Thread: Serge Lutens revisited
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.
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.
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.
I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman
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.
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.
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'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.
It's funny i think exactly the contrary.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.
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.
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!