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 is a multi-talented artist whose careers encompass fashion design, perfume design, hair styling, photography and film-making. In the 60’s he worked as a makeup artist for Vogue before he was commissioned by the designer himself Christian Dior to produce a line of cosmetics. During the 70’s he directed two short films which were shown at Cannes Film Festival. In the 80’s he was hired by Japanese Company Shiseido to develop their image which turned out to be a mutually beneficial partnership that also led to his start into the fragrance world. Lutens would later go on to design and conceptualize a luxurious perfume house, Les Salons du Palais Royal, for the exclusive marketing of Shiseido and Lutens scents. Lutens embarked on his own venture, Parfums-Beaute Serge Lutens, in 2000 creating unusual and unique “niche” fragrances.
Apparently this dude can do it all! I dunno’ about you but I’m seriously impressed which is why I felt like sharing the little backstory of his accomplishments throughout the years.
The simple packaging is effortless and so chic!
Now that I’ve learned of his origins story, I think it’s pretty cool that it reads Les Salons du Palais Royal and Shiseido on the back of the packaging.
I didn’t even know that we had Serge Lutens in Kuwait until I was at Harvey Nichols and came across Un bois vanille. What little french I’ve taken during high-school is long gone by now but thankfully vanilla is pretty much the same in most languages of the world. Un bois vanille literally translates to A Vanilla Wood. I just had to have it!
The bottle (which you can partially see) came with a rounded cap already screwed on. The atomizer was in a different compartment right next to it.
Here’s a close-up of both caps side by side.
I was a bit stumped at first…
Apparently, I was supposed to unscrew the rounded cap…
and replace it with the atomizer.
I should’ve probably figured it out sooner but whatever, this isn’t Ikea and I’m hopeless when it comes to DIY projects… which is why I felt a sense of accomplishment (lawl) after putting this thing together (read: really just replacing one cap with another).
As for the scent, Serge Lutens never provides notes for his fragrances. That said sandalwood, black licorice, coconut milk, beeswax, bitter almond, musk, vanilla, benzoin, guaiac wood and tonka bean might be some of the notes, according to google (so you know it’s true, lawl) and is described as an Oriental Vanilla. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll already know how obsessed I am with anything and everything vanilla. To me, Un bois vanille is an extremely warm, vanilla scent. My nose does not detect the unicorn tears, siren’s breath, or flapping of the butterfly’s wings that went into creating this scent. All I get is pure vanilla, and I love it!
If you’re not into gourmand scents, then steer clear. However, if you love your vanilla scents, definitely give this syrup-y sweet fragrance a try! I love the understated and effortlessly chic packaging! I love how the gorgeous burnished brown caps look paired against the amber liquid houses inside the transparent bottle. Most of all, I love the burnt Creme Brule scent (Creme Caramel for us Kuwaitis) that this perfume reminds me of so strongly!
You can pick up Serge Lutens Un bois vanille at Harvey Nichols for KD31/000.