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Rihanna Rogue: Hiding a Surprise

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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.

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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.

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Rihanna Rogue is widely available.  Try Amazon UK, Lloyds Pharmacy, or allbeauty.  It’s currently on offer for around ten quid. Serge Lutens Daim Blond is available from Escentual and Amazon.com.

Hugo Boss Pure Purple: Delicious

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I have been fairly uninspired by the Hugo Boss brand thus far but to their credit, I have only tried a few of them.  Boss Jour is very good ( see my earlier review). Boss Deep Red is a bit of a mish mash ( and Marks and Spencer make a very good copy called True Red), and today I tried Hugo Boss Pure Purple, expecting…well nothing much.

 

How wrong I was! Hugo Boss Pure Purple opens with mouth watering Marzipan, putting me in mind of Dior Hypnotic Poison straight away. The middle notes consist of a lovely bloom of rich pink flowers (cyclamen) and despite my loathing of peach, the inclusion of nectarine seem to bypass that awful peachy note you sometimes get that always me think of the downstairs loo in a vicarage.

 

The basenotes surprisingly are leathery and ambery.  I say surprisingly because this open with marzipan and flowers. It’s an unusual choice to pitch those against leather but somehow the seamless blending makes this work very well.  Besides which we know that leather and apricots work from Serge Lutens Daim Blond, so why not nectarines?  Why not indeed.

 

It looks to me as if this has been discontinued, but its still all over eBay, even on Amazon UK and seems to be more available (and cheaper) in the states than here in the UK.

 

Bottega Veneta: Luxury Leather

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 Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury handbag/leather company that has, like everyone else, entered the fragrance world.  Being makers of luxurious leather, it comes as no surprise that their 2011 fragrance is also a luxury leather. Described as a “leathery floral chypre”, I found it had a few notes in common with recent release Aura by Loewe (also a luxury leather company) and an enormous amount in common with the quintessential scent of quiet wealth that is Serge Lutens Daim Blond.

According to Fragrantica the notes are:

Top notes: Bergamot, Pink pepper,

Middle note: Jasmine

Base notes: Patchouli, Oakmoss and Leather

As much as I love Bergamot in just about anything, I cannot be certain that it goes with leather in this fragrance, and there is most definitely leather in Bottega Veneta EDP. This is not brash biker leather, nor weathered horsey leather as in Cuir de Russie (Mmm, so good). In fact, it is a muted leather: you could almost say suede.

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This is where the comparison to Daim Blond enters the frame.  Daim Blond is muted suede: the smell of the interior of a shop so exclusive that you need to show your stock portfolio just to walk past the window. Bottega Veneta is very similar, but without the apricots.  There’s not much in it though.  Take out the Bergamot and tone down the Jasmine and you pretty much have a doppelganger of Daim Blond. (I always think of Jasmine as a teenager who keeps turning the volume up to loud).

The Patchouli and Oakmoss in Bottega Veneta, which would be terrific if they cranked it up a bit into “Level Raspy”, are sadly, not bitey enough for my liking. If you’re going to put them on the stage, at least give them a few lines.  There was a note in this I couldn’t define.  It’s like a slightly sweet suede with a nutty flavour to it.  I searched the notes and could find nothing it could be, so maybe it’s just one of those notes that manifests itself from a hybrid of the others.

Between the two, I think Daim Blond has the edge.  Price wise, there’s not much in it.

Given the choice, I’d go for the Uncle Serge, but Bottega Veneta can certainly hold its own.

 

 

 

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

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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.