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    Default Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I know Serge Lutens has commented and even encouraged that his scents be layered. I've done this personally with other items in my collection, and it works. But I'm curious if any forum participants have some special tips or what works for them, of course I know the results can vary on a lot of variables, such as your skin and body chemistry, seasons, and temperatures. But I'd love to see what others are doing with layering.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    A sales associate from Barney's recommended Chergui and Musc Kublai Kahn. Now, I'm sure you're going to read about MKK thinking it smells like dirty underwear, BUT it adds an earthy, dirtier (naughty) edge to Chergui.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    MKK is a great scent to layer with. I use it as a base with many non-Lutens fragrances. One of my favorite combos is MKK with Cabaret by Gres. The peppery rose and incense of Cabaret, mixed with the spices of MKK, is really brilliant.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    once i did a very basic combo with Fumerie Turque and Fleurs d'Oranger... the mixing waves of the two were great, but i think FdO overpowered FT.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    Samsara and Daim Blond go very well together.

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    Actually... now I'm just confused. Either Daim Blond or Santal Blanc layered really well with Samsara... both could probably work, but I don't remember which one was great. I think Santal Blanc.
    Last edited by kasae; 15th April 2011 at 02:48 AM.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I often layer MKK with Musc Ravaguer.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    MKK plus Cabaret sounds interesting. Woody and animalic. I don't have Cabaret but have 1876, so I may try that...

    Or perhaps one should try giving some civet back to NO. 5 .... I just listened to the podcast on the No. 5 book with Tania Sanchez, and she states that the (very) old version was much more animalic.

    cacio

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollandaze View Post
    A sales associate from Barney's recommended Chergui and Musc Kublai Kahn. Now, I'm sure you're going to read about MKK thinking it smells like dirty underwear, BUT it adds an earthy, dirtier (naughty) edge to Chergui.
    I have both of these and MKK always creep me out with its animalic topnotes. These might be the solution for me to use up my MKK sample

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I'm usually not into layering but had a successful one with SL Serge Noire and Chanel N°5 EdT (mid-90's formula). One part Serge Noire, 2,5 part N°5. I did actually blend a few drops from samples, put the resulting mix in a mini spray and then fire the trigger. So I don't know if it would work well with direct spray layering.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    IMO, no layering required or suggested.
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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    IMO, no layering required or suggested.
    I agree. I don't like the idea of layering. They should make the fragrance the way it's supposed to be IMO. Plus, once you think about all the combinations possible, it's overwhelming and I almost lose interest in fragrances.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I haven't layered any Lutens. I really enjoy the few that I have as they are.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I think layering is to be encouraged in the sense that wearers have the artistic ability to go beyond the "designed envelope" too experiment and too explore their scents that become their own unique personal sensations.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    I believe Serge Lutens himself has offered a number of suggestions on layering his fragrances. Might want to search it if you are interested.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    Just to add my two cents here, in an interview Serge Lutens himself recommended to try layering his powerful beauties. Indeed, he went as far as listing three for each layering (OMG!):

    Ambre Sultan+Daim Blond+Arabie
    Ambre Sultan+Un Bois Vanille+Douce Amère
    Ambre Sultan+Fleurs d'Oranger+Datura Noir
    Ambre Sultan+Daim Blond+Clair de Musc
    Fleurs de Citronnier+A la Nuit+Sa Majesté la Rose
    Fleurs de Citronnier+Clair de Musc+Santal Blanc
    Fleurs de Citronnier+Fleurs d'Oranger+Datura Noir
    Quoted from another thread here. I find too that Ambre Sultan is suitable for a layering base.

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    I was at Barneys New York one time and the Lutens SA did a couple layerings for me. She actually managed to make Rousse smell interesting. I can't remember what she layered it with. Going very light on the trigger every time - seemed to be the key.

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    Default Re: Layering Serge Lutens / any "recipes" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    IMO, no layering required or suggested.
    Agreed.
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