Serge Lutens set to shatter expectations with new ‘eau’


In March, niche French fragrance house Serge Lutens will release Laine de Verre (‘glass wool’ or fiberglass). The third fragrance in the ‘eau’ line, which follows on the heels of L’eau Serge Lutens (2009) and L’eau Froide (2011), comes in the same tall bottles as the other eaux, which differ from the brand’s usual oblong bottle.

The fragrance is believed to have been created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake, Director of R&D at Chanel Fragrances, with Serge Lutens as Creative Director.

Laine de Verre will cost US$160 for 100ml and $110 for 50ml from the brand’s website and selective perfumeries.

Serge Lutens never reveals the notes of its perfumes, but those of Laine de Verre are believed to include accords of citruses, aldehydes and musk, plus woody notes and the molecule cashmeran.

“Laine de Verre is the meeting of two opposites, which nevertheless are complementary,” said Lutens. “One is transparent...on the other wool is also an insulator.”

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Lutens has described the fragrance as a “domestic dispute between my femininity and my masculinity. “A disagreement between femininity and masculinity does not mean a breach; it becomes an agreement,” said the perfumer.