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    Default Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Hi guys!

    I've smelt few of the Lutens line. I didn't get the Wooaaahou effect I expected, considering the aura of mister Lutens. Frankly speaking. Not to say the frags are bad but... I found most of them (the few 5 or 6 tested) to be a kind of conceptual exercise, that forgot what I consider the primary and obvious thing: a frag is to be worn. Serge Noir, to me, is the perfect exemple... I'm not trying to bash or something and I'm really open minded but...
    What do you guys think?

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Serge Noire is one step below rotting chicken skin in the trash can. There are several others that are really great.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    It's one of my favorite houses. They make many excellent fragrances that are all wearable.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    Hi guys!

    I've smelt few of the Lutens line. I didn't get the Wooaaahou effect I expected, considering the aura of mister Lutens. Frankly speaking. Not to say the frags are bad but... I found most of them (the few 5 or 6 tested) to be a kind of conceptual exercise, that forgot what I consider the primary and obvious thing: a frag is to be worn. Serge Noir, to me, is the perfect exemple... I'm not trying to bash or something and I'm really open minded but...
    What do you guys think?
    which ones have you tried?
    a while ago i thought the same, but i changed my mind. there are two masterworks : muscs koublai khan and ambre sultan.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I agree that Serge Noire is really horrible.

    I wonder which ones you've tried? Douce Amere, A la Nuit, Gris Clair, and Chergui are all very wearable. I don't see this line being hyped up too much nowadays... maybe a year ago I would have agreed that he is overrated, but the only Lutens that really receives a lot of discussion now is Muscs Koublai Khan. MKK fits into the category of conceptual fragrances that are unsuitable to be worn, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Serge Lutens, or more specifically Christopher Sheldrake make some of the best fragrances out ther ( in my opinion)

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    A great line, but there's a lot of diversity there. The first three I tried ( Cedre, Santal Blanc, and Five O'Clock Au Gingembre ) left me utterly apathetic, but later explorations wowed me.

    What fragrances do you like already? That's a good guide to know which Lutens to suggest.

    For the record, I don't like Serge Noir at all.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Along Serge Noir, I tried Nuit de Cellophane (cellophane-plastic-synthetic of course ), Tubéreuse Criminelle (I prefer Nuit de Tubéreuse), Féminité du Bois (I found ok), Un Bois Vanille (yes that's vanille), Chergui (interesting but not my cup of tea), Fille en Aiguille (I have to try it again), Ambre Sultan (Ambre Russe rules, in my book)...
    Of course I have a long way to go, that's for sure.
    I admit: "overrated/overhyped" are provocative!

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    A great line, but there's a lot of diversity there. The first three I tried ( Cedre, Santal Blanc, and Five O'Clock Au Gingembre ) left me utterly apathetic, but later explorations wowed me.

    What fragrances do you like already? That's a good guide to know which Lutens to suggest.

    For the record, I don't like Serge Noir at all.
    I've read rave reviews about Iris Silver Mist. Some peaople calling it "The best iris of the world" or somethin in the same vain!
    I like iris, I guess: one of my fav frags are Dior homme Intense and Infusion d'Iris...

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    Along Serge Noir, I tried Nuit de Cellophane (cellophane-plastic-synthetic of course ), Tubéreuse Criminelle (I prefer Nuit de Tubéreuse), Féminité du Bois (I found ok), Un Bois Vanille (yes that's vanille), Chergui (interesting but not my cup of tea), Fille en Aiguille (I have to try it again), Ambre Sultan (Ambre Russe rules, in my book)...
    Of course I have a long way to go, that's for sure.
    I admit: "overrated/overhyped" are provocative!

    I have both, but... yes, it's your book. I prefer Ambre Sultan :P

    Don't know if you got overhyped about this house. I've read many comments about them being too potent/unwearable/complex etc etc... I find them to be great perfumes, very wearable and nice. Maybe some people read about them and expect "something more".
    In my opinion it's a great line with more than enough variety.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Postumo View Post
    I have both, but... yes, it's your book. I prefer Ambre Sultan :P

    Don't know if you got overhyped about this house. I've read many comments about them being too potent/unwearable/complex etc etc... I find them to be great perfumes, very wearable and nice. Maybe some people read about them and expect "something more".
    In my opinion it's a great line with more than enough variety.
    Humm yes, high expectations often brings disillusion. But I don't give it up... just need to lower my expectations

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    No problem if you don't end enjoying Lutens... par example I don't like the Amouages I've tested so far, and, obviously, can't understand the hype around them. Anyway, they must have something I don't get if so many people enjoy them.
    ... And do me a favor - don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Serge Lutens is a wonderfully innovative House, with their share of hits and misses ...

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    Over-hyped and overrated? More overshadowed by other emerging niche houses.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Over-hyped and overrated? More overshadowed by other emerging niche houses.
    this

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    I like the way several of their fragrances smell.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Originality, intelligence and wit are in pretty short supply these days, and often misunderstood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Originality, intelligence and wit are in pretty short supply these days, and often misunderstood.
    it starts to be more interesting... all the qualities mentioned apply to lutens, the thing is nothing is unlimited... hard to distribute a nearly perfect combination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dollars&scents View Post
    Serge Lutens is a wonderfully innovative House, with their share of hits and misses ...
    +1 as with many fragrance houses.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I think of perfumery as just another form of art and am glad that all the niche designers are out there contributing to the art of perfumery. If you can rock MKK, then by all means. However, I prefer to be the center of attention with my interactions with people not my cologne. I believe restraint is a central component of class. Sometimes niche perfumes like to take center stage, and when that happens others just think of you as the "cologne guy". Of course this can happen with over spraying as well.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Is it fair or even logical to assess something as overrated or over hyped without properly trying it ?

    Ohh and you may not really like iris, the Dior and Prada are not as iris prominent as the pyramid notes make them out to be.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Ambre Sultan is one of my favorite fragrances and I have tried Chene, Fumerie Turque and Chergui and I think that these are all really good fragrances. There are a lot more I want to try in the coming months.
    My current top ten:
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I thought Bois de Violette was very pretty and somewhat interesting, but was surprised by how synthetic the scent smelled. Didn't seem to be up to snuff compared to Malle and Creed. Around the same time I was using BdV I was also using Floris Limes body wash, and recall thinking the Floris also smelled better. But in all fairness this was just one Lutens scent, I must try many others before forming an opinion of the whole line or the brand. I do like what Lutens has to offer, there seem to be quite a few different scents and several interesting approaches to certain traditional themes.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    If the few you have tried don't thrill you, c'est la vie. Does that make the whole line overhyped and overrated? NAH. Just not your cuppa.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    ... I'm not trying to bash or something and I'm really open minded but...
    What do you guys think?
    I think, no I know that I'm a cheap bastard. The thought of paying >$100 for 50ml for a line's run of the mill offerings runs against my grain. Nevertheless, over the years and despite this significant bias, I've accumulated 1/2 dozen bottles and there's probably another 1/2 dozen or so I've got an eye on. This house is impressive... probably in my top 5.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I own four Lutens. I think their price point is reasonable and I really love their line. Whenever I'm in an "elegant" mood, I always reach for a Lutens. I have Arabie, MKK, 5 o'clock au Gingembre, Chergui.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    I've read rave reviews about Iris Silver Mist. Some peaople calling it "The best iris of the world" or somethin in the same vain!

    I like iris, I guess: one of my fav frags are Dior homme Intense and Infusion d'Iris...
    Iris Silver Mist is great, and really, like no other iris out there. The Dior and Prada are pretty tame by comparison, though well-constructed fragrances with their own merits. ISM is rooty, dark, and well worth a wearing... Like many Lutens it came across weird at first, but then I loved it.

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    Overall, great quality, but I am not fond of all the scents. I enjoy a few, and consistently good quality with longevity and sillage.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I don't get the hate for Serge Noire, I love it and think it's one of the best of the six I've sampled so far...

    - Serge Noire: Love it, very dark, warm, mysterious and thought provoking
    - Chergui: Like it quite a bit, but I don't really get the huge praise it receives
    - Gris Clair: Hate it, boring lavendar bomb
    - Ambre Sultan: Like it, but way too sweet and powdery for me to wear
    - Arabie: Like it for the olfactory experience, but totally unwearable for me
    - Fille en Aiguilles: Love it, reminds me of christmas
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    It depends on the taste of each person (and of their expectations). In my opinion Serge Lutens make very original and quality fragrances.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I think Iris Silver Mist and Fille en Aiguilles are the best ones in the lineup, I never feel that compelled to wear Lutens for some reason.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I own nearly all the Lutens line (and backup bottles too)+ many niches and non-niches (AP, parfum d'empire,guerlain art et la matière, malle,etc...) but i'm wearing for the majority the SL..
    Honestly i don't care about the hype or the rate from others, just wear what i want to wear
    For me the SL scents fit very well to my taste and vision of aesthetic.
    And i know many here love the Creed fragrances, but i don't really like them and that's not for that i think they are overhyped.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Generally very consistant and in a good way , Lutens was my gateway into niche fragrance ... not sure if that was a good or a bad thing !

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Over-hyped and overrated? More overshadowed by other emerging niche houses.
    You may be right, but here in France, I don't think Lutens is overshadowed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Is it fair or even logical to assess something as overrated or over hyped without properly trying it ?
    hedonist222, I know what you mean. In fact I admitted that "overrated/overhyped" are provocative. I actually don't make any assessment. I'm asking and curious to know your experience with that house. I'll probably, one day, find something for me in this impressive line... even if my first impression is not very positive.

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    "Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?"

    Not for me, perhaps the line just isn't to your tastes.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Love this house, period

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    ... considering the aura of mister Lutens ...
    I think they all smell the same - Lutens-like. As far as I know this common feel comes from certain aroma chemicals. To my nose the fragrances are sketchy ideas - partly good ones - blown up to fit a niche market for pretentious upper middle class bored houswifes. Same as with the former 'Nouvelle Cuisine': pretty small dishes which bind conflicting aromas with tons of butter.

    I don't think that this should be considered 'art'. Neither is it fine arts nor good workmanshp. I tried Borneo, Arabie, Sultan etc pp - all the same silky stuffy blubb. Tremendously overrated.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    One of the best niche houses in the game IMO. I own quite a few and find them completely wearable. So do the others who have commented positively when I've worn them.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Is it fair or even logical to assess something as overrated or over hyped without properly trying it ? .
    ...isn't everybody free to ask questions...?

    It is just the same as with all other brands: some are good and some are not; some may like the lot, some don't. Some may find Serge Lutens an overhyped/overrated brand, some may not...! That simple!

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    in short, I consider them the paradigm of artistic and high quality house.
    my current top five (always in transition)

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    I'm a fan. I own several SLs, and could add many more to my collection. I wear them frequently. Chergui and Five O'Clock au Gingembre are my current favorites.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    i think lutens was great! we need more creative directors/evaluators like that.

    but i'm not entirely sure about him anymore these days. and to make matters worse, we're getting reports in about unfortunate reformulations recently.

    the very best were always in the exclusives line.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Hey, if everybody loves it, then it's called 'mass market' not 'niche'. I get Serge Noire - it rocks big time!

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by gido View Post
    we're getting reports in about unfortunate reformulations recently.
    the worst Lutens reformulation still beat most of recent releases.

    Quote Originally Posted by gido View Post
    the very best were always in the exclusives line.
    not sure, many of bois serie are a little uninspired and redundants. (compared to the great Lutens) IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    not sure, many of bois serie are a little uninspired and redundants. (compared to the great Lutens) IMO
    i did not mean to say that all exclusives are great, but merely that he kept most of his very best perfumes away from the common stores. this guy had taste, and a mean streak. ;P
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    in short, I consider them the paradigm of artistic and high quality house.
    Overhyped if not overrated?
    I think that this can be said about any house, depending on how you approach them. Case in point, I have two distinct ways that I acquire new perfumes. The first way is that I search out perfumes that contain notes that I know I like. The second way, is to evaluate a house as a whole. When I first began to sample SL perfumes, many of them, even ones highly praised here, did nothing for me. But, I was evaluating the house and I pressed on, trying to test not just a few, but the entire line, that was available. In doing so I discovered perfumes like Gris Clair, Chergui, Boxeuses, TC, La Myrrhe, Vetiver Oriental and the list goes on, that really impressed me. If I had stopped at the few that I cared not for, I would have probably felt the house was overrated. I've had that experience with every house I've tried, most of their offerings I don't like, but the few I do I consider very high quality and some masterpieces(really don't like using that word). It just so happens that I adore a high percentage of SL perfumes, true niche.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens: Overhyped if not overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...isn't everybody free to ask questions...?
    I didnt say he shouldn't ask questions. I said he shouldn't haphazardly make decisions without properly testing something.


    Plus some brands are gold, no one can deny their merits like Ferrari , Porsche and Lamborghini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    I think they all smell the same - Lutens-like. As far as I know this common feel comes from certain aroma chemicals. To my nose the fragrances are sketchy ideas - partly good ones - blown up to fit a niche market for pretentious upper middle class bored houswifes. Same as with the former 'Nouvelle Cuisine': pretty small dishes which bind conflicting aromas with tons of butter.

    I don't think that this should be considered 'art'. Neither is it fine arts nor good workmanshp. I tried Borneo, Arabie, Sultan etc pp - all the same silky stuffy blubb. Tremendously overrated.
    Am I the only one who finds this offensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baiyouli View Post
    Am I the only one who finds this offensive?
    No. It's comments like these that make people show no interest in even bothering to respond.

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    Serge Lutens has many innovative fragrances.

    While there are few that I love, there are many that I admire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Plus some brands are gold, no one can deny their merits like Ferrari , Porsche and Lamborghini.
    ...you mean their airpoisoning qualities, the ugliness and the over the top prizes...fine merits! Maybe they could run on 'Vitriol d'Oeillet'...the knife will cut both ways: the motor will not survive and Lutens gets rid of one of his bad products...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...you mean their airpoisoning qualities, the ugliness and the over the top prizes...fine merits! Maybe they could run on 'Vitriol d'Oeillet'...the knife will cut both ways: the motor will not survive and Lutens gets rid of one of his bad products...!
    Come come now. L'Eau would have to be axed long before Vitriol d’œillet. Let's at least have some perspective here.

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    I don't think Lutens is over-hyped these days. The house is really hit and miss for me personally, though. I'm one of the few folks that can't stand Chergui but loves Serge Noire. I also really love Gris Clair, Fille en Aiguilles, and Fumerie Turque. I love MKK, but rarely wear it in public. I'm a big fan of Chene now, but at first thought it smelled like candy. I have a love/hate relationship with Ambre Sultan. It's about as far as I can go in the syrupy sweet direction. Arabie is way too far down that road for me. I recently tried Tubereuse Criminale and found it entertaining but ridiculous. I do like that this house is not afraid to experiment, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    I think they all smell the same - Lutens-like. As far as I know this common feel comes from certain aroma chemicals. To my nose the fragrances are sketchy ideas - partly good ones - blown up to fit a niche market for pretentious upper middle class bored houswifes. Same as with the former 'Nouvelle Cuisine': pretty small dishes which bind conflicting aromas with tons of butter.

    I don't think that this should be considered 'art'. Neither is it fine arts nor good workmanshp. I tried Borneo, Arabie, Sultan etc pp - all the same silky stuffy blubb. Tremendously overrated.
    Quote Originally Posted by baiyouli View Post
    Am I the only one who finds this offensive?

    I'm not as quick to be offended. Just amused. All the reviews of Lutens fragrances share the same themes: they're heavy and fruit-laden, often overly sweet, synthetic, and sometimes downright abrasive. Bois de Violette is often held up as the flagship of the brand, and I must say that all of these observations can be applied to it. Whether or not the rest follow suit is unknown to me, but I can't help but wonder if Lutens is perfumery's olfactory equivalent of a Julian Schnabel "plate painting" - i.e. something that was considered avant-garde, but then suffered a diminishment in critical popularity. On the other hand, this analysis could be misguided entirely, and I have to try more Lutens scents before I can formulate a solid opinion. I do know that people here breezily refer to Creed scents as "gateways to fragrance for the nouveau riche," a statement that can be likened to what WildThingy has said here, and one which also generates incredible amusement to me. Creed fans have given up getting their feathers ruffled over this nonsense, so if Lutens starts getting attacked I would think Lutens fans will eventually do the same.

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    Overrated is totally subjective, but I definitely find them clunky and unbalanced. None of the line appeals to me. Then again, SL himself dislikes green notes, which are my favorite, so it makes sense that it would be one of my least favorite brands.

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    Surely it's impossible to write off every creation of a house? They may not be to ones personal taste but that doesn't necessarily mean it's over hyped or bad simply not to your taste.

    I adore Ambre Sultan but can't get along with Vitriol d'Oillet

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    I simply adore the perfume house and the creative works behind the scents, but it doesn't mean I like every single perfume that the house releases. There're some of the SL fragrances that I hold close to my heart; some I have a love/hate relationship with and some just not the type I'd wear or want to smell like.
    Don't you think one could get an euphoria from wearing a perfume? It would be my case, especially with my beloved Lutens frags!
    How does sunshine smell like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cute_cute_baby View Post
    Don't you think one could get an euphoria from wearing a perfume?
    I understand that kind of relationship, cute_cute_baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letitbenose View Post
    Hi guys!

    I've smelt few of the Lutens line. I didn't get the Wooaaahou effect I expected, considering the aura of mister Lutens. Frankly speaking. Not to say the frags are bad but... I found most of them (the few 5 or 6 tested) to be a kind of conceptual exercise, that forgot what I consider the primary and obvious thing: a frag is to be worn. Serge Noir, to me, is the perfect exemple... I'm not trying to bash or something and I'm really open minded but...
    What do you guys think?
    How did you smell them? Did you give them full wearings?

    One thing the SL compositions share is that the design of the heart and basenotes are the priority. If getting that right leads to awkward or unpleasant effects in the top notes, so be it. This must be the case with ISM, and I think FT, Chergui, MKK, and others. This must be why the SL boutique has pre-dipped blotters out for sniffing rather than testers that you spray yourself, and their non-export samples are wax perfumes.

    Spraying on a blotter and sniffing will tell you little about a SL perfume unless you set it aside for an hour before sniffing. One exception is Ambre Sultan, where the herbal blast that is strongest at the start is one of my favorite parts about it and the thing that sets it apart from the countless other sweet syrupy ambers on the market.

    The best part of most of these starts about 30 minutes after application on skin, and they can last up to a day or more, depending on your skin type.
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