Fille en Aiguilles fragrance notes

    • Pine needles, vetiver, sap, laurel, fir balsam, frankincense, candied fruit, spice

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Latest Reviews of Fille en Aiguilles

A fragrance I'd be happy to make my signature, if I had the money that this now fetches. I want to do a side by side with Memo - Shams in Oud, but in my mind both are incredibly similar during their drydown, with the Lutens being the more bold of the two and Shams being the more wearable as Fille is certainly abrasive. Bone dry and peppery evergreen woods, drenched in sticky and bitter resin. This isn't just the pine smell of Gris Clair, it's that plus so much more. Something akin to herbal cough mixture in the vein of a bitter Italian amari or Slovakian Demanovka Bitter. If artemsia and Caron's Yatagan are your thing then seek this out.
29th January 2023
This ranks as perhaps my favorite Serge Lutens: it may not be the most innovative, spellbinding, or even challenging from Christopher Sheldrake. It's simply the most beautiful to my humble nose (and heart).

Fille en Aiguilles (translated literally from French as "girl in needles") is a creation that evokes all the effulgence of conifers, be they pine, fir balsam, spruce, or hemlock. Images enter my head of the reflective crystal beads released from the trunk and the cones; looking up in awe at how far the trees reach into the heavens. I am impressed with Sheldrake's ability to capture as closely to reality the headspace of the conifers, not merely presenting the conifer as a monolithic and two-dimensional pine, but trees with many nuanced facets to their scent profile.

While isobornyl acetate, the camphorous, soapy, classic "pine" aromachem is present here, it is but a small modifier, so we do not have this unfortunate awkward point in the development that sends our mind to functional fragrance "Pine Sol" territory at all. We have a lot of layers, including the use of balsam fir absolute, with its sweeter, jammy qualities that impart a true yuletide sensation, the classic Christmas tree scent, while extending the dried fruit note. This particular note reminds me of a specific preserve produced by Wilkinson & Sons, Tiptree Christmas Preserve, made with red currants, Victoria and Damson plums, Sultana raisins, cloves, cinnamon and various spices.

Further into the dry down, we move from the needles, sap, spices, and fruits, to the spell of the pine wood itself, richly saturated in its own gum and exudate, and a slowly revealing incense note, reminiscent of the Paine's incense sticks from Maine that would come complete with a tiny log cabin incense holder.

Fille en Aiguilles would no doubt resonate with someone like me, who is as deeply connected with trees, forests, and the ineffable sensation of awe that comes from their surroundings. Hardcore city folk who have difficulty connecting with the outdoors may need some time warming up to its realism and subtlety as a fragrance. Regardless, it would behoove any hardcore frag enthusiast, city mouse or country mouse, to at least sample this stunning creation.
9th March 2022

This might be my all time favorite scent. It smells super dry and very natural. I am from Seattle and it really brings me into the pine tree trails I miss so much. It gives me a dose of those forest visits from my past, something well needed here in the concrete mazes of Brooklyn.

It smells like the end of a hot summer and an afternoon walk into the forest. I have gone off-trail to sit on the warm earth covered with dried pine needles, looking up I see the tree tops and the sky above. The dried pine needles on the ground are eminating their captured heat and aroma into the air around me.

Sizzling pine needles, pine sap, something sweet - maybe vanilla, and the edge of frankinsense cutting through - elevating my senses to the sky, making it a bit more intense.

This scent is warm and comforting. It is instantly recognizable as something unique and probably expensive. Countless compliments and happy people around me wanting to get closer lol. The sillage is powerful but not pointed and it lasts, seeping into your skin and clothes. Its dry down brings out those pine needles like a dried rusty colored pine tree branch baking in the sun. lovely lovely lovely. So special and daring. Lasts for hours.
16th January 2021
Sweet pine sap with that typical Lutens syrupy, dense structure.

Nice, but as usual with Serge Lutens creations, I find it a bit thick and one dimensional. A more translucent take on this theme would thrill me.
12th November 2020
From January, 2015

A classic winter fragrance with a thick and rich pine tree and sap aroma. This one's not paired up with citrus notes so it doesn't have that brighter aspect to it. Instead the dried fruits in the heart give it a sweet, syrupy consistency. The color of the juice (dark red) seems an accurate representation of what's inside. I don't find the incense very strong (as it is in Wazamba, for example). While it's there for sure, it doesn't dominate at any point and instead lends a smokey/ashy accent. Projection is close to the skin, longevity is very good. I like Fille en Aiguilles but I only wear it a couple times a year, as it's kind of a one-trick pony to me. If you like this, definitely check out "Winter," by DASEIN, which presents a similar style in a brighter white and yellow hue.

Thumbs up for sure, but sample first, as this might not be for everyone.
13th August 2019
This is one of my top 3 all-time fragrances. I love experimenting with the Serge Lutens line. I find them unique, intriguing, and of very good quality. Of all the SL fragrances I've tried, this is hands down the very best (my second favorite is Chergui).
A very rich, dark, resinous pine dominant scent with a lingering sticky, stewed fruit note. I'm not a huge fan of pine in most fragrances but SL hits a home run with this one.
Perfectly blended, incredible longevity, and just the right sillage. Thumbs up all around. Very happy to own this one.
25th April 2019
Deep pine & dark vetiver. Thick notes. Enchanted forest, at night. Earthy feel close to the skin, comes moments later - very dark earth. Dark, balsamic evergreen vibe. Quite linear for awhile. This is good stuff. Right up my alley, as a favorite style of perfume. Dark and wintry like.

I get candied, dried fruit later. It mingles with the earthy incense, as the forest accord settles and mellows. There is a hint of spice for which I can't identify. The incense smolders, then lessens. Tames. This frag becomes powdery, for me. Dry. Overall a very lovely oriental-style. Worth a try!
8th April 2019
This is a fantastic juice from Serge Lutens. Starts with a strong woody pine essence with sweetness and spice. Not a complete "tree" scent nor to my nose is this potpurri, like some might think. I really like this and if it had just a bit of a gourmand feel this would be Christmas in a bottle. I would say try before you buy due to this not being for everyone. I find it full bottle worthy(which I have). Enjoy!
23rd August 2018
Beautifully resinous. Gives the impression of frankincense and pine needles being thrown in the fireplace. Warm, cozy, inviting, comforting...all good things for the winter. A huge love for the deep winter holiday season.

Sillage is soft to moderate at about within 3-4 feet.
Lasting power is on the weak side of moderate at about 4 hours (out of dauber on dry skin in a dry climate).

29th December 2017
This opens with a Frankincense and pine blast, with a strange sweetness almost like maple syrup. within 1/2 hr. it dries down to more pine, spice and a warmth that is incredibly complex. I LOVE this fragrance!
1st June 2017
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Incense, spices and sweetness (candied fruit ?).
What is not to like.
But the beauty of this fragrance is its balance. You have to try it to believe it.
These three accords play very nice with each other, making sure everyone is heard. One can isolate them enjoy them on their own. But you can also let them coalesce and smell their union - a rare thing in perfumery.
27th March 2017
Fille en Aguilles begins with a sharp, bitter frankincense note, combined with pine and fir balsam. It's reminiscent of some very sharp, dry and pungent oud scents I've experienced in the past.

Like the dozen or so Serge Lutens scents I've already experienced, it does not stint on the quality or intensity of the oils. You really get your money's worth when you buy a full bottle of any of their fragrances.

Fille is for me a bit too one note. I was looking for the "candied fruit and spice" dry down to ameliorate the harshness of the first half hour, but it never came. This is the first Serge Lutens scent I truly dislike. Still for those fans of raw oud and frankincense, it will surely please you. Too rough for me, though.
3rd April 2016