Originally Posted by Vibert
I'm rarely ambivalent about Serge Lutens fragrances. Either I like them (Ambre Sultan, Muscs Koublai Khan, Mandarine-Mandarin, Sa Majeste la Rose, Un Lys, Tubereuse Criminelle), I can't stand them (Arabie, Miel de Bois, Fumerie Turque), or they don't excite me (Chypre Rouge, Rousse, Datura Noir, Cedre, Un Bois Vanille, Chergui). The one I waffle the most on is Cuir Mauresque. Sometimes I think it's an outstanding leather, and sometiimes I think it's quite conventional for this line. I actually find Aoud Cuir d'Arabie, Parfum d'Habit, and even Knize Ten to be more edgy and exciting leather scents.
Pardon me now as I duck behind the furniture...
I'm with you, actually, although I can't even say that there are any that I really "like." I'd say that there are about 12 of them that I haven't made up my mind about.
I agree with your assessments above and would add that two additional ones were amongst the biggest initial turn-offs I've ever had (Santal Blanc and Rakhat Loukhoum ((sp?))). As I've said to others, even though I see why many love SL fragrances, they aren't the sort of luxury that works well with me. They aren't luxurious like a nice cashmere sweater is luxurious... they're luxurious like a man wearing a full length sable or mink fur coat with matching hat. In other words, a little TOO much at times.
In any case, I'm most on the fence about Cedre. I only get cedar at the very end and it stays very sweet for me throughout in a not particularly versatile sort of way. Some days I can take it, some days I really just don't like it, but there's a part of me that still appreciates it in some odd way.