Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido La Fille de Berlin



La Fille de Berlin, a certain kind of young lady of WWII era Germany, is the latest perfume muse for Serge Lutens and perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. This is one of the most hotly anticipated new launches. I thought I'd have loads of things to say about it when I got to sample it, but the fragrance can be summarized as a fresh dewy fruity sweet rose w/ hint of raspberry, soft though fresh, like a youthful rose blended with pear. It goes without saying, but the quality of the luminosity of this Serge Lutens rose is sublime. Fresh yet deeply rosy, the scent type reminds me of Paula Dorf Zita and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Princesse Muscat (formerly known as Coeur de Raisin), which some perfume enthusiast once commented on a forum that it smelled of blood. Go figure.

(Edited to add) The dry down is very spicy. I really smell the pepper at this stage, and a warm and slightly pungent note (like The Different Company jasmine, Ormonde Jayne iris or Histoire d'Eau, but not too-too). I'm quite taken with it.

Addicted To Blood

Images: The Non-Blonde (read Gaia's wonderful review of La Fille de Berlin here), Addicted to Blood on Blingee