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    I tried Gris Clair yesterday and 2 hours later I ordered a bottle. A magnificent, austere lavender which is dry and masculine. I like Chergui but it doesn't like me, on the plus side it smells wonderful on my wife.
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    I would suggest you try Santal de Mysore as well. Been trying to get hold of it myself but can't find it anywhere.

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    EDIT: Is this one discontinued or something? It's very hard to find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JourneymanDave View Post
    Very few of them are on the sweet side of things (e.g. Chergui). Most of them lean toward masculinity and outright avantgarde in some cases. Good stuff, pretty much all around.

    In response to your actual query, as for dry and manly, try any of:
    Arabie
    Serge Lutens
    Borneo 1834
    Fille en Aguille
    Serge Noir
    Ambre Sultan
    Cuir Maresque
    Really good to know this--thanks, Dave.

    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Like you, I'm keen to explore the SL line, but I do find them a little too sweet on the whole. They often seem to have a candied-fruit signature note that I find problematic. But I'm still trying! Which is a long way of saying that I'd be interested to hear of drier fragrances too.
    It does seem to depend upon which ones you've sampled. Did you find any of the ones above listed by Dave to be too sweet on the whole?
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    Go to Paris - try the lot

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    I think I may be in the minority here...but I do enjoy Serge Lutens L’eau Froide as well. It's a cold incense that's pretty unique...My other two favorites are definitely Chergui and Ambre Sultan.

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    I just love this house.

    Ambre Sultan is the most awesome spicy amber out there.
    Fille en Anguilles Perfect for the these next few months the piney scent has Christmas written all over it.
    Chergui just a great comfort scent.

    Five O'clock and MKK are my next thoughts to check up on.
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    Hi Gary, Borneo 1834 is something I wear a lot. It's a really nice patchouli with camphor and a bit of bitter cocoa in the opening. I would say it's quite uncharacteristic of Lutens in that it's got no fruit/candy/heavy spice accords. It's pretty manly!

    I also really like Fille en Aiguilles, which is a lot more unisex and ambivalent. It's all pine needles, resin and sap and the drydown is just fantastic. Less of a perfume, more of a work of art.

    I like both Chergui and Ambre Sultan a lot, though I do find them both a little heavy and feminine. Chergui's drydown is pretty lush though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    I would suggest you try Santal de Mysore as well. Been trying to get hold of it myself but can't find it anywhere.

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    EDIT: Is this one discontinued or something? It's very hard to find...
    It is not discontinued and well worth seeking. Currently available from SL himself but if you search it is possible to find 50ml bottles,but the price is almost $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary F View Post
    I'm starting to investigate Serge Lutens. I just ordered samples of:

    1. Chergui
    2. Ambre Sultan
    3. Five O'clock au Gingembre
    4. Santal Majuscule


    What are some of your other favorites from this house that I should try?
    Gary, I have often had the same itch, but have been befuddled by the density of this house. Cedre was a decent wear that my wife enjoyed on me. It's a hard house for me to appreciate.

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    Douce Amere is one of my favorite SL scents. Its liqorice topnote is balanced out well with the dry sandalwood in the base.

    If you want to try a Serge Lutens fragrance that isn't as sweet, then I'd recommend Chene, which reminds me of dry cedar and a touch of honey.

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    for me, there are many good, but special and deserve to be tested: Muscs Koublai Khan, Fumerie Turque and Ambre Sultan.
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    +1 Fumerie Turque & Ambre Sultan, though many are worth investigating. Contrary to a fair number of others, I find Chergui a bit insipid beside FT, though you'll need to have some patience with honey to agree.

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    I would like to try more from this house too. I am awaiting a sample of Fille en Aiguilles, and have previously tried Cedre and 5 O'Clock. While both were excellent on paper they were far too sweet on my skin. One that I haven't seen mentioned that I might suggest is Tubereuse Criminelle. I like the menthol in the top a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Like you, I'm keen to explore the SL line, but I do find them a little too sweet on the whole. They often seem to have a candied-fruit signature note that I find problematic. But I'm still trying! Which is a long way of saying that I'd be interested to hear of drier fragrances too.
    have you tried Ambre Sultan? Gris Clair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james1051 View Post
    have you tried Ambre Sultan? Gris Clair?
    Ambre Sultan was far too sweet for me. Gris Clair sounds like it could work; thanks for the suggestion.
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    Yes Gris Clair is a drier one. Other non-sweeties I suggest: Chene, Vitriol d'Oeillet, Iris Silver Mist, Serge Noire.
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    Default Serge Lutens - Chergui and what else?

    I blind bought Chergui a while back, based on reviews. I know it sounds stupid but I took a risk. It turned out that I loved this one. I like the opening and from about an hour afterwards it gets wonderful.

    What else should I check out from this house? In particular, is there anything along the likes of:

    1) an out and out summer/ hot weather fragrance
    2) something similar to azzaro/rive gauche/van Cleef and Arpels pour Homme/polo?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens - Chergui and what else?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I blind bought Chergui a while back, based on reviews. I know it sounds stupid but I took a risk. It turned out that I loved this one. I like the opening and from about an hour afterwards it gets wonderful.

    What else should I check out from this house? In particular, is there anything along the likes of:

    1) an out and out summer/ hot weather fragrance
    2) something similar to azzaro/rive gauche/van Cleef and Arpels pour Homme/polo?

    Thanks!
    There are so many good ones. Ambre Sultan, Arabie, Borneo 1834, & Muscs Kublai Khan are four of the many I have tried and liked. I won't specifically address your number 1) & 2) as I'm not that knowledgeable as others about this house to suggest a good choice for those two points. Others will soon chime in with good recommendations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I blind bought Chergui a while back, based on reviews. I know it sounds stupid but I took a risk. It turned out that I loved this one. I like the opening and from about an hour afterwards it gets wonderful.

    What else should I check out from this house? In particular, is there anything along the likes of:

    1) an out and out summer/ hot weather fragrance
    2) something similar to azzaro/rive gauche/van Cleef and Arpels pour Homme/polo?

    Thanks!
    freewheelingvagabond, I merged the Serge thread you just started as this one was just started a couple of days back There's better search functionality on this platform too, so you can always see if there's a current discussion underway.

    Chergui is probably the most well-known, but IMO, there are far better scents in the line (not that it's bad). They don't really do "summer scents", but personally I find De Profundis, Sarrasins, MKK, and Serge Noire to be among the best. I've recently come around more to El Attarine -- which I'd struggled with in the past -- but I'm really quite taken with it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    1) an out and out summer/ hot weather fragrance
    2) something similar to azzaro/rive gauche/van Cleef and Arpels pour Homme/polo?
    1) five o'clock
    2) lutens is not the best house for that category.
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    Not a house know for its fresh scents. I like 5 O'Clock Au Gingembre which starts fresh then develops into a sweet, ambery Lutens scent.

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I think I may be in the minority here...but I do enjoy Serge Lutens L’eau Froide as well. It's a cold incense that's pretty unique...My other two favorites are definitely Chergui and Ambre Sultan.
    I've been contemplating this for a sumer fresh scent myself, but it isn't very popular here. It's a fate many fresh scents meet, especially from great houses known for a richer style.

    Overall, I think my favourite it Ambre Sultan, but I do want to have a sniff of Borneo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I think I may be in the minority here...but I do enjoy Serge Lutens L’eau Froide as well. It's a cold incense that's pretty unique...
    I enjoy this one also.
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