Serge Lutens Boxeuses & Bas de Soie ~ new fragrances

Serge Lutens Boxeuses & Bas de Soie

Serge Lutens will launch two more new fragrances this year, Boxeuses and Bas de Soie.

Boxeuses (shown above left) joins the exclusive range, and is a woody leather fragrance with gourmand accents including plum and licorice.

Bas de Soie ("silk stockings", shown above right) joins the export range. It is a floral based on hyacinth, with powdery accents and iris.

Serge Lutens Boxeuses will be available in 75 ml (110€) and will launch in September.

Bas de Soie will be available in 50 ml (79€) and will launch in June.


Update: see a review of Serge Lutens Bas de Soie.

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  1. Boxeuses sounds a bit scary to me – plum AND licorice AND leather! – but the Bas de Soie might be SL’s answer to En Passant? The iris in that sounds nice.

    • Robin says:

      I love hyacinth, and the only wonderful hyacinth I have is L’Artisan’s now discontinued Jacinthe des Bois. I am VERY excited!

      • Doh! En Passant has only got lilac, I now realise, but Bluebell and Patou Vacances have both. Mind you they are both quite green, so I probably have never smelled anything quite like the new SL…

  2. datura5750 says:

    He KNOWS what I like!

    • Robin says:

      He knows what I like too, but he doesn’t always take that into account when developing new fragrances ;-)

      • Julia says:

        He knows what I like too, except he doesn’t know he knows as I’m still exploring the back catalogue. I have a friend with an August birthday who adores anise and wears it very well. Perhaps a slightly belated birthday present…?

        • sarahbeth says:

          Julia, I think Etro’s version of Anice is very nice, have you tried it?

          • Haunani says:

            I like Etro’s Anice, too.

  3. Nina says:

    * Faint * Woody, leather, liquorice? Gimme! Please let it be a proper Serge, and not a fabric softener this time.

    • tsetse says:

      Hee hee. Fabric softener….

    • Robin says:

      Bet that one fabric softener was enough. Or else it will sell oodles & get its own flanker.

    • miss kitty v. says:

      Are you speaking of Eau de Serge? ;) I tried to give that one the benefit of the doubt, but it did not float my boat. It sank my boat, actually.

      • NaturalSelektion says:

        I too tried to give it a chance, and it didnt work out. I’m not even sure what I was smelling but I just know that I didnt like it. I’m wearing Tubereuse Criminalle right now, and that is the type of fragrance that enriches ones life. Aahh…so nice

  4. Daisy says:

    hyacinth and powdery iris? oooooo—Serge could win me back with talk like that!

  5. Six says:

    In the same newsitem, Cuir Mauresque is announced to be the next time-limited export!

    • Nina says:

      Hmm, interesting. I’m still waiting for Iris Silver Mist to be the export special.

    • ScentScelf says:

      Ah! Thanks for that heads up. (Ponders adding FB of Cuir Mauresque to wish list…)

    • Robin says:

      Why is it never Tubereuse Criminelle?!?

  6. boojum says:

    I’ll have to give the hyacinth one a sniff. My poor mother is not allowed to wear fragrance because my father hates it (he even snipes at her shampoo and handsoap!)… but he loves hyacinths. Maybe?

    • mals86 says:

      I’m fairly certain DSH’s Dutch Blue Hyacinth (Essense Oil) comes in bath/body products as well as the perfume oil. You might want to check out a sample for her…

      • OperaFan says:

        Mals – You’ve got me curious about this one. It’s the 2nd time I’ve seen you mention it. I’ll definitely have it on my samples list the next time I order from DSH.

        • mals86 says:

          If I’d gotten my hands on some Jacinthe de Bois I don’t know that I’d keep recommending the DSH… sigh. You can’t test EVERYthing.

      • Daisy says:

        OH dang!! I knew there was a sample of something I was meaning to get the next time I ordered from her—and yet when ordering goodies that Blue Hyacinth flew right out of my head! grrrrrr

      • lemonprint says:

        DSH is??? (she asked hopefully?) I tried to google “Dutch Blue Hyacinth oil” but struck out!

    • Robin says:

      Good luck!

  7. Jill says:

    Both sound good to me! Actually, very good.

  8. Abyss says:

    I’m liking the sound of both!

  9. miss kitty v. says:

    Knocked me out of the running with both of these : I don’t do licorice, and I’m anosmic to iris. Well, money saved… (Although Serge will get my money one way or another. I still want Borneo, and Chergui, and Daim Blond, and… )

    • Daisy says:

      lol —even after reading March’s dead mouse in the laundry room story the other day, you still want Borneo? so brave….

      • miss kitty v. says:

        I don’t get dead mouse from Borneo at all! :( Or Gris Clair, for that matter.

    • Julia says:

      Check your email again! ;)

  10. Thalia says:

    Ooh, do you suppose they will send samples of Bas de Soie to newsletter subscribers? Did they not do that with L’Eau?

    • Robin says:

      Don’t know…didn’t know there was a newsletter!

  11. Zazie says:

    Boxeuse would be such a fitting name for me: I love it!
    (and also bas de soie, for what matters!)

    But the liquorice is the bit that scares me: many export SL scents conjure a liquorice note once on my skin, and I seldom manage to pull it off (I don’t like liquorice/anise notes)!
    Daim blond, Douce amere, santal blanc, filles en aguilles and I am forgetting some… on my husband it is even worse. Daim blond becomes a huge haribo roll on him! Too bad. Well, whatever. I have a long list of non export SL lemmings. TC is on top!

    • Delfina says:

      I too want a bottle with that name on in my cabinet! To wear when I want to feel in a fighting mood! And I too am scared of licorice…

  12. AnnS says:

    Bas de Soie sounds awfully pretty….

    And Robin, total agreement about Jacinthe des Bois – I only have a sample of it and I am crying that it is no longer around! (L’Artisan disc too many of their wonderful perfumes – I’m also lamenting the loss of Orchidee Blanche!)

  13. jorid says:

    Ooh! Exiting! Plum! Hyacinth and Iris! :D
    I wish there was a SL store next door (/in this country), I could stay in there all day.

  14. Joe says:

    Add me to the list of the curious… I tend to be a die-hard Serge acolyte. I think Cuir Mauresque is great, so it’ll be nice if that gets more fans by being added to the export range.

    And you know, Serge seems downright reasonably priced in the middle of the market these days.

  15. Thalia says:

    Heh — not to me. Parfums de Nicolai is about as pricey as I’m willing to go. Serge would seem somewhat moderate if you were buying 100 ml instead of 50, maybe …

  16. Parfumesse says:

    Oh Serge you get me so excited with these new scents,can’t wait!!!

  17. Bela says:

    I’m scare of hyacinth – Penhaligon’s Bluebell is the perfume I would most like to wipe off the face of the earth – so Bas de Soie might not be for me, although my favourite SLs are the floral ones.
    I love the name (I will enjoy recording it).

    As for Boxeuses (LOL!), licorice is a problem note for me…

    But they both sound unusual and very interesting.

    • Robin says:

      J, what on earth does Boxeuses mean??

      • Thalia says:

        I read that it means “boxer shorts.”

        • Robin says:

          Ah, that would make sense, fits w/ all the other clothing references.

        • Bela says:

          LOL! No. It means ‘female boxers’.

      • crowflower says:

        Female practitioners of the sport known as boxing.

        • Joe says:

          That’s what I figured, too… but thought it was a very odd name for a perfume. At least from Serge. But … whatever.

          Next in the series: Lutteuse

          • crowflower says:

            Why not Escrimeuse?

          • miss kitty v. says:

            Along the lines of yesterday’s discussion about Borneo: Souris Morte. ;)

          • miss kitty v. says:

            And I realize the above comment was out of step with the sumo wrestlers and boxers, but just felt the need to throw it in there.

        • Bela says:

          Oops, sorry, didn’t see you’d answered the question already.

    • mals86 says:

      Bluebell only smells like hyacinth for three minutes, on me, and then it is a chemical spill. I wouldn’t judge all hyacinth fragrances by it.

      • Bela says:

        I worked for Penhaligon’s for several months many years ago: I used to fill bottles, etc. That was the one fragrance I always asked someone else to deal with. I felt really sick when I *had* to do it.

  18. ami says:

    i made a huge mistake adding up all my spendings on the perfumed court so far. very close to our GDP. so decided to stop for a relatively big while and enjoy what i already have. but i have to try Bas de Soie…

  19. Tama says:

    Serge and I are not having a very hopeful flirtation, but Bas de Soie sounds quite lovely. I love hyacinth, and have been sad that AT’s Hyacinths and a Mechanic experiment will never make its way to me (and has reportedly been lost, to boot). I know this will be nothing like that, but will still be nice to try.

    • boojum says:

      It’s good to have a friend over in this lonely corner…

  20. megank4 says:

    They both sound nice.

  21. pyramus says:

    Dammit dammit dammit I am going to Paris in less than three weeks and might even have a chance to go to the Serge Lutens boutique and they’re not launching Boxeuses until September? Why? How can they do this to me?

    Well, I’ll just have to order a decanted sample, then. It sounds very much like the kind of thing I would love. (Although Lutens scents are about fifty fifty for me, and it’s almost always love or hate, nothing in between. Still, this DOES sound awfully nice.)

  22. sjas1962 says:

    Let’s put the one that everybody and their brother is going to be craving in the exclusive range. On some level, I’m really getting tired of that schtick.


    • annemarie says:

      Yep, putting something out of most people’s reach is how these brands operate. That’s how they maintain their prestige. How many times have we grumbled about the absurdly large bottles that Chanel have put out in their exclusive range? I’m sick of it too. It’s driving me somewhat in the direction of exploring obscure and vintage miniatures. Interesting fragrances that few other people will be wearing, at a fraction of the cost.

      However, I’m not too worried about wearing popular fragrances. I wear my White Linen and Youth Dew happy in the knowledge that they have brought pleasure to thousands (millions?) of women who couldn’t otherwise afford fine fragrance.

  23. Sniffit says:

    Boxeuses sounds intriguing. Of course, it’s the non-export one.

  24. Flora says:

    OMG, for once the Export release is the one I want! Serge does hyacinth!? SQUEEEEE!!!!!

    Of course Boxeuses sounds fab too! So many Serges, so little time!

    (Fans self vigorously…)

  25. rebella says:

    I think they both sound much more interesting then the late coupple of releases from SL. Looking forward to try both of them.

  26. ceelouise says:

    And to think a few years ago everyone worried he was going to stop creating fragrances.

  27. Trebor says:

    It’s funny no-one’s mentioned the new label design. Could this be Serge telling us that this is the beginning of a new epoch (especially after Sheldrake’s departure)?

    Maybe L’Eau Serge Lutens (never smelt it and am certainly not in any hurry to) was an artistic statement in more ways than one – the temporary cleansing of the palette (with the anticipation of soon savouring something very different but within the realms of what went on before), an insertion between two chapters, a signpost for the end of one era and the advent of another…

    Oh, Boxeuses sounds amazing! Let’s hope this is a return to form.

  28. cazaubon says:

    Sounds great except for that licorice note – I hope it’s undetectable.

  29. Stephen says:

    Super psyched for both!!!!! Yay!!!

  30. chrissyinoz says:

    OMG!!! leather!!! & licorice!!! & plum!!!! DROOL

  31. jonr951 says:

    Robin, have u gotten to try Bas De Soie yet? Im so very curious about hyacinth. Ive never smelled it before. : )

  32. jonr951 says:

    Well the reason I asked was because I got a sample of it w/ the sample of Saks Rose I won. I would love to send it to you! I know you’ll enjoy it much more than I ever will. : )

    • Robin says:

      Send me an email — robin at nstperfume dot com, and maybe we can do a swap next week!

  33. parfumnut says:

    If anybody has a bottle of SL Bas de Soie….would you considering selling of a split to a poor soul that would love to try it :)

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