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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by neal View Post
    Wow we must have verrrrrry different skin responses. On my skin - I get nothing even resembling rubber or Guerlain Vetiver!
    yea i get a rubbery smell, must be the licorice or something but it does not smell that great on me.

  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    Really? I own Chêne and find it to be completely dry, down to its last breath even.
    Different skin chemistries, I guess.
    A lot of things seem to go too sweet on me. I like my HdP 1740, but if I go a bit too heavy, my girlfriend says the drydown smells like maple syrup.
    Currently wearing: Pour Un Homme by Caron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    Really? I own Chêne and find it to be completely dry, down to its last breath even.
    I agree with you. For me it is a smell I love, but it tires me after a day.
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  4. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    I agree with you. For me it is a smell I love, but it tires me after a day.
    Chêne seems to have one point to make: OAK!, and it makes it over and over. I love it, but repetition is one of my pleasures.

  5. #35

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    Yes, it sounds like Lutens isn't the house for you! I agree that there is no reason you have to like it, and there's no sense in you trying to make it happen.

    But I would like to throw out another angle. I had a look at your wardrobe and noticed it contained only male oriented fragrances and some easily worn unisex fragrances, so this may be a non-starter. But if you have no objection you might check out the Lutens florals. They are very good and have a different character than the fragrances being described here. You don't appear to be interested in strongly floral perfumes, but you might find these more likable than the rest of the Lutens line.

  6. #36

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    Those are the least talked about releases from Serge Lutens. You might want to try Chergui or Iris Silver Mist which are outstanding works of art. Though, judging by your wardrobe favorites this house might not be for you.

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    Yes, it sounds like Lutens isn't the house for you! I agree that there is no reason you have to like it, and there's no sense in you trying to make it happen.

    But I would like to throw out another angle. I had a look at your wardrobe and noticed it contained only male oriented fragrances and some easily worn unisex fragrances, so this may be a non-starter. But if you have no objection you might check out the Lutens florals. They are very good and have a different character than the fragrances being described here. You don't appear to be interested in strongly floral perfumes, but you might find these more likable than the rest of the Lutens line.
    I am not much of a flower guy i have realized, except green irish tweed that is not even a real floral.

  8. #38

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    Someone sent me a sample of Un Lys recently. I am normally not interested in florals even slightly, but I really like it and it works well on me. Noggs' suggestion may be a good one.
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  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    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..
    To my nose, Serge Noire doesn't even begin to show its potential - doesn't even become Serge Noire - until roughly two hours on skin. I realize that that alone may make it a dealbreaker, but after that two hours it's _so_ glorious that I'd strongly recommend trying it again, maybe as your only fragrance one day.

    And once I knew how wonderful it was going to be, I learned to like the thin, sour opening because I could smell the drydown coming.

    And I join the advice to keep trying. I keep saying that I like perhaps one out of ten Serge Lutens fragrances, but I love those so much that Lutens is one of my favorite houses. To jump over to the crazy floral side, you could give Tubereuse Criminelle a try - tuberose and gasoline/mothballs. I love it. Yeah, I'm a girl, but I still wouldn't call it a feminine.

  10. #40

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    It's absolutely normal that you could simply not fall in love with any of the offerings from a particular house. Happens to us all now and then.

    On the flip side, consider the rave reviews, and consider the respect that the house has earned in general amongst fragrance enthusiasts (not an easy thing to do). So, it would be a good idea to give it a break and revisit the house at a later time.

    Who knows what would happen then - may be you'll actually like something. Now don't lose your sleep over it. And don't try anything more from their line immediately. Because no matter how hard you try, you now have an "opinion" on them. Give it the time before you try something from them again, and do it with an open mind when you do.

    My opinion about the house is that they offer some really high quality fragrances, and, in general, they are VERY unique in what they offer.

  11. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerFist View Post
    It's absolutely normal that you could simply not fall in love with any of the offerings from a particular house........don't try anything more from their line immediately.........no matter how hard you try, you now have an "opinion" on them. Give it the time before you try something from them again..........
    Sage advice.
    DB007, from reading so many of your posts it is quite clear that you're a big Creed fan. Over the years I've noticed that Creed fans don't make the best Lutens fans; the two houses are aesthetic polar opposites. Creed is house that is based in moderation and tradition, while Serge Lutens is all about exoticism and excess. When Count Serge tries to go all clean, fresh and modern, he ends up with an excessive, over-the-top, whacked-out version of Gendarme. It's quite possible that the entire Serge Lutens, heavy, exaggerated, more-is-more aesthetic will start to look very dated in a few more years. Creed will always be Creed.

  12. #42

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    I've only started getting into this house recently. Fumerie Turque was my first sample, and I wasn't crazy about it. I've gotten to try Chergui, finally, and I like it. However, it's quite sweet which is unusual because the scent seems dry and thin. I see a good deal of sweetness as being warranted in a thick, syrupy fragrance and gourmands. This doesn't really strike me as either of those. If it was toned down a bit, I'd be a HUGE fan. Now I'm eager to try Chêne. Living in the woods my whole life, this sounds like it could be pretty evocative.
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  13. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    Sage advice.
    DB007, from reading so many of your posts it is quite clear that you're a big Creed fan. Over the years I've noticed that Creed fans don't make the best Lutens fans; the two houses are aesthetic polar opposites. Creed is house that is based in moderation and tradition, while Serge Lutens is all about exoticism and excess. When Count Serge tries to go all clean, fresh and modern, he ends up with an excessive, over-the-top, whacked-out version of Gendarme. It's quite possible that the entire Serge Lutens, heavy, exaggerated, more-is-more aesthetic will start to look very dated in a few more years. Creed will always be Creed.
    +1

    This would also explain why I haven't found many Creeds to my liking.

  14. #44

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    It's quite possible that the entire Serge Lutens, heavy, exaggerated, more-is-more aesthetic will start to look very dated in a few more years. Creed will always be Creed.
    It's funny i think exactly the contrary.

  15. #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    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.
    Apart from that, maybe you could tell us exactly what it is you're expecting from a Lutens - particular notes, conceptual themes, masculine or unisex, sillage, longevity... The more details, the better! It may confirm whether or not this house may have something on offer for you.

  16. #46

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    Sage advice.
    DB007, from reading so many of your posts it is quite clear that you're a big Creed fan. Over the years I've noticed that Creed fans don't make the best Lutens fans; the two houses are aesthetic polar opposites. Creed is house that is based in moderation and tradition, while Serge Lutens is all about exoticism and excess. When Count Serge tries to go all clean, fresh and modern, he ends up with an excessive, over-the-top, whacked-out version of Gendarme. It's quite possible that the entire Serge Lutens, heavy, exaggerated, more-is-more aesthetic will start to look very dated in a few more years. Creed will always be Creed.
    I understand it might be too much of a shock to my nose, the thing is Serge Lutens tends to make very smouldering , burnt smells and I am not a fan of it. I guess I will stick with Creed.

  17. #47

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    In my case, I -like- some of the "smouldering, burnt smells". There are aspects of Lutens fragrances that I like, and they are certainly well-made, so I would -like- to like them... but there is something too thick and too sweet about the house accord that won't let me.
    Currently wearing: Pour Un Homme by Caron

  18. #48

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon-Petit View Post
    It's funny i think exactly the contrary.
    Actually, contrary to what I wrote, I think history will be kind to the creations of Serge Lutens. Both Lutens and Creed have always played it by their own rules and history tends to favor uniqueness over trendiness.

  19. #49

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    SL is just not the house for me. I don't really care for incense so there you have it. But I don't feel like any less a profumisto because of it!

  20. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by blondex199667 View Post
    SL is just not the house for me. I don't really care for incense so there you have it. But I don't feel like any less a profumisto because of it!
    I appreciate the support, I felt I was the only one who was not a fan of SL I tried many times but they are not agreeing with my nose.

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