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Five O'Clock Au Gingembre (2008)
by Serge Lutens


Five O'Clock Au Gingembre information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 339 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Creative DirectorSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Five O'Clock Au Gingembre

Five O'Clock Au Gingembre is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Five O'Clock Au Gingembre fragrance notes

Reviews of Five O'Clock Au Gingembre

First freeze? Trees giving up their leaves? Wanna take a break from your BFF leathery mossy chypres? Well then, it's time for tea! Yep, a little tea with your ginger.

Tea, cinnamon, ginger, and honeyed amber with a slight dash of pepper. The ginger eventually bows and leaves the light but not the stage, so if you have problems with ginger...

Turn that SL calendar page and you'll find Serge Noire. Apply some chapstick and enjoy a clove cigarette. Similarities abound.
10th November, 2017
I cannot warm up to Serge Luten's take on tea and ginger, because of a couple of points - 1) The candied ginger note overpowers others and causes an imbalance in my experience, and 2) It is too sweet for me, considering its style. I would have preferred a stronger focus on tea, which is absent. My overall impression is of a sweet ginger scent. Now, I always associate and love ginger in fresh scents, which is not the case here. I don't particularly get any prominent patchouli, but more of a woody-musky accord that hints at amber and patchouli. Another issue I have with it is that the second half of its lifespan is unreasonably dull compared to what came before. Sillage is low key but persistent, and duration is adequate at about five to six hours.

Yes, it is perhaps one of the nicer abstract gourmands, but Five O'Clock Au Gingembre simply doesn't click personally, and I also rate several other abstract gourmands ahead of it, including Borneo 1834 from Serge Lutens.

17th October, 2017
I really enjoyed this. It's like spicy sap and evergreen forests in the middle of summer. It's masculine with a hint of something lighter, almost bright. It smells like fresh cut wood and pepper.

I really enjoyed this, and would love to smell it on someone else.
14th July, 2016
Five O'Clock (the significance of the name escapes me) has two things going for it (the honey and the ginger) and two things going against it (the patchouli and the pepper).

The honey note is reminiscent of Lutens' Miel de Bois, here nicely paired with a powdered ginger note (I was hoping for something pungent, as with a freshly sliced ginger root, but alas!). Had the ginger been a bit stronger it might have won out over the base, which is an acrid, bitter combo of patchouli and pepper (I swear that acrid oud-like cedar note Lutens loves to use to put me off with is here as well).

So my vote must be a neutral. Good idea, but back to the labs to pair the honey and ginger with a warmer base (amber, sandalwood, vanilla??). The contrast as is between warm and bitter cancels out the positives with a blatant negative.
30th May, 2016
a linear poor performer...disappointing!
tea and ginger, Memoires d'Homme by Nina rcci, much,much better!
01st May, 2016
Such a great opening here.. mmm. Tea, cinnamon, ginger. Reminds me of a better executed version of Samba Heat, a cheapy that shows it's worth its whole 10 dollar price tag. FOCAG by SL opens up beautifully. Unfortunately the dry down is just a mish-mash of synthetic amber and sweet tonka. Think 24 Gold's dry down, only weaker. A little bit of ginger coming through to the end. For the most part it's a bust to me. Chergui is win - win, because the dry down keeps me going. FOCAG's dry down is boring.. it makes me question myself "this is niche?"
08th April, 2016

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