Spice can work in summer in the same way that cold Ginger Beer can wipe out a thirst. Serge Lutens Rousse is a fantastically light spice perfume that works a treat in hot weather. It has a tanginess akin to a cup of good Darjeeling. On spraying, my first impression was of those pink stripy humbug sweets that tasted like carnations. Rousse smells of those exact clove sweets, which were more medicinal than sugary.
For once, the notes listed exactly match the notes I can smell. which doesn’t always happen in a perfume. So here we have cinnamon, resin, amber, oranges, cloves, and cedar: all of which are present and correct and used in exactly the right quantities that make this, to my mind at least, an excellent Summer find.
The reason I think this works so well in Sunny weather is because the spice has not been made sweet or creamy with the addition of vanilla or fruit or honey. It’s like a fine mist of spice with none of the Christmassy notes so often found in Orientals. It is the restraint that makes this so beautiful. With a heavier hand, this could have been a more expensive homage to Cinnabar or Opium, but it is so light and pretty, I could wear it all year round and never get bored of it.
Here’s the blurb from the site ” Imagine a fiery head of hair offsetting a complexion as pale as chalk. Auburn is a warm shade, like copper igniting in the heart of a wood. This scent is like a hint of cinnamon on the skin.”
Rumour has it that this has been discontinued, but it is still for sale on the Serge Lutens website . I can vouch for the quality though, it’s an Uncle Serge! They always hang around long after the party is over. It’s love I tell you.