Name That Scent: Clean Trees, Lemon Candy, & Fratty Jock

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk.

Fragrance: Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide, $150

What Serge Lutens thinks it smells like: “L’Eau Froide gives you the feeling of coldness like a fan, and this feeling remains all day long. A cold perfume which becomes delicate on the skin, a minty feeling, L’Eau Froide contains four musks which link the incense of Somalia to the skin, as well as an aquatic note and woody note, cedar wood, which leaves a freshness aura all day long.”

What we think it smells like:

  • “It’s clean and woody, like if you washed a tree.”
  • “Like a guy who wants to be all that, but is really a douchebag.”
  • “It reminds me of a fratty jock, but not a cute one.”
  • “My brother.”
  • “Aftershave.”
  • “The girl version of an aftershave.”
  • “That little blue soap at a rented beach house and/or hand sanitizer.”
  • “Very strong and cologne-y.”
  • “Some kind of lemon candy. Not real lemons!”
  • “Mint and grapefruit.”
  • “Patchouli.”
  • “A little like licorice. It’s spicy and strong.”


Tune in next time when we review Elie Saab Le Parfum, a “solar evocation of Mediterranean petals whose light echoes the sun at its height”.

PREVIOUSLY: Thirdman Eau Profonde, Valentino Valentina, Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport, Eva Longoria EVAmour, Lacoste L12.12. Rouge, Versace Yellow Diamond, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, Especially Escada, Arquiste Infanta en Flor, Bulgari Omnia Coral, Illuminum White Gardenia Petals, Serge Normant Avah, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino

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