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post #13156 of 20750
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What do you think of this one?

It is a very pleasant pipe tobacco scent that also has prominent honey and suede notes and that has a very rich, sophisticated feel. Like most Lutens, it is quite saturated and dense; I'm not a big fan of that style of perfumery, but I don't strongly dislike it either. It strikes me as a scent that's definitely appropriate for colder weather. I think it's absolutely worth getting a sample of.

There's nothing I know that's really similar, although Back to Black is at least in the ballpark.
post #13157 of 20750
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I find a lot of those oriental Lutens to be unbearably heavy and sweet, especially Fumerie Turque and Chergui. Maybe it's the honey note that's too much - it goes kinda urinous on my skin after a few hours, and not in a civety way, but in a I-need-a-goddamn-shower way.
post #13158 of 20750
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I find a lot of those oriental Lutens to be unbearably heavy and sweet, especially Fumerie Turque and Chergui. Maybe it's the honey note that's too much - it goes kinda urinous on my skin after a few hours, and not in a civety way, but in a I-need-a-goddamn-shower way.

I've seen a lot of people describe both Fumerie Turque and Chergui that way. I have no idea why, but I don't perceive them as especially sweet. (I do find Chergui to be sweeter than Fumerie Turque, FWIW.) I think my nose doesn't pick up a lot of what others pick up in the honey note.
post #13159 of 20750
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I find a lot of those oriental Lutens to be unbearably heavy and sweet, especially Fumerie Turque and Chergui. Maybe it's the honey note that's too much - it goes kinda urinous on my skin after a few hours, and not in a civety way, but in a I-need-a-goddamn-shower way.

Me, too! I would put Arabie in the same boat for thick heavy sweetness, and Miel de Bois for a sour, weird dry down feral honey note.

Though they sell the entire line at the Shinjuku Isetan, the only Lutens I ever saw for sale at any of the secondary shops or boutiques here was Santal Blanc... which was really, really bad. I'm sure it had been sitting on their shelves for a while. It's like the bottled sweat of (elderly, insane) Liz Taylor's cleavage.
post #13160 of 20750
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Me, too! I would put Arabie in the same boat for thick heavy sweetness, and Miel de Bois for a sour, weird dry down feral honey note.
Though they sell the entire line at the Shinjuku Isetan, the only Lutens I ever saw for sale at any of the secondary shops or boutiques here was Santal Blanc... which was really, really bad. I'm sure it had been sitting on their shelves for a while. It's like the bottled sweat of (elderly, insane) Liz Taylor's cleavage.

I was about to edit my post to mention those first two scents! Yes, I have the same reaction. Haven't smelled Santal Blanc.

I do really like Amber Sultan, Borneo 1834, MKK and some others.
post #13161 of 20750
Today: Olivier Durbano's new scent, Heliotrope, which smells remarkably similar to Black Tourmaline.
post #13162 of 20750
Today: Laura Tonatto Albi. spicy fresh and musky smile.gif
post #13163 of 20750
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I don't like Grey Vetiver either for the same reason over the sweetness.

This was my problem with the reformulated Guerlain Vetiver, too. The old was a wonderful smokey tobacco vetiver, and the new one some sweet,creamy-ish citrus on top. Vetiver does best, IMHO, when it's quite dry and woody (one reason why I like Vetiver Extraordinaire so much).

Most of my stuff is now packed up... so not many choices for SOTD. Have a small atomizer of n19 extrait I keep on hand, so will probably let this one travel with me...

I guess they have reformulated the Vetiver again because I sprayed it the other day and thought, "THAT'S what I'm looking for!" In the past I found the stuff to be, well, not vetiver.

For those who like vetiver, you really need to try The Different Company's Sel de Vetiver. Bottle worthy, for sure and a fresh perspective on this component.
post #13164 of 20750
As far as the Serge Lutens, I haven't found too many that I really like as well, outside of Tubereuse Criminelle which I happen to like a whole lot. I sampled Cuir Mauresque and think that it's excellent but is redundant to the the existence of Knize Ten in my rotation. Their Flueurs d'Oranger is just nasty, and I love white flower perfumes.
post #13165 of 20750
I'm not huge fan of Lutens, but there are some that I like very much. Muscs Koublai Khan, Feminite du Bois, Datura Noir, Ambre Sultan, and Sa Majeste are my very favorites from the line. I also like A La Nuit, Chergui, and Fumerie Turque pretty well. The only one I really dislike is Chypre Rouge.
post #13166 of 20750
I'm now reminded of many Lutens I like aside from the ones I mentioned before - Sa Majeste, A La Nuit. Also visited the Paris store and some of the exclusives, like the Bois scents, are pretty great. But especially Sarassins and Rose de Nuit are exceptional.
post #13167 of 20750
I really need to try Rose de Nuit.

I switched into Bond No, 9 New York Amber for the evening. I haven't worn this in a long time. I like it a lot. As ambers go, it's very bright and light.
post #13168 of 20750
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I find a lot of those oriental Lutens to be unbearably heavy and sweet, especially Fumerie Turque and Chergui. Maybe it's the honey note that's too much - it goes kinda urinous on my skin after a few hours, and not in a civety way, but in a I-need-a-goddamn-shower way.
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It is a very pleasant pipe tobacco scent that also has prominent honey and suede notes and that has a very rich, sophisticated feel. Like most Lutens, it is quite saturated and dense; I'm not a big fan of that style of perfumery, but I don't strongly dislike it either. It strikes me as a scent that's definitely appropriate for colder weather. I think it's absolutely worth getting a sample of.
There's nothing I know that's really similar, although Back to Black is at least in the ballpark.


Thanks a lot!
Sounds like it really is what I am looking for (not the I-need a-goddamn-shower-part). I do not mind sweetness at all, if it is not cloying. Tonka Imperiale has to be the sweetest scent I ever tried and I love it. Tobacco Vanille is, except for the ridiculously strong longevity/projection which is why I always have to consider applying it, exactly my type of scent. But then again, I did not care for Chergui at all. I get this old woman-vibe. The feminine part I can bear with. The old one, well... not.


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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post

I guess they have reformulated the Vetiver again because I sprayed it the other day and thought, "THAT'S what I'm looking for!" In the past I found the stuff to be, well, not vetiver.
For those who like vetiver, you really need to try The Different Company's Sel de Vetiver. Bottle worthy, for sure and a fresh perspective on this component.

I'll have to second that.


Comme des Garcons: Kyoto

I wear this one far too seldom. It was my first niche bottle.
post #13169 of 20750
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Originally Posted by Baron View Post

I'm now reminded of many Lutens I like aside from the ones I mentioned before - Sa Majeste, A La Nuit. Also visited the Paris store and some of the exclusives, like the Bois scents, are pretty great. But especially Sarassins and Rose de Nuit are exceptional.

There are so many in the line that this is easy to do. I actually did the same thing as I went through memory. Also came up with some other "mehs" (Cedre). Probably the most syrupy sweet one, so syrupy sweet that it somehow worked (though I could never wear it myself) was Rahat loukoum. Keiko Mecheri and Montale also did a nice "turkish delight" fragrance. Gourmand fans should definitely try all three...
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post

I guess they have reformulated the Vetiver again because I sprayed it the other day and thought, "THAT'S what I'm looking for!" In the past I found the stuff to be, well, not vetiver.
For those who like vetiver, you really need to try The Different Company's Sel de Vetiver. Bottle worthy, for sure and a fresh perspective on this component.

Yes, the TDC is a good one. Several members here (dopey especially comes to mind, IIRC) quite like it. I had some years back, but it was by no means my favorite. As for Vetiver (guerlain), they also changed the bottle design again to look like the old one... so I wonder if they went back to the old recipe? Would be a wonderful sign if so.

Overall, for a small frag house, TDC really has some standouts. Rose Poivree, jasmin nuit, bois d'iris... all excellent. There is also the lesser known Osmanthus, which is a lovely unisex, fresh floral. I haven't tried anything new from them since probably 2007, though, so i don't know recently what they've got...
post #13170 of 20750
I used to dislike vetiver quit a bit, owning only a vintage L'Occitane bottle for several years. During my exploration I tried the ribbed Guerlain bottle several times and wondered what the hubbub was all about, and so I retried it the other day when I saw the "old fashioned" bottle and knew that the scent was different and was finally a scent that filled a niche I was looking for (The Different Company Sel de Vetiver was not as arresting when price was considered). My "gateway" vetiver, though, was Sycomore - after smelling this everything clicked. I think Jean Claude Ellena actually did a very good job with Vetiver Tonka - Hermes gives quite generous testers but not really good for application, so I decanted it into a purloined tester atomizer I got from Nordstrom and really discovered how pretty it is. Soon . . .
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