Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane


 Serge Lutens latest export entry in the market is an osmanthus-based scent, Nuit de Cellophane.  Notes of Green note, fruity note, jasmine, osmanthus, carnation, lily, muscs, almond, wood, and honey are listed at Luckyscent.  This goes on for me fairly bright and cheerful, and I’m thinking the furthest thing from night or black.  More like a fruity floral that we’ve all come to know and love.  It’s not just that, though it certainly is a much more mainstream Serge scent. There is a darkness in the drydown that makes this quite beautiful, but the dark emerging gently is very soft and musky.  I don’t find it very osmanthus’ey at all.  It’s more lightly fruity, in the apricot area, with a little lily and more jasmine floating around.  The fruitier aspect seem to blow off about an hour in, leaving this much less of a fruity floral and more of just a beautiful floral.

Overall, it should be a Serge  mainstream winner. It is beautiful and not edgy in the least. So for those of you wanting to find a nonfreak Serge scent you can wear besides Clair de Musc, Nuit de Cellophane is a good winner and an excellent example of what a well done fruity floral should smell  like.  If you only like your Serge covered in asphalt or napalm, then Nuit will likely be a disappointment.  I think it’s lovely to wear, and I expect it would get a lot of compliments. I just don’t find it, well, fascinating.

Winners of the Iunx sample sets are:  Sweetlife and Zeram1.  I’ll also give out a couple of samples of the Nuit de Cellophane to commenters from today’s post

  • Garde Rose says:

    Nuit de Cellophane is a magnificient fruity floral of osmanthus deliciously drenched in mandarin honeyed jasmine and preciously wrapped in cellophane. Alluring and sexy. Thank you, Serge Lutens!

  • Esri Rose says:

    Sounds fascinatin’! Would love to be in the draw, thanks.

  • Sherya says:

    I’ve been waiting since fall to try this one!

    Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks

  • Sherya says:

    Been waiting since fall to try this one!

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • trish/Pikake says:

    Not sure I’m a napalm gal, but this one doesn’t seem to be calling out to me either. Hmmm….

    I’ll save my name for another drawing cuz I can pop on over to the Perfume House for a sniff of this soon enough.

  • Kate B. says:

    Sometimes I want a beautiful but boring fragrance that can be thrown on with little thought, like a comfy pair of jeans. This sounds like it could be that scent, so please do enter me in the draw!

  • Tara says:

    I’m more of a napalm person myself, but I do love Osmanthe Yunnan, so I’ll give this one a try. Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Nicola says:

    Ooh, I’d love to try a sample of this (though I’m not up to trying to write a poem – props to the folks who made me laugh with theirs!)

  • Chris G says:

    I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

  • Gretchen says:

    All right, I’m curious, so I hope I’ll win a sample.

  • Parrotmommy says:

    My fave Serge, and in my view it is a non-freak, is Un Lys. And this is just the time of year for it. I would like to try the new release; it will be good to try a new Serge scent. If anyone can do a fruity floral right, it’s him. Tall order, I know. Please enter me in the draw.

  • mj says:

    I’m very interested in any scent with jasmine and green notes- please enter me!

  • Amy K says:

    I would love to sample a nice, non-freaky SL for springtime. Thanks!

  • pyramus says:

    But is it boring?

    I mean, I know you said it was beautiful beautiful beautiful, and I have nothing against beauty in a fragrance: there’s never enough of that around. But “mainstream”, “a fruity floral that we’ve all come to know and love,” “nonfreak”, “not edgy in the least”; it sort of sounds like a lot of other things on the market, which is to say, frankly, boring.

    So; it’s not boring, is it?

    I guess if I had a sample I could figure it out for myself.

  • Janet in CA says:

    Maybe he Serge should do an osmanthus and asphalt scent. Or does he have one I have missed?

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Lee says:

    For some reason I love the name of this frag…enter me please!

  • Miranda says:

    I’ve been told SL’s Douce Amere is lovely – is this one of his “freak scents”? Please put me in the drawing!

  • Lindsey9107 says:

    Thanks for the review…sounds like what I expected, although some darkness coming through after a little while sounds promising. Please put me in the drawing! :d

  • dea says:

    thanks for reviewing this. it sounds great… I bet this would feel great to wear in the cold, damp pre-Spring weather we’re having in Nebraska… a spray of hope.

    please include me in the drawing.
    cheers~~ dea

  • sybil says:

    Hi…please put me in the drawing. If it’s too fruity for my, my middle-schooler will love it!

  • Marsi says:

    Sounds pretty for sure, but when it comes to Serge Lutens, I want a fat dose of strange with my pretty. I think Baudelaire said something about the beautiful always being a bit bizarre, or something like that, but the exact phrasing isn’t coming to me ….

  • mals86 says:

    oooohhhhh… a Serge I might be able to wear!

    Seems the few I’ve sampled are more in the area of Art Perfume just for sniffin’ instead of smell-goods for putting on one’s body… and there’s definitely a place for Art Perfume, but I’m not inclined to buy them.

    So I’d love to be included in the sample draw. Thanks!

  • memechose says:

    I find this is to be a lovely addition to what has become a sameness of late , mostly of spice and incense in the export line. Nuit de cellophane stands alone,a ray of golden light veiled by a syrupy cloud , a honeyed osmathus and sueded apricot delight on my skin and now a favorite amongst my iris silver mist and douce amere. Not everything has to smell joli -laid to be considered a ‘bottle worthy fragrance’. I don’t think its mainstream at all. It is not top loaded, beautifully constructed and has great sillage. Unless one is a perfumisto, very few people have even heard of Serge Lutens or can afford his fragrances.if this suits you, its delightful and it suits me just fine. I think perfume snobbery is ridiculous. good juice is good juice whether its en niche or at Macy’s.

  • Musette says:

    Once again El Serge drones on
    to his poor,captive dog
    Who only wears his doggy scent
    And doesn’t read the blog

    But the alien is Curious
    Might Lutens be for me?
    so I humbly throw my name in hat
    to sample Nuit de C

    (in honor of Lee and Carter who gave me a giggle on this rainy day)



  • Anita says:

    Perhaps Serge is now simply interested in music without dissonance. I would love a sample to try. Many thanks.

  • Elle says:

    Am staunchly remaining hopeful about this – despite all the signs against it. I live and die for the scent of the osmanthus here in the spring and have tried *every* osmanthus scent out there – so far none have captured the scent of the osmanthus in our area. I know this probably won’t either, but I can’t resist trying any new scent which has osmanthus listed in the notes. Don’t need a sample (already ordered) and am keeping my fingers, toes, etc. crossed. Oh, and I don’t need Serge to be bizarre, but…mainstream I can get elsewhere. Please, Serge – original, unique…please?

  • Maura says:

    I like how you worded that this is *Serge mainstream winner* without comparing it to typical department store fragrances. I know there has been some disappointment in this following El Attarine and Serge Noire but it’s nice to have an uber wearable SL. I found this to be a lightly sweetened ethereal jasmine…soft and enveloping. I think this will be a perfect spring/summer scent. I can’t wear Sarassins and A La Nuit in all social settings! Great review!

  • sara says:

    I would love to try this one! Thanks!!

  • Debby says:

    Adding – thought I loved PdE Osmanthus Interdite. I do love the osmanthus part, but have discovered that generally (and unfortunately), I can’t stand tea in my scents…

  • Debby says:

    I’d love to be in the drawing, Patty. A pretty spring scent / well-done fruity floral sounds perfect right now.

  • Charlotte_V says:

    Please enter me in the draw. Eager to find out whether this induces rapture or boredom…sounds like it could go either way for me.

  • Melissa says:

    SA: (holding out fragrance blotter card with newest Serge) “napalm ma’am…”

    Customer: (sniffs card)

    SA: “I love the smell of napalm in my fragrance.”


  • karin says:

    I’ve only tried two Serge scents – Daim Blond and Un Lys. I’m severely lacking and need to catch up! Thanks Patty for offering this. Please include me in your draw.

  • Olfacta says:

    “covered in asphalt or napalm” — good one!:))

  • KathyT says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I never know which SL will suit me,so this one could be a nice surprise.


  • Lee says:

    Dear Sergy love, your fumes are great
    But not your purple prose.
    Somehow I think this new release
    ‘ll disappoint my nose.

    (in honour of carter’s delightful ditty above)

  • Jawhara says:

    Now, I’m a serious devotee of Serge, and actually find most of his scents totally wearable, therefore I’m really sad to say that NdC is the first Serge-scent I had to scrub almsot immediately. Of course I made myself sit to almost one hour, but couldn’t bear it any longer.
    I basically get Jasmine and lots and lots of headache-inducing aldehydes. Insupportable. It’s way more Chanel (also gives me headches) than Lutens. What a shame.

  • Zazie says:

    I am falling in love all over again with SL.
    These days I’m diving into the bois series and am wondering how did I do without a bottle of “bois de violette” or “bois et fruits” so far!

    😕 maybe I just don’t know which one to choose…;)

    I’d love to be entered in the draw…I’m full of expexctations for NdC, but I usually do not agree much with the export range…

    • Zazie says:

      …except for chêne and borneo 1834… well, and FdO, FdC, AS and BV are nice to have around, too, even if I don’t need them FB…

      well, Serge, I guess I agree with your export range too, after all…

  • dinazad says:

    So far, I’ve been able to see the appeal (or feel some kind of slightly disgusted fascination)of the Lutens scents I wouldn’t buy or want to wear. But this? For me it was a big-time scrubber, one of the few I’ve encountered since I became a perfume junkie. Fruity-floral? Check. Mainstream? Check. Darkness? Nope. Skank? Nope. And I do like my scents dark….

    So no thank you to the draw!

  • carter says:

    I prefer my Serge kinky
    But not so much in Spring
    When I try to be less stinky
    So throw my hat in the ring!

  • Joe says:

    Nice review, P. I’m curious about this, but I’m still kind of fascinated with the freakshow of Serge Noire (and craving more of that El Attarine, too). I’m a big fan of Chene, like mijitamaggi. Would love to be in the draw.

  • mijitamaggi says:

    thanks for the review, Chene is my serge of choice, but I’d love to try this one.

  • noyna says:

    Would love to be entered into the drawing, thank you!

  • Flora says:

    Oh, please put me in the draw – non-freak or not, I am ALL about lilies, jasmine and apricots! It’s Serge, so I know it’s going to do a Vulcan mind meld with my skin like all of them do. =:)

  • ChantillyLace says:

    I love white florals! And this sounds really nice! Luv to be in the draw. Thanks!

  • violetnoir says:

    I love me some osmanthus, but this one doesn’t sound like it’s much in the way of osmanthus, other than the apricot note that you mentioned. What a shame!…at least for me!

    No need to put me in the drawing, darling. I can test this one at ScentBar/luckyscent.


  • Francesca says:

    “nonfreak Serge scent”


  • zeram1 says:

    I was one (of the few) that purchased Five O’Clock au Gingembre. I cannot remember what you thought of it. Could you comment on it? Oh, and not too be greedy, but I’d love to also be in the drawing for the new Serge (counds interesting, but is it too fruity?).