Very helpful Review 5
More iron lady than iron maiden.
In the last times i have had the chance to visit several times the beautiful showroom of Serge Lutens at Les Jardins du Palais Royal, and experience some of the exclusive fragances, including this very last release, La Vierge de Fer, probably some of you are curious about it, so here are my impressions.
As every time a new fragance from the House of Lutens is released, it comes with an exquitely designed mythology that usually triggers my desire to smell it as very few brands manage. In this case, the concept is so appealing. The religion of Iron needed a Virgin, and the Virgin, a lily. What a delightfl transition from the torture device at the service of fanatism, to the a flower of purity. A maiden of iron, with its hollow inside covered in nails and razors to purify the sins of the body and make the soul worthy of our Lady´s lily... it gives you chills, but this poetic imaginery indeed describes pretty much what the scent is.
A lily that smells of metal. Or, well, a bit metallic.
But in order to really understand La Vierge de Fer, here´s a warning. This is not a dark, gothic fragance. Take a lily and take a metal note. Fuse them masterfully so the lily morphs into iron (or blood) in one single deep sinff. There you have it. No torture chambers. No coldness from the metal. No mistery even. Not a shadow, but a beautiful, heady lily, at the very light of the day.
Now, lilies can be a torture device for some people! They sure are heady. I find myself having this sadomasochist feeling when i happen to have fresh lilies at home... i love them but they can be too much, and even if im grasping for air, i wont dare to open a window... La Vierge du Fer is not as suffocating, but is way headier than Un Lys from the same line. Un Lys is greener; a natural smelling lily. La Vierge is more complex. The addition of jasmine imparts a more sensual and femenine quality (almost sexy, not really virginal) than Un Lys (i would wear Un Lys) and the tinkling iron note makes it more aggresive and high pitched than the former, which is probably what i like best of this perfume. But, overall, aggressive is not really a word that goes with La Vierge de Fer, lets say more assertive... it is a pleasant, grown-up, lily soliflore that wont give you maedieval nightmares , nor fulfill your heavy metal fantasies.
The quality is outstanding as you would expect of the price. Great performance and longevity. I loved that the metallic notes didn´t fade although i long they managed to transform the lily up to the point it smells really cold and detached instead of seductive and ladylike. But really worth a sniff! We need more lilies!