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    Default help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    so my bday is coming up and i can pick a fragrance for my bday and i decided to pick something out of the SL house,
    alsoo it will be my first niche!
    i did some research and right now chergui, ambre sultan and five o clock have my interest, but what would you recommend?
    i will be turning 19, not afraid of the age barriers, do please give a brief description of your recommendation please, as i do not know how any of these exactly smell( i do have an idea ). dont have the option to sample at the moment! thanks in advance

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Do you (at least) have access to a retailer who carries testers?


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    Everybody has his or her own favorites, so I'm sure this thread will soon cover the whole range. As alfarom was saying, I'd be a little patient and try them at the store first, though. But anyway, my (current) preferences:
    Export line: Muscs Koublai Khan (musky, dirty, spicy)
    Tubereuse criminelle (strong tuberose)

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    La Myrrhe (bright aldehydic myrrh)
    Sarrasins (leather jasmine)

    Among your three, I'd go for either Chergui (more traditional if you will, hay-like) or Ambre sultan (spice cabinet, dark amber, quite different from traditional smoother ambers).

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    Chergui

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Do you (at least) have access to a retailer who carries testers?
    This.

    I'm very glad I ordered a load of samples from TPC else I probably would've made a mistake or two...

    As much as I love the thrill of blind buying, there comes a price point where it gets very expensive to have to buy a number of bottles to find one you love instead of just sampling.

    Personally I tested Arabie, Bois Oriental, Bois de Violette, Un Bois Vanille, Borneo 1834, Feminite du Bois, Fleurs d'Oranger, Iris Silver Mist, La Myrrhe, Sa Majeste la Rose, Sarrasins, Serge Noire and Tubereuse Criminelle but found only two I loved and full bottle worthy for myself - Ambre Sultan and Chergui.

    Some I thought I'd love were underwhelming or overly sweet or too feminine. Others just instantly gave me a headache!

    Serge Lutens tend to be quite potent and if you don't love it you might struggle. Get some samples and good luck in your search!

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Another for Chergui

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    Gris Clair
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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    I am a big Amber Sultan fan, in fact I just got a bottle today!

    Lush, rich, long lasting and a great amber scent. I get amber, Myrrh and a bit of wood and spice. I don't think this one has great silage, but just enough, pretty close to perfect. After about 8 hours this is still going strong with very little change for me, but the slight change does bring on a sweeter amber accord, not too sweet, a masculine sort of sweetness that is tempered to just the right degree with what must be patchouli. the dry down is delicious and so sexy. Sort of close to the skin but I still get the feeling that others notice it because I do without smelling my arm. Is it possible to be subtle and intense at the same time? Perhaps "intense" is not the right word because this one hovers gently around me. I love this scent. Very sexy and about the best amber scent I have smelled.

    Chergui has a lot of fans and that is good, it is just not for me.
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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    My first SL was Chergui and i never looked back. Honey, tobacco, burning notes - it just takes you out to the middle of the desert (in my opinion) But then again i have been poisoned with the SL gene lol

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    Chergui as its one of the few of SL that is easy to like right off the bat.

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    without the option to test, go with the 'Gee

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    If you like a patchouly gourmand (dark chocolate notes) then you might like borneo 1834. I loved patchouly when I was a younger man, and still do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
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    I rate Ambre Sultan and Chergui about equally highly, but Chergui seems to be more popular (at least on BN), so that makes me think that maybe you should go for Chergui. Five O'Clock I also really like, but I feel like I like it rather than love it.
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    Get Douce Amere. Warm boozy (absinthe and vanilla). Delicious and very teenager!

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    I pretty much agree with the above. I have Ambre Sultan and love it after a full wearing. Borneo 1834 is my next purchase from SL. Chergui I need a full wearing yet to make a real decision on it. Fille en Aiguilles sounds awesome too. There are so many Lutens to consider. I think all these posts will only confuse you.

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Excellent suggestions so far.

    Chergui is popular on the boards, and it does smell good, so you'd be safe with that, though there are other SL's which I find personally a bit more interesting (though I do appreciate Chegui and am glad to own it).

    Five O'Clock Au Gingembre is also great, and quite versatile. It would probably be one of the easiest to pull off if you had to buy it blind. Not too loud, and nothing really polarizing about it. Overall safe, and worth owning IMO.

    Ambre Sultan is fantasic and is probably one of, if not the best ambers in the game. It's heavy and sweet though, and the amber is right up front, going for the throat, so I would make sure you're an amber fan before buying this one blind. I blind bought it, and personally love it, but don't recommend the same method unless you're sure about how much you're into amber. Either way, a knockout fragrance!

    There was a suggestion for Borneo 1834, which I think is another winner, but if you go that route be careful, as it might be hard to grasp at first. It's pretty much a strait up camphoraceous cacao and patchouli combo, that's extremely potent and extremely refined smelling (considering the smell that it's going for). Rich and satisfying, however if you go with this one, do not test it on paper, and do not do one of those "free base" sort of scent evaluations where you sniff the spot you sprayed. This scent blends perfectly in the sillage, but can smell a little unusual if you smell it up close IMO. Well worth it, but may present a challenge to some.

    Honestly though, all of the suggestions have been great so far.

    In my opinion, for a TOTALLY blind buy, I would say Five O'Clock, Chergui, or in the case that you're certain that you're an amber nut, Ambre Sultan (tread with a tiny bit of caution though).
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    Go to the The Perfumed Court, LuckyScent or another online retailer that sells samples and get as many different one's to try as you can. I can't stress strongly enough that this house is not good for blind buying.
    None of us can know what will smell good to your nose.

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Sampled a lot from the SL house, only one so far I've felt compelled purchase was Muscs Koublai Khan.

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    I've only recently started to try the SL house and have much sampling still to do, but without doubt I can see more than a few bottles heading for my collecton in the future. This is a great house. Gris Clair and Fille en Aiguilles I predict will be purchases before too long.

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Ambre Sultan

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    ambre sultan or la myrrh

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    Chergui or Gris Clair

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    I would strongly advise against a blind Serge Lutens purchase. There are several I love and several I can't abide. Gris Clair was my first one. I was surprised to find that I didn't like Chergui, given the massive acclaim it gets here. Serge Noire gets very mixed reviews, but I love it. Five O'Clock... is probably the safest blind buy, but also not one of the most exciting offerings. Again, I'd suggest getting a half dozen samples of the ones you're most interested in and start there.

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    Go to the The Perfumed Court, LuckyScent or another online retailer that sells samples and get as many different one's to try as you can. I can't stress strongly enough that this house is not good for blind buying.
    None of us can know what will smell good to your nose.
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    Muscs Koublai Khan (musky, dirty, spicy)
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    Probably five o clock in your case.. it's not too daring and i rarely read absolute dislike comment about this one.

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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    Since he said he doesn't have the chance to sample right now, my suggestion would be going along with the majority on this one - Chergui and Sultan are both big favorites and there is a reason for it. They are both quite good! Lively fragrances with unique aspects. However, Sultan comes across somewhat herbal to me, and Chergui is a bit thick on my skin. Yet, that being said, I like them both, and wouldn't hesitate to own full bottles of either (if I had the free cash to do so!). For now, my large samples (generously shared by a good friend!) work.
    - Another to try when you can: I really like Fille en Aiguilles - why they name it Fille/girl seems to cause 1/2 of the population to not want to try it! It is not at all feminine! It has a woody/pine strong note, but a little sweet underneath. Not super sweet gourmand style, but just enough. A little bit of spice thrown in too!
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    Default Re: help me pick my first serge lutens! :D

    My first Serge Luten's was one that doesn't get too much respect here at Basenotes, but I personally fell in love with it. And that one is Rousse. But, you would have to enjoy cinnamon to like this one as its pretty much the dominant note throughout its duration. To me, it reminds me of fall/winter and the holiday season. (I get visions of potpourri, Xmas candles, and those cinnamon scented brooms and pine cones used for decorations). It certainly wouldn't be a year round signature scent, but I can't get enough of it this time of year. If you enjoy cinnamon at all, it's certainly worth a sample.

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    You can get 4 free carded samples from http://www.lamurefavorite.com/ (Mine were post-free to the UK so I expect it's the same to the Netherlands - not sure about HK though!).

    OK, not an ideal test but better than a totaly blind buy of a pricey scent.

    That said, my 'safety-first' shortlist would be similar to the others - Gris Clair, Chergui, Borneo 1834, Chene.
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