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Now this is a fragrance - an olfactory opera of the Fin de siècle; think of Richard Strauss, e.g. the most sexual "Salome" - I can wear almost exclusively on evening or night occasions. Fumerie Turque, at least to me, always seems willing to escape the unholy sun which spotlights all the undeniable ugliness of the world and its people. Not so at night... Worn then it is a sheltering scent that gives the wearer utmost self-confidence (if he lacks the last mentioned).
However, it seems to be subtle, although longlasting. The effect on others, we may call it "sillage", tends to be low. If applied sparingly it will speak only exclusively to the wearer, not to his environment. But once noticed by others it certainly conveys the message: "Leave me alone, don't interfere with me." So Fumerie Turque, like many of Serge Lutens' fragrances, communicates a concept that is rather not communicative: The concept of self-chosen solitude, of break-away from fellow creatures. "Garnering compliments", an often used phrase, is not the agency of Fumerie Turque.
On the other side: This is n o t a scent of ennui or Weltschmerz. This is the one that creates an entire world for the one who is wearing it.
A world, better than ours...
04 April, 2007