Fragrance Reviews L’Eau Froide by Serge Lutens Review

L’Eau Froide by Serge Lutens Review

12/28/11 13:58:39 (12 comments)

by: John Biebel

 

It is said that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia have numerous words that describe “snow” in their language. This richness of words comes to mind when one first smells L’Eau Froide. How many words are there to describe “cold”? In fact, there are many.



L’Eau Froide is the latest scent creation from Serge Lutens. Described by Monsieur Lutens as an “initial shock of cold, which awakens the skin.” It then combines with the air and shrouds the wearer “…like a flowing robe that protects the body from impurity.” These are poetic hints about a scent that is much like a secret, frozen lake.


L’Eau Froide opens like a sharp wind of dichotomous smells: cold lavender, subdued citrus, the barest hint of spicy incense. This arctic sharpness is combined with notes best described as icy, mercurial, and glacial. It is more sensation than scent, and within minutes, the perfume undergoes a fascinating change as the incense (or olibanum) becomes more apparent and rises like white smoke in a cool vertical line.
 



Lutens has spoken of the Boswellia tree family, from which the frankincense in L’Eau Froide is sourced. These trees, which rarely receive rain, are kept alive by the sap that runs through their trunks and branches: a virtual radiator powerful enough to counteract the relentless sunrays above. It is this glass-etched translucence and chill that incense provides to L’Eau Froide. As the heart of the scent evolves, new notes appear: the greenish-gray of dried rosemary, an almost astringent cardamom, a cool echo of rosewater.

Just as incense often burns down to pure white ashes, L’eau Froide dries down by leaving a ghost of itself on the skin, lingering in smoky wisps, but constantly remaining cool. It’s easy to understand why Lutens sees L’Eau Froide as a protective cloak. It is an extremely personal scent which projects, but only lightly. It has surprising longevity and stays on the skin for many hours despite its gentle exit. Most intriguing is the comfort that comes from L’eau Froide: a comfort borne of purification.

 



John Biebel (johngreenink) is a web and software interaction designer, painter and musician based in Boston, Massachusetts, US. He is also a student of perfumery and the scent sciences, and Fragrantica member!

 



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ANGELICA07
ANGELICA07

To people who know it : could this one be a good candidate for a summer "blast of fresh air-refreshing" scent ?

Thanks.

Jan
03
2012
BlueMoonRose
BlueMoonRose

Nicely written :) And I would love to try this one!

Dec
30
2011
johngreenink
johngreenink

cryptic, I did some looking and haven't found a specific release date - the speculation is that it could be in February 2012, since that would be exactly a year since the last L'eau release. I'll update if I find out more. Thanks all for the nice words :-)

Dec
30
2011
zoka
zoka

Very nice review John! I love this fragrance it is something I wear daily now.

Dec
29
2011
cryptic
cryptic

Hope to see more of your reviews, John. That was eloquent.

When can we expect to see it in stores?

Dec
29
2011
Elena Vosnaki
Elena Vosnaki

Wonderful review which makes me want to try this even more now! Thanks for sharing your impressions.

Dec
29
2011
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

Wonderfully written and hauntingly beautiful review, John!

I was rather skeptical of the name "L'Eau Froide"; however, after reading YOUR review I am very eager to try this. Being a big fan of another cold incense fragrance (Andrea Maack's CRAFT), I am sure this will be amazing.

It is, after all, a Serge Lutens!

Dec
29
2011
ambra
ambra

E' già mio prima di averlo. So che mi piacerà moltissimo. La descrizione é molto evocativa per la descrizione della fragranza.

Dec
29
2011
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

walking in minus 26 celsius with much clothes, breathing cold air in and out breathing you can see steam coming out. Dark night sky is Your roof, cracling snow is your floor, silence is your music. All You can hear is warming fire makes its noices. ^j^ ^j^ Some relaxing outdoor life at winter time ;)And I just think this scent would be just wonderfull for such relaxation. Thanks John.

Dec
28
2011
lindy-fay
lindy-fay

Beautiful bottles! Usually I prefer scents with more spice/woods, but well written words make me curious. Great review:)

Dec
28
2011
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

I keep looking at that list of notes and I just can't reconcile warm, cozy and dry Frankincense with something called "Cold Water."

I will definitely have to sniff it for the full effect.

Great review, John! :-)

Dec
28
2011
Mary
Mary

Thanks a lot for sharing your impressions. I loved your line about ghost of the fragrance on the skin :) Very well written.

Dec
28
2011

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