I present to you, ladies and gents, the closest thing to a signature scent that I own, Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier. As my previous reviews suggest, I have quite a fascination with this house. However, prior to trying this fragrance, my fascination would better be described as intrigue. This is the scent that triggered an "Aha!" moment for me when instantly I appreciated all the hype surrounding Serge Lutens.
Fleurs de Citronnier starts off sharp but only for the first few moments. As it dries the beauty of lemon blossom flowers shines through, fresh, feminine, effervescent. However, honey, nutmeg and musk prevent it from wafting away like a petal in the wind. On my skin, FdC is a perfect combination of lemon blossom and orange blossom and since my skin loves those flowers, I can still smell this fragrance a full twelve hours after applying it. At first glance, I thought it would be perfect for summertime. I was wrong. Its gorgeousness showed through best in damp, cool weather. It must be musk at the base which is highlighted best in cooler temps.
Because the olfactory scent elicits emotions and experiences, Fleurs de Citronnier will always hold a special place in my heart. It has accompanied me on some of the most important days of my life, including my wedding day. And as a newlywed, I have to say that this fragrance elicits the most compliments from my husband of any I own or have tried. And not just any compliments, like "nice" or "cute". "I love the way you smell" compliments. That deserves applause in and of itself!
SL Fleurs de Citronnier can be purchased at upscale department stores, $92 for 50mL.