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    hey everyone, my name is Alex and i just had to write about my experience in being introduced to Serge Lutens perfumes.

    It started when i was in the new Barney's new york store in dallas 2 weeks ago, it was the frist time i had been in a Barney's so i wasn't sure what to expect. i have to say i have never been a fragrance wearer until now. so anyways i was walking threw the store and headed down the stairs to the main level and and as i looked around i saw all these bottles on the wall with a colorful display behind them, it intriqued me so i went over to look at it. as i approched the counter a young lady and gentleman greeted me and asked how i was doing, i said i was here for the first time and just checking things out. so they talked a little about the wall, and asked me if i had a favorite fragrance. well i told them that i have actually never worn fragrances before, maybe aftershave with a scent in it but that was about it.
    they proceded to ask if i had ever heard of Serge Lutens perfumes, which i had not. so they started telling me about who he is, what he has done in his life etc. then they( Bryce and Niki) start showing me some of his fragrances, they are very interesting fragrances i have to say. so anyways they started to mix a couple of fragrances ( because you can mix them) and they were amazing. first the gentleman his name is Bryce did this combination on me mixing Cedre and Douce Amere, i wasn't sure at first but my mind changed as it dried down. then he did another combination mixing Fumerie Turque and Diam blond. i asked him do you always blend the fragrances? and he said yes i always look for great combinations and it seems that mixing these fragrances gives such a unique experience in scent that i never just show a single fragrance, they are great alone but when you mix them you really get something unique to yourself. So we went on trying other fragrances and he ended up mixing Clair de Musc and Gris Clair, amazing! after wearing these fragrances for about 30 mins or so we smelled how they had changed and worked with my skin and i was in shock, i liked all of the combinations they had done. by that time i was totally into these fragrances, scents i had never experienced in these ways before. they are so different from anything i have smelled before i ended up buying all 6 fragrances, they gave me a few other samples, Chypre Rouge to mix with my Fumerie Turque, Ambre Sultan to mix with Chergui (im loving that one) and Arabie to mix with Amber Sultan.

    they even wrote it out for me so i wouldnt forget what to mix with what. they were fantastic! not only that, now when i go to work i am getting compliments from people and freinds who have known me for a long time and they are shocked i am even wearing fragrances, i told them go see Bryce and Niki at the Serge Lutens fragrance counter at Barneys/dallas, very knowledgeable. i also have to say these fragrances stay on, some i still smell the next day.

    i'll be paying Bryce and Niki a visit next week i think i am going to get Chypre Rouge, Ambre Sultan, Chergui and Arabie. i will keep you posted on my next trip to the serge counter.

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    so what's a bottle go for there in Dallas Serge? up here in the frozen north they raised prices at aedes last week. And welcome to basenotes, nice to meet you.

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    from never wearing frags to buying 4 lutens all in one brief dept store visit?
    weird.

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    Welcome to Bnotes. You'll find no scarcity of Lutens-love around these parts, that's for sure.
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    yea 4 bottles. I see bright careers ahead for Bryce and Niki. Which one's the guy? these sound like strippers names
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    I ve been buying Lutens scents since 1996...Paris...New York (Barneys, Aedes, Salons Shiseido...), I NEVER NEVER encountered a seller blending scents like that!!

    although I m happy the blendings work for you I must be honnest here and admit I m shocked you had to be introduced the Serge Lutens line by someone so immature, unprofessional and unexperienced!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bois et Musc
    although I m happy the blendings work for you I must be honnest here and admit I m shocked you had to be introduced the Serge Lutens line by someone so immature, unprofessional and unexperienced!
    I'm not sure if I'm just missing something in translation, but do you always have to be so abrasive? Couldn't you just say, "I'm surprised as I've never heard of mixing Lutens fragrances. I didn't know that Sales Associates were being encouraged to do that!" Then, you make your point and you don't come accross as completely insulting the original poster.

    How do you know that the SAs are "immature, unprofessional, and unexperienced?" based on something you admit you've NEVER even encountered???? Sort of like on the Creed thread where you said another member "knew nothing about Creed fragrances" and then admitted yourself you didn't even like the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach2jlc
    I'm not sure if I'm just missing something in translation, but do you always have to be so abrasive? Couldn't you just say, "I'm surprised as I've never heard of mixing Lutens fragrances. \
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    NO I CAN T! (nothign was lost in translation don t worry I speak 5 languages, do you??)
    I m not hypocrytical, I m a raised parisian that s how I express myself, sorry not be fake and politically mellow correct enough for you!!! have you ever been to Paris and New York??? LOL

    anyways I really feel bad someone had to be introduced to the Lutens line this way, it s outrageous! I m sure the Lutens people would be horrified would they find out about it.
    I even feel like calling the Dallas store, again here in New York I never saw something like that, never!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bois et Musc
    NO I CAN T! (nothign was lost in translation don t worry I speak 5 languages, do you??)
    I m not hypocrytical, I m a raised parisian that s how I express myself, sorry not be fake and politically mellow correct enough for you!!! have you ever been to Paris and New York??? LOL

    anyways I really feel bad someone had to be introduced to the Lutens line this way, it s outrageous! I m sure the Lutens people would be horrified would they find out about it.
    I even feel like calling the Dallas store, again here in New York I never saw something like that, never!!!!!
    ...good lord, this post speaks for itself, but I'll only add:

    In general, I always thought this is a community where we want to have good discussions like adults. Badgering and abusing your way through like an eight year old having a tantrum in order to make a point is hardly a way to endear yourself or drive home the fact that you are both well-travelled and well-spoken.

    Anyway, no more interupting Alex's thread for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredricktoo
    so what's a bottle go for there in Dallas Serge? up here in the frozen north they raised prices at aedes last week. And welcome to basenotes, nice to meet you.

    breathe deep soon 4 stars ... sorry talkin to myself
    Yea I just noticed that - they raised Serge Lutens prices by $8 for 1.7Oz bottles. Its still somewhat of a bargain compared to Creed Fleurissimo, 1oz., $98 !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach2jlc
    ...good lord, this post speaks for itself.

    do you realise how obnoxious you are? you ask me to rephrase in very politically correct way whatI had to say ??

    uh LOL this is really really a sad world of fake prudes we live in!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach2jlc
    ...good lord, this post speaks for itself, but I'll only add:

    In general, I always thought this is a community where we want to have good discussions like adults. Badgering and abusing your way through like an eight year old having a tantrum in order to make a point is hardly a way to endear yourself or drive home the fact that you are both well-travelled and well-spoken.

    abusing?? what???? uh! lol you make it sound like I killed someone here, are you aware of that??? where you guys are from??? I really want to know.

    I m shocked this great guy had to be introduced Lutens like that, where s the abuse in here??? YOU ARE ABUSING! I m sorry not to be pompous like you are, I m a parisian New Yorker, it s the devil wears Prada meets Joan Rivers mentality here, no time for prudish talk here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bois et Musc
    NO I CAN T! (nothign was lost in translation don t worry I speak 5 languages, do you??)
    I m not hypocrytical, I m a raised parisian that s how I express myself, sorry not be fake and politically mellow correct enough for you!!! have you ever been to Paris and New York??? LOL

    anyways I really feel bad someone had to be introduced to the Lutens line this way, it s outrageous! I m sure the Lutens people would be horrified would they find out about it.
    I even feel like calling the Dallas store, again here in New York I never saw something like that, never!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rentboy
    shame that for all the languages you speak you haven't learned yet the value of charm

    uh what! i didnt do anything other than expressing how shocked I was things were like that at the Dallas Barneys and I m attacked in the first place for that/????

    this is outrageous.


    and the "language"??? I said I was shocked! thats it. I NEVER CURSE! DO I???? you guys are not real are you ??? please tell me it 's a horrible joke, you re not for real LOL

    i ve never met "MEN" (LOL) so prudish in my life! obviously a lot of you guys here have certain issues...I won 't say more but I have an idea about it.

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    Going back to the discussion, the people at Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido, knowing how "purist" they are would be horrified to learn something like that, I m sure the guys at Aedes would be too, they re very professional and qualified, would never sell you anything playing with perfumes this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bois et Musc
    uh what! i didnt do anything other than expressing how shocked I was things were like that at the Dallas Barneys and I m attacked in the first place for that/????

    this is outrageous.


    and the "language" - I said I was shocked! thats it. I NEVER CURSE! DO I????
    i ve never met "MEN" (LOL) so prudish in my life! obviously a lot of you guys here have certain issues...I won 't say more but I have an idea about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach2jlc
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    Yea I just noticed that - they raised Serge Lutens prices by $8 for 1.7Oz bottles. Its still somewhat of a bargain compared to Creed Fleurissimo, 1oz., $98 !!
    $10.00 more for the three more concentrated scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredricktoo
    $10.00 more for the three more concentrated scents.

    Lutens are still $92 at Aedes boutique. The editions de parfums by Frederic Malles have been raised too I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bois et Musc
    Lutens are still $92 at Aedes boutique. The editions de parfums by Frederic Malles have been raised too I think...
    They are $100 at aedes.com

    http://www.aedes.com/product.php?product_id=1262
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    I think Bois et Musc is right to be outraged. Rather than let the guy try all the scents he wanted to and then sell one of them, Bryce and Niki put on a show with dimmed light more and more action, kinda of carnivalesque. He leaves with 4 bottles and promises to come back for more. Maybe he's oil rich and can afford to buy Barney's. Doesn't matter. The presentation was the more you buy the more combinations you have. And anyone who's played straight pool knows how hard it is to make a combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    thanks! I didn t realise that, I was just there like two weeks ago...
    Lutens debuted at $88 in 2002 at Bergdorf& Goodman, let 's hope for no more increases!!!..hmm! hmm! in the near future at least...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredricktoo
    Gary - 1 language - 1 testicle - whole lotta love - and a '57 Cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul with the original paperwork, never played under the bed. The kind Jimmy Page plays only better. - I don't mean I never played it under the bed. I mean it's unplayed and none of you damned business where it is.
    hey Gary, you just got my vote for "most WTF post of the day" LOL
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    The Lutens sells at £ 50 a pop here in the UK, not bad I think.
    I recently tried the Arabie, Ambre Sultan and Santal Blanc.
    I must admit I am very surprised about the SA recommending and blending and even mixing the Lutens frags himself...

    Maybe you can blend them, however if it was meant to be Lutens would have blended them himself I suppose...dunno, it's up to yourself, not to the Sa I think..

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    As for blending various Lutens .. good lord, they are already the perfume world equivalent of WMD's interms of their composition tenacity, power and richness!

    Blending two uber potent lutens and smelling the result might cause nostril cartilage fracture/burn and scarring of the insular cortex in the brain !
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    As for blending various Lutens .. good lord, they are already the perfume world equivalent of WMD's interms of their composition tenacity, power and richness!

    Blending two uber potent lutens and smelling the result might cause nostril cartilage fracture/burn and scarring of the insular cortex in the brain !
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    Quote Originally Posted by JYvdK
    The Lutens sells at £ 50 a pop here in the UK, not bad I think.
    I recently tried the Arabie, Ambre Sultan and Santal Blanc.
    I must admit I am very surprised about the SA recommending and blending and even mixing the Lutens frags himself...

    Maybe you can blend them, however if it was meant to be Lutens would have blended them himself I suppose...dunno, it's up to yourself, not to the Sa I think..
    Could this possibly have been a cunning trick, by the SAs, to sell two bottles at a time in one go? If they're getting commission for every sale, they've managed to find a way of doubling their commission. That's really sly, eh? Also, I'm sure the way they 'performed' made such an idea seem like some 'brilliant revelation' to unsuspecting/inexperienced customers...

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    we have found the enemy - and he is us.... Pogo

    Again all eyes are on Dallas tonight folks. We have a situation unfolding that if it goes the way it's going and falls into the wrong hands, could spell the complete extermination of our race through a nasal cartilage/fried brainpan thingie. All we can do is sit and wait to see whether sergelutens4me posts again tonight, or if SWAT teams will go in after him tomorrow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor
    Could this possibly have been a cunning trick, by the SAs, to sell two bottles at a time in one go? If they're getting commission for every sale, they've managed to find a way of doubling their commission. That's really sly, eh? Also, I'm sure the way they 'performed' made such an idea seem like some 'brilliant revelation' to unsuspecting/inexperienced customers...
    I think so, something must have been going on ; as zztopp pointed out, these are already very potent frags, (the Arabie sample ''contaminated'' all my other (paper)samples...)maybe the guy was a bit ambitious and we will find his own frags at les Senteurs London soon! Behold!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    As for blending various Lutens .. good lord, they are already the perfume world equivalent of WMD's interms of their composition tenacity, power and richness!

    Blending two uber potent lutens and smelling the result might cause nostril cartilage fracture/burn and scarring of the insular cortex in the brain !
    Funny; I thought the same thing. My biggest complaint about Lutens was that they were just too heavy as it was, so to have them mixed together... wow! Anyway, since I've never tried it, I won't knock it (I've made some unconventional layerings before myself... including heavy frags)... but as much as one Lutens wears ME instead of me wearing it... I could only imagine two!
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    I have to disagree with all you perfume 'purists' concerning the layering of any designer perfume.

    I am not sure whether this person is a Serge Luten's stooge or not but if he is to be judged innocent until proven guilty then we need to take note and respect certain points.

    1. He claims to actually have enjoyed the combinations that were suggested to him. He liked them enough to spend his hard earned cash and purchased some. As have many of us on here.

    2. He liked the Lutens and the combinations described to him, enough to be considering going back for more.

    3. The SA's are there for one thing and one thing only - to sell units of the given product. Layering products from the same line a la Jo Malone, etc, is no more an outrage then talking up formula notes like 'moss crystals' or saying a scent has 'no' top notes. Their job is to shift units.

    4. Now that he has the bottles at home he can choose, should he wish, to wear the scents individually. Sheesh, should he wish to use them as air freshener that is his perogative - why the outrage and barracking? He bought them, with his money - let him use them however he wishes.

    There really is no need for drama.

    LOL! I enjoy layering and do layer some of my Serge Lutens with other potent perfumes! I have actually discovered a few wonderful combo's that (for me at least) actually improve on the original scent...

    Sacrilige may be to you purists but perfume is first and foremost personal and no one is so perfect, so 'educated', or so wordly that they have the right to belittle and castigate a person for wearing perfume to their personal tastes.

    This is valid even if sergelutens4me turns out to have ulterior motives to posting on this forum.

    A little tolerance and respect please...
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    Just to add my two cents here, in an interview Serge Lutens himself recommended to try layering his powerful beauties. Indeed, he went as far as listing three for each layering (OMG!):

    Ambre Sultan+Daim Blond+Arabie
    Ambre Sultan+Un Bois Vanille+Douce Amère
    Ambre Sultan+Fleurs d'Oranger+Datura Noir
    Ambre Sultan+Daim Blond+Clair de Musc
    Fleurs de Citronnier+A la Nuit+Sa Majesté la Rose
    Fleurs de Citronnier+Clair de Musc+Santal Blanc
    Fleurs de Citronnier+Fleurs d'Oranger+Datura Noir

    So it seems that the two SAs did neither invent warm water nor do something outrageous.
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