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Dent de Lait (2017)
by Serge Lutens

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Dent de Lait information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Dent de Lait

Dent de Lait is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Dent de Lait fragrance notes

Reviews of Dent de Lait

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Mild, slightly soapy, slightly metallic, musk. That is all. It seems to be walking in L'eau d'Hiver's footsteps but with weird unpleasant boots on.
16th September, 2018
Anecdotally, the release of this perfume was announced the day a small grey kitten who had started living with me lost his baby teeth. The narrative intersections of my day of kitten's 'milk teeth' leaning out of his mouth, and the branding that set audiences out of ease were strikingly related, and I appreciated how Lutens possesses a magic for moments that would be otherwise surreal at best to articulate.

I went into the scent hunting for the blood note implied in the advertising (expecting, I suppose, something like the "blood accord" used among several scents from Etat Libre d'Orange), but the metallic edge sits in what is one of the cleanest scents I've experienced from the SL line. A blanched, pale almond, sheer transparent florals, a modern heliotrope, and a lingering sense of an almost jasmonic lactone facet.

I think I was prepared for something more literal to the traumatic dental narrative implied—in the way Luten's Jeux de Peau is the substance of a narrative of loss and comfort through the complex bread effect in the scent. If that was the goal, then my disappointment was there initially. But multiple wearings have shown complexity in ways that hold together like the cubist inspired photoshoots Lutens is known for.

Upon one wearing, it is cool and metallic, but oddly so. Not a femme fatale, but rather a child's daydream of growing up to be a battler of men, Another wearing smelled and almost tasted confectionary, as a sweetness asserts itself amongst a list of ingredients that aren't obviously sugary. And yet another the soapiness of a laundry fresh scent appears.

Dent de Lait is a unique treatment of almond the way Heeley's L'Amandiere presents a muted green almond note. The two scents aren't similar, as much as they innovate almond away from some of the gourmand morass in which it is often utilized.

Mostly these coy almonds, very subtle milkiness, and blood-in-the-water eau de subtle violence are the more unusual elements that complicate a sheer floral set so that flowers and their smells are treated as the semiotic signs of the blossoms that inspire them. Translucent, synthetic, and yet still really beautiful.

All these parts don't necessarily mean that the scent innovates or holds together ingeniously. I for one think part of Lutens' brilliance is in working outside trends—going against them, being a few years behind, or sometimes doing the opposite of what is popular. In a year when celebrity fragrances are amplifying the juiciness of fruit notes, and even the likes of Byredo and Frederic Malle are drawing in notes of pineapple and the like, Dolce's light blue's apple, etc—it makes perverse sense for Lutens' to offer a counter proposition that shifts intellectually among the truths of individual, society, tooth fairies, and conditions of artifice growing in their complexity and sensorial richness.

Dent de Lait is a light scent with a cooling effect initially upon application. What proceeds is thin and enigmatic.
01st July, 2018
I had little expectation for Dent de Lait, but was enthused after trying this on a paper strip. It had this fresh, milky and vaguely metallic note jostling alongside heliotrope and almond. Now that I am wearing it, my hopes are completely dashed. Any interesting minty freshness, that is somewhat unique, disappears completely within the first twenty minutes. What remains is a stereotypical concoction of almond, musk and heliotrope that becomes increasingly jarring. Dent de Lait does have good sillage, but unfortunately I find it impossible to tolerate after a while. While there is a reasonable degree of abstraction, the accord is also jaded and vapid. The dry down is clichéd, and I find it tiresome to smell this accord in a Serge Lutens perfume.

Dent de Lait provides further testamony to the proposition that the best days of Serge Lutens as a company have long gone by, especially as one considers the back catalogue.

2/5
24th May, 2018
Love the crisp opening that sparkles, and reminds me of Broadway Nite. It must be the aldehydes. It's slightly floral and then settles down in a creamy soapy skin scent that is a little metallic. All in all, it's very clean and fresh.

Not weird, not disgusting, not vile. I like that it doesnt scream coconut at you, nor almonds, insteadit all blends together into a cozy clean scent. Like bed linen that has been slept in once. You can still detect the freshly laundered feeling and scent, but it's not as pristine as it was. Still clean, but a bit more lived in.
09th February, 2018
Scent is metallic on me. I am not sure why. The aldehydes are nice, but once this dries down it is not nice on my skin. It smells like I am wearing perfume fragrance versus blending into my natural scent and creating a pleasant experience. It is not bad, but it is definitely not one of the best SL. I wore this four times.
13th January, 2018

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