Daim Blond is a lovely, lightly leathered apricot scent. While I can't tell you what "suede" smells like compared to leather, I can say that the leather note here is timid and mostly present in the top & heart notes. Once the drydown arrives, it gets a bit too sweet and uninteresting.
The only reason to get this over Boxeuse is availability/price. I still like DB, but it's definitely a 3/5 while Boxeuse would be a 4/5.
A humble bag of dried apricots, after many years on the top shelf in the back corner of your local Mediterranean grocery, decides that it's had enough, and leaps head-first, toward the cold concrete floor below. The ground's surface, dust and cat hair, for the most part, lifts, shifts and quickly sits down, making sufficient space for the fruit. A 33 year-old woman enters the grocery, cackling loudly into her flip-mobile. Her eyes have fallen victim to a crust of cheap mascara. Shards of black fall down onto the yellow grease that so valiantly tries to conceal the blue-jay colored cocoons on which it has been spread. The young boy at the register opens his mouth to greet this beast as she stomps by. Each foot, like a jarred ham-hock swathed in a cheap, hairy synthetic suede shoe, hits the ground with such reckless force that its sensible, yet weary heels bow outward, sliding across the dusty floor. Cursing into her telephone, she struggles to stand back up. The black pleather that covers her behind is now smothered in the remains of the apricots that were once on the top shelf. The young boy at the register laughs as she rushes out of the store. Daim Blond.
Like every other Serge Lutens scent that I've tried on, Daim Blond is rich, luxurious and brilliantly conceived. Unlike some of the others it is also relatively understated and soft-spoken. It’s central feature is a gentle suede and osmanthus accord that suggests both a fine lady’s glove and a bowl of dried apricots. Its structure places Daim Blond beside such fruity leathers as Armani’s Cuir Améthyste and Parfum d’Empire’s Cuir Ottoman, among which it is the smoothest and most delicately balanced. My only real complaint is that, like many others in the Lutens line, it ends off with a drydown sweet enough to be oppressive. A little less syrup and I’d have liked it that much better.
Perfumes do have a really powerful and strong "madeleine" function. I smelled this 7 or 8 years ago for the first time, loved it, wrote the name down to buy it one day. Never bought it and never smelled it again for years. Now I received a sample today, sprayed it on my wrist, and I felt instantly thrown in the perfume shop I used to visit to try scents back then. I even recall the shape, the feeling, the logo of the mouillette I took home with me. A great, cozy, elegant scent I love so bad: fruity, soft, musky, powdery and flowery leather at its best. Short projection and light sillage (as most of Lutens scents on my skin).
13th February, 2014 (last edited: 30th April, 2014)
Very light leather floral.
The hawthorn, apricot and iris make a nice opening, whilst the base develops a very light musk. The leather is very light and bright on my skin, sort of a leather for people who don't like a stronger version. Pleasant, not unoriginal, two hours longevity.