Leather, plum and frankincense to my nose.
A very nice combination, dark and sultry, subtle, and for once, thank goodness, Lutens does not drag out that bitter wood note it is so fond of. It's hard for me to detect any woods here at all, nor do I get any licorice.
It's pure smoky, sweet leather and one of the best leathers I've encountered.
Good news for lovers of leather fragrances.
Boxeuse is basically Daim Blonde, done in a darker, more interesting manner, with a base of Feminite du Bois. It could easily have been called Bois et Cuir, or Daim Noir.
I hope this gets added to the Vaporisateur Tout Noir collection in the future...it's high on my want-list, but not at Barney's ridiculous pricing.
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.