Daim Blond, by Serge Lutens, launched in 2004. That was the same year as Chêne, Vetiver Oriental and Fleurs de Citronnier — a good year over at Serge Lutens, no? Chêne especially stole my heart (I'm wearing it now for the first time in months, and I'm falling in love all over again). Daim Blond — French for white pale suede — was nice, but it was Chêne and Fleurs de Citronnier that went on my buy list.
I've gone through a handful of samples of Daim Blond since, and I still haven't really made up my mind about it. This is the perfect time of year for it though: a spring day, when there's still a slight chill in the air. That helps to keep the opening — a rich, sweet mixture of stewed fruits and spices, and if you know the Serge Lutens line, you already know exactly what I mean but it's not nearly so rich, sweet or spicy as some others — in check.
The dry down is softer: dried apricots drizzled with honey and lightly dusted with cardamom (and surely other spices as well, although if there's cumin, it's soft: this is not one of the Serge Lutens fragrances that veers into curry) over a butter-soft, pale-but-warm leather, smoothed over with iris. The hawthorn does not stand out unless you go looking for it; the heliotrope I don't notice at all except that I suppose it adds to the sweetness. There's a shade of something vaguely medicinal (some people say cough syrup, some people say bandaids) in the early stages, and a shade of the wood pencil from Santal Blanc in the later stages.
On the right day, when Daim Blond works, it's cozy and sexy at the same time — the perfect leather comfort scent. On the wrong day, gosh but it's sweet.
Serge Lutens Daim Blond was developed by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. It is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Haute Concentration (reportedly 20% concentration) for $140. For buying information, see the listing for Serge Lutens under Perfume Houses.