French creative label Serge Lutens has launched a new unisex fragrance entitled Fils de Joie, a reverse-gender pun on the phrase "fille de joie" meaning a harlot, with a semantic shift from the meaning of "playgirl" to literally, "son of joy". The symbolic meaning at hand is unclear, but "Joy" by Patou - it is to be noted - is also the name of one of the most famous perfumes in the world...
The intriguing name, with a prestigious fragrance lineage, is meant to apply to a perfume described as a "universal floral" to be worn all day long. Just like Joy by Patou, it showcases a regal note of jasmine.
The latest entry in the Collection Noire comes tinted a deep maroon. The dark ambience it suggests yields a scent which is an ode to jasmine-y notes and musk. The three main fragrance notes are given as jasmine, ylang-ylang and musk.
By "jasmine" the house means more specifically the flower of the plant cestrum nocturnum also known by the evocative names of The Queen of the Night in Urdu and Hindi (Raat ki Rani) and Musk of the Night in Arabic (Mesk-Ellil).
The personality of the jus is said to be 'irradiant, intimate and nocturnal'.