Perfume Reviews

Neutral Reviews of Five O'Clock Au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

Total Reviews: 12
It smells like a sweet ginger and lemon tea. It doesn’t smell bad, of course, but it’s not good enough for the price. An eau de Cologne with a twist. A bit too simple, especially for the price. Demeter makes the same.
27th December, 2017
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12th December, 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
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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
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
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Ginger galore

Ginger, cinnamon and tea - a very nice opening with limited development on my skin. A touch of honey later on, but on my skin a light and bright affair. Still, overall nice. It lasts two hours on me.

02nd July, 2013
Perhaps I'm not an orientals person. I loved the reviews , the lists of notes, and I do like the scent of ginger. So I was disappointed that I couldn't discern the ginger at all. Was it actually the dentist scent I remember from those terrifying trips as a child, in the top notes? Was it there in the middle where I mainly smelled flowers and an 'old' spicy mixture that made me think of the thick dark bitterness of my mum's Youth Dew? For me it did pick up as it progressed onwards, though I'm not sure I actually liked this. My BF could spot the ginger without any problem, so it must be me. One worth trying a few more times to see if I can get from it whats apparently there - come on 5 o'clock - I love tea and cakes. I want to love you!
Second attempt 2 weeks later- much better! I still can't spot the ginger, but a much more harmonious whole. Just goes to show you can't go on one impression. I'm warming to this, it makes me think of warm woolly jumpers, wood fires and a cold autumn Sunday afternoon, a time when you can laze snugly and smugly around. Sometimes it's good to have a scent that enfolds like a favourite old quilt, with it's familiar comforting scent, and places no demands upon you.
13th October, 2011 (last edited: 24th October, 2011)
For all Serge Luten’s advertising, Five O’clock au Gingembre smells nothing like gingerbread to me, nor does it smell spicy. It’s actually very hard to describe unless you sniff for individual notes. Well, I sniffed…and it smells like…warm citrusy cream and a little…cash? It’s very luxurious and comforting, even a little tantalizing since the warmth and cream soften the spiky citrus to a subtle tartness. Surprisingly, this perfume smells a lot like the last stage of Ralph Lauren’s Notorious (which, although the rest of Notorious is reputedly bad, is actually very beautiful.) I don’t know when a person would wear this perfume though. It’s not romantic, provocative, or intimate, and is way too luxurious to scent an ordinary apartment or house. It’s disappointing but the bottom line is: beautiful but not really wearable.
03rd March, 2010
I love the top note of gingerbread. This is a gingerbread that is strong but not in a bakery sort of way. Unfortunately, the following notes go downhill and the wearer is left with a nondescript, slightly woody perfume.
10th October, 2009
The ginger here reminds of the dried, powdered spice rather than the fresh living root. I have a strong preference for the latter, so something like Five O'Clock wasn't meant for me anyhow, but it's a decent if uninspiring rendition of ginger with a woody-gourmand base. Surprisingly for a gourmand, it's not especially sweet. I don't smell tea in this, but perhaps that's the woodiness I smell here - it does have a rather tannic quality.

28th August, 2009

Pick your spice… make it cinnamon or make it ginger. I agree that Five O’Clock Au Gingembre is similar to Rousse, which has a similar background to the background in Five O’Clock Au Gingembre. I like this one better because the ginger retains its bright and refreshing character without developing that scary schizophrenic second personality as the cinnamon in Rousse does. The ginger is very nicely done – this is as nice as I’ve seen ginger done. The honey is well done, too, and complements the ginger. The patchouli and cocoa confused me at first, but it wasn’t long before I accepted them, and realized that they act as pivotal elements in the fragrance – they form an excellent counterpoint to the ginger and honey, but the fact that I had to reason this out hints at a lack of smoothness in the movement. The drydown is excellent: a bite of bitter chocolate and a patchouli with a smoky aura giving it a deeper, more ethereal personality than patchouli usually presents. The drydown seems lacking in longevity on my dry skin. I like this fragrance, but that’s as far as I can take it: It smells very nice, it performs well on my skin, but it is a bit rough in its assembly, and there’s something missing that would otherwise make it compelling… I can’t find the love.

26th December, 2008
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I liked this, but apart from the ginger, it isn't a lot different to many others in the smoky/rich sort of line and is playing rather safe I feel. The sillage is a bit shy, unlike Fumerie Turque and Un Cedre, but the longevity is ok. Overall, a bit disappointed in the lack of imagination involved in the creation, but if you are new to the SL line you will probably love it.
10th September, 2008