I was in my local chemist yesterday waiting a long time for my husband’s prescription. The fragrance of the week was on the counter, and like a moth to a flame, I naturally had to completely drench myself in it. It was Rihanna’s Rogue, which I had never tried before. Expectations were low. A little cynical voice in my had said “Nah, just another celeb-bandwagon-thingy” and as I smelled it I thought “If this was air freshener it would be called Vanilla Bouquet”. I was unimpressed with the initial melange of fruit, flowers and vanilla overkill and thought little more of it.
But wait! After getting home about half an hour later I sniffed the air and thought “I can smell Serge Lutens Daim Blond”. That’s the second time this week my olfactory memory has come up with the file on Serge Lutens. It must be the universe’s way of telling me to buy one.
I looked on Fragrantica to see if I was alone in finding this similarity. I was not. Well sort of. Several readers voted that Rogue smelled similar to Bottega Veneta, which in turn is also voted on as smelling like Daim Blond, so indirectly we were on the same page ( well the same site anyway). With a base note of vanilla and suede, Rogue is like a slightly less smooth version of Daim Blond’s distinctive suede and apricot finish. Rogue is not as seamlessly blended, nor as long lasting, but it is about one sixth of the price. Neither does it have apricots, but rather plums and vanilla, but the similarities rang out nonetheless.
So whether it was homage or a happy accident, fans of Serge Lutens Daim Blond may have a low budget treat on their hands.
Here it comes…
I found love in a hopeless place.