Hey, It’s almost August, so that means it’s time for two Serge releases.
First up, Serge Noire, which joins the export line, available in Europe now and in the U.S. in late August to September’ish. Notes listed for it are patchouli, cinnamon, amber and black woods. The marketing hype goes on and on about the phoenix, grey something, swirling night. The scent says: “Hey, I’m cinnamon, nice to meet you!” Well, that’s what it says to you as it slams on the brakes of its black, dusty Porsche right in front of your house. Because you are then in a swirl of dusty incense and cinnamon is as close as I can get to it in the early stages. There is a healthy amount of incense that develops early after a pretty slight start and that camphorish smell that’s in Tubereuse Criminelle and Sarrasins that kind of tickles the nose and you can’t decide if you like or no.
Those of you that aren’t fans of the cinnamon aspects in Rousse will likely be a little skeptical in the first 15 minutes of so of this scent, but the cinnamon recedes on me, and has more of the cinnamon bark snap to it than red hots. This is a hot, dusty, earthy scent. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but it keeps me sniffing because it just has a lot of facets that go in and out – dust, warmth, cool incense, woods. I swear, somewhere deep in there is a hint of Borneo… must be the patch. It’s a beautiful, interesting creation from Lutens and one of the best things he’s done in a good while.
It’s hot red dust swirling through the evening breeze. I don’t know about a Phoenix, but this is a scent I’m happily wearing. Hey, and you can be too. It’s a new release, it’s Serge, let’s give away a couple of samples. Just put a note in comments if you want in the drawing, and I’ll announce the winners on Thursday!