Baptême du Feu (2016)

Baptême du Feu by Serge Lutens
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Baptême du Feu is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-fruity. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Fragrance Notes

Candied tangerine zest, Carnation, Castoreum, Ginger, Cinnamon



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Submitted by OPomone, last update on 26.10.2018
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Outflanking Spice Manœuvre
This may mislead one at first into deeming it a rather bogstandard spice-bomb & "that,'s all folks!". But no! Do have patience with it. A little will do. It unfolds into a really ^very^ rich & solid 'fume - amply pungeant, & with plenty of balsamic-woody-muskiness going on. Yes, the ginger ^is^ very prominent; but casting the "gingerbread" appellation at it fails very substantially to do it justice. I'm even getting a touch of soapiness - wouldn't expect soapiness to fit in here, but somehow it does.

Some say the sheer heft of this falls short of the Serge Lutens standard. I don't think it ^falls short^, but rather it presents somewhat °obliquely°. And why ought it not? I don't think it's incumbent on SL to make ^every^ one of their 'fumes a full-frontal charge of the heavy horse, just because most of them are! It's a pleasant change, this one: not ditching the heft, just directing it more flank-wise than is their wont.

And it's holding up ^astonishingly^ well against the remnants of the weekend's ~Ceylon~ broaching!

... a couple of hours later ...
I'll tell you what this reminds me of - and some people will be aghast, I think, at my saying this - but this ^is^ distinctly the superior 'fume, & I'm not just saying so because it's the more expensive, it ^is^ the superior 'fume - but this one that it reminds me of ^is^ one that I do like, and deem much better than a certain fashion for doing it down would have it -- and the 'fume is this - ~Obsession~ (lady's (nominally)) by Calvin Klein. Both have a certain °dry smokiness° that I really enjoy (provided it's not ^too^ often!) in a 'fume.

There isn't a touch of civet in this, is there?
Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
Helpful Review    2
I had a sample of this and tested it completely expecting it to be a " meh" going off the earlier reviews. Boy was I wrong! This starts out on me as a very jammy orange that calms down and gives way to a Moreish gingerbread, but never disappears totally.
Woody notes creep into the mix and it switches from harshness to loveliness constantly creating the most addictive aroma. Its silage and longevity are both great and I just find it such a mysterious, intoxicating scent and from so few ingredients! Who knew?!
Sillage 6.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
The long, lost cousin of Divine's L'Homme Sage
Like many of the newer Serge Lutens' fragrances, Baptême du Feu seems created to have a gentler, less conspicuous personality. There's none of the oak leaves and dirt of Chene, no Fleurs d'Orange flower bombs, and certainly none of the sticky pine resin and charred bark of Fille en aiguilles.

Baptême du Feu takes a while to dry down before its personality emerges. When it does, it's a nice, warm, well mannered, well blended fragrance. While those qualities seem complimentary, there's a downside to being just nice. Aside from a bit of ginger and powdery carnation, nothing stands out to provide a defining character. The overall effect is a pleasant, spicy warmth revealing a pedigree in Lutens' Five O'clock Gingembre and Vitriol d'Œillet. But those fragrances have personality and backbone; they make a statement. Baptême du Feu is meek by comparison.

Despite the family bloodlines, Baptême du Feu has more in common with L'Homme Sage by Divine. Both fragrances have a very similar structure based on warm, blended spice notes. While Baptême du Feu is slightly sweeter with a touch of powdery carnation, L'Homme Sage has of range and variety of spice accords endowing it with a depth of character and definition Baptême du Feu cannot match.

If it can be said without sounding like an insult, Baptême du Feu is, at best, nice. Unfortunately, "nice" means it lacks the personality of Luten's typically bold fragrances. I miss that quality in the newest entries from this house.
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Hermesh 2 years ago
Good flavored gingerbread with a drop of mulled wine and some well perceptible metallic touch that adds to this dense fragrance originality.+3
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 7.5

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