No, this is not a promo pic. This is my living room shelf. Took me only two years to realize it might be a good background.
The bottle is Serge Lutens Serge noire EdP. This is the old 50 ml bottle. The new ones look a bit different. After I took the pic I put in the sprayer, so now it looks a bit different. I like how some brands give you the option to either spray or use it as a splash bottle.
This is my first Serge Lutens. I’ve been sampling them in the store on and off, but could never decide which one to get. In the end, Serge noire won because it was the most different from what I already owned.
Serge noire was released ten years ago, in 2008. Perfumers are Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens.
I don’t know what the offical notes list is. Serge Lutens has a tendency for the sort of marketing babble I have no patience for. So here’s what I think I’m smelling:
Incense which fades out softly (the whole perfume is very long lasting with good sillage), amber and vanilla (the vanilla may be part of the amber mix). Something spicy I can’t put my finger on. Not cumin or cardamom, not pepper. Later on I get some cinnamon.
The perfume is weirdly transparent, as in it’s actually quite strong (like I said, sillage and lasting power) yet it’s not as clogging as a strong perfume can be. Maybe because it lacks any flowers. Flowers can feel suffocating.
Wearing Serge noire makes me feel competent, like I can take anything on. It’s warm, yet at the same time keeps it’s distance.
I like it a lot and that’s bad because now I don’t know if I found my one hit wonder from Serge Lutens or if I should go hunt some more old bottles…