If you miss the Lutens kink of, say, Tubéreuse Criminelle, you can do as I did one day and wear it under a stack of Bakelite bangles, and enjoy the accidental mingling of the perfume and phenolic resins as your skin warms. Or, you can simply breathe in Vierge de Fer's close, soft floral aura...

developed by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. It is in the export line, and is available in 50 ($105) and 100 ($150) ml Eau de Parfum. The lasting power is good, although it is rather close to the skin after a couple hours. For buying information, see the listing for Serge Lutens under Perfume...

Thankfully, my palate matured, and I eventually learned the worth of real bread, to the extent that no matter where I travel in the world, I always visit a bakery or two as soon as I arrive in a new city — even before searching out perfume shops. Imagine! Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau Eau de...

perfume materials, make it bloom in a new way. Another tactic is familiar from the world of food: the (now ubiquitous) method of deconstruction whereby you "dissect" a culinary dish (its ingredients/flavors) and arrange them in a new way on the plate, and thus, the palate. Serge Lutens asked...

Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque Eau de Parfum is available as a 75 ml bell jar at the Paris Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido for 120€, or, for a limited time, as a 50 ml export in the rectangular spray bottle for $140. For buying information, see the listing for Serge Lutens under Perfume...

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we'll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. What Serge Lutens thinks it smells like: "L'Eau Froide gives you the...

Somewhere between the over-spiced/overpriced, under-sandalwooded Serge LutensSantal de Mysore and the nuclear-strength, feminine, flowers and fruit of Santal Blanc(now residing in exclusivity, in Paris, smart thing!) is an open slot for a perfect Serge Lutens sandalwood perfume. (Or at least a...

Ambre Sultan* was my first Serge Lutens perfume. I ordered it from England because, in early 2000, there wasn't a bottle to be had in the United States. I purchased Ambre Sultan unsniffed because — who doesn't like amber? I've written about "amber" before, but since that post, I've come to...

This perfume does not bring to mind 'a black voice' as much as it does a 1970's nylon Afro wig — purple, ill-fitting and a little bit tacky. A 75 ml bell jar of Une Voix Noire is available for purchase in Europe (online and at the Lutens Palais Royale shop) for €130 ($168 US); you can also...

Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin was developed by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. It is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum; for buying information, see the listing for Serge Lutens under Perfume Houses. Note: image is Giant Roses by bjaglin at flickr; some rights reserved. 2. I will not...

 

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