Fille en Aiguilles by Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens 2009


Post by Portia


Hey Hos, Frag Hos that is.

Today I am chatting about a fragrance that has been on my radar for a while. I remember testing it when it first came out and LOVING it but I think at the tiome I was financially recovering from some holiday and it was an inconvenient purchase moment so it went on the list. Special thanks to Michael Edwards for gifting me his bottle.

Fille en Aiguilles by Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens 2009

Fille en Aiguilles Serge Lutens FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Pine needles, vetiver, bay leaf, spices, fruit, incense

WHOO HOO! Spices, stewed fruit, pudding. When Fille en Aiguilles opens it is all about food for me and this amazing moment lasts about 5 minutes until the incense comes on in and dries the whole shebang out. The incense is dry and smoky, unisex and rose-ish.

So I never get the pine. I get the FEELING of walking through pine needles. That dry, dessicated, rustle and shimmery crackle of the pine needles under my feet. It’s a soft but freaky feeling underfoot that is both comforting because it was a commonplace experience in my childhood and freaky because I’ve felt nothing on earth yet that I could compare it to. Many of the beaches in Sydney have conifers of one kind or another on their foreshores and we would run through them and kick them and make whole games and stories with our trucks, cars, barbies, whatever was at hand. Instead of the scent of pine needles I get a balsamic vinegar, a sweet and sour edge that is quite alluring, inviting me to stick my head in my T-Shirt and really enjoy the scent.

Fille en Aiguilles  Serge Lutens manly-beach TripAdvisorPhoto Stolen TripAdvisor

My skin throws a boozy undercurrent too, maybe it’s the fruit, warmed, sweetened and spiced that reminds me of mulled wine. Actually Fille en Aiguilles goes dry and moist in waves, such an interesting fragrance. Sweet/Sour, Light/Shade, Dry/Moist a multiple contradiction re-proving Sheldrake and Lutens genius partnership. A circular scent that grabs the notes and rearranges them in different groupings and asks you again and again, how about like this, or like this, or like this? You sniff deeply to find out how it smells and by the time you’re ready to sniff it again it has changed itself like a chameleon and you must run to keep up. In the end I let myself float on a sea of Fille en Aiguilles, just a beautiful fragrance that I really love.

I usually get excellent scent longevity from Fille en Aiguilles, though not always and I don’t know why. First hour is pretty big but then it calms beautifully. You will be decidedly fragrant and could easily skunk your office if you aren’t careful. Depending on your work of course, I find it perfect for hosting a trivia night.

Fille en Aiguilles  Serge Lutens Pine Needles AJ Cann FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Smelly Thoughts and EauMG
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I am overwhelmed every time I wear Fille en Aiguilles by its loveliness but it could easily be a comfortable wear for someone who merely wears fragrance, rather than a perfumista. A lovely rich and warm scent and I would have bought my Mum a bottle of Fille en Aiguilles had she still been around and I am pretty certain she would have drained it dry and asked for more.

Have you tried it? Did Fille en Aiguilles sing for you? Was it overwhelming or did you think it too like some of his other releases?
Go on, leave a comment. I love to read your thoughts.

Portia xx




20 comments on “Fille en Aiguilles by Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens 2009

  1. poodle says:

    This one is in my top 10 favorites list. I get pine and mulled wine with incense. I absolutely love it. I remember ordering a bottle shortly after trying a sample. Love at first sniff and it was my first Serge Lutens. I never find it overwhelming. It’s rather well behaved on me.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Poodle,
      What a tremendous first Serge Lutens. Also, interesting that we get such different rides with FeA. I’m still waiting to get the pine. I wonder if my pine is a very Australian version of it?
      Portia xx

  2. Nemo says:

    I haven’t tried this SL, but it sounds like it needs to go on the top of my list of things to try. I have the greatest admiration for Christopher Sheldrake’s other SL perfumes, even when they don’t quite work for me! Chergui was my first SL love, and it is the only thing that got me through a really terribly cold winter this past year.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Nemo,
      Yes, these two gents seem to be fragrantly made for each other. Most of what they do in tandem wins for me in some way.
      I bet Chergui was strength and heat for you.
      Portia x

  3. Erica Golding says:

    Enthralling, intriguing review! I am extremely curious about this fragrance now. A pleasure to feel this scent through your perceptions, as always. Xxoo

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Erica,
      Thanks buddy.
      Serge Lutens is a frag house that quite often sits well on my skin, lucky.
      Portia x

  4. Azar says:

    I love your review, Portia. Have not tried this one but after your description (and Poodle’s) I will put this one on my list too!
    Azar xx

  5. Tara says:

    I’ve wanted to try this one for a while now and your review has turned that want into a need.

    I don’t own any SLs, believe it or not, but think this could be the one for me. I love the pine needles in Ormonde Woman so much.

    You really bring perfumes to life, Portia.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      You are sweet. Thank you for your high praise. I feel exactly that when I read your reviews at Olfactoria’s Travels, that the fragrance lives under your scrutiny.
      Portia xx

  6. Janice says:

    Now I must try this one again. I remember testing it just once briefly when it was released and I did get the pine and found it a little too… something, maybe a bit strong for me back then, but I think I missed a lot of the nuances. You make it sound lovely. I will give it another try with an open mind.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Janice,
      Many of the Serge Lutens frags are a little too something for most people. Give it another go but don’t feel sad if it doesn’t work for you. There is SO MUCH other choice that a sigh of relief escapes me when something really doesn’t hit the spot.
      Portia xx

  7. Masha says:

    I loved this when I tried it, and used up the sample quickly. It’s been on my “to buy” list forever, but when I heard 5 O’clock au Gingembre was being discontinued, I bought a bottle of that instead (and love it). So I’m saving my pennies and this one is on the top of my SL list now. Hope it isn’t discontinued like Rousse or Gingembre…. (I know most people didn’t care for those two, but I have/had bottles of both, along with Chergui.)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi Masha,
      I had not heard that Gingembre ws being discontinued. What a surprise. Where is you info from?
      I love it and will be very sad to see it go.
      Portia xx

      • Masha says:

        Gingembre was discontinued the summer of 2012 in the USA only. It’s still sold in civilized countries…;-)

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        AhA! Right, that’s why we can still get it here Masha.
        Portia xx

  8. JMR says:

    This is one of my favorite fragrances. I find it just so comforting – especially for how “out there” it is. To date, it is the only SL that I own.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Interesting choice JMR. I love that you enjoy FeA “out there”-ness and can still find it a comfort scent.
      I totally get where you’re coming from. Are there any others that make you feel like that?
      Portia xx

  9. Undina says:

    Fille en Aiguilles is one of my favorite SL’s perfumes: I own a bottle of it and enjoy wearing it in winter. I also really like its color.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Undina,
      YAY! I am happily surprised we click on this because I really love the way it smells, though I am careful not to spritz it when wearing white.
      Portia xx

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