I don’t have a lot to say about this fragrance. It’s a simple, luminous, clean musk composition with a big, enduring, and not particularly natural-smelling citrus note grafted onto it. This kind of simple, shampoo-style scent is pleasant enough on its own terms, but it’s available elsewhere for a lot less money. Buy this instead of Mugler Cologne, Gendarme, or DKNY Woman only if must have a niche brand name on your dresser.
L'Eau is a nice warm weather fragrance--very crisp, clean, and like others have mentioned, uncomplicated. It smells like a refreshing summer cocktail of vodka with orange and grapefruit juices and wedges of honeydew melon.
If you like really clean and fresh colognes, this is better (less bad) than most. The soapy quality of it is not too unpleasant, not going too far into the "shower-fresh" territory of too many modern masculine fragrances. It's sort of an "updated" fougere type - it has that licorice-like fern note and vague hints of lavender (or perhaps it's the sage) and citrus.
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Not really much going on here, it's just a clean, fresh, citrus scent. I'm surprised that this was released, but I suppose this house is going after "every day" wear rather than frags that seem better for special occasions.
If you have Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey or anything like it, it's too similar to bother owning.
Premium priced fabric softener ! (Though smelling more like restaurant lemon towelettes). ~ Totally uninspired, or inspiring !
~ It's by no means terrible ... just ... so boring !
According to the (unintentionally?) comical presentation on the SL site, this new creation is supposed to smell like the world's most exclusive soap. Its aim is to convey a long-lasting sensation of wearing clean clothes that have just been taken off a wind-swept washing line. Sure enough, the first whispering notes are ozonic and marine-like. There's a hint of borderline-salty, aquatic transparency, a touch of melon green and the faintest wisps of citrus peel. There's a sprinkling of sweetness. But all is bloodless and quiet. You wonder if the whole thing's going to vanish almost as soon as it's arrived. And then, after a few minutes, you realise that, actually, nothing else is going to happen. The rabbit has been pulled out of the hat and is staring you in the face. You've been given the familiar top notes... and the trick is that they're going to be sustained all the way through to the end.
As far as technical accomplishments go, this is not unimpressive: the sweetness and softness increase - culminating in a translucent vetiveryl drydown - but the central soapiness does remain faithful. However, it also makes you realise that perhaps top notes are as bracing as they are precisely because they're fleeting. Smelling as though you've just stepped out of the shower after having spent the day on an Atlantic beach is undeniably wonderful, but only for a few minutes. Drag the experience on for several hours and the effect you achieve is more like being forced to spend a night on the same beach and not managing to fall asleep because of the drone of a mosquito that just refuses to go away.
It reminds me of the scented towels they give you in restaurants, sans the warmth. Citrus and cotton. Clean. In the fragrance world, it reminds me of Nautica’s White Sail, which is relatively cheap and preceded this Lutens offering. Nothing wrong with L’Eau, but I will pass at its price.