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Fille en Aiguilles  Eau de Parfum by  Serge Lutens

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Fille en Aiguilles

Eau de Parfum

by Serge Lutens

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The name means “Girls in Needles” – and pine needles at that, rather than chic “talons aiguilles” (stiletto heels)… But boys can roll around in them too: this is a decidedly non-gendered, atmospheric scent.

Pine essence is a risky bet in perfumery: its medicinal, turpentine fumes conjure household disinfectants or cough drops and are particularly hard to tame. Serge Lutens, never one to shirk a challenge, opted for playing them up rather than tamping them down: the result is uncharacteristically raw, almost minimalist. In Filles en Aiguilles, the powerful resinous smell of pine is compounded by the camphor blast of vetiver and a wisp of gunpowder incense. Fruity fir balsam and the trademark Lutens candied fruit notes sweeten the blend without playing down its dark green radiance.

A searing afternoon in Mediterranean pine groves or a Californian forest; a Buddhist temple or Christmas morning; the hale aroma of a lumber yard; a painter’s studio strewn with turpentine-soaked rags… Whatever memories Filles en Aiguilles conjures, this poignantly evocative, meditative potion will somehow feel healing. You’ll need it this winter.
Fille en Aiguilles Notes
Pine needles, vetiver, sugary sap, laurel, fir balsam, frankincense, candied fruit and spice.
PerfumerReleasedCountry
Christopher Sheldrake2009France
Fille en Aiguilles - 50ml
  $150 50ml
 
 
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This is marvelous stuff. Smells like no other scent I know of...except perhaps with a nod towards that great pine/sap/evergreen classic, YATAGAN. A dreamy, evocative opening of pine, fir balsam and rosemary immediately transport you to a rugged mountain cabin in Montana. The aromatics are bracing, invigorating, tonic, never turpentine or floorcleaner-like. Closely supporting the evergreen mood are some savory, kitcheny notes of carrot, celery, black pepper and sage.... FILLES is never sweet, never cute or cloying... no, it is bold, outdoorsy, vegetal, cozy and chic. Maybe leans towards the masculine, but some bold women will like it, too. If I were to spend a Christmas holiday skiing in Colorado, hiking in Northern California, or painting in oils in Santa Fe, I'd want to smell like this every day!
By david lincoln brooks - digital artist from boerne, TX, usa on 7/9/2014
Love it! The PERFECT pine/balsam scent. It gets it just right. Never gets gross or smell like cleaner. Im going camping in the Rockies and this is exactly what I want to smell like!
By Anonymous on 4/27/2011
Hmmm, it's strong but the pine is so lovely... This is one of Lutens' stronger creations from the past few years. The smoky incense weaving through the pine needles cuts the greenness a bit, which is a welcome aspect of this composition. I love this, but for x-mas scents nothing beats DSH's subtle, gorgeous Minuit.
By Anonymous - from NYC on 9/17/2010
my sister just fell MADLY in love with this the pine the veviter SO santa will bring it to her via lucky scent! it is a lovely winter scent.
By louise - agent from st pete on 11/26/2009
This scent was harsh and was exactly like having a smoking cedar bonfire on my wrist. Not pleasant. Luckily it had only an hour of staying power. Phew!
By Jules - from East Bay on 11/23/2009
winter up north first snow the air so cold it snaps this is perfect for holiday time pine ... with all array of christmas smells...
By louise - agent from st pete on 11/21/2009
I compared this fragrance with Parfum d'Empire's "Wazamba" today. Wazamba smells like Christmas on me - all coniferous trees and spice. I don't get pine at all from "Fille". Instead I get a smokey incense (which reminds me of CdG "Nomad Tea") for about 1/2 hour followed by beeswax. It's lovely, but it certainly was unexpected given that it is advertised as a pine fragrance. Both perfumes last for hours, but I have to admit that I prefer Wazamba.
By "Wazamba" fan on 11/14/2009
SL fragrances just do not seem to work w/my chemistry. There's an underlying harshness that I'm getting w/this one. However, it may work nicely on someone else & it's the best predominantly pine scent I've smelled. Also, keep in mind this is a cool scent & I prefer some warmth in what I consider a fall/winter scent.
By joy on 10/18/2009
Smells like Parfums D'Empire Wazamba. Its a very foresty, piney..dirty sort of smell...just not for me.
By parfumnut on 10/15/2009
The candied fruit and forest notes sound similar to those in SL Chypre Rouge, though we know that even equivalent notes don't necessarily make a similar fragrance! Please, any comments from luckyscent friends on likenesses/differences between these two??? (thanks!)
By Sarina - from LIC, NY on 9/29/2009
lovely top-notes, so resinous and piney that i actually got kind of excited about it -- but then, alas, the disappointing drydown (fruity and unsubtle.) pass.
By harper on 9/29/2009
Love it! I sniffed it in Paris in July and Ive been excited to get it here...I love pine but lets face it-Its hard to get a good pine scent where people dont say "I smell house cleaner" I actually could've used a little more pine in it but it is awesome!
By Anonymous on 9/26/2009
This stuff is awesome! Not a whiff of Pine-Sol to be found, this is a gorgeous pine scent in the classic Lutens style, rich and luxurious.
By Anonymous - from San Diego on 9/25/2009
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