By Deborah Fulsang Beautiful by Estée Lauder, Classique by Jean-Paul Gaultier,…
Writer Adriana Ermter chooses Serge Lutens’ new Baptême du Feu as her fall #TWTRspritz.
If I’ve said it once, my actions have validated this statement a thousand times: More is better when it comes to perfume. So naturally, selecting one fragrant preference for fall is a challenge. Serge Lutens Baptême du Feu however, has made a big impact.
An anomaly in the industry, Lutens mix-masters according to whim, sentiment and expression, caring little for fashion, trends and sales. He has been known to say that fragrance should be worn to amplify your mood. I completely agree. For me, his creations feel visceral, like a moment or an emotion is being experienced. It’s what makes his perfumes remarkable, wearable and coveted. This latest eau is no exception.
On first spritz, gingerbread, tangerine and the apricot-smelling blossoms of osmanthus create a state of sensuality and energy. Later, after the parfum’s powdery notes have settled and its musky woody ones lift to the forefront, an earthy quality emerges evoking feelings of new birth and inspiration. The overall sensation is powerful, intimate. And while I accept that Monsieur Lutens may not agree, there’s something quite special about the perfume’s lingering last moments that reminds me of Ralph Lauren Lauren’s green, forest-floral expression. It’s invigorating, hopeful and reaffirms my belief that anything is possible. And that, makes this perfume all the more lovely.
Notes: woods, osmanthus, castoreum, tangerine, powder, gingerbread
Serge Lutens Baptême du Feu, $155 (50 ml), www.sephora.com
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