I went to Barneys today for a little clothes shopping/market research. Before I know it, I found myself in the fragrance area sniffing and smelling everything on site. With a little help from the sales associate, I fell in love with ‘Fille en Aiguilles‘ by Serge Lutens.
The name literally translates to ‘Girl in Needles’. It’s a play on words because the top note is predominantly pine essence. For me, it’s beautiful play between freshness, sweet, and spicy. Here is the breakdown:
TOP NOTES: Pine, moss
MIDDLE NOTES: Frankincense, bay leaf
BASE NOTES: Dried fruit accords, vetiver
OLFACTIVE GROUP: Woody / Spicy
There’s also a little wisp of gunpowder incense. This one is definitely unisex, and on my skin it was mysteriously interesting.
So after such a treat for my humble nasal, I went home and did some research on Serge Lutens. Not the perfumery collection, but the man behind it.
Lutens is a French photographer, filmaker, hair stylist, perfume art director and fashion designer. I really love his photography’s esthetic.
Check out the commercial under his direction in the 80s.