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Launched in 2010 by Serge Lutens, Boxeuses translates as ‘women boxers’ and plays off the scented leather gloves of Catherine de Medici who had her gloves perfumed to mask the harsh smell of the leather.  Boxeuses is a modern perfume in a world where baseball gloves, hockey gloves and boxing gloves are more likely to be worn than opera gloves. Boxeuses isn’t about perfuming leather, it’s all about a leather perfume.

On me, it opens with sweet, woody and anisic licorice – the gateway to a deep, dark, rich leather. Charred and bitter at first, it mellows over time, tempered by Lutens’ signature candied fruit note, so dense and jammy that I want to run my tongue over my teeth, and lovely, lovely violets. As the leather settles on my skin it gets sweaty and animalic, and, well, better. For hours, I smell leather rising from my wrist – sometimes spicy or a little sweet, sometimes camphourous, tarry or woody – but always rich, dark, potent and sexy.

Notes: Woody notes, leather, plum, licorice, violet.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Christopher Sheldrake

Price: $8.00