daughter loves it and it smells great on her.)

12:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

Mmmmm! I can't wait to sniff this one! My top 3 Serges are:
1. Bois de Violette
2. Serge Noire
3. Daim Blonde


5:18 PM EDT  
Blogger ARO said...

My current favorites: chergui, fleurs d'oranger, and Arabie- different seasons. Bas de Soie sounds like a must-try. Please enter me in the draw

5:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to try this new one! With all the new offerings coming out these days I feel I've let Serge fall to the wayside a bit. My three favorites are Arabie, Ambre Sultan, and Fumerie Turque though I love MKK, Iris Silver Mist and Santal de Mysore as well.


11:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous L said...

Un Lys, Feminite du Bois and Clair de Musc are my favorite Lutens fragrances. I also like Sa Majeste La Rose.

I would love to win a sample of Bas de Soie!

1:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous ElizabethN said...

Ooh, fun! My top three: Ambre Sultan, Fumerie Turque, and Sarrasins. I also love Muscs Koublai Khan and Vetiver Oriental.

3:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Proximity said...

I'd love to try it!
My top three (for today at least):
Tuberose Criminelle
Iris Silver Mist

11:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous MsAnon said...

The only SL's I've tried have been Feminite du Bois and Daim Blond (liked Daim Blond best)--but I think Bois de Violette will be #3 when I can get a sample...

I would also love to enter the drawing.

4:47 PM EDT  
Blogger womo531 said...

1. Iris Silver Mist
2. Daim Blonde
3. Douce Amere

How can one pick just 3?!?

4:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

I'd love to win this! But thus far, I've only found my top 2 SL's:
1) Five o'clock Gingembre (how is this not on everyone's lists??)
2) Un Bois Vanille

2:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous perfume shop said...

I improve my mood by switching Perfumes --Curing a down-and-out mood can be easier than one would think. Sometimes wearing an uplifting, pleasantly scented Perfume can do wonders for one's mindset

5:33 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gator Grad, I love 5 o'clock! I consider it to be a better pick-me-up than coffee, and you're right, it doesn't get enough love....

7:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous Perfume said...

I am Trying to find a new fragrance to suit me. Just been to a site of a Perfume shop ,learning about the new Serge Lutens fragrance, Bas de Soie. Apparently it's a hyacinth fragrance! My favorite. Can't wait to try it out

12:16 AM EDT  
Blogger Irina said...

my favorites till now,
Iris silver mist
fumerie turque
I may like boxeuses too

10:08 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like a lot of Serge's creations, but my favorites are Al Attarine, Bois et Fruits & Mandarin Mandarine. the 4th would be Vertiver Oriental - i like the note of chocolate in it.

i'd love to try Bas de Soie, its always intresting to try SL perfumes!

5:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous Serendipity said...

My top three are:
1. Sarrasins
2. Nuit de Cellophane
3. Le Lys

But also Rahat Loukoum, Sa Majeste la Rose, A la Nuit, Freur d'Oranger and Citronnier, Douce Amere, Louve, Datura Noir...

8:41 AM EDT  
Blogger Maison Parfum said...

Cool scent of perfume could be good when summer start to begin.

Most perfume in this generation are really common but in this article it is good that you have shared an ideas to the perfume users, how they will be able to have a good choice on what are they are going to buy when its summer time.

We likewise been concern about this in our store to put some details or a description for every scent, perfume or fragrance that we have online.

So buyers from us could really know what they are getting from us.

5:08 AM EDT  

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