Gourmand gratification: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Edp

Luca Turin (yes I do refer to his books to have an initial idea) describes this as ‘smell of a coffee shop’ by which I presume he meant of some italian pastecceria where aroma of sweet delights over power everything else & ‘difficult to wear’ which I think means that one has to be absolutely in love with vanilla to put this perfume on and is not prone to fell into some hunger spell after that. For me this is a pure creamy vanilla with a top note of smoky liquorice and a dry down with coconut, all of which never smells artificial or synthetic making it far more enjoyable than usual vanilla-coconut offerings. My only complain is that this doesn’t have enough woods for its bois part but on contrary this makes it a good option to layer with other stronger composition to soften & warmify. Expensive Vanilla? yes but worthy. Comparing this to the other gourmand scents I have tried in perfumerias; Un Bois Vanille¬† is not ‘too sweet that I can’t dare to wear’ like toothachingly caramelly Prada Candy, or ‘nice & fun but something ends up giving me headache’ like Guerlian’s La Petit Robe Noir or ‘way too much heady’ like Mugler’s Angel. I love how it clings to skin all day long but is not overpowering. For me this is a good fall scent but I pretty much enjoyed it on summer evenings as well on the beaches when the cool sea breeze just makes the coconut and benzoin whiffs delectable. In this post I am sharing some snaps I have taken over time which can make an inspiration board for Un Bois vanille.

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Edp
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Edp

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Edp

UPDATE 1: when I wrote this I was dabbing this perfume thinking ‘spritzing’ might be overwhelmingly ‘sweet’ but recently I tried the spray and it brings out more wood , I am getting more sandalwood & gaiac wood finally


To paraphrase Freud, it’s not the evil who are full of regrets, but the good. Both the devil and vanilla like black.

No sentimentality here!
Within each of us, this mellowness grows stronger and more refined thanks to contrasting wood notes.

Serge Lutens


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