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    Default Serge Lutens revisited

    I was able to obtain some samples from Serge Lutens that I thought I would like and here are my opinions on them so far.

    Serge Noir: I can smell the sap and spice, it smells like it is lacking something. The opening is unpleasant to my nose. Not for me at the moment.

    Vetiver Oriental: I heard a lot of great things about this fragrance and was expecting a lot out of it, but I must say it smells like the rubbery twin of Guerlain vetiver which I think smells like a grandpa. It must be the licorice doing it to my nose,it is darker than most vetivers but a let down for me.

    Cedre: This one is not too bad but still not spectacular to me. I get the wood and cinnamon and perhaps some tuberose. Not bad but the more it stays on the more feminine it gets. Not my type.

    5 o'clock au gingembre: I smell the ginger, and the spice. This one is actually rather nice but a bit too light, reminds me of musc ravageur stripped of the wood, amber, and musc. Probably the best Serge Lutens I have smelled so far but unsure if it is bottle worthy at the moment.

    I think I have concluded that Serge Lutens is not the house for me, even though I recommened anyone getting into niche to try his fragrances because of how unique they are but I just did not find an real appealing one for me. Not to offend any of the people who do like SL.

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    When I first started sampling Serge Lutens, I hit a string of them that I really hated, starting with Ambre Sultan (I know I am in the minority on that one, it just didn't work on me). For a long time thereafter, I dismissed the house as something I wouldn't like, and looked on their offerings pretty scornfully. I was, however, after a bit, able to find some that I really like, and, consequently, changed my opinion of the entire house drastically.

    Give it more time, and try all you can. You might yet find stuff that works for you. They have a lot of fragrances!
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    I know they have large variety, i have tried their best sellers, ambre sultan, cherqui,etc. I have not been able to find the one for me, i have given them a lot of chances. It can be frustrating. I appreciate the advice. I will have to keep checking I guess.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens revisited

    Have you tried Gris Clair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    I think I have concluded that Serge Lutens is not the house for me, even though I recommened anyone getting into niche to try his fragrances because of how unique they are but I just did not find an real appealing one for me. Not to offend any of the people who do like SL.
    Well, I don't really like one of the above. But since you don't like Ambre Sultan, Chergui... either, SL may not be for you. All I could recommend and appreciate most, in fact, is within the Paris/Europe Exclusives.
    I recommend Cuir Mauresque being the Export one for this year (available by the end of the year) - it's a controversial one, but many think a great leather. Have you tried Fumerie Turque or Borneo 1834 BTW? These are last guesses, I think Anyway, there are so many other houses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Have you tried Gris Clair?
    yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    Well, I don't really like one of the above. But since you don't like Ambre Sultan, Chergui... either, SL may not be for you. All I could recommend and appreciate most, in fact, is within the Paris/Europe Exclusives.
    I recommend Cuir Mauresque being the Export one for this year (available by the end of the year) - it's a controversial one, but many think a great leather. Have you tried Fumerie Turque or Borneo 1834 BTW? These are last guesses, I think Anyway, there are so many other houses...
    those 3 i have not, very hard to obtain i hope i can snag some later.

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    DB007, you know what you like, but it's fun to try new things. The offerings from this house are of a rather narrow aesthetic and certainly not for everyone.

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    All you needs is the biggest bottle of MKK. Just spray it profusely over your body and clothes, and when all the dogs, deer, and assorted farm animals in the neighborhood are chasing you to hump your leg, you will be looked upon in awe.

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    I have the same problem, tried about 10 different SL fragrances but can't even find one i sort of like so far.

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    I appreciate all the advice and help. I will try again and see if I can find something for me.

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    If you haven't tried it already, give Arabie a go - very similar to Opium pour Homme but better. Apart from the other recommendations, I think the only other solution would be to visit the boutique when you're next in Paris, as there may be an exclusive you'll fall in love with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    If you haven't tried it already, give Arabie a go - very similar to Opium pour Homme but better. Apart from the other recommendations, I think the only other solution would be to visit the boutique when you're next in Paris, as there may be an exclusive you'll fall in love with.
    i did and i thought it was ok but nothing special.

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    SL > Creed

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens revisited

    How about Ambre Sultan and Chergui? Or Daim Blond?

    Fille en Aiguilles smells like of a church incense. Quite interesting to smell.

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    Looking at your wardrobe, I think it seems that you like designer and Creed fragrances. Unfortunately, not many SL fragrances would fit the mold since they tend to be heavy sweet scents. I'd have thought Gris Clair would suit you, but you didn't like that as well.

    As someone mentioned, you might want to try MKK, since you do like Kuoros. MKK is a lot heavier on the animalic though, but the opening is absolutely gorgeous with that slight hint of rose. The resultant is something that isn't too syrupy, so you might enjoy it.

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    I like MKK and Kouros but I really don't see any similarities between them besides the fact that they seem to provoke Love/Hate-reviews.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens revisited

    Try their 'lighter' offerings like Douce Amere. But if you feel 5 O'Clock au Gingembre too light then maybe this line does not really fit in with your preferred style. It happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supperman View Post
    Looking at your wardrobe, I think it seems that you like designer and Creed fragrances. Unfortunately, not many SL fragrances would fit the mold since they tend to be heavy sweet scents. I'd have thought Gris Clair would suit you, but you didn't like that as well.

    As someone mentioned, you might want to try MKK, since you do like Kuoros. MKK is a lot heavier on the animalic though, but the opening is absolutely gorgeous with that slight hint of rose. The resultant is something that isn't too syrupy, so you might enjoy it.
    +1.

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    I would just suggest that one needn't like SL. I don't particularly. As Kevin Guyer says above, "The offerings from this house are of a rather narrow aesthetic and certainly not for everyone." After trying lots of them, I just conclude that they are not for me. It seems that everything SL makes has that SL house note (someone described it as a 'fruitcake' note, IIRC) that I quite dislike.
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    Fumerie Turque is definitely worth checking out. Most of the SL lineup didn't work for me, either. But I do like Chergui and Fumerie Turque.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    I was able to obtain some samples from Serge Lutens that I thought I would like and here are my opinions on them so far.

    Serge Noir: I can smell the sap and spice, it smells like it is lacking something. The opening is unpleasant to my nose. Not for me at the moment.

    Vetiver Oriental: I heard a lot of great things about this fragrance and was expecting a lot out of it, but I must say it smells like the rubbery twin of Guerlain vetiver which I think smells like a grandpa. It must be the licorice doing it to my nose,it is darker than most vetivers but a let down for me.

    Cedre: This one is not too bad but still not spectacular to me. I get the wood and cinnamon and perhaps some tuberose. Not bad but the more it stays on the more feminine it gets. Not my type.

    5 o'clock au gingembre: I smell the ginger, and the spice. This one is actually rather nice but a bit too light, reminds me of musc ravageur stripped of the wood, amber, and musc. Probably the best Serge Lutens I have smelled so far but unsure if it is bottle worthy at the moment.

    I think I have concluded that Serge Lutens is not the house for me, even though I recommened anyone getting into niche to try his fragrances because of how unique they are but I just did not find an real appealing one for me. Not to offend any of the people who do like SL.
    I cannot see a relationship between Five O Clock and Musc Ravageur. While I agree that Five o Clock has a spiced ginger aroma, the vanilla on the base doesn`t remind me off Musc Ravageur. Five O Clock has a kind of gingerbread aroma on me. It`s not that light, if you apply it liberally it`s great on colder days too.

    Serge Noire is a little bit scaring at first. The saffron note at the opening it`s big and the load of incense, clove and cinnamon just lend it to a dark direction. I love it, but find a little bit hard to wear.

    Cedre is like you said, more of tuberose than of cedar. Is a little bit misleading i think, althoug is a quite nice tuberose scent with some woods.

    I disagree that vetiver oriental smells like grandpa, although it has a more mature aura that some may not like. It`s a green, earthy vetiver married to a soft cream nutty aroma, that may seem heavier at first but wears light as the scent fades on skin.

    I have an impression that the lutens that you would like may be Un Bois Sepia. It`s a shame that it`s on the exclusive line and the export version is expensive and a little bit hard to find. If you find it to try, don`t hesitate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supperman View Post
    Looking at your wardrobe, I think it seems that you like designer and Creed fragrances. Unfortunately, not many SL fragrances would fit the mold since they tend to be heavy sweet scents. I'd have thought Gris Clair would suit you, but you didn't like that as well.

    As someone mentioned, you might want to try MKK, since you do like Kuoros. MKK is a lot heavier on the animalic though, but the opening is absolutely gorgeous with that slight hint of rose. The resultant is something that isn't too syrupy, so you might enjoy it.
    MKK is the lutens that i most hate. It`s smells to me like sweat and moldy woods being burnt. It`s quite a surprise that this one is so popular here in basenotes.

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    I am falling out of love with kouros so i do not think i will like mkk, i have tried ambre sultan and cherqui and did not like either. I guess his style is not for me, i am stil trying to give the house one more chance.I do not think you can compare sl to creed, they are both very different houses with very different styles it is like comparing apples to oranges.

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    If you haven't tried Chene yet, I would suggest it.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    Vetiver Oriental: I heard a lot of great things about this fragrance and was expecting a lot out of it, but I must say it smells like the rubbery twin of Guerlain vetiver
    Wow we must have verrrrrry different skin responses. On my skin - I get nothing even resembling rubber or Guerlain Vetiver!

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    the only fragrance which you may like would be L'Eau. it's the only scent from this line which doesnt smell like a typical lutens release. however, the quality is still there.

    you may also want to try MKK. To my nose, one of the best Oriental's out there. also, it's nothing scary as the reviews may point it out to be.

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    I tried Chene after reading some good things about it. I thought that there was indeed some really nice oak there. Unfortunately, lurking right behind that was the standard SL fruitcake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsface View Post
    All you needs is the biggest bottle of MKK. Just spray it profusely over your body and clothes, and when all the dogs, deer, and assorted farm animals in the neighborhood are chasing you to hump your leg, you will be looked upon in awe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmb View Post
    I tried Chene after reading some good things about it. I thought that there was indeed some really nice oak there. Unfortunately, lurking right behind that was the standard SL fruitcake.
    Really? I own Chêne and find it to be completely dry, down to its last breath even.

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