I read a number of reviews prior to sampling this, and they all mention jammy plums and leather and powder. So far, so good. However, about an hour after applying, I was struck by the same dry, dusty spices used in Ambre Sultan. I happen to adore this element (in both scents), but AS haters might want to think twice about this one.
Leather, Plum, Iris
I gave this a couple of tries, and my responses were consistently neither here nor there. It's nice, but there's really not a lot going on, it's not very challenging, and ultimately, it's just not very rewarding... It's fruity and woody and syrupy -- all rather simple -- not necessarily memorable... And it never left my skin!
Been wanting to try this fragrance since
an amazing review given by "PERFUME SHRINE"....
She wrote ...
"Boxeuses goes straight for the jugular, playing on the familiar, original codes of the Lutensian universe: violet-tinged woods, plummy fruits, somptuous spices..."
So here are my initial impressions...
I get alot of initial WOOD notes and Leather notes..
but its pretty linear....and rather quiet
Wears pretty close to the skin...
Incensy and ...."Powdery"
which I read somewhere it's going to be a return Fragrance Trend for 2011.
There's a piquant touch to it
perhaps its the Licorice....
The much ballyhooed and talked about fruity Plum notes showed up very subtle and much later
as the fragrance adapted to my skin.
Shame!....I really expected much more EXOTICISM!
"Perfume Shrine" called it...A Love-Child of a
Cuir de Russie type and Rochas Femme.
I frown a bit to comparing this fragrance to
the standard.. of CUIR Fragrances
like CUIR de RUSSIE and TABAC BLOND...
Believe me ....I have converted with Religious Fervor to the Fragrance CULT that is SERGE LUTENS...
sooo it's almost HERESY to say .....
"Why settle for "Tributes" or Vague Copies ..
when you can afford the real deal."
This not a Lutens favorite and I won't regret it.......
I did not like the first splash of resins but the latter developing smoky leather enticed me like it did in a dozen different serge lutens. well, there are many close scents in serge lutens and that maybe good; you can go and tell sellerthat you would like feminite du bois with less iris and she can offer you one. But well this can be boring too. any way i like that smoky leather in daim blond, amber sultan, fumerie turque etc and also boxeuses.
In short, plummy leather. Right out of the starting gate, you get hints of both. Spiced plum balanced by a faint, soft leather. It rolls along this way for most of it's stay. But the plum is not perfect, and the leather is suede in feel. There is a soft green feel to this, most likely the licorice note listed. A dusting of patch, and a hint of incense close this one down.
It is not bad, by any stretch, but I was expecting so much more. All the notes are tamped down, and in the end, I feel this is a re-run of a movie I've seen before. Take the plum of Feminite de Bois, and return to it. Exchange the plum for appricot and add a bit of the musk - you have Daim Blond. Shuffle the notes, and you start all over again.
It smells perfectly nice, but when a house revisits it's roots, I believe a novel approach should be in order. There is nothing novel here. If you approach it as a stand alone fragrance, you will be better off. I was not able to, I suppose. I love both Feminite du Bois and Daim Blond, so I'll just stick with those.
09th October, 2011 (last edited: 11th October, 2011)