Serge Lutens Daim Blond: Apricots? And Suede? Mais oui!


When I first smelled Serge Lutens Daim Blond, it was a sort of blind smelling in so far as I knew nothing about it and knew nothing of the notes. The first image that popped into my head, unbidden, was of a school corridor. I couldn’t fathom it out. Who wants to smell like a school corridor?

Fast forward a few months and I tried again. This time I had two samples and wore Daim Blond exclusively over a couple of days. Ah, now I get it.

 Daim Blond is a toned down leather, in fact, it’s suede rather than leather. Still cow hide, but softer.  In the background is something clean and medicinal. Hawthorn? Cardoman? Maybe this is where the school corridor image came from. Leather satchels and a hint of spicy Dettol? I tried again. This time, it made me think of something very expensive: say an Hermes handbag concession or a luxury car showroom. Must be all that new smelling suede.

And then there’s the curious Apricots. Normally one glimpse of anything  remotely Peachy on a list of notes and I run a mile in the other direction, but the apricots in Daim Blond kind of bloom like a rich juicy flower, and I found them quite pleasant, almost orangey.

It’s a curious blend, with fairly subtle sillage and longevity of around five hours.  Now that I’ve got it to know it better, the school corridor has gone and in it’s place is an expensive handbag on the seat of a brand new showroom-fresh luxury car that I can only look at by pressing my nose against the glass.

There is Heliotrope and Iris in there too, but I could smell neither. I could be ignoring the Iris though, since she and I don’t get on.

This is a subtle and classy scent. It doesn’t show off. It’s smooth, and pretty, but not so pretty that it tries to draw attention to itself. It would smell superb on a man, especially a billionaire.

Daim Blond smells of money.

8 thoughts on “Serge Lutens Daim Blond: Apricots? And Suede? Mais oui!”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    Though sometimes I find overly civilised hand bag leather perfumes a little, well, dull… this one is a different class.
    So pleased to hear your learning to love school corridors again!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  2. I find Daim Blond very comforting somehow, and have worked my way through most of a decant. I do love it, but have never sprung for a bottle, perhaps because it’s a lot of money to smell comforted and gently cosseted. Or perhaps because I have never felt the need for a perfume that is subtly chic and elegant. I’m probably too much of a Screaming Mimi to go for discreet elegance, let’s be honest.

    1. Screaming Mimi! Love it. You always smell swell honey. I can’t pull of discreet wealth, which is what Daim Blond was on me. I just can’t look rich. I do wear the pearls a lot though!

  3. Just discovered you this morning. I’ve been heavily into fragrance now for decades, since my twenties in the time of original formulations for Vol de Nuit, Cuir de Russie, et al. I’m always pleased by thoughtful, intelligent reviews that avoid hyperbole. I’ve just signed up to follow you. Your reviews are readable and accurate. Keep up the good work.
    Also, I really enjoyed this review of Daim Blond. You really “get” it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Robin,

      Welcome aboard and thank you so much for your very kind comments. It really does mean a lot to me that you say that I avoid hyperbole as that is what I was aiming for. Thank you.

      My blogs are about my personal response to a scent as I think there is no right or wrong in perfume appreciation, just personal taste. I’m glad you jumped on for the ride!

  4. Oops. Just re-read that you and iris don’t get along. That might be a significant hurdle, as I love this note. That will definitely skew the results! Well, I’ll try to remain open-minded. Iris tends to be an acquired taste, so here’s hoping you acquire it. If you do, I guarantee the world of extraordinary fragrances will get a whole lot bigger. Chanel, for example, especially with the Exclusifs, makes superb iris the foundation of many if not most of its compositions. It’s kind of like being a reviewer of classical music recordings but not liking the sound of violins. Not a criticism, but perhaps a limitation for you and for us.

    1. Hi Robin,

      I am really working on my Iris appreciation! I like it in Apres l’Ondee and Eau D’Hiver, but not in Iris Poudre. I have a real Behemoth of an Iris coming up that I will review soon.

      Don’t let it come between us Robin! 🙂

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