When I first tested SL's L'eau, it brought back an olfactory memory: Nautica's White Sail.
I acquired some White Sail so I could do a side-by-side test.
I did that test today and I would say my memory was correct. They are quite similar. Both convey the "laundered shirt accord" coupled with citrus and clean notes. The Lutens offering is a touch sweeter at points in the dry down, but I don't see it to be in any way superior.
Nautica's offering predates Lutens. And can be had at a fraction of the cost.
Should any of you like L'eau but are hesitant due to its price, White Sail might be worth a test.
This is quite interesting to me. I've never smelled any of the Serge Lutens line, but White Sail is the frag that got me back into this hobby/obsession and was the first full bottle I bought in many years. I still like it, but haven't worn it in a while. I may have to wear it again soon, though I actually like it better in cooler weather than warm/hot.
Thanks for sharing.