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    Default Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Anyone smell this yet?

    The Perfume Shoppe has it in stock: http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/scri...?idproduct=709 - in addition, I saw a bottle go for about + $250 in Ebay yesterday. What's weird is that it is NOT showing up on the Serge Lutens website??

    I'm interested in smelling it, that's for sure.
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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    I'm sniffing it right this minute, Mike! ;-)

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    That's just evil Lee.

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    Imagine ginger (the candied version natch, but oh we are talking high class) with Bois Oriental. That's kind of it.

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    These are the notes: bergamot, ginger, spicy and honeyed notes


    If you are well versed with Lutens, you can pretty much guess what it smells like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Anyone smell this yet?

    The Perfume Shoppe has it in stock: http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/scri...?idproduct=709 - in addition, I saw a bottle go for about + $250 in Ebay yesterday. What's weird is that it is NOT showing up on the Serge Lutens website??

    I'm interested in smelling it, that's for sure.
    I didn't think they put any of the exports on his website?

    Bois Oriental + Ginger...hmmm.

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by leopoldo View Post
    Imagine ginger (the candied version natch, but oh we are talking high class) with Bois Oriental. That's kind of it.
    Thanks Lee. I've never smelled BdO, but thanks for the comparison anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    I didn't think they put any of the exports on his website?
    You're right. They don't. They only list the Exclusives because officially the Exports have nothing to do with Shiseido and the website is that of the Salons du Palais Royal-Shiseido.

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    So Leopoldo...do you like it?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    The Perfume Shoppe has it in stock: http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/scri...?idproduct=709 - in addition, I saw a bottle go for about + $250 in Ebay yesterday.
    Holy smokes, the shop is a 30 minute drive from my place....maybe I should go buy a bunch of bottles and Ebay them off.....

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    Thank goodness for my Encens et Lavende! I mean, it is pure goodness with the lavender, clary sage, and inscense. Yes, that means no honeyed notes or sikly sweet notes. I can't believe they honeyed up another one. Geez. Ok, now I am curious to smell it like the rest of you all!

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    The ebay ad pretended it wasn't available in the U.S. - they neglected to mention that it would he available shortly...
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    I can't believe the name of this...does anyone know the background on it? For me, the name is terrible and doesn't seem "smart" in terms of marketing because its somewhat distorting.

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    I agree, the name is unbelievably kitschy for a Lutens.

    I love most of Lutens' works, but can't say I'm too excited about this one... Another honey & spice fest?

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Just spritzed some on. The first impression is that it's more woody than sweet.
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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka View Post
    Just spritzed some on. The first impression is that it's more woody than sweet.
    Ohh, this makes me interested, mooore!

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Thank goodness for my Encens et Lavende! I mean, it is pure goodness with the lavender, clary sage, and inscense. Yes, that means no honeyed notes or sikly sweet notes. I can't believe they honeyed up another one. Geez. Ok, now I am curious to smell it like the rest of you all!
    Yes, Encens et Lavande is great. Strait up lavender and incense, not smoky incense - clear, calming incense; which I love.


    Hopefully the next non-export release isn't a spicey-sweet one.

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    I am not a fan of syrupy fragrances myself, but I love spice and I welcome them in Serge releases and many others.

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I am not a fan of syrupy fragrances myself, but I love spice and I welcome them in Serge releases and many others.
    I also welcome them. But SL creations such as Gris Clair, Borneo, Tubereuse Criminelle, and Iris Silver Mist take my desire.

    Will post my thoughts on 5oCaG once my split arrives

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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Ohh, this makes me interested, mooore!
    There are no floral notes in it and if one wanted to label it either masculine or feminine, it would be masculine. The ginger is most prominent in the top notes, teamed wit bergamot. There's vetiver, which was very prominent the day after (more so on the crooks of elbow than on the wrists), and just a hint of chocolate, dark and bittersweet.

    I don't find it syrupy at all.
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    Oooh. That sounds lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Anyone smell this yet?
    The Perfume Shoppe has it in stock: http://www.theperfumeshoppe.com/scri...?idproduct=709 - in addition, I saw a bottle go for about + $250 in Ebay yesterday. What's weird is that it is NOT showing up on the Serge Lutens website??
    No less than TWO of my SLs came from The Perfume Shoppe (which means they must have crossed the atlantic twice.) I've tried Bois Oriental - ya know those free wax samples that SL at the Palais Royale in Paris sends out - and liked it a lot! I'm almost tempted to order Five O'Clock au Gingembre blind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka View Post
    There are no floral notes in it and if one wanted to label it either masculine or feminine, it would be masculine. The ginger is most prominent in the top notes, teamed wit bergamot. There's vetiver, which was very prominent the day after (more so on the crooks of elbow than on the wrists), and just a hint of chocolate, dark and bittersweet.

    I don't find it syrupy at all.
    Well, thanks for the review Tigs I think a sample is in order, I just hope it is just like that on me, sounds really really nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenmarcher View Post
    I can't believe the name of this...does anyone know the background on it? For me, the name is terrible and doesn't seem "smart" in terms of marketing because its somewhat distorting.

    TNMA
    In an interview I read, Lutens explained that a" Five O'Clock" in France means "tea time" so the idea is ginger tea. More than that he was also talking about French anglophiles and how this fragrance is supposed to be about the love of all things British among rich French people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    In an interview I read, Lutens explained that a" Five O'Clock" in France means "tea time" so the idea is ginger tea. More than that he was also talking about French anglophiles and how this fragrance is supposed to be about the love of all things British among rich French people.
    I was in the Serge Lutens Palais Royale store yesterday to buy a bottle of MKK and I tried F o'C au G. The SA told me it is named after an Arabic cake, sort of like a gingerbread. I found it to be slightly redolent of tobacco, even though there isn't a tobacco note in it, over vetiver and ginger. Some spice, but not heavy in the usual SL style and not sweet either. I liked it, as it seemed like something new and wasn't a rehash of Ambre Sultan, Chergui and Arabie. But, it did not last very long on me.
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    That seller put up another bottle at $170 on ebay! Just remember folks, in a short while you can get it for $110 in the US and Canada, it's *not* an exclusive!

    Lucky you in paris! Never heard of that cake, but "F o'C au G" sounds like an insult!
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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I was in the Serge Lutens Palais Royale store yesterday to buy a bottle of MKK and I tried F o'C au G. The SA told me it is named after an Arabic cake, sort of like a gingerbread. I found it to be a slightly redolent of tobacco, even though there isn't a tobacco note, over vetiver and ginger. Some spice, but not heavy in the usual SL style and not sweet either. I liked it, as it seemed liked something new and wasn't a rehash of Ambre Sultan, Chergui and Arabie. But, it did not last very long on me.
    Aye Carumba, that sounds a bit un-Lutens like! No syrup attack? Only 6-7 hour longevity? It may actually turn out to be a real study on ginger!

    Is it like an attenuated Rahat Lakhoum with a sprinkling ginger and a vetiver base?
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    There are many Lutens which aren't candy spice fests, so it wouldn't totally be out of character!

    But it's funny, if you read Lutens' own description of 5 oclock, it sounds like a candy fest. http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scenteds...lutens_pa.html
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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I was in the Serge Lutens Palais Royale store yesterday to buy a bottle of MKK and I tried F o'C au G. The SA told me it is named after an Arabic cake, sort of like a gingerbread. I found it to be slightly redolent of tobacco, even though there isn't a tobacco note in it, over vetiver and ginger. Some spice, but not heavy in the usual SL style and not sweet either. I liked it, as it seemed like something new and wasn't a rehash of Ambre Sultan, Chergui and Arabie. But, it did not last very long on me.
    I found it a bit smoky, too. It is indeed a "quiet one" compared to many other SL scents.

    If I had to compare 5oCaG to an existing SL scent, Vétiver Oriental would be the one that comes closest.
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    Default Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka View Post
    It is indeed a "quiet one" compared to many other SL scents.
    I think that Rousse is also 'quiet' too - one of the reasons why I like it so much. I've got a decant of it coming to me from another Basenoter and I'm really interested in giving Rousse some full wearings in the spring heat.
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    Both Lee at Perfume Posse and Marie Helene at The Scented Salamander blogs, weigh in with reviews of Five O'Clock here and here.

    Can you tell that I'm excited to try this?
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