Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Serge Lutens Des Clous pour une Pelure
Serge Lutens Des Clous Pour Une Pelure eau de parfum, 100 ml
Serge Lutens names his fragrances based on some logic known only to himself and over the years has had perfumers interpret the idea of cold water, the colour grey, and straw. In spite of the strange deep teal hue this one’s rather more linear: the ‘clou’ here isn’t a nail, as such—it’s clous de giroflle, aka cloves, and orange peel. The perfume is directly inspired by medieval pomanders (from the French for pomme d’ambre—literally amber apples), those ornately-carved hollow perforated balls used for storing aromatics. The balls were carried from rom to room to ward off bad smells. It’s your basic DIY of clove-studded mandarins and then it dries down to mulled cider. Wonderful and festive at the holidays, but as a perfume?? 2 out of 4
Who is Serge Lutens? you ask. Mr. Lutens is a renaissance man in the true sense. He’s a fashion designer, hair stylist, filmmaker, photographer, perfume creator and artist. When he moved to Paris in 1962, Vogue magazine hired him to create makeup, hair and jewellery. Seven years later Dior recruited him to develop a makeup line for the iconic fashion house. His short film, “Les Stars” was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and his photography has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Fascinated with his body of work, Japanese beauty brand Shiseido collaborated with Serge throughout the 1980s and 90s.
Fascinated by the art of perfumery, Lutens launched his own brand ‘Parfums-Beaute Serge Lutens’ in 2000 to allow him to explore his olfactory visions. What’s fascinating about the artist is he has no interest in blending scents that are commercial or follow any kind of trend. He’s steadfast in his belief that perfumery is art. With this in mind, smelling Des Clous pour un Pelure is like viewing a high concept art exhibit – wandering through stark white rooms with one canvas in each. In this case, the art is clove and orange. At first spritz, I immediately smell the clove although it is handled with a light hand thankfully. The orange appears with a hint of nutmeg. It all smells very Christmassy. An interesting art project but I’m not sure you’d wear it in real life. 1.5 out 4
Sniff Test Fragrance Reviews are the professional opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Dave Lackie.
Valerie SchillawskiJanuary 30, 2022 at 5:44 pm
It s perfect for me. Light and spicy. I can’t wear floral, nor vanilla bases. On me it changes to a bit of woodsy spice with a freshness.
Trisha PedrosNovember 9, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Sounds tasty! Although agree not sure how much I want to smell of Christmas. Perfect if your Mrs.Claus or an elf!
LINDA LNovember 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Hope I find it at Holt’s or Saks so I can spray it. @linlett60
Ms Sheila EghanianNovember 3, 2020 at 12:06 am
Great review. I like the concept of orange & clove maybe in a candle but not as a perfume.
Angela CitrignoNovember 2, 2020 at 3:15 pm
I thought maybe he meant to make a home scent instead of a fragrance? I love the smell of cloves and orange but only in my home. I’ve never heard of him and would love to hear how everyone pronounces this fragrance. I think the girls behind the fragrance counters would get their daily laughs from this. @959angela
GabrielleNovember 1, 2020 at 11:55 pm
Weirdly, I might like it, but only because it seems like it would take me back to the pretentious coffee houses of my youth and the pervasive smell of clove cigarettes. @velvetwhip
September DeeNovember 1, 2020 at 8:04 pm
Sounds interesting but I have never been a fan of the scent of cloves. Good thing this is Christmassy and perhaps its use will be confined only to that time. Lol.
Janet MoultonNovember 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm
I love this sniff test review. You’re both pretty much on the same page… I love the smell of Christmas, maybe not really close to me. I’m so curious now, I want to try it, even if it’s just in my bath water or in the air.
September DeeNovember 1, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Sounds interesting but I have never been a fan of the scent of cloves. Good thing this is Christmassy and perhaps it’s use will be confined only to that time. Lol.
Heather SchellNovember 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm
It’s sounds so intriguing to me. I like to layer scents you would not necessarily think to layer. My latest obsession is patchouli, apple and nutmeg and a pink sugar. So I immediately wonder what this layered with vanilla and musk might smell like. 🤔
Lady_ingenueNovember 1, 2020 at 7:52 am
Sooo…very expensive holiday room spray?
JudyNovember 1, 2020 at 8:05 am
Isn’t that gentleman interesting!
Liz HowardNovember 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
I think I’ll pass on this one, I don’t want to smell like Christmas!!!
Sharon TaylorNovember 1, 2020 at 7:45 am
Love different scents vanilla ,Rose always love to try new beautiful scents @sharon197264