Bas de Soie by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2010


Post by Eliza D


Hi there APJ,

People often talk about fragrance for mood, the more I think about it the more sense it makes.

Bas de Soie by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2010

Bas de Soie Serge Lutens FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Iris, hyacinth, galbanum, spice, musk

If one wears perfume to create a mood, or to prepare oneself to be a certain way in the world, then Bas de Soie (Silk Stockings) is my leather and heels take no prisoners you’re not fooling me I am sorry but you don’t have an appointment work fragrance. I know, I know, this was probably never meant to be worn to work, but sometimes you need a perfume like this to alter the scene.

 Bas de Soie Serge Lutens Blue moon liz west FlickrPhoto Stolen liz west Flickr

Bas de Soie intrigued me from the moment I tried a sample as part of a collection from The Posh Peasant. While most perfumes I wear settle during the dry down to their bass notes, Bas de Soie sings in a mezzo-soprano range from its opening to its last breath. It’s this quality that makes me sit up a little straighter and respond a little more crisply than usual. There’s no time to relax when wearing it.

Though Fragrantica gives the notes iris, hyacinth, galbanum, spice and musk all in a row all I can smell are the flowers. As if someone had pulled them out of the ground, roots and all, and was pressing them under my nose. hard. for a long time.

Sillage is moderate, and longevity on me is very good. After an eight hour day, I can still smell Bas de Soie. So, if you want a flower with a bit of an edge, or as someone on Fragrantica recently wrote “Beautiful and delicate but scary as hell,” try Bas de Soie.

Portrait of a businesswomanPhoto Stolen Victor1558  Flickr

From LuckyScent: With Bas de Soie (aka Silk Stockings) following up on Serge Noire, Filles en Aiguilles and Fourreau Noir in his new vein of sartorially-named fragrances, Serge Lutens has ventured out of black and into the blue by splicing hyacinth and iris. Is this hyaris or iricinth? The two notes are so intimately blended in this shimmering scent that they can’t be teased apart. Those who wondered where the Lutens-Sheldrake tandem would go after their L’Eau Serge Lutens shocker have their answer. And it’s not back to Marrakesh: Bas de soie is as quintessentially Parisian as the gardens of the Palais Royal.

Further reading: Grain de Musc and Olfactoria’s Travels
LuckyScent has $130/50ml
Surrender To Chance samples start at $4/.5ml

What’s your power fragrance at work?


8 thoughts on “Bas de Soie by Christopher Sheldrake for Serge Lutens 2010

  1. “Bas de Soie (Silk Stockings) is my leather and heels take no prisoners you’re not fooling me I am sorry but you don’t have an appointment work fragrance.” – Eliza, that made me laugh so loud, that my daughter rushed in from her room to check what on Earth was going on with me!!!!! I am not a hyacinth lover, but the tension you wrote about made me prick up my ears!


    • You are going to HIS shop, like SL’s shop? OMG I am so jealous!

      Portia, I have to tell you that some friends of mine and I held our very own Sniffapalooza last Friday. We had a ball! My coffee table was covered with upturned glasses. In each was a cotton ball with fragrance. We sniffed to our delights 🙂 I haven’t had that much fun since….



  2. I like Bas de Soie (and really enjoyed your definition for it 🙂 ) but on my skin it stays for barely a couple of hours. I like the opening but then it settles down too soon. I might try it again in warmer weather.


  3. What a timely post, I actually wore BdS to work today. I knew I would be working in a small meeting room all day with 5 other people, so I actually took some time to think about what I would wear. I was going to go for Mythique, but decided to go with this. It is a little more off beat.


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