One of the first Lutens perfumes that I tried was Cèdre and I absolutely hated it. The ones that followed were also difficult for me but then came Daim Blond and it was simply stunning. It provided the key to unlock the Lutens-Sheldrake code and embrace their olfactory vision. The thick, fabric-like texture of these fragrances took some time to accept but Daim Blond strikes the perfect balance between lutensian expressionism and comfortable wearing.
Daim Blond is a perfect example of fruit used in the best possible way in a composition. I can smell the apricot right from the opening but it is obvious that this is not going to be a cute little fruit. Equally obvious is leather but a soft, noble leather, without smoky notes. It has a buttery texture, you can almost feel thick ripples of rich suede curling around your fingers as you smell it. The delicate apricot note plays a subliminal game suggesting the fuzzy surface of suede. Everything stays together held by a cloud of sweet almond oil, this neutral, oily smell that gives texture. All the notes present themselves from the opening but during its development leather becomes more prominent and a dark note presents itself in the base. It smells to me like honey with the tiniest hint of immortelle. I cannot smell any spices which is a huge difference from most of Serge Lutens releases and sweetness is harnessed.
During the cooler days of September Daim Blond is one of my favourite fragrances. The reconstruction of the smell of rich suede is amazingly realistic. I love suede for its texture and softness but it falls in this uncomfortable category of clothes that can be worn easily only during a very specific time of the year, when it is obvious that Winter is coming but you know that he is going to drag his feet a little before making an appearance. In Athens this means two, three weeks maximum. Before this suede jackets are just too warm. After this you just don’t dare expose them to a drizzle of autumn rain. Daim Blond offers the experience of rich suede any time of the year and it wears equally comfortably at any temperature. For those of you who cannot find it in a store near you or who find it too expensive, Bottega Veneta created its eponymous perfume that has many similarities with Daim Blond.
Notes from Fragrantica: hawthorn, Ceylon cardamom, iris, apricot kernel, musk, heliotrope, leather
Notes from my nose: apricot, suede, almond oil, honey, immortelle
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