Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir has notes of tonka bean, lavender, musk, smoky notes. Well, you know Serge loves to give us lots and lots of particulars on his newest creation. *rolls eyes* Let’s assume his next scent will be released with the explanation: “Made of some stuff that smells.”
The lavender on the open about killed me, and it appeared as if it wasn’t going to moderate quick enough for me to avoid death by lavender. It’s pretty much the Lavender from Encens et Lavande, without the insense. Luckily! In a few short moments, the lavender sank under the surface, leaving a nice surface patina on the fragrance without overwhelming it, and then some kind of caramely smell wafted through, lots of smoke. Think of it like this, it’s the Sonic Drive-in where Encens Et Lavande, Chergui and Fumerie Turque all show up, their brakes go out simulataneously, and they all wind up in an incredibly interesting jumble on the menu, something like: “Lavender Pancake Syrup with Hookah.”
Do I like it? Yeah, I do. Carmen and Lee were in the more “meh” category on it. I like it more than they do/did. It’s not over the top love. but an enthusiastic like! It turns and stays pretty smoky on me, and I get just a hint of the lavender all the way through. The immortelle is what makes it interesting and the part I really like, it gives it charm and warmth that the lavender open really needed. It sweetens the smoke and makes the lavender less cold. I can see where the combination may miss its target with some noses and hit it pretty great on others.
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