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El Attarine (2008)
by Serge Lutens


El Attarine information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About El Attarine

El Attarine is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2008

Reviews of El Attarine

Cumin... SO MUCH cumin... Turmeric, black pepper, fresh green scallions, fried dough, sweet tamarind, chickpea hummus, garlic, paprika.

This smells to me like fried samosas served with tamarind dipping sauce, in a kitchen with an overheating deep-fat fryer on a blisteringly hot day.

Maybe one person in 100 could find this spellbinding, but everyone else will think it's pretty nasty, or at least not a smell you'd want to wear as a perfume (seriously, a garlic perfume?!?). Honestly, appealing to those sorts of odds are what I love about Lutens, but alas, I'm not the one person who wants to smell like this...
10th January, 2019
A simplistic combination of dry cumin and dry cedar.

This comes at you like a blast out of hell upon first inhaling. Luckily, it does calm down later, almost too much, as it fades quickly.

It is very dry and very close to the skin. The lack of projection could be a blessing for those into the scent, but not wanting to smell like an Indian kitchen.

Cumin, when it occurs in commercial fragrances, is usually sweetened, so that it tends towards the animalic. Here it is as dry as pencil shavings.

Not a bad scent, but nothing remarkable or noteworthy.
27th May, 2016
This is yet another subliminal addition to the Boisee line (maybe Bois et Cumin?) It recalls spiced-fruit notes from Arabie, but is firmly placed above an underlying note of cedar (et al.) Beautiful, a bit short-lived, and something I''m glad I own...although my bottle is dangerously low.
21st January, 2015
Genre: Floral Oriental

Sorry, but I’m not impressed. Among the last few Serge Lutens offerings have been a few that read like safe, muted variations on the house’s more adventurous scents. There’s Sarrasins, a cautiously watered down approach to the indolic white flowers and camphor theme from Tubereuse Criminelle; there’s Louve, which is the super-sweet Turkish delight concept of Rahat Loukoum on training wheels; and now there’s El Attarine, which smells like a dilution of the idea behind Arabie: fruitcake.

El Attarine is all about potent sweet roses, spices, and dried fruit, in what I consider the typical Serge Lutens manner. It’s both more fruity and more floral than Arabie, but it’s not quite as thick and heavy. It may be more approachable, but it’s also less distinctive. My advice: if you like this sort of thing buy Arabie instead. It’s bigger and gutsier, and you won’t have to fly to Paris to get it.
13th June, 2014
Currently wearing a wax sample of this. On the one hand, I love the perfume for its unmistakable lutensian edge - apricots and cumin! Who would have thought it? On the other hand, smelling like a bowl of chutney (however delicious) is not really my idea of elegance.

So while it's interesting as a work of art, it's not something I would actually wear - especially not in liquid form, where I expect the smell would not be content to hover almost inconspicuously at my wrist.
25th September, 2012
I think this is good perfume. It smells warm and cozy. Sure there is clear curry in it but not in a offensive way, especially when you dab it on cloth. The dry down is sweet apricot with cumin edge,not much flower I detected. It is suitable for both women and men.
22nd September, 2012

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