Saturday, January 26, 2013
Jeux de Peau by Serge Lutens
Imagine Serge Lutens releasing an eccentric fragrance the likes of Jeux de Peau? I know, it's a real stretch, but that's exactly how I consider this particular scent. Jeux de Peau conjures up the image of a non-passable cross dresser since the fragrance itself is akin to a masculinized perfume for women that smells better on a man. Confused? Well, you should be because there's no doubt that I am.
Jeux de Peau opens with what smells like slightly burnt anise-infused fruit and spice. The spices, at least to me, are a combination of cinnamon and cumin and they also possess the quality of being under a heat lamp. The licorice quality is the alpha note during the opening and holds fast even in the eventual transition. Once the top is peeled away, the Sandalwood enlarges and merges with the slowly dissipating introductory accord. I feel like I just experienced a macho feminine get aroused in a very masculine fashion. Now, either I'm simply feeling extremely weird today and I chose the wrong time to review this, or the Serge is as strange as I ever thought he was.
My recommendation, other than to sample anything before purchase, is for Sandalwood fans to try this strange rendition. Even if you don't lean toward sandal in general, pick up a sample and delve into the mind of this....this......very different parfumeur. A cautious thumbs up from Aromi for Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau.