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    Thumbs up Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    Well, since some members are showing signs of eagerness: here it is!

    The official announcement of 'Seven days of Feasting on Lutens'.

    For those who have missed my pre-announcement on the 'Group Project' thread I have copied some of the words I wrote there and added the information you will need.

    Weeks and weeks ago I started an one-woman project in the SotD: is it possible for me to wear Lutens and nothing but Lutens for a whole week.
    'Piece of cake', I thought, loving Lutens very much.
    But after six days I had to throw in the towel and admit that I am an unfaithful woman when it comes to perfumes

    Now the lovely Lady in Black has volunteered to again perform this experiment together with me.

    Our Lutens' Week will start on Saturday 13 January!!!

    Lady in Black and I will be wearing exactly the same scent on the same day. If we are in the mood for it or not

    Our 'menu' will be:

    Saturday 13th : Chergui
    Sunday 14th : Chypre Rouge
    Monday 15th : Daim Blond
    Tuesday 16th : La Myrrhe
    Wednesday 17th : Santal Blanc
    Thursday 18th: Rahat Loukoum
    Friday 19th : Vetiver Oriental

    If it is really unavoidable we are allowed to 'change' into another Lutens scent during that day. We will post that scent as well later on (same day or next day) with an explanation.

    All other participants can wear whatever Lutens they wish; layer, change......as long as it is.....Lutens. Absolutely no other scent is allowed. Don't worry when you don't have seven different Lutens'. Even with one you can join. It only means you will have to wear that scent for seven whole days

    There is also a somewhat 'scientific' curiosity that makes this experiment appealing to me. Almost every Lutens scent is designed by Christopher Sheldrake.
    Is it possible to tell after seven days if they have a certain 'base' in common? Something Sheldrake always uses in his scents? Are we capable to discover it if it is there? (thinking of something similar to the 'Guerlinade')

    Well, after this week we will know, I hope

    Introducing the members who have already agreed to participate: BrothaG, Coconut, ComDiva, Goddess_Dreams, Lievje, Rtamara41, Shadesofbleu and Taolady.And I hope more will join *looking at the men's board*. Hey guys, your expertise is greatly appreciated!!

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be fun!

    Rtamara, dear, would you please be so kind and post that steamy mini-novel about Lutens on this thread again?
    As I said: FUN :bounce:
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    I'm in but with a slightly different selection (Chergui, La Myrrhe, Chene, Fumerie Turque, Cuir Mauresque, Tubereuse Criminelle and Ambe Sultan). Great way to finally dig in on those samples

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    Well, I am among those who have been showing signs of eagerness! In order to be prepared for our Lutens experiment, I have been fasting, i.e. have avoided wearing Serge for a while and I am craving him now. Will I feel the same after the third or fourth solo-Lutens day?
    Nice to see you joining, Julia7! You have the Saturday and the Tuesday Lutens, so you may wear them on the same day we shall be wearing them .
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    This is going to be such a pleasant week! Don't have my menu ready yet but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Looking forward to it!
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    I'll join in, with my menu of SLs (Chergui, Cedre, Ambre Sultan, Arabie, Santal Blanc, Un Lys, Fumerie Turque). Sounds fun!

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    Oh, great!! All these enthusiastic posts

    For those who worry about their SotD: no problem at all. Just post on SotD and here.
    Several members are posting their SotD on the Female as well as on the Male
    Fragrance Discussion, so I see no problem.

    And: stories about Lutens scents are welcome, very welcome even
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Hi Riannon, thanks for the opportunity to share in Lutens with all of you . Great idea and one that I think, will be a lot of fun.

    Today is my last official day of wearing the same scent as my dearest and although it was a lot of fun; it was quite limiting and that drove me nuts on some days when I REALLY wanted to wear something else, and he's already applied something 'half awake', even after a shower, (he's a big sleepy-head) without consulting me first .

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to follow your schedule as I do not own many of the Luntens you’ve listed, but I’ll gladly join in with the following: Datura Noir, Fleurs d'oranger, Chergui, Daim Blond, Cèdre, Arabie, Bois Vanille, (Miel de Bois, Douce Amère (maybe)).
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    I can only wish I had enough Lutens to last a week. Perhaps if I wear Chergui everyday for a week? H'm, that's not a bad idea!
    De gustibus non est disputandum

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    Ach so, jetzt geht's los!

    I'll be there, with my own SL menu. I have enough different bottles and a couple of samples. Like Lady in Black, I've been fasting for, I think, almost 2 weeks from Lutens and am craving for it.

    Yes, it's gonna be fun! :bounce:
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    Here is my menu for the feast:
    Chergui
    Douce Amere
    Fleurs De Citronnier
    Datura Noir
    Santal Blanc
    These ones would be my tester size to shuffle: Gris Clair, Daim Blond, Arabie and Fleurs d'Oranger...
    A BIG thank you to HackerX for allowing me to try Muscs Koublaï Khän, Chypre Rouge and Borneo 1834.
    (Looks like I will spend the next few days using other houses... )

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    I'll TRY to join (if I don't forget), but it will be hard cause I've only two Lutenses, Fumerie Turque and Gris Clair and a sample of Daim Blonde.
    So I will have to wear one for two days. Now I think of it, that shouldn't be a problem at all.

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    Welcome all you wonderful members with your great Lutens' Menu!

    Let's make this a week to remember. And boy, am I glad to see the men here as well


    ifconfig: a whole week on the lovely Chergui!! You are a brave and delicious smelling man! :bounce:

    Eric: samples are allowed. And no way you will forget this I will PM you!! Did you think I would let you go????

    This is better than I ever dreamed it could be!!
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    At Riannon's request, here is my Serge interlude from Friday. I am sure this week will be just the thing to set things right between us again...
    ************************************************** ****
    He grabbed a handful of my hair firmly in his strong manly hands and pulled my head back, exposing my neck.
    "So, you've been seeing Frederic, have you? Sampling? Savoring? Experimenting? Lost in BLIIIIISSSSSS?
    What about US?
    What about what WE had?"
    Serge locked his eyes with mine, looking deeply into my soul. He reached up and stroked my cheek in that tender way of his, eyes smoldering, promising, oh, oh , OH -!
    Weakly , my hand reached for the near empty vial of GRIS CLAIR, knocking aside the vials of Carnal Flower and Musc Ravageur, that lay willy nilly on my dresser from the night before.
    Instantly, I was surrounded in a seductive cloud of lavender, swept off my feet, once again.

    Have a good day. I know I will.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Eagerly anticipating the Serge week...These are the scents I have in my collection:

    Fleurs d'Oranger,
    Arabie
    Ambre Sultan
    Gris Clair (dwindling sample, gulp)
    Fumerie Turque (big sample)

    I may try to get my hands on some samples this week from Aedes...
    I am interested in Bois Vanille , Sa Majeste La Rose, and Daim Blonde.
    But I will make do with my five in any case...I can rotate...flower, incense, amber, spice, flower, incense, amber...

    This will be a love fest for sure.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    *phew* Well,.. aherm... that was... very... *cough*... graphic, Riannon.

    I love Lutens, surely I do! Full and partial bottles of Ambre Sultan, Daim Blond, Arabie, Fleurs D'Oranger, Cedre and Chergui can attest to that. Not to mention the precious mini / decants / samples of A La Nuit, Santal Blanc, Sa Majeste de Rose, Miel de Bois, Bois de Violette, Mandarine Mandarin, Fumerie Turque (I need more of this), Un Bois Vanille, Un Lys, and Douce Amere... Then there is the fact that I am desperately getting my finances in order so that I may easily afford the Rousse and 'almond' releases due this year. Yes, my love is true!

    But.

    It will be a very cold day in Hell before I would even consider dedicating 7 consecutive days - 168 hours! to wearing only Lutens scents.

    Nah ah - no way! Not doing it! ::crosses arms stubbornly:: You crazy young'uns can go ahead with your craziness - but you can count me out!







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    I have Chergui and Cedre and samples of Arabie, Douce Amere, Clair de Musc,
    Ambre Sultan and Sa Majeste La Rose. I think I'll try it!

    I'm just not in the mood for SL today at all. Maybe I'll do it next time.
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    This is going to be fabulous! And it couldn't have come at a better time for me... Just last week, a friend of mine with family in Paris returned from a visit there, and had remembered my long-ago requests for Encens et Lavande and Un Bois Sepia! Requisite samples, too.

    So I am good and broke, but ready for our sampling with full or partial bottles of:

    Cedre
    Encens et Lavande
    Un Bois Sepia


    And sample vials or small decants of:

    Chergui
    Daim Blond
    Datura Noir
    Ambre Sultan
    A La Nuit
    Borneo 1834


    I'll join in on the "wear it in common" days that I can, and will have a few days to digress (while staying faithful to Serge, of course). Meanwhile, steering clear of my Lutens 'til Saturday, to build up the antici.........pation!

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    OK, I have pulled myself (and my samples/decants) together :bounce: and here's my menu:

    Saturday - Chergui
    Sunday - Bois des Violettes
    Monday - Douce Amere
    Tuesday - Fumerie Turque
    Wednesday - A la Nuit
    Thursday - Rahat Loukhoum
    Friday - (leaving early for a week in the mountains - don't know HOW early but WILL post - have Cedre, Datura Noir, and Clair de Musc samples - don't know how much of each - so it will be a SURPRISE!!!

    And such fun!! :bounce:
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    OK, I'm sort of making a list of samples, decants, and bottles of Serge in my possession, and I could do this for almost 3 weeks! One week will be cake ... the hard part is how to decide which 7 SL scents to use. Hmmmm ... should I wear my most-loved, that I wear all the time anyway ... or wear some of the lesser known (at least to my nose) ... or even some of the more difficult-for-me-to-wear ones??? I have to think on this ...
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    i don't own any SLs, so I unfortunately won't be a part of this experiment...but I will definitely be reading all your accounts on how your week is going

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    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    It will be a very cold day in Hell before I would even consider dedicating 7 consecutive days - 168 hours! to wearing only Lutens scents.

    Nah ah - no way! Not doing it! ::crosses arms stubbornly:: You crazy young'uns can go ahead with your craziness - but you can count me out!
    Moondeva, you just broke my heart

    Such a lovely collection and not answering the challenge. Any change of persueding you?

    And a big to rtamara for her steamy Lutens-mini-novel! LOL! Serge could use this in advertising, you know

    Warm welcome to all you enthusiastic members :bounce:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Moondeva, you just broke my heart

    Such a lovely collection and not answering the challenge. Any change of persueding you?
    Oh I am so sorry Riannon - I truly did not mean to cause pain or disappointment. It is an amazing event that I would actually love to participate in - but I would be setting myself up for failure if I said that I would commit to it.

    My problem is that though I have a large appetite for perfumes I cannot gorge myself on one brand solely for any length of time. I could easily wear and report back on one or even two Serge Lutens beauties a day for the duration. That would be simple and fun. But to not be able to touch / wear / layer any of my other beautiful scents for those long days is quite frightening to me.

    Serge Lutens is like New York style cheesecake to me - yummy, moreish, very very rich. I am greedy - I might eat one, two or even three slices over a two day period. Yes it is some thing I could gorge myself on. But eating that same cheesecake (even with different toppings) every day for every meal for a full week is positively nausea inducing...

    I change / sample 2-4 perfumes a day depending on longevity - trust me, I would soon be gaga if I attempted this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    ..... trust me, I would soon be gaga if I attempted this.
    I completely understand dear That is exactly why I had to give up after six days, the last time I tried this!

    And we can't take the risk that you will become gaga. Who will dream up all those fragrance combo's then?
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    Won't say anything definitive yet (depends on what I'm in the mood for on Saturday) but in case I'll join I have the first four items of the menu
    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Saturday 13th : Chergui
    Sunday 14th : Chypre Rouge
    Monday 15th : Daim Blond
    Tuesday 16th : La Myrrhe
    but will replace (at least) the three last ones with something else of the following: Borneo 1834, Datura Noir, Douce Amère, Fumerie Turque, Muscs Koublaï Khan, Un Bois Sépia...
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Would love to see you join us and not only for your great collection!!

    You are most welcome, Tigrushka
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    I have made an inventory of the scents you named and it seems Chergui is the winner

    But would it not be great if we could include every single Lutens' scent?

    Some of you have not mentioned what you will be wearing, so for your information: he comes the list of 'missing Lutens' frags':

    Bois et Fruits
    Bois Oriental
    Bois et Musc
    Musc Koublai Khan: a 'maybe'
    Mandarine Mandarin
    Iris Silver Mist
    Miel de Bois: also a 'maybe'
    Rose de Nuit
    Santal de Mysore

    And I even noticed on the men's board the proudly presented: Rousse!!

    Is there anyone participating who own these scents and is willing to wear them?

    I have samples with a few drops of Mandarine Mandarin, Bois et Fruits, Bois Oriental and Santal de Mysore. If there is nobody else with those scents I am willing to wear them as 'extra' scent but that would mean breaking my own rules from the beginning

    Oh well, let's see what you guys will have hidden somewhere

    Our 'missing links!!
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    I have Santal de Mysore and Miel de Bois and would love to wear them ... I might be a touch confused, though ... is there a certain order to wear the frags in??
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu
    I might be a touch confused, though ... is there a certain order to wear the frags in??
    No, except LIB and I, you can all wear whatever Lutens you want whenever you want it. You don't have to follow our 'menu'. But....only a Lutens scent is allowed.
    So, just wear what you have and feel comfortable in

    And you can even wear three Lutens' scents on the same day, or layer them (are you listening, Moondeva?).
    Maybe it will be difficult enough to strickly wear Lutens' scents for a whole week. But that was the whole idea of the experiment: can we do this?
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    Well, it's true, SL is a very rich NYC cheesecake, but I'm definitely in. I'll be using:
    Chergui, my favorite SL
    Daim Blond
    Fleurs d'Oranger
    Gris Clair (my second favorite)
    Fumerie Turque
    E & L (my third favorite)
    and the winner will get to be worn twice!
    Can't wait to get started, great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf
    Well, it's true, SL is a very rich NYC cheesecake, but I'm definitely in.
    Did I already tell that i LOVE cheesecake, too?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elf
    Can't wait to get started, great idea!
    Delighted you decided to join us - only two days to go, Elf!
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    Not owning 7 different Lutens juices and not wanting to reuse the same scent two times in a week, I'll join this wonderful week at least for half for the first three days.
    I'll be wearing then Miel de Bois, Chêne and my beloved Fumerie Turque.
    Really nice proposal from you Riannon!

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    Im in too and my selection is:

    Un Lys
    Santal de Mysore
    Clair de Musc
    Bois et Fruits
    Fleurs d 'Oranger
    Iris Silver Mist
    Bois et Musc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Would love to see you join us and not only for your great collection!!

    You are most welcome, Tigrushka
    Thanks!

    Took a head start yesterday with Encens et Lavande...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka
    Thanks!

    Took a head start yesterday with Encens et Lavande...
    Ooooh... I just got my bell jar of Muscs Koublai Khan... I'm SOOO IN!

    Here are the Lutens fragrances I have to play with:

    Muscs Koublai Khan
    Borneo 1834 (decant)
    A La Nuit
    Chergui
    Ambre Sultan
    Gris Clair (decant)
    I feel like I have one of each of these sitting on my shoulder...



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    A huge and "YAY, glad you are joining" to everybody, but forgive me for a special greeting of one of the very few men:

    Magnifiscent!!
    Please dear, try to convince the other men that this is really a group project for everybody!

    :bounce:
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    Okay, okay. Maybe it's just the insomnia talkin', but I'm in, too. I can't believe that out of 12 Serge scents that I own, only 2 are on the list!

    My Serges du jour will be:

    13th Bois et Fruits
    14th Bois et Musc
    15th Daim Blond
    16th Cuir Mauresque
    17th MKK
    18th Rahat Loukoum
    19th Iris Silver Mist

    I am upping the ante and wearing my least favourite Lutens until the end when I will reward myself with Iris Silver Mist. This is not just masochism, however, I am hoping to discover some properties in my neglected Serges that I had overlooked before. Perhaps a forced focus on them with no chance of escape into something else will help me see them in a different light. Also I'm thinking that immersing myself in the Lutens "genre" will yield some pleasing revelations.
    Or maybe, it is, indeed, just the insomnia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pellen
    Okay, okay. Maybe it's just the insomnia talkin', but I'm in, too. I can't believe that out of 12 Serge scents that I own, only 2 are on the list!

    My Serges du jour will be:

    13th Bois et Fruits
    14th Bois et Musc
    15th Daim Blond
    16th Cuir Mauresque
    17th MKK
    18th Rahat Loukoum
    19th Iris Silver Mist

    Also I'm thinking that immersing myself in the Lutens "genre" will yield some pleasing revelations.
    Or maybe, it is, indeed, just the insomnia.
    Blessings on your insomnia, my child, and welcome to the congregation

    Great menu you have got there!
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    Ladies and gents (and I too hope that more gentlemen will be joining us!), tomorrow is the great day! Keep your cheesecakes.... erm....Lutens ready!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black
    Ladies and gents (and I too hope that more gentlemen will be joining us!), tomorrow is the great day! Keep your cheesecakes.... erm....Lutens ready!
    I know, isn't it exciting! I really can't wait to go through this experience.
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    I feel that it's going to be a hard week. This last week, I didn't miss any of my Lutenses at all. I'm sure I will be craving for others during the week (Moondeva, I understand you); it's a very ambitious experiment!

    See you all tomorrow for this challenge!
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    hi,
    i know i´m late, but not too late to join the challenge *waving to lady_in_black *
    it will be a great opportunity to test my lutens samples!
    here´s my list:
    mandarine mandarin
    un bois sepia
    la myhrre
    encens et lanvande
    tuberose criminelle
    miel de bois
    datura noir
    c u 2morrow!

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    I don't really know what I'm getting myself into (never tried any Lutens except Fumerie Turque) but this sounds like a great opportunity to explore a new (to me) house.

    With a little postal love, I should have 6-7 Lutens samples on hand by some time next week. Otherwise, I be wearing Fumerie Turque until I either run out or crash from smoke inhalation

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    I still can't decide which ones to wear when ... My first thought was to wear some samples that I don't normally wear, give some other Serges a chance. But, on the other hand, I would like to wear and discuss my favorites too.

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    I have a new sample of Clair de Musc for tomorrow--never sniffed! I'm probably going to find a way to wear everything if I have to shower every afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu
    I still can't decide which ones to wear when ... My first thought was to wear some samples that I don't normally wear, give some other Serges a chance. But, on the other hand, I would like to wear and discuss my favorites too.

    What is a girl to do???
    A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, dearie!!:bounce:

    You don't have to restrict yourself here! Maybe you can start the day with a comfortable favorite and try a nice sample in the afternoon? Wear what you like and post and discuss as much as you want
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Saturday 13 January 2007: the kickoff :bounce:

    I have been awake since five in the morning in nervous anticipation
    But now it is time to get this show on the road!! (and welcome, Malena, with your great list of beauties)

    For Lady_in_Black and I this will be the LotD (Lutens of the Day):

    Chergui

    Chergui was created in 2001 by Christopher Sheldrake for the Exclusive Range, but was available for a short period in 2005 as a Limited Export Edition. And what an excellent choice that was!

    It seems to be one of the best loved scents on this thread, so feel free to chime in

    Sadly my nose has not fully recovered from the cold, so I had to use a more than generous dose to smell anything at all

    But there is also memory. Memory of this warm and luxurious scent. Maybe imagination is helping me here, because I am able to smell faint whiffs of leather, amber and sandalwood. For today it is enough to know that I smell utterly delicious and I will apply and apply again until my nose surrenders and I can smell the full glory of this beauty

    For those wanting to know the notes: dear LIB will reveal them to you.

    It is a joy to see so many lovely members joining in this week

    A wonderful Lutens scented weekend to all of you!!

    A big and a thank you!!
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Chergui is one of the "easier-to-wear" Lutenses (and there aren't many). It's very rich, very warm, very Oriental, quite powdery, on the sweet side, a bit guerlainesque. Pure pleasure to wear.
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Hi sweeties! I was SOOO looking forward to today and I am happy that

    C H E R G U I
    will be our first scent in this Lutens adventure.
    The notes for this beauty (taken from Bela’s wonderful notepad): Honey, Musk, Leather, Incense, Tobacco leaf, Haysugar, Amber, Iris, Rose, Sandalwood.
    Chergui was my second Lutens purchase and was instant love. To this day, it survived all my likes and let-downs scent-wise, as if it were on a high shelf in my virtual perfume cabinet, the untouchable place reserved for HG stuff. The fragrance may well be named after a hot, dry Moroccan wind, but I do not imagine oriental landscapes when I wear it: I’m sitting in a wood panelled café, outside it’s ice cold but I’m wearing a snugly soft sweater, I chat with my best friend who lovingly embraces me, enjoying a cup of hot tea after a particularly hard day.
    Chergui’s opening has always reminded me of bitter, mint cream filled thin chocolates, like those one is supposed to eat after lunch, at least according to the brand name . The accord never leaves, but swiftly yields its place in the front row to an enticing leathery, subtly floral honey with an undercurrent of gently spiced, dry herbs, gloriously supported by the depth of amber and wood. Although it gives its best in fall and winter, its multiple facets revel in warm weather, if applied with a light hand.
    If it were a colour, Chergui would be the transparent, light golden yellow of a flame tip.
    I am so enjoying it right now.:bounce:
    Please join in with your impressions on Chergui or on any other Lutens you choose to wear today! :wave:
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    Well, I'm wearing Fumerie Turque today. While my sinusses are really clogged today (darn flu) I can still catch some sweetish, "rumlike" smells and it's really a soothing smell. I have to say I only have 2 Lutens, this one and Griss Clair.While Griss Clair is as save as can be for a man to wear, to work, or for a starting Lutens fan,this one is one I keep for personal enjoyement in weekends etc. only. It's opulent, warm, sweetish pipe tobacco I get mostly from it. This one, is also save for a man to wear, I think. There's a thread going on at the mens side about men wearing Lutens http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=191603

    and although I understand the slightly anoyed reactions to this thread, I also can see where the hesitation for men to wear Lutens fragrances comes from.I work with a lot of men on a daily base, but if I knew a guy was wearing Lutens fragrances , I'd ask first if he was a visitor of Basenotes or..you know.
    Totally unjustified, I know, but I think it's the aura that suround his fragrances, sophisticated ,opulent, oriental and let's be honest , looking at those fragile, thin bottles it's packaged,it's a line marketed slightly to the feminine customer. On a side note , looking at John Varvatos fragrances, which is made by the same company,Shiseido are also very Lutens like to me. Sweet, oriental but packaged in a real butch bottle and ..it's a hit!

    Back to Fumerie Turque, it's a masterpiece. It's close to the skin, but it keeps on changing all the time from tobacco to rum and reverse. One of the few suitable for men to wear. Just my 2 cents.
    Last edited by eric; 13th January 2007 at 11:37 AM.

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    Chergui for me as well today. So luscious, luxurious, lavish, lorgeous, lantastic, Lutens!!
    "Perfume is the dream that carries me."

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    i´m wearing mandarine mandarin today...well, i´m not really sure what to think about it.
    it´s a wonderful fragrance (like most Lutens creations) but i´m not so much into fruity scents that´s why i´ve some problems getting to like it.
    what makes it wearable for me, though, is the oriental twist in it which saves it. it´s not light nor heavy, well actually it´s quite nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrothaG
    Chergui for me as well today. So luscious, luxurious, lavish, lorgeous, lantastic, Lutens!!
    Now plotting how to get me some of that Chergui....

    However, for the kickoff of our wondrous week, I have lovingly applied the final drops of my sample vial of Gris Clair. I feel as if I am in a warm, lush cloak of lavender. Very comforting . Beautiful rather than pretty. Easy to wear, and easily unisex, imo.

    Something about Gris Clair is very clear and clean, nearly pristine, and evokes the same energy I feel when viewing a Brancusi sculpture, or rather group of sculptures. There is a clean cut precise edge. (I have as of late been visualizing works of art that remind me of certain frags, or vice versa.)

    Another aspect of Gris Clair is that there is a fabulous lushness about it.
    Van Gogh's Cypresses painting comes to mind, with the thick, swirly curly deep green tree foliage, harmonious and deep.

    I will try to seek out the specific notes online and post them here later in the day.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Un Cedre (well, it anyway begins with a C. I wanted to do Chergui along with LIB and Riannon - always want to be part of the "in crowd" ! - but decants haven't arrived yet.)

    So I spritzed on from the sample without first doing any research on notes etc. Whaaaat? Cedar? Nah! TUBEROSE!!! Did they put the wrong frag in this little grey sampler? But wait - amber? TOBACCO? Hunny? MOST un-woodsy but very snuggly. So then I run to OzMoz...

    Top note : Clou de Girofle, Cannelle
    Middle note : Cèdre, Tubéreuse
    Base note : Musc, Ambre, Notes Animales

    ...which yields up only French. But Ah! What French! My "snuggly" is considered "arrogante". Obviously missed the cloves and cinnamon altogether at first but now these spices seem to be blending nicely with the amber/musc and I guess what seems like fresh tobacco leaf is "animalic" (I live in tobacco country so may have a different idea of what this note should be.)

    Snuggly. And VERY what I have to come to think of as "Lutens" without really being able to categorize. Unexpected combos? Although tuberose and cedar don't seem so unlikely now that I (Serge) think of it......sort of Belgian tapestry...can there be a Unicorn lurking...(are you there Christine?)

    I've been in Tabu and friends all week and so I'll be a nice change to spend the day in these woods.:bounce:

    Later: WRONG-O on the sillage. Sailed into the flower shop where I work and my confrere (consoeur?) said "Oh you smell so good. Earthy - woodsy - fresh!"
    Last edited by TaoLady; 13th January 2007 at 04:49 PM.
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    Well, I nearly had to bail out because a dreadful stomach-flu ("cruise ship syndrome") has been all through our town and my family and I were sick with it up until this afternoon, so smelling anything by SL (or any perfume at all for that matter) was just out of the question. But I am now on board with Fleurs de Citronnier (I own Chergui but that was just too heavy for me today, not to mention my pallid family). I love any neroli-based scent and this is no exception. The notes:
    lemon tree blossoms, petitgrain, neroli, honey, tuberose, nutmeg, styrax, iris and musk

    This one starts out less intense and dramatic than LV's Dilmun, but grows stronger over time, while Dilmun does the opposite, getting softer with time. The honey and nutmeg make this a classic SL, the neroli is warmed up with tuberose, so it is not at all a "fresh, spring" scent, more of a warm, comfy autumnal scent. The musk is subtle and and honey is very lightly done.

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    13th Jan 07 - Chergui, Serge Lutens
    I got up extremely late today at 3:30pm after a very serious hangover from 7 deadly drinks.
    I got my Chergui on the 2nd Jan 07 . It was recommended to me by HackerX and it is truly bottle worthy for such a sensual scent.
    It is dry, spicy and it is definately a time release sugarbomb, it gets better as it age on my skin and the changes of different layers of components is truly mesmerizing. I have read that it will change with the emotional state of the wearer which I unexpectedly discovered a few days ago. The first few times was very syrupy when I wore it, and sometime it gets very spicy.
    Perhaps my olfactory sensor is not working too well today due to the hangover. I find my Chergui a bit dull , and lighter than usual but it seems more powdery than how I smell it during normal days.

    I am going to have a good rest and continue with my Lutens' journey tomorrow.

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    Chergui for me as well at the start of our Lutens feast. Wow, there is so much going on here...

    Took a look at the notes I made when I first tried this (fabulous eBay snag of sample vials of all (then) 35 of the SL frags!), and what came through at the time for me was primarily jammy notes and tobacco leaves, and I was also reminded a little bit of Pour Une Femme de Caron (rose, incense, musk, sandalwood) at stages of the dry down.

    Today... I'm finding Chergui still starts out fairly sweet and a little powdery on me, but then the incense and woody notes pop up, albeit briefly, and finally it becomes almost all powdery amber. It's also staying quite light and close to the skin on me, which may have more to do with the fact that all I have is a tiny sample vial (even though I put more than half of it on this morning!) and my inability to spritz it rather than to actual lack of sillage. Unsure.

    Some element or elements in here is also bringing Andy Tauer's gorgeous (and yes, newly expensive) L'Air du Desert Morocain to mind for me. Anyone else smelling that, and if so, what is it?!? For some reason, my nose was saying 'hay,' but I really have no idea. (Hmmmm... two scents named after exotic winds. Wonder if Andy was channeling Christopher Sheldrake?)

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    Score of today sofar: a heavy touch of flu, one cold, one hangover, a stomach-flu, a Lady recovering from a cold and the clogged up nose of yours truly

    And everyone is joining this Lutens Week nevertheless:toppie:

    Well, if this is not a token that we are a bunch of determined Lutens-Lovers.....

    I am preparing an Indonesian dinner for my guests and just found out that the Chergui cloud surrounding me is a great companion for 'Ayam Besengek', 'Daging Rendang' and 'Babi Roedjak'.

    The ultimate layering experience *trying to lure Moondeva*

    Makes me wonder: since I make my own spice mixtures, could I add some drops of Chergui as well?

    Just a thought. Is so nice to have guinea pigs

    But it seems you all are enjoying this thread thusfar.
    Who was it that called this week a "piece of cake" (or something like that)?

    Ah well, we will see after the full seven days :bounce:
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric
    Well, I'm wearing Fumerie Turque today....this one is one I keep for personal enjoyement in weekends etc. only. It's opulent, warm, sweetish pipe tobacco I get mostly from it. This one, is also save for a man to wear, I think...
    I'm also wearing Fumerie Turque, and I'm experiencing it much the way eric describes, sweet, opulent smokiness. I think this would be fantastic on a man -- I can imagine catching a whiff of this in an out-of-the-way bookstore/cafe, the kind where the owner knows every volume on the shelves, with leather easy chairs by a roaring fire, an eclectic menu and an even more eclectic clientèle.

    Chergui sounds fantastic!

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    Well, I'm planning to prepare a Mexican dinner, so Chergui is spice-inspiring indeed!
    Put it on at 8:00 am and ten hours later I'm still happily drifting about in my Chergui aura - but I apply generously, at least six spritzes
    So ComDiva, you're right, Chergui needs to be sprayed!
    Eric, I read the Lutens thread on the boy's side - oh gosh, is there a bustle and hustle going on !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black
    Eric, I read the Lutens thread on the boy's side - oh gosh, is there a bustle and hustle going on !
    LOL! Testosteron and Lutens , who knows. Who cares really... I was merely backing up the threadstarter subject by taking an example out of my real life experiences about men wearing Lutens, in exactely the same words I posted here.
    Last edited by eric; 13th January 2007 at 05:10 PM.

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