After sending ripples of dismay throughout his fandom with his clean-laundry Eau Serge Lutens, the magus of the Palais Royal strikes again. L’Eau Froide isn’t cool: it’s cold. And though it’s as refreshing as a splash of spring water on a sweltering day, don’t go mistaking it for cologne: this is a full-on eau de parfum.
The cold, mineral facets of incense are seldom exploited. It is this quintessentially oriental ingredient that Serge Lutens asked Christopher Sheldrake to chill out. Though the house never gives out notes, the skin-cooling effects of ginger – and perhaps mint – are perceptible, while the naturally citrusy top notes of incense resin blend with aromatic and peppery facets. A cocktail of musks warms the blend in the drydown.
If hell ever froze over, this is what fallen angels would smell of. Pretty cool, actually.