Serge Lutens has a solid fan base. The company is known for high quality niche fragrance, veering away from the norm, and using the best Noses in the world. There are several Serge Lutens scents that I love: Sarrasins, A la Nuit and Borneo 1834, and several that baffle me. Louve falls into the second category.
With an unmistakable opening blast of Cherries, followed by Chocolate, and settling down into Marzipan, Louve, in my humble opinion, should be renamed Eau de Boxing Day. For those not familiar with the UK vernacular, ( and I am always overjoyed when my dashboard tells me you are tuning in from all over the world!), Boxing Day is the day after Christmas.
Traditionally it is a day when you lounge around like sated lions, watching a James Bond film on terrestrial TV, whilst eating leftover Turkey sandwiches and all the chocolates that have been leftover from the orgiastic food frenzy of Christmas Day.
A particular favourite chocolate of mine is fully represented by Louve. They are delicious Cherry Brandy chocolates. The cherries are Maraschino, that is, marinated in almond liqueur, filled with brandy, coated in sugar and dipped in chocolate. They are a mouthful of Christmassy Heaven. They also taste exactly how Louve smells. Delicious, but why would I want to smell like this?
Maybe my problem with gourmands is that I spend so much time cooking and baking (Just this evening for tomorrow’s PTA fete in fact) that gourmands to me, are like a busman’s holiday. They give me the feeling that I am still wearing an apron.
In Perfumes The A-Z Guide, Luca Turin says of Louve: “neither very good, nor very bad, but completely baffling”. I concur. Still, if halfway through the year you randomly yearn for that bloated, lazy Boxing Day feeling, I know just the perfume for you!
It brings to mind the saying “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.