Daim blond 2004

Daim blond by Serge Lutens
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According to EssenceVitae Research Team A perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men, released in 2004. Furthermore The scent is leathery-spicy. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.
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7.4329 Ratings
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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 18.02.2024.

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DonJuanDeCat

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DonJuanDeCat
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Top Review 14  
Who also has to think of chocolate?
"Daim" in French means suede. But I would never have thought of it if I hadn't looked it up or looked at EssenceVitae here. Because something completely different occurred to me! Namely the chocolate brand Daim, of which there are some versions in the meantime.

Hmmm... chocolate... some of you have been moaning about me here, because sometimes I would contribute with my comments to the fact that the water in your mouth also runs together and then you could not control yourselves any more, so that you stuff yourselves afterwards also with sweet stuff, mu ha ha ha, so you are all also real sweet cats (... Cats!!!! :DDD).

Well, now it's suede, I hope the scent isn't too overwhelming in the heat, phew...!

The fragrance:
I smell a little leather and powdery iris at the beginning. The iris makes the scent softer, which also makes the suede smell quite soft. The fruity apricots give you a moderate but nice sweetness. The cardamom is quite strong at the beginning, which I personally like less. This makes the fragrance appear heavier and spicier. However, the cardamom gets weaker and weaker as the scent progresses and eventually radiates from the background, so that I soon don't find it so disturbing anymore.
A little later, the fragrance continues to smell soft leathery, with the leather initially smelling a little stronger, but then weakening again (well, because the fragrance generally weakens). The fruity-sweet notes also remain and smell quite nice. And, uh... that's about it, by and large.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is moderate and can therefore only be smelled at close range. Soon it becomes even weaker, so that others would have to get even closer if they wanted to perceive anything at all.
The shelf life is longer than ten hours, but it seems to be much shorter, because it becomes very weak with time.

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular, high and thin. It is of high quality, lies well in the hand and looks quite nice for its simple design. On the front a rectangular label with name and logo can be seen, whereas on the newer Serge Lutens flacons the label is black and occupies almost the entire front. I think it is the case that if you don't screw on the spray head, you can put a round, black lid on top of the bottle, otherwise the lid is high and cylindrical. Like I said, a nice bottle.

Well, I think Daim Blond is a great fragrance because it's quite beautiful (even if I personally shouldn't be a leather fan,... and that although Batman has a leather mask and leather cape... argh, that's just by the way from your everyday nerd here, he he :D), but the fragrance isn't so great that it's worth the high price of a Serge Lutens fragrance (for me), but everyone has to know for themselves. It is not a special fragrance, but not soo 0815 either. Just try it out for yourself.

It smells quite autumnal to me, but I think it will hardly disturb me on warmer days because of its weak charisma. If it were a little stronger, I would say that you could also use it for going out, but it's a nice everyday scent.

Yeah, so you can try it sometime!

And to all those who want to moan at me again because of my Daim chocolate comparison, because I make them eat more than they like, I can only say to them: I don't care! Ssh! :DD

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jtd

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Very helpful Review 8  
Persuade me
I love leather perfumes, but apparently don't understand the leather note. The 'leather' note in perfumery doesn't have any relationship to leather for me. Not in Bandit. Not in Rien. Not in Knize Ten. I have a layperson's understanding of the the components, the aromachemicals used in leather perfumes. I even understand the taxonomy and historical role of leather scents in perfumery. It's just that 'leather' doesn't smell like leather to me. Do you think the 'leather' from the start of the 20th century was the 'aquatic' of the end of the century? Was it just marketing of the aromachemicals that that were coming into play at the time?

Given this blind spot in my nose, the perfume that differentiates suede from leather should leave me confused. But I love Daim Blond. It is distinguished and identifiable, but swings through my mind triggering all sorts of associations. A less jammy Robert Piguet Visa (contemporary version.) Sharp and cold like Chanel 19. Powdery-fine like PG Cuir d'Iris. It also fits perfectly into the Lutens line. What Bois de Violette does to its predecessor Feminite du Bois, Daim Blond does to Arabie. Less dense, more crystalline, higher-pitched.

So I forget leather and remember the chilled, sweet cardamom dessert broth my boyfriend and I used to love at a favorite restaurant 20 years ago. Daim Blond's cold, precise spiciness keeps the fruitiness on a short leash. It balances sharpness and powdery sweetness through drydown.
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Ysbrand

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Ysbrand
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Helpful Review 6  
A prince charming
Daim Blond is a handsome take on leather (or suede, for the case)

If this note can be dusky, conservative and grave, reminiscent of old money, luxury and death, in this Serge Lutens creation is still highly refined but young, gentle and spring-like.

The impression of a soft, flexible suede is succesfully achieved with the addition of a creamy orris and powdery musk to the leather accord. This velvety suede is illuminated with the sunny notes listed: sweet, green cardamom and the lush, tad disturbing sweetness of hawthorn flowers. Then the little almond that lies within the apricot pits gives off a very interesting both bitter and fruity nuance to Daim Blond. Apricot kernels remind to bitter almonds indeed. You have this in here, but also a pungent unripe apricot (the fruit) up to a point you imagine the fuzzy skin of the apricot and the elastic suede are so mingled they become the same thing, a bright yellow suede.

The almost liquor-y fruitiness can be overpowering when we reach the drydown (as i see others have noticed too!) once the bitter and leathery notes have lost their ability to balance the sweetness of the persistent blackberry-like musk. Luckily this happens after several hours, most of the times I only notice it the day after.

Overall Daim Blond triumphs at being carefree whithout loosing its gracious manners and aristocratic nature. A blond, smiling prince.
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K1

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Powdery suede - lactonic - musk
Every single perfume of this house gives me the impression of Serge Lutens directs his perfumes to be made of his diary. For being amused with dozens of craps in so-called niche perfumes I was awkwardly away to give this genuine leather a go on my skin.

Initiates with tender creamy saltiness that promises of a suede softer than silk. A fresh green yet juicy apricot brings lactonic aura to this sweet sour leathery vibe like a thin film of gold over tanned skin. In a way it gives me the same mood of Jeux de Peau in a more common and standard way. The base is ornamented and strengthen by a fluent accent of musk.
Impressive feminine scent, bold and distinctive, not an ordinary stuff and sort of sexy skin-loving smell.
4/5
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Mlleghoul

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Mlleghoul
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Karen "I want to talk to the manager" has a complex and tragic back story
I'm revisiting Serge Lutens' Daim Blond, a scent I thought I didn't care for. It's objectively "nice", but it just doesn't resonate with me. I smell the things that people love about it: the elusive whiff of soft suede from the inner pocket of an expensive handbag, the cool floral iris, the bowl of apricots basking in a beam of afternoon sunlight. But those things, they're over there. And I am here. And we don't connect. It's the career woman who got married, had kids, holds an executive position somewhere, and does hot yoga and spin class. So very not me. It makes me think of that photo of Maureen Prescott that you see in the first Scream movie. She looks like a put-together lady. But you later find out she had a past, and it was complicated and fraught, and the catalyst for the entire franchise. Today when I smelled a previously undetected bit of pensive cedar, and wistful violet it made me think about Maureen's pain and trauma and tragedy, and I recognized how layered we all are, and how no one's life is ever quite how we imagine it from the outside. That's something to sit with, and so too, I suppose, is Daim Blond.
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InnascentInnascent 4 months ago
Definitely a fall scent. A very sophisticated creamy suede, stays close to the skin in a perfectly round shaped cloud. For nude make up.
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