Serge Lutens Gris Clair

Oh man, you guys. Some incredibly foolish individual seems to have forgotten to remove her rollerball of Juicy Couture Couture Couture from her coat pocket before putting said coat in the laundry, and now everything smells like that damn stuff. So here is a very quick review of JCCC: Smells like white grape juice! Great when you want to reminisce about last week’s Shabbat dinner with the Greenburgs! Not so awesome in large doses!

Get out of my clooooothes

Onto the main order of the day, SL Gris Clair. I have just recently begun sampling the offerings of the mighty Lutens, but even as a Lutens novice it seems clear to me that Gris Clair is an outlier in Lutens’ usual Oriental aesthetic. Gris Clair smells like sopping wet, incredibly natural lavender. The SL website calls it “lavender dust.” Although I do not smell any dust, I can feel its effects; Gris Clair’s lavender is softer than the average lavender note, which generally reads as masculine. Gris Clair is remarkably pretty, but I doubt that it is unique enough to garner that SL price. Still, I’ve never smelled such a pure and lovely lavender note.

What’s your favorite Lutens, dear readers? Which ones should I try next?

Gris Clair, and other Serge Lutens fragrances, can be found at Aedes de Venustas, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and bluemercury. It can also be purchased on the Serge Lutens website, Beautyhabit, or Luckyscent. Gris Clair is $120 for 50 ml.

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4 thoughts on “Serge Lutens Gris Clair

  1. I like Rousse, Fille en Aguilles, and Iris Silver Mist. ISM and Gris Clair both feel a little bit nuclear winter/post apocalyptic to me, eerily cold, and I love them for that.
    El Attarine was nice but not very wearable for me, something in the inky note turned me off. I do have some L’eau Serge as well, I love how light and airy it is, quite ungraspable scent wise.

    1. Kristy, I tried Rousse and started laughing! I didn’t get much more than Red Hots out of it, unfortunately. I would love to try ISM- Maurice Roucel makes so few florals. Thank you for the suggestions! 🙂

  2. Hated, HATED Gris Clair, but then I don’t like lavender even in fresh flowers. “Easier” SLs might be Clair de Musc and Nuit de Cellophane. Sa Majeste la Rose is clear and bright, if you like rose soliflores (if you don’t, do not even bother with it, Serge samples being pricey).

    My favorite Serge is the expensive, hard-to-find, known-as-difficult La Myrrhe, a beautiful shimmering aldehydes-and-myrrh thing full of silver and gold light.

  3. Ooh! Favorites!

    Serge Noire: Long-dead volcano smoke. In the Lutens Smoky Realm, I also love Fumerie Turque, but I can’t decide if it’s different enough to buy it.

    Un Lys: Grainy lily gorgeousness with a texture that makes me think of fudge, but none of the oversweetness that that implies.

    A La Nuit: Drowning in a honey-thick pool of jasmine.

    Daim Blond: Sweet soft suede and jam. Sounds awful, but it’s lovely – but in winter. Now is not the time to try it.

    I’m pretty sure that none of these are really core Lutens scents – none of the boozy fruits and spices. So in spite of my loving these and other Lutens fragrances, I’m not sure if I actually qualify as a proper Lutens fan.

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