This reminds me a little of Papillon Artisan Salome, and actually the other Papillon Artisan perfumes I’ve also tried.
The gingerbread and castoreum notes work together to create a feeling of a sort of…well…erotic bakery in the winter? Haha. And, that’s not a bad smell at all. The opposite.
…And, no, I don’t know for certain whether or not erotic bakeries actually exist. Maybe?
Anyway, Baptême du Feu (Serge Lutens 2016) is a very charming fragrance. It’s heady but not heavy, in my opinion, and certainly would be lovely to smell wafting from a man or a woman. It’s spicy but not too serious and woody in a cerebral, engaging way without being pushy or crass. I like it.
Notes: gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum, osmanthus and woody notes.
Nose: Christopher Sheldrake