Harsh opening of burnt citrus and smoke that is overwhelming for the first hour, but the more I wore Baptême du Feu the better it evolved. After an hour or so more dried fruit notes reminiscent of Christmas puddings. I got more hints of the cake-like gingerbread rather than the crisp cookie style and the smoke notes really simmered down and reminded me more of dying fire embers.
A dark aroma of mandarin marmalade - with a touch of restrainedly chutney-like spicy zest - opens the beginning, with an underlying impression of a soft and creamy raisin bread also forthcoming here.
Soon a touch of smokiness arises, a slightly unusual burnt addition - maybe the gunpowder mentioned in the scent pyramid, which is given added depth by a castoreum; the latter becomes evinces a touch of sweet peppers and gradually becomes more prominent with time. Touches of osmanthus add another facet of gentle spiciness.
I get moderate sillage, good projection, and five hours of longevity on my skin.
This scent for autumn evenings is quite a creative creation, which uses ideas not frequently used in perfumery. Some phases are thick and syrupy and are lacking nuances and texture at times, but the creaminess makes for a rich impression. 3.5/5
At first it is a bit difficult but as it evolves it becomes more and more cosy. Much more complex fragrance than the notes listed, so try it before purchasing. Personally I find it very interesting and unusual; an oriental who pretends to be gourmand with good longevity and the sillage is average . Spicy and sweet. For my nose the main notes are tangerine, gingerbread and floral note.
Probably my favourite Lutens so far. His scents seem to turn on me a bit, and this one doesn't. A beautiful, rich, fiery, spicy, yet deep, dark and seductive perfume. I'm getting lots of cinnamon - or is it that gunpowder impression that appears cinnamon-y to me? Maybe there are some dried fruits under that to give it some slight sweetness, too - but overall fragrance is not sweet. It does feel like fire - a bit. And the name - Baptism by Fire - is both so beautiful and so fitting here. I couldn't wear this all the time, but I can definitely see myself growing to love it a lot.