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La Fille de Berlin (2013)
by Serge Lutens

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La Fille de Berlin information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 135 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About La Fille de Berlin

La Fille de Berlin is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2013

La Fille de Berlin fragrance notes

Reviews of La Fille de Berlin

I tried this sample with some trepidation, as a review I read on a different site described it as a rose growing in "the ruins of Berlin after the War", which was very off-putting. There was nothing like that in my experience of this scent, fortunately. It is a simply a beautiful rose chypre, with notes of violet, amber and musk, and I absolutely love it. Rose scents can be tricky, either veering towards strawberry jam or shampoo, but La Fille de Berlin stayed resolutely rosy, with the additional notes deepening and providing a warm background to the rose. It never become too sweet on my skin, and lasted a good four hours. I'd really love an FB of this and only wish it wasn't so expensive - but in this case I think the price does reflect the quality of the ingredients. Incidentally, the scent is said to be unisex, but quite honestly I think it would be difficult for a guy to pull this off. But why not, if he has the confidence? It would smell wonderful on anyone.
17th August, 2020
If Sa Majesté La Rose is a rose soliflore, then La Fille de Berlin is a blooming, breathing rose upon the skin of you or someone you like. There is the rose, crimson, large and living, incredibly deep and vivid; accentuated with a touch of pepper, it is sometimes a bit icy and a bit metallic. There are some hints at fresh green notes and berries, but it is always about the rose. There is no surprise or twist here, as La Fille de Berlin slowly grows mellow over several hours to a base of rosy amber/woods/musk. There's no discernible amber or musk, as they have been rightly compromised to make way for the rose.

In a range that often gives us sweet perfumes, La Fille de Berlin is completely devoid of any sweetness. Its vivacity reminds me of Lipstick Rose, but it is perhaps closest to Rossy de Palma in terms of scent profile; but there are key differences. Rossy de Palma is more fresh-green, and there is a definite focus on patchouli in the later stages. La Fille de Berlin is all about the rose, left, right and centre.

La Fille de Berlin could be deceptive as a nice but simple rose fragrance, but I find it to be a tremendous tour-de-force composition, a rare specimen of graceful magnificence, transitioning ever so slightly from cool to warm, and a perfume of unparalleled beauty, and sometimes just a little quirky. It exists in the most crowded category of floral perfumes, but stands alone where no one else does.

I enjoy La Fille de Berlin even more in cold, crisp weather; otherwise it transcends fashion, styles, gender and the hour of the day. Perfection, irrespective of whether worn in or out of context, and it can be worn for weeks as it becomes a second skin. Lush, elegant, contemporary, urbane, intelligent, a complete head turner, and finally a bit emotional and remarkably memorable; deadly and devastating in the best possible ways.


5/5
11th April, 2019
The rose is peppery-sweet. The amber, musk, and patchouli have a balsamic buzziness about them. Rich, dark, deep.
10th August, 2018
I am extremely picky about roses and rose scents. Ever since I was little I imagined how they would smell--and then finally smelt the real thing and felt let down, until this scent. This is what I always imagined Roses to smell like--and it does not have the chemical scent that seems to get trapped in my nose and mouth with a lot of rose scents.

The perfume itself is powerful and opens full throttle--I would definitely suggest spraying lightly with this and avoid wearing this in the middle of summer (a mistake I made as the scent became overpowering). This scent is a full rose in bloom, and for me the perfume continues to become lovelier in the drydown. It feels plush, sweet, romantic but with a peppery firey hint that keeps it from going to saccharine. The scent never settles into my skin, I always feel like it rests just above my skin in a warm, luxurious scent.

Definitely a statement, dramatic, mature scent.

I never thought I'd buy or fall in love with a rose scent, and this perfume made me eat my words. I went through several decants, and finally purchased the full bottle and it was my first Lutens purchase.
31st May, 2018
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
24th July, 2017
I found Lutens' Rose de Nuit to be a light and lovely rose.

I find La Fille de Berlin to be a rich, deep rose with, as others have said on these pages, a jammy sweetness.

Two sides of the same coin and both eminently wearable, suggesting day and evening suitability.

I have yet to experience Lutens' first rose scent, Majestie La Rose, and wonder where on the spectrum this will announce itself.

For the purposes of this review, Berlin is a fine soliflore, and one that is quite unisex in my opinion, a rarity for a rose-centered fragrance.
09th April, 2016

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