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Sarrasins (2007)
by Serge Lutens


Sarrasins information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 159 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Creative DirectorSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Sarrasins

Sarrasins is a feminine perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Sarrasins fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Sarrasins

Marvelous, this is! It opened with a blast-note of something akin to gardenia; then, labdanum, as the jasmine took over. Jasmine wavered between sugary sweet, then flowers past their prime - as though ruined by rain with rot, developing. The jasmine seems to waver between sweet and sour for quite some time. Later I smelled a grape soda accord. I drink a lot of grape soda so, I know this well. Much later the jasmine tames as a musk appears, with another feel of something reminding me of roasted oats, hay, or bran flakes.

I am glad I have had the opportunity to try Sarrasins. It is everything and more, as stated from the opinions and viewpoints of its devotees. I only wish I'd discovered this years before - I definitely would have a jar of this in my wardrobe.
22nd July, 2018
Stardate 20170720:

To me this is a best Jasmine fragrance. A jasmine soliflore.

I like jasmine smell but it comes at a cost- fecal indoles. Therefore a jasmine heavy fragrance is generally a pass for me.

The beauty of Sarrasins is that it captures the jasmine and leaves out most of the fecal bits.

And the jasmine is strong.

Borrowing from what jujy54 and purecaramel wrote - Post-coital heavenly bliss in a bed of jasmine flowers

20th July, 2017
jujy54 Show all reviews
United States
I wrote summer 2013, thus the reference to Ramadan:

It is hard to imagine a dinner "guest" more suitable for a dinner that began with exchanges of both "Shabbat Shalom" and "Ramadan Mubarak" than Serge Lutens Sarrasins. My gracious jet-lagged guests arrived, bearing not just the awaited bell jar, but also some Pernod, assuring a dinner that would end as splendidly as it began.

Carefully, I opened the package, preserving the monogrammed seal on the outer wrapping. I got cotton swabs and passed one to my guests, who were my Algerian friend and his wife, and my two children. First of all, that is some purple juice and at first sniff it smelled "purple" in the way I remember grape soda as a kid. This could very well be castoreum. Yes, indolic jasmine to start, with a hint of crushed stems as well as blooms, then throughout the evening, a waxy sweetness, possibly osmanthus, would waft up from the crook in my elbow, which seems to be where Lutens all like to live and bloom. It is to me a very personal skin scent, and as it blooms it takes on a corporeal sort of warmth.

I really can't further describe how Sarrasins smells, but I can describe how it feels: post-coital bliss with a bowl of ice cream. Luxe and sated.
09th January, 2017
This is a big, bold, purple perfume. The opening is intense, and I found myself hoping it would settle and transition quickly. The listed base notes of patchouli and castoreum are obscured by the strength of the floral. This would catch my attention on someone else, but it is not something I want to wear.
05th July, 2016
Gosh!! This is scrumptious!!!
Jasmine Absolute coaxed so gently by supporting ingredients into an elixir
intoxicating to both sides of my mind.
Here, I see Romance and Reality combined.
Just enough of the Indoles rounded off to make fuzzy moments. Just enough Indoles laid bare to offer clarity.
Patchouli and Castoureum. Basenotes that have been so craftly applied as to be sensed as top notes. The Jasmine, alone, rises to the Heavens, on Golden (Apricot) Wings.
Big, sweet Lutens gem.
Did I say anything about it being Heaven in a bottle.
03rd April, 2016 (last edited: 21st July, 2017)
I really do love this scent. I perhaps love jasmine more than any other flower, and for that reason, I am very harsh with my thoughts on any fragrance that attempts to capture that gorgeous scent in any way that does it wrongly. Jasmine should be explored, and has many facets, but some noses manage to twist it into something overly sweet and without character; this is not the case with Sarrasins.

I get a brief hint of camphor by way of introduction, alongside a gentle intake of jasmine and something citrus, which I assume is the bergamot. It conjures up a feeling of walking in a garden on a late Spring day, just cool enough to need a light jacket. Because it is not terribly warm, the heat has not done its work to open up all of the floral molecules and other surrounding environmental scents. Everything is measured in soft, gentle tones.

Later, I imagine walking into a barn, where horses nicker and the warm smell of well-cared for high-end tack is brought out by grooms to prepare horses for an evening hack by owners just getting off work. The scent of leather and something slightly animalic is present, but feels restrained, as though it is still in the background of the jasmine.

This is easily becoming a favorite. It is so easy to wear, and so pretty. Most certainly full bottle worthy.
24th February, 2016 (last edited: 25th February, 2016)

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