In no specific order. SL being a tad too sweet for me usually.
Thread: Your favourite Serge Luten...
Going to stop by the Serge Lutens stand tomorrow and want to know what I should test. I won't have enough time to go through them all. I am a huge Chergui fan...
1. Gucci PH2
3. Hermes Un Jardin Méditerranée
4. Creed GIT
5. Dior Homme/Intense
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In no specific order. SL being a tad too sweet for me usually.
Muscs Koublai Kahn
My Top 10
1. Amouage Homage Attar
2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
3. YSL M7
4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
5. Chanel Egoiste
6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
7. Amouage Epic Man
8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
10. Serge Lutens - Chergui
"A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."
Chergui. I found many of the Lutens frags to be unwearable in "real world settings". Great scents, however.
I do like Coromandel from Chanel, and am told Borneo is similar. May have to revisit that next time I'm at Barneys.
of the export line:
Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens - Upon application, one is treated to a comforting pipe tobacco accord from the spicy and slightly tarry Balkan tobacco coupled with tonka bean with its vanillic earthiness, and white honey with its mildly sweet facet tinged with urine. A flavorful date and rum raisin currant pervades and enhances the pleasantness of the tobacco. A whisper of sensuous jasmine flitters about. Transitioning to the awaiting middle, a wonderful smokehouse accord and smoked leather envelop the inviting opening. Vanilla infuses the brew with its lightly woody and caramel aspects. And a deliciously seductive, red rose with fruity glimmers and a cabernet-like facet marries delightsome beeswax acquiring its ambery, honeyed and sweet hay character, and makes itself known. This luxurious heart segues to the waiting base. Here, in the rousing base, the syrupy sweetness of styrax commingles with the woody freshness of juniper berries, the peppery mustiness of patchouli as well as the subtly sour and urinal nuances of Peru balsam. An intriguing drydown ensues. This fascinating composition has minimal projection, remaining a skin scent and fostering its use in close quarters; however, its longevity is very good. This captivating, masculine scent is very layered and complex, and should be held in high regard in one's wardrobe.
Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens - One is initially slapped with an invigorating jolt of outdoorsy pine, quite reminiscent of an old forest with its omnipresent pine tar, pine sap and pine needles, concomitant with a hint of terpentine. A syrupy, sweetish butterscotch undertone presents. Segueing to the awaiting middle, this half-heartedly bracing opening is enhanced by the addition of holiday spices, with musty clove, warm cinnamon bark and slightly minty laurel, as well as a sprinkling of evocative frankincense with its sweetly citric nuances. This rapturous mix floats to the waiting, robust base. Honeyed fruits, remindful of a holiday confection, fir balsam, with its balsamic, Christmas tree character, as well as vetiver, with its smoky green earthiness commingle to create a festively delightful drydown. This captivating fragrance is made for the fall and winter, and is a skin scent with average longevity.
Gris Clair by Serge Lutens - Upon application, one is treated to a wave of fresh, clean lavender, with its somewhat camphoraceous and minty facets. This lovely herbal essence floats cloud-like to the waiting heart. Here, in the middle, standoffish iris commingles with the refreshing lavender, imparting its icy coolness. Whiffs of a campfire smokiness intrude to temper the cool melange with its dryness. This inviting mixture meanders to the awaiting base. The coldish brew intermingles with dry, woody notes as well as a restrained amber, with its hints of a musky and vanillic sweetness. An unworldly and ethereal incense showers the blend with its enticing and cryptic character. An alluring drydown ensues. This exhilarating composition is an all-season refuge, and has good projection and longevity.
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Fille en Aiguilles is the one you want.
I just don't get it. I'm not there yet. So far, I've only really liked Chergui, and I remember Borneo was nice. Can't wait to try Fille
Probably either Ambre Sultan or Iris Silver Mist
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Fumerie Turque is by far my favorite Lutens, Fille en Aiguilles a close 2nd.
2. Fumerie Turque
3. Ambre Sultan ... I do want to try Borneo 1834.
My current top ten:
1. Spice and Wood
2. Dior Homme Parfum
3. Tonka Imperiale
4. Pure Malt
5. Bois d'Argent
6. Noir de Noir
7. Apple Brandy
8. 5 o'clock au Gingembre
9. Epic Man
I still have a few more to sample from SL, but Chergui is easily the best so far.
From the export line: Ambre Sultan
2. Five O'Clock au Gingembre
3. Un Bois Vanille
4. Ambre Sultan
5 o'clock au gingembre and Jeux de Peau
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So far... Muscs Khoublai Khan. I own it.
I have also owned Chene. Great fragrance, but it bores me after about an hour.
I owned Chergui. Somehow I like the wax samples better than the spray. I had to let it go.
I like Ambre Sultan a good deal. I have a mini of it. I don't reach for it often though.
Ambre Sultan, then Serge Noire, Arabie, Fourreau Noir, Sarrasins, Santal de Mysore, Fumerie Turque, Borneo 1864, Five o'Clock Au Gingembre, Boxeuses, Chergui...
Kurt smells like Teen Spirit
Hands down, Borneo 1834.
In no particular order
Jeux De Peau
Feminite Du Bois
Many Serge Lutens are interesting but many are pretty much unwearable.
I happily wear the ones above
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If you can find it, Fumerie Turque & Douce Amere
Jeux De Peau is pretty easy to find
Chene is absolutely my favorite.
Muscs Koublaï Khän
I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman
I really enjoy (and own) Chegui, Gris Clair and Ambre Sultan.
I'm on the lookout for samples of Borneo 1834, Muscs Koublai Kahn and La Myrrhe.
A close combat between Ambre Sultan and Chypre Rouge
original formulation Chergui (runners up being Ambre Sultan, Vetiver Oriental & 5 O'clock)
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We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.
Also no specific order: Fourreau Noir, Bois Oriental, Gris Clair, Iris Silver Mist and Vetiver Oriental - lately I've found the most wearable one out of all the Lutens lineup is Fourreau Noir.
I have only tried a few (L'Eau Froide, Vitriol d'Oillet, Fourreau Noir and Nuit de Cellophane). From these 4 the best is Fourreau Noir with its buttery combination of lavander and tonka beans. The second one is Vitriol for it's spiced carnation. The other two are good, but not really.
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan Serge Lutens Chergui Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque Serge Lutens Cedre Serge Lutens Arabie Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque
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Lately, I've been obsessed with Cuir Mauresque. It changes a lot from the topnotes to the drydown. I get mixed results on it. I've encountered a few people who may have perceived it negatively, and on the same day also got more compliments than I could count.
I'm also a big fan of Fumerie Turque, Douce Amere, Ambre Sultan, Chypre Rouge and Fille en Aiguilles
Probably my favorite SL-- and it's impossible to find in the US-- is Encens et Lavande. I wish they'd make that an export for a limited time. It would sell like crazy. Beautiful stuff.
Many wonderful, crazy stuff in serge lutens line. It really boils down to preference.
Iris Silver Mist, Borneo, Chene, MKK, Tubereuse Criminelle, Fille en Aiguilles and Fumerie Turque are the ones I appreciate the most. From the ones I've tried.
cuir mauresque > chergui > douce amere(disgustingly underated) > gris clair > ambre sultan
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1. Tuberose Criminelle - Although too femme for me to wear, I LOVE the topnotes.
2. Borneo 1834 - wonderfully "boardroom", yet still every bit as gourmand as A8men.
Chergui, Gingembre, and Arabie are nice too.
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Sadly, I have only tried 2 SL. I really liked Feminite Du Bois.
I want to try: La Myrrhe, Un Bois Vanille, De Profundis, Ambre Sultan..and many others.
So far I haven't liked any of the ~20 Lutens I have smelled. Much too heavy, thick, and opaque for my taste.
for those who have not, Douce Amere is a must try. super underrated, its up there with chergui.. might even be above it lol,
Ambre Sultan is more wearable and enjoyable. But I love Iris, and - from the beautiful to the grotesque - ISM slowly peals back the layers and shows you everything it has to offer.
Santal de Mysore, Bois de Violette, Fumerie Turque and Chergui are nice too.
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I've tried three so far, and while I love Chergui, I really dislike Ambre Sultan and MKK
In my humble opinion - Chergui is the best of the line, I ave tried almost all of them and to me, ths is the best
From the handful I've been able to try, I liked most of the SL line however, Daim Blond was a stand out for me.
I would love to try MKK and Ambre Sultan.
It's seems the more 'popular' ones (as listed above) are harder to locate in Sydney
Cuir Mauresque and Fumerie Turque are my favorites.
Chene is a very interesting boozy/woody composition best worn on cold days. I don't recall much of Ambre Sultan (time to resample), and while I liked Chergui, it felt too loud, spicy and sweet to wear in most situations. Borneo 1834 is a great, richer alternative to Coromandel.
I'm hoping to try 5 O'Clock Gingembre, MKK, Bois et Violettes and Fille en Aiguilles soon.
Close second is Muscs Koublai Khan.
(Chergei is too sweet)
1. Amouage Epic man
2. Dior Leather Oud
3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
5. Amouage Opus VII
6. Byredo Bullion
7. Norma Kamali Incense
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I guess you only have access to their export line so I'd suggest Chene, Fille En Aiguilles and MKK.
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I have also been getting into Cuir Mauresque lately - it finally turned up here with a couple of the new ones and I was really pleasantly surprised - I like the L'Heure Bleue touch up front. I haven't tried any Paris exclusives but favourites from the export line: Filles en Aiguilles, Chergui, Daim Blond, Fumerie Turque and Arabie (which I only wear at Xmas but is such a unique classic).
I completely love Cuir Mauresque. Wearing my sample was a strange experience. One day I dabbed some on and walked by a coworker and I swear I heard a "phew" that one would hear if somebody forgot to take a shower-- but then a few minutes later, a few different female coworkers noticed it and gave me compliments telling me it was the best cologne I've ever worn. I think some scents are like that; Antaeus is one; Some people perceive it as funky and unpleasant, while others find it to be a turn-on.
I guess the civet and cumin in Cuir Mauresque scare me a little precisely because I don't really detect either one strongly. I think I wear this one pretty well, but I hope I don't put anyone off by wearing it to work. I got a few wrinkled noses when I wore Chypre Rouge and Arabie-- I swear cumin/curry is my worst enemy because I don't really perceive it to be nasty and BO-ish the way others do. But when I wear scents with this note, people don't always react positively.
I find Cuir Mauresque really only has that strong curry accord for the first 20 minutes.
Then it goes sweetly leathery.
Then, after a good 8 or so hours it gets really dirty.
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Amber sultan, not fan of most.