Two decades after introducing the world to his baroque elixirs, Serge Lutens hasn't lost the will - or the capacity - to shock. And what a shock L'Eau Serge Lutens will be to his fans. Touted as an anti-perfume for the days when you want to take a break from scent, this new eau, apparently the first of a series, breaks with Lutens' oriental inspiration. The real key is what I decided not to put in this scent, he explains. So: no spices, no heady flowers, no fruity woods or animal notes. Just thesmell of a crisp, freshly-laundered white shirt, of the most expensive soap in the world. And indeed, the first, unmistakably aldehydic whiff of L'Eau Serge Lutens does conjure olfactory images of a hot iron on linen or an ivory-white soap bar. A fresh, citrusy green accord of magnolia and lily-of-the-valley with hints of transparent rose, barely tinged with the ambery-woody clary sage, hides a whiff of ozonic notes. Carried by a wave of white musk, the scent, despite its airiness, is remarkably lon
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