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    We all sing the praises of the major players in the Serge Lutens line, such as Chergui--and rightfully so. But I was wondering if there are any lesser known SL fragranes that don't get a lot of talk here on BN. I understand that SL aren't marketed as masculine or feminine, but I'm really not interested in any scents that tip over the line to the femme side of things.

    With that in mind, can you recommend any that are worth trying?
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    Not sure which ones you have tried already, but Santal Blanc is a favorite of mine that I suspect is lesser known, purely based on the very few discussions about it on BN. I went through some posts and discussions about it not too long ago, and majority who replied did not really fancy it.

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    Well not many here discuss Douce Amere, and it's just lovely stuff. I also agree with matthewfoo, regarding the lack of talk about Santal Blanc - but I honestly hated that juice when I tested it.
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    I suppose it comes up occasionally but I found Gris Clair to be rather unique and almost impossible to find. I'd love to sample this a bit more or even get a decant but I've never seen it anywhere!
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    Mandarine Mandarin is a sleeper in the line, in my opinion. It's like a more sophisticated Fleurs d'Oranger; in fact, it's almost a flanker of that fragrance stylistically, but more complex and "grown up".

    Rose de Nuit and La Myrrhe get very little talk here. I think they're both great, but I can see why. Rose de Nuit is a very dark, retro, animalic chypre; La Myrrhe is a very Avante Garde myrrh and aldehyde pairing.

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    I personally enjoy Un Bois Sepia. It's the most masculine take on the Feminite du Bois original (though it's still got that FDB cherry/plum patchouli topnote so it's still not that masculine...)
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    Bois Oriental is my favorite of the "bois" series, yet I know of only one other fan.

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    Vetiver Oriental is great. It starts off all Lutensesque, but the vetiver note is fairly raw when it takes over. I didn't want to buy another vetiver perfume, but it was the clear winner when sniffing the bell jars at the boutique.

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    One more vote for Un Bois Sépia.
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    Hmmm...Maybe...for me...Serge Noire...new and nicely produced. A bit prominent of desert-like spices, Ie; the notorious cinnamon note! though it's only new and still...to me...feels like a fairly tacit scent

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    Fumerie Turque: it has its admirers, I'm one, but it's rarely mentioned here.
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    I've tested the vast majority of them and my top four are: Gris Clair, MKK, Fumerie Turque, and Ambre Sultan - all of which are discussed a fair amount on here. As far as I can tell, there aren't really any great "sleepers" in this line. I think basenotes has covered Serge Lutens very thoroughly.

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    Serge Noire got a bit of attention when it first came out, but then it was more or less panned. I tried it and jumped on the bandwagon and panned it too. And to be sure, the first 5 minutes of this scent borders on hideous. But then it develops into a beautiful dark and dry woodsy sent that last for hours. I'm glad I gave it a second try, and now own a bottle.

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    I think Vetiver Oriental is great, and has a sublime drydown.
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    Serge Lutens as made a number of scents that have tremendous subtlety created by blending notes that have very similar values of intensity resulting in fragrances that don't shout or make bold statements. These more subtle fragrances have never gotten a lot mention or notice but they are fantastic fragrances anyway. I am sure there are others like these, but these are worth checking out. They all are winners but because they make such a subdued statement they don't ever get strong champions singing their praises like MKK, Chergui or Ambre Sultan do.


    Daim Blonde- a very subtle and recessive scent of apricot and suede leather. A very fine fragrance.
    Douce Amere - also very much a pastel tone poem of softness from: wormwood, anise, cinnamon, lily, chocolate ,cedar - all very soft mid tone pleasant notes.
    Santal Blanc - an interplay of spices that will not overpower the softness of sandalwood: fenugreek, black sesame, cumin, sandalwood results in a buttery smoothe spicey sandalwood that I found to be very enjoyable.
    Encens et Lavande - a grey chalky lavender accord mixed with frankincense. One of the all time best lavender fragrances in my opinion. A favorite for me.

    all are excellent.
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    I do tire of Sheldrake's syrupy fruit + woods signature accord sometimes. Perhaps that's why I enjoy these few:-

    Douce Amere
    Serge Noire
    5 O'clock Au Gingembre
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    Mandarin Mandarine is a definite must try. I find this to be the perfect scent for the Christmas season; its warm, sweet (but not too sweet) and comforting.
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    I agree with the Encens et Lavande and La Myrrhe recs.

    I like Rose de Nuit, but I do see it as a very feminine and sexual fragrance. You might like Fleurs de Citronnier (I get more orange blossom than lemon blossom) if you like Fleurs d'Oranger.

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    Santal de Mysore doesn't seem to get too much talk. I like it a good deal.

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