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.