Getting stuffed up and being unable to smell any fragrances due to allergies is no fun. And during that time, I kept trying to get fleeting sniffs of La Fille de Berlin in the hopes that my sense of smell had come back. Finally, I can say today that I can–indeed–smell with no allergy yuckiness getting in the way.
In Bottle: Peppery, dusty rose with a hint of dirt, like someone dropped a bouquet of very aromatic roses in a mud puddle.
Applied: I know the above description doesn’t make it sound too great, but it’s actually a rather fascinating experience. I get a lot of pepper from this and rose tends to amplify in my nose anyway. So La Fille de Berlin feels like two strong notes or rose and pepper battling it out with each other and I have to say, I think the rose is winning. The scent changes very little from my first impression of it, to the midstage where as I wait a while and start to pay attention to it, the musk or as I like to call it, “that muddy smell” comes up a bit more. La Fille de Berlin is certainly an interesting trip, I was delighted when my sense of smell started to clear past the rose and I could get a bit of something else, but I wouldn’t say this fragrance appealed to me.
Extra: La Fille de Berlin was released in 2013, and translated into English means, “The Girl from Berlin”.
Design: Designed similarly to most other Serge Lutens bottles, the packaging is beautiful, simple and elegant. I have always been a fan of the Serge Lutens’ packaging looks.
Fragrance Family: Floral
Notes: Rose, violet, pepper, musk.
The rose and peppery kick aren’t really what I’m after so I feel fairly neutral to this in that I don’t love it or dislike it. I had been intrigued by mostly the name without having read about any of its notes.
Reviewed in This Post: La Fille de Berlin, 2013, Eau de Parfum.
I hope it’s OK to comment that late (I’m going through posts I missed during my vacation)
I didn’t like La Fille de Berlin when I first applied it but the drydown keeps pooling me in – so I keep testing and testing it… I’m not sure about a full bottle but I’ll have to get at least a 5 ml decant of it.
You’re always welcome, Undina. 😀 For me, it felt like I was smelling a flower along with the earth that it was planted in. The pepper was like a wrench thrown into the picture for fun. I was OK with the dry down, but the opening just wasn’t appealing.