• Launched: 2012
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
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    Average Rating: 3

    Based on 48 ratings
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    L'Eau Froide Fragrance notes

    Somalian incense, Marine notes, Musk, Mint, Vetiver

    L'Eau Froide information

    L'Eau Froide is a unisex fragrance by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido. The scent was launched in 2012

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Woods

    L'Eau Froide's mentholated frankincense top note is an interesting play on the name ("Cold Water") and on the "chilly" facet of the incense note. Unfortunately, the construct collapses almost immediately into a very ordinary mild white musk drydown that feels more like laundry detergent than a personal fragrance. The clever incense-on-ice idea is executed with far greater flair and conviction in Comme des Garçons' excellent Zagorsk. L'Eau Froide is an intriguing concept that falls short on delivery.

    21st June, 2014

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    Menthol-balsamic opening, with cedar-incense notes (Iso E), subtle white musks, and a rather generic, pale floral accord. Lutens does Helmut Lang, or Costume National. The menthol-balsamic note is not bad, it has a nice, sharp medicinal vein, a kind of "medical-invigorating-balmy" vibe. A rarefied, thin, white-grey opalescent mood, fascinating itself, and quite thermal too – I think of those ultra-modern trendy pools with Jacuzzis and spa areas. Linalool drydown. Astutely and completely synthetic, not even comparable to "real" Lutens' golden age, but making the effort to judge it as-is, it's – barely – not bad.

    6,5/10

    27 May, 2014

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    Tiger Balm Incense Soap

    L'eau Froide opens up distinctly herbally minty fresh - a cross between toothpaste and chinese metholated oil -rub- tiger balm . Thankfully this only lasts a few minutes at most..... before a mild, clean incense comes into play and pushes out the chinese medicine image . Unfortunately for L'eau Froide ,the incense is fleeting and then it becomes a near copy of the original L'eau with a tiny sour edge to it.

    Practically identical in the dry down of clean soapy mild musks. L'eau is just a smidgen sweeter, that is all . Unless you huff your arm skin endlessly I doubt anyone would notice.

    Dare you smell of chinese headache oil ? Dare you ? I dare not.

    Pros: Clean and fresh * zing !! *
    Cons: Chinese medicine Vibe in the start"

    17 September, 2013

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    unique'ish

    smells like rusted metal submerged in icy water

    Pros:
    Cons: should've been more complex"

    17 September, 2013

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    Fresh-marine with substance

    Mint, and vetiver is mainly what I get initially; later a sea-salt aquatic note breaks through, with white musk added a bit later. Little development on my skin, but surprisingly decent projection. Longevity is about three hours of what is a fresh but unexpectedly substantial fragrance. Nice.

    29 July, 2013

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    L'Eau Froide opens with peppery lemon notes (I believe the lemon comes via olibanum) over light, refreshing spearmint. The result is a kind of cold, breezy fragrance with a prickly, resinous edge. I believe this is the "sea water" accord that everyone is recognizing. As it dries down, vetiver emerges along with a light-to-medium-bodied incense which brings with it some smokiness and a bit of a change in the overall scent-impression. This occurs around the 4 hour mark and remains for the rest of its life, which all but fades completely after about 6 hours.

    L'eau Froide seems well suited for the summer as it is very cooling and not the least bit heavy. However, that does not mean it is weak. It projects well and has a sturdy, solid construction. In other words, the notes aren't thin, fleeting, or flat despite their levity.

    I commend Serge Lutens for taking a risk and creating something atypical of the house. This time it was done well and ultimately adds some variety to the Lutens lineup.

    This is a comfortable and easy wear.

    Consider L'eau Froide if you are looking for a cool, refreshing summer fragrance built around mint, resins, and incense.

    25 February, 2013

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