Goddess treasure, Dusita Fleur de Lalita

I don’t know much about Thailand except for the fact that I know where to look for it on a map and that it’s a pretty faraway and a very exotic country to me. However thanks to perfumer Pissara Umavijani, founder of Dusita, I feel a few steps closer to it as she often makes references to her homeland in her fragrances. Not to mention that her father Montri was a foremost poet of Thailand. In her newest creation – named Fleur de Lalita, she took a small detour to India by using a name of goddess Lalita. That name in Thai means ‘a charming lady with imagination’

Innocent girl is what comes to my mind as a first impression upon putting Fleur de Lalita on my skin. The composition begins with a faint sensation of magnolia flower that crystallizes after a few minutes. The scent itself is a combination of dewy-watery elements with a silky floral nuance that remains rather light. It feels sleek & smooth, like an actual light pink silk scarf on a woman. It’s soft and fluid, moving with her as she walks. The picture drawn by this fragrance is very spring-like. Moreover it feels very realistic. It reminds me of Milan, a city full of magnolias in bloom at springtime.

Being a bit shy at the beginning, a Fleur de Lalita girl gains more confidence over time and comes out of her shell. Simultaneously the perfume becomes stronger, with more presence and character. If you could imagine magnolia petals going from sheer pink to bright red you’ll know what I mean saying that the initial accord transitions into a rose. Very pretty & feminine it takes a leading role in the fragrance. What is especially thrilling is the amount of facets it has! It’s a kaleidoscopic rose. At times it’s simply floral but there are also moments when it turns more green, more fruity or darker.

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It’s green aspect can be associated with a flower stem, a little bit of leaves and a bit of sap. Fruitiness of Fleur de Lalita on the other hand reminds me of the smell of unripe apricots. That scent is almost like osmanthus. Further into fragrance development there are 2 species of jasmine – grandiflorum and sambac. Don’t be alarmed though, Pissara tamed them, rose is still in a central place (at least in my case). On my skin jasmine creates a whitened ‘wall’ of a background covered with its petals. It smells lovely, slightly powdery actually. Plus it has a calming effect on me.

When I came to think of it later I realized that jasmine smelled that way on me thanks to vanilla accord. Since Pissara used an absolute it has a nice weight and just a tiny bit of sweetness. A perfect combination of something floral, slightly sweet and powdery. The stage of jasmine puff and rose lasts of me for couple of hours. Afterwards Fleur de Lalita turns a bit resinous green with galbanum and ambrette seeds recreate the smell of amber but with a highlight on its vegetal aspect. Tonka wraps and rounds everything thanks to its creamy, gently spiced aroma. Yum!

When I was trying Dusita Fleur de Lalita for the first time a few months ago (there was a preview at Pitti) a certain bell rang in my head. I immediately commented to Pissara that it highly reminds me of La Douceur de Siam but more youthful. Today when I write this review I want to tell you that I uphold my opinion. My feeling didn’t change since September. Pissara made a great fragrance, it not only evolves in time but also your skin makes a huge impact on it. On my friends it smelled almost like a totally different fragrance. Longevity and sillage of new Dusita creation are above average. The perfume should be available for purchase in a few months & will come in 50 ml bottles.

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18 thoughts on “Goddess treasure, Dusita Fleur de Lalita

  1. MMKinPA says:

    Lovely review, Lucas. This sounds like a perfume I could wear to work (teaching preschool) – rosy, not too sweet, not “too”, but still interesting enough to keep my nose engaged. I haven’t tried anybody Dusita yet – On the sampling list it goes!

  2. rprichpot says:

    It is a masterpiece. Great review.

  3. Shiva-Woman says:

    I was really underwhelmed by Siam. It mostly smelled like a subtle, admittedly nuanced Mai Rose, and it died after two hours. I have troubles with this highly respected house lasting longer with any silage. Siam didn’t smell like Thailand to me, but rather of an early spring walk in England. I’ll give this new one a try though.

    • lucasai says:

      Interesting! You’re probably the first person complaining about Dusita longevity or sillage that I meet.
      Fingers crossed Fleur de Lalita is not the same

  4. Jillie says:

    The Siam you kindly sent me was absolutely lovely – no trouble with longevity for me and it smelled so natural. The Dusita sounds rather good too.

  5. Holly says:

    This sounds lovely – I’ve added it to my must try list! Thanks for yet another excellent review.

  6. hajusuuri says:

    Oh boy, another lemming. Great review! I’ll ask for this as a freebie the next time I order something from LuckyScent (no immediate plans).

  7. Undina says:

    I can’t believe it but it looks like our tastes went into completely opposite directions when it comes to this brand: out of all perfumes that I tried so far, I wouldn’t want to wear a single one. I keep reading positive reviews; I read about people actually buying bottles (you can agree that it’s different – to like something when you get a sample (free or even paid for) and to like an expensive perfume enough to go for a bottle. And I keep trying but either my nose or my skin just do not cooperate. The mostly I surprised not with the fact itself (I dislike many perfumed I know other people loved) but that both you and hajusuuri like at least some of these perfumes.
    But I’ll keep trying! This one sounds appealing, so who knows – maybe Fleur de Lalita will be it? 🙂

    • lucasai says:

      Generally I’m seeing mostly positive opinions about Dusita, I’ve only noticed a few people saying they didn’t like the fragrances and that they didn’t last.
      Maybe Fleur de Lalita will be the one to join us together again

  8. Jiji says:

    Lovely review, thank you!
    From this interesting brand I tried Douceur, and though it was very well made, uplifting and sunny, in the end it was also too much fruityfloral shampoo to me (yeah dont know why I had fruity associations with it, it lists no fruit notes as far as I know).
    So reading that this one is “more youthful than Douceur” makes me wonder if it will work for me. I am intrigued by the fact that it contains two types of jasmine, but I think I prefer jasmine a bit dirty.

    I did like Sillage Blanc a lot more than Douceur de Siam, and I still need to try Melodie d’Amour a few more times. I remmeber loving the first phase (big white flowers!), but the towards the drydown it got less interesting.
    Have you tried Erawan? The description on Dusita’s site sounds good.

    • lucasai says:

      Chime in after you try Fleur de Lalita to per us know if it worked for you. Sillage Blanc is not for me. Did you know it was inspired by Bandit from Piguet?

      I really want to try Erawan, it sounds great

      • Jiji says:

        Yes, I read about the Bandit inspiration.
        I dont care much for Bandit in first 3 hours, for me its one of those scents that suddenly gets better after a while…and the dry down is even better (better than Sillage Blanc). I must add, I only tried a current formulation of Bandit.

        If I can get my hands on Fleur de Lalita I’ll let you know if it worked for me!

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