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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    How about grabbing a 100 ml One Man Show for less than $10 and telling your friends it's an SL frag but you just can't remember which one because you got it as a decant? LOL.
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    any quick suggestions of anything else i should try since i have a couple more i can get from aedes...something i never heard of thats incredible????

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    Just to add my voice to the "don't buy SL blind" chorus (and I'm an inveterate blind buyer).

    My one SL bottle is Fumerie Turque. It's a wonderful scent...but I only turn to it once every few weeks and I've learned never to wear it in hot weather!

    Some random other things you might try from Aedes:

    Cuir Ottoman (or another Parfums d'Empire fragrance)
    Twill Rose (from Parfums Rosine)
    Any of the Tauer line (but especially L'ADDM, LM, IR, and IE)
    Paestum Rose (from Eau d'Italie)
    Or something from the Diptyque or MPG lines.

    Don't get L'Artisan samples from Aedes, as L'Artisan itself has an excellent sample program that's more cost effective. Go to their website and check it out!

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    [QUOTE=dredmahawkus;1405344]
    Quote Originally Posted by finsfan View Post
    #1, where can u get a bottle for $90?

    you can get em on the purfume shoppe for $96 and ebay has a guy you can pick almost everyone for $90 i think it was.


    ok i am getting samples at aedes...they dont have half the ones i want but oh well.

    trying to convince myself to get this dzing for $90 on ebay....how can a smell be so nasty the first 30 min and be so outstanding the rest of the way. thats probably what makes dzing so impressive.

    The ones that Aedes don't have won't be available for $90 (or $96) as they are the non-export Paris exclusives that will cost you a LOT more than $90.
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    ok this is what i got

    lutens-chergui
    lutens-cedre
    lutens-ambre sultan
    lutens-miel de bois
    l'artisan-mure et musc extreme.......i already got a couple l'artisans last weekat the madison boutique website..... i just love this stuff and want more!!!!
    montale-Vanille or vanilla absolu
    parfumes delrae-Bois de Paradis

    subs-frapin-1270
    subs-creed-erolfa.....out of all the creeds i have i never smelt erolfa...thats a must soon



    thank you everyone for your help.....i will let you guys know how the lutens are when they come. what you think get out of the shower and dump a whole sample all over myself without smelling it first??? LOL after this thread i dont think i will do that lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dredmahawkus View Post
    what you think get out of the shower and dump a whole sample all over myself without smelling it first??? LOL after this thread i dont think i will do that lol
    With the Lutens you'll stink for a week. If you dump an entire Miel de Bois spray vial you will attract every bear within 200 miles (and you'll smell a little like you wet yourself, the honey note is slightly urinous).
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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    I'd have suggested Gris Clair. I think it's extremely wearable. It's the only frag I've worn on a semi-regular basis on which I've gotten unsolicited compliments.

    Aside: Bois de Paradis is gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopah View Post
    I'd have suggested Gris Clair. I think it's extremely wearable. It's the only frag I've worn on a semi-regular basis on which I've gotten unsolicited compliments.

    Aside: Bois de Paradis is gorgeous!
    A number of people, including Vibert, often suggest that there's a negative correlation between a Lutens scent's wearability and its typicality as a Lutens scent. I've only sampled Gris Clair once in a store, but it's brilliant. It's also not what one typically thinks of when one thinks of the Lutens line.

    I'm kind of glad I own Fumerie Turque, since it does have that classic Lutens structure. But I know I'd get much more use out of Gris Clair.

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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    I agree, Lutens should not be bought blind.
    Some of the least challenging Lutens for me are: Douce Amere, Gris Clair, Vetiver Oriental, and 5 o'clock au gingembre, Although I love Serge Noire, I have found that it is a very controversial scent.
    Miel de Bois gets a bad reputation but I have never smelled it. I also thought it was going to be discontinued.

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    Answering the original question poses a challenge to me. There are several Lutens scents that I wear very often, including Chene, Mandarine-Mandarin, Muscs Koublai Khan, Ambre Sultan, and (in the summer) Tubereuse Criminelle. Yet I'm fully aware that these are not the scents in the Serge Lutens line that most would consider "wearable" in the conventional sense. In fact, their unconventional qualities are what attract me to them.

    Were I to recommend Serge Lutens scents that strike me as less challenging or more conventionally wearable, I'd suggest Douce Amere, Gris Clair, Chergui, and Daim Blond, though again these are most certainly not the ones that I "wear alot and cant live without" (sic).

    And yes, I warn agaist buying blind as well.

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    Actually, dredmahawkus is right - with the USD/CAD exchange rate the current cost of the standard export line is $96USD from The Perfume Shoppe in Canada. The limited editions (i.e. Borneo, Vetiver Oriental) are $108USD - I bought Borneo 1834 for $120USD, shipped. Definitely the best deal around.

    It's never a waste to have samples, no matter what the cost! Having a broad experience with many fragrances is valuable my in and of itself. I'd also take mikeperez's advice and not worry about rushing to get a whole ton of samples - pick the ones with notes you really like first. I've found many of the SLs to be fairly heavy and not great for every day wear, though if I had to I could wear my Borneo 1834 ever day, and my newest SL - Cuir Mauresque - every day. [side note - Borneo is a limited export and if you want it, you should get it soon.]

    The SLs I started with were Un Bois Vanille, Gris Clair, Daim Blonde, and Douce Amere. The others I really like are Rousse, Fumerie Turque, and A la Nuit.

    Especially Douce Amere, Un Bois Vanille, and Gris Clair are good starters.

    There are plenty I don't like, too - the 'Bois' series (Fruite, Violette, and Musc), Chypre Rouge, Arabie, and Datura Noir. Not all of the SLs appeal to everyone.

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    The "Bois" series are simple compositions (formulae: [fruit/flower] + cedar) and most are easy to wear. Try them out and see which variation suits you.

    From the regular line:

    Fleurs de Citronnier, while an unremarkable citrus (Lutens can't do citrus frags with panache), is mildly enjoyable and easy to wear.

    Ambre Sultan contains the trademark vanillic (not ambery as the name might suggest) spice-rack accord albeit in a toned down mode, and manages to be an easy wear. Its much less forceful than YSL Opium homme EDP.
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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    In addition to the Ambre Sultan and Chergui, I would also add Un Bois Vanille, Daim Blond, Vetiver Oriental and Fumerie Turque to your SL sample list.

    I think that Chene is in the export line for a limited time, but not yet available at Aedes. If you like woody fragrances, this could be for you. It's a great time to buy it while it's in the export line.

    Although I agree that these are not exactly everyday scents, they do meet your "smells great and wearable on special occasions" criteria.
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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    Quote Originally Posted by dredmahawkus View Post
    i might get dzing or mure et musk extrm.....i love those 2.........
    Yep. Just got a bottle each of both and received good compliments for both, and those for Dzing at ALL stages of its evolution - application to dry-down. They are definitely not feminine, but require YOU to be confident. The first 30 minutes of Dzing is what sets it apart from any other scent. If you do not really like it at that stage ,aybe you should avoid it totally and get an alternative which you will appreciate better from application to drydown.

    As for SLs, please sample. I use Amber Sultan, Serge Noire and Arabie (and MKK - but not available for export) as everyday/special occasion scents. You may also try Douce Amere and Un Bois Vanille if man enough to wear a vanila bomb. Again UBV is definitely not feminine, though indicated as so in BN.
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    I've sampled the entire export line and about half of the bell jars. My conclusion is: sample sample, it's really an "acquired taste" line.

    For starters, try:
    Gris Clair
    Chergui
    Fumerie Turque
    Douce Amere
    Ambre Sultan

    and if you like coconutty vanilla, then try Un Bois Vanille
    and if you are masochastic, or just like burning smoldering scents with pepper on steroids, then Serge Noire is the closet you'll get
    Last edited by moltening; 12th January 2009 at 08:44 AM.
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    Personally I think that Ambre Sultan is a perfectly safe blind buy

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    you know i been looking for a new vanilla scent....i was going to try bois vanille but they said its feminine so i didnt get a sample...wish i did now... i am going to try montale for vanilla....i think i need to get more samples now so i can try lutens vanilla.

    you know i love dzing's dry down, but the opening smells like plastic tuperwear containers......i can get past that since the dry down is amazing....i think!
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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    These are the top vanilla's you should really try out:

    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Parfumerie Generale Felanilla
    Montale Vanille Extasy
    Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

    If you ask me, Felanilla is my favorite in the list, but they are all great.

    Other Candidates that You May Like:
    Fragonard - Vanille
    Montale Boise Vanille (beware of skin chemistry on this one)
    CSP Vanille Extreme (on the synthetic smelling side, but perfect for layering, and can be found for cheap)
    Last edited by moltening; 12th January 2009 at 08:18 PM.
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    No one has mentioned Vetiver Oriental yet. I think it's among the most wearable, least idiosyncratic of the Lutens line. Probably still not a safe blind buy at $140, though.

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    thanks.....weird after smelling dzing and the drydown i was dying for vanilla. i wanted to smell like an incredible vanilla smell lol. now i think i am on a mission for vanilla. man this is an addictive hobby after you buy a couple you are done. since august i have bought 4 bonds 8 creeds and about a dozen others like guerlain and encre noire. well i was on a mure et musc mission.....but i think thats on hold till after my vanilla mission. oh and my serge mission......glad i found out about aedes they have great samples..i am psyched to get my montale vanilla and serge......thanks for the vanilla suggestions i will try and make a point to try them all....i am gonna take your suggestion and try and get a hold of the felanilla!.....oh and no thanks to this site to fuel the scent addictions! if i never bought a fake creed and never found this site i dont think i woulda been like this!!!! well i always had a few smells but not like this! anyway its fun....thanks for all the suggestions everyone i really appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moltening View Post
    These are the top vanilla's you should really try out:

    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Parfumerie Generale Felanilla
    Montale Vanille Extasy
    Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

    If you ask me, Felanilla is my favorite in the list, but they are all great.

    Other Candidates that You May Like:
    Fragonard - Vanille
    Montale Boise Vanille (beware of skin chemistry on this one)
    CSP Vanille Extreme (on the synthetic smelling side, but perfect for layering, and can be found for cheap)



    you ever try guerlain yling and vanille? i see some on ebay its discontinued. one is cheap too $25.....vanille extasy says it has yling in it too

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    one more vanilla question have any of you tried molinard vanilla? it seems to get some incredible awesome reviews....they all say its perfect! and its only $35 on ebay! perfect????? i just might have to buy yet ANOTHER BOTTLE! i want to smell perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strollyourlobster View Post
    No one has mentioned Vetiver Oriental yet. I think it's among the most wearable, least idiosyncratic of the Lutens line. Probably still not a safe blind buy at $140, though.
    See post #26.
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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    No Lutens is for everybody. No Lutens is for every day.
    Three or four are perhaps must - haves for special moments,
    or more, at some stage in a man's life.
    Last edited by narcus; 13th January 2009 at 12:35 PM.
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    After trying several SL, my only one (decant) is Fumerie Turque. After the initial medicinal blast it settles to a beautiful cherry-pipe-tobacco.

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    I doubt evn Mr Lutens himself wears Lutens everyday.
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    Never buy blind anything and never buy blind a lutens specially!
    I own Chne (mu current sotd) and Fumerie Turque in bell bottles I got in Paris and I enjoy both from time to time. My fav Lutens is Fumerie Turque and it embodies all the visionary beauty and inspiration of its creator imo. Said that, Lutens juices are not made for everyday's wear mostly: the only ones I could think about wearing on a dayly basis are probably Bois de Violette, La Mhyrre, un bois sepia and gris clair.

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    i just realized when i ordered from aedes they didnt have Fumerie Turque..... i really wanted to try it is it hard to get now????

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    Yes, these are so intense and "love'em or hate'em" that I would never recommend a blind buy. Nor is there one that I could conceive of wearing more than 2 or 3 times a week. Even Gris Clair, which is dry and relatively transparent is a once every few days fragrance for me at most. And as much as I love them, I will literally go for months without wearing Chergui or Fumerie Turque. They can, however, be great as comfort fragrances when you turn in at night.

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    Default Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    The only Lutens that I would consider an every day scent would be Chene. It's not too sweet so it can be worn in the summer as well as the winter. Others that were mentioned such as Arabie, Chergui, Borneo 1834, Ambre Sultan, etc. are more cold weather scents IMO.

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