Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer is proof that to know what something smells like, the perfume's name, description, and marketing materials often aren't enough. Serge Lutens's references to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, medieval torture devices, and the "essential nature" of lilies probably won't...

It's clean, but it isn't as relentlessly clean as L'Eau Serge Lutens. Still, from a distance, the early stages teeter dangerously close to what I think of as "generic department store man smell, sportified", insofar as mint + ginger + chilly citrus are the hallmarks of the modern masculine...

Nuit de Cellophane was released by Serge Lutens in early 2009 as part of the brand's export collection. The press release for this fragrance includes a typically Lutensian snippet of prose-poetry and dialogue, but the sample-vial card offers a more concise description: "The night embodied in...

Serge Lutens Vitriol d'Oeillet has decent lasting power and minimal sillage; I find it feminine in character. It is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum, $140. 1. See the Grain de Musc blog for an interesting explanation of this perfume's name and an interview with Serge Lutens re: Vitriol...

What's a girl to do? Serge Lutens launched Cuir Mauresque in 1996 as one of its non-export, bell jar "exclusives" (as opposed to the export line in the rectangular bottle). In 2010, Cuir Mauresque ("moorish leather") joined the export line for a limited edition run. Perfumer Christopher...

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...

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...

If you'd handed it to me in another bottle I'd never think it was a Lutens at all, certainly not one that's "a burst of fragrant spikes" that's "fraught with anger". It's the Lutens for people who don't like Lutens, and I'll pass. $140 at Aedes and LuckyScent, shortly to be at Barneys as...

" Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum ($120); for buying information, see the listing for Serge Lutens under Perfume Houses. *1993, Christopher Sheldrake perfumer; notes: oregano, bay leaf, coriander, myrtle, angelica root, amber (sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin,...

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...

 

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