Perfume Review: Serge Lutens Chene
Review by Tom
Colombina has reviewed several of this house's scents, and I could hardly hope to add anything. So I will start on one of the scents she hasn't, and I hope that I can be a fraction as entertaining as she.
Serge Luten's Chene is almost an anomaly in the panlopy of his scents. It's fairly linear and very concise. There are none of the carnival tricks of some of his other scents, like Douce Amere's spiky opening or the biting on tinfoil sweetness that starts Miel de Bois (both of which I love, and happily own). As a matter of fact, Miel de Bois is my people repellant- I can spritz it on and nobody will sit next to me on the bus, but by the time I've walked into my office, I am nothing but slightly honeyed goodness. At least, that's why I think they aren't sitting next to me....
Chene is of course French for Oak, and Chene is a very woody scent. It's the smell of a walk amongst the tall trees of an oak forest in the warmth of summer, the secret earthiness revealing itself under the crisp leaves on the forest floor. There are hints of what smell to me like cumin and lily, with immortelle and honey and rum absolut adding a rich earthiness that never threatens to overpower. The scent is powerful, but not especially "masculine"; women I know wear it and wear it well. Like most SL scents, its staying power is excellent, unlike most SL's its sillage is also quite excellent, so men should use a light hand.
Chene is one of the Lutens exclusives, available only from the Salon in Paris. If you have friends in Europe, you can order from the Salon's website and have it delivered to them and you can have them ship to you in the states. The cost is about 115 Euros wish shipping in the EU.
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