I began to consider a purchase of Serge Lutens while doing the Clash of the perfume titans poll when I was looking at the reviews on the perfumes of SL. It amazes me how well recieved they are, and there are jjust a few thumbs down on each of them. So now now I want one myself.
What oriental would you say is the best in the Serge Lutens line? I want something really dark and warm.
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I personally learned a lot from that thread.
Ambre Sultan and Chergui are the most welcoming SL fragrances that still have the Serge Lutens kick.
I love this house. I can't wait to acquire more SL frags. I want Fille en Aiguilles, Douce Amere, Chypre Rouge, Vetiver Oriental, Gris Clair, Five O'clock au Gingembre, Serge Noire. Not just because I am a collector but because I have smelled them and they're good.
I Still have to check out Rousse, Chene, Cuir Mauresque
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Fumerie Turque: the notes reported include currants, white honey, candied Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine, smoked leather, beeswax, Balkan tobacco, Peru balsam, patchouli, tonka bean, styrax, juniper, vanilla
I get lots of tobacco (Balkan? I'm too lazy to Google it) beeswax, leather, dried fruits (this is Lutens after all) honey, and mild florals. The base develops into a familiar amber/tobacco/leather accord that I find suits me really well. This is my wife's favorite fragrance on me, and I think it works well.
I know people sometimes prefer FT's sibling fragrance Cherqui, but I find Chergui a bit too sweet on me. It is great though. Either would make my desert island if it came to that...
The mighty Chergui!
Vetiver ORIENTAL is also really good. I'm sure the supply of that is dwindling here in the U.S. but may be more readily available in your neck of the woods.
Since you are from Sweden... send them an email asking politely for wax samples of their Paris exclusive scents. It will take 2-3 weeks, but I got mine. You can still get samples elsewhere afterwards, but the wax samples won't cost you a thing and give you a fair idea. Even with Chergui, buy the bell jar! It is black labeled (higher concentration) and with better longevity. La Myrrhe should be along your lines since it is very close to a Chanel No. 5 vintage EdP I had the chance to compare it with. The quality is in the Exclusives, (un)fortunately.
+1 for the wax sample, it will cost you 0, no reason to not ask for it !
Ambre sultan could be what you are looking for but do not blind buy it, it's not necessary good on every skins.
Go for wax samples but be aware that they can be fairly different from the actual juice. The wax samples are very linear, and have no topnotes, unlike some of the fragrances that go through at least 3 or 4 different phases (Serge Noire, El Attarine).
I think the wax samples really do give a fair idea. They made me blind buy twice or three times and I haven't regretted it. Unfortunately, the only wax sample I found quite meaningless according to the fragrance was Chergui. Still, like Reminiscent said, no topnotes and linear.
The only one I've tested is Chergui, like one reviewer said
it is like a poem. Pure art!