Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier

Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier

I’m most likely the last person in the world to review Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier, but when I was at Barneys the worlds nicest SA gave me a sample so here we are.
Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier was created in 2004 and done by Chris Sheldrake,Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier is likely the most wearable, least assaultive scent in Lutens export line.  The opening is a simple, sharp citrus and a lovely, slightly soapy neroli.  The eponymous lemon blossom is there, faintly tinged with tuberose and finally joined my musk.  It would be a lovely linen shift of a scent that I’m sure would be heaven on a hot day (like the one we’re having today) if there wasn’t something a little overbearing about it for me: the neroli and the lemon blossoms seem amped up.  It’s a linen shift in Hot Pink when I was looking for one in more in tea rose.
$120 for 50ML at, well, you know where.
My sample was from Barneys.  Serge Lutens Fleurs De Citronnier sample available at Surrender to Chance
  • Gretchen says:

    Well, heck, I love hot pink – and the SF Sniffa, where Barney’s is a featured stop, is set for May – so I’ll just have to try Serge’s lemon blossom. IRL I love citrus blossom, but seldom like it in fragrances, so we’ll see.

  • Ann says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this as one of SL’s most elegant and approachable fragrances, and much prefer it to the Fleurs d’Oranger which turns ugly on me with its cumin. But I agree, there IS something in there which keeps it from being a complete love affair for me.
    Currently, I am loving getting my citrus, etc., fix far more from LL’s Tubereuse 40, which has been rightly called “sunshine in a bottle.” And it’s only 100 bucks more than the Serge, so if $100 is the new “free,” then I’m in business!!

  • Karen G says:

    I disliked this in winter, the citrus was screechy and *Lemon Pledge*-like. But in warmer weather it was more round and friendly. Still, there was something, too soapy maybe?… that made this a no-go for me.

  • Kym says:

    This is lovely and I recently tried it myself. The fruit trees in my ‘hood are in bloom and intoxicating. But the one that I want to recapture is the grapefruit tree flowers. Does anyone a screen that is not orange blossom, not lemon blossom, but grapefruit blossom? A stretch, I know…

  • annie says:

    I LOVE your posts!…..You always bring a different slant on each fragrance,so that I know immediately,if I want to try it….thank you!:x

  • GalileosDaughter says:

    Heh, and I love it! It’s so often overlooked because it’s so atypical from the rest in the line.

  • Musette says:

    I have tried this several times and while it is one of the more approachable Lutens (I love ‘least assaultive’) …:-? I dunno…somehow I don’t think that’s Serge’s metier. The citrus was a bit oversharp and crawled across my skin, sinking its claws into my arm, as it gasped its last breaths. Neroli stomped on its head and ran around screaming and it was all just too boring.


  • Persolaise says:

    Nope, you’re not the last person, ’cause I haven’t reviewed it yet… which isn’t surprising, ’cause I’ve never smelt it \:d/

    • Olfacta says:

      Me neither. But now I remember that I have a bottle of Fleurs de Shanghai (one of the Opium flankers) and will be racing to the cabinet (as soon as I finish my coffee) to unearth it.

      There is a new-ish substance, Glucam P-20 is the name I believe, that is supposed to amp the mids and tops and make them last. Apparently it makes the production of perfumes more economical as it can replace 4% of the total or something (and it’s cheap). Maybe it’s in the Chanel? Hmmm…

      • Tom says:


        and I want to hear about Fleurs de Shangha

        • Olfacta says:

          Hi Tom — I wrote about it awhile back as a good scent for early fall. It was a 2005 “special release,” designed for warmer weather, full of magnolia, a bit of star jasmine (which is subtle) and mandarin, which gives it a slight fruit note. The Opium base — carnation/clove, myrrh and patchouli — is there, more so at the end, but it never takes over completely. Not too sweet, not too heavy, comes in a big bottle, designed to spray lavishly. There was a lot of it on fleabay when I bought the bottle I have, although I haven’t looked for it lately. Discontinued, of course, especially now. I’m going to look around and see if there are any more of the Opium flankers from that time available.

    • Tom says:

      I’d like to read your thoughts!

  • Dawn says:

    Hi Tom,

    I can’t wear this one. I love the opening. However, the drydown is all celery smelling on me. UGH.

    Where you see hot pink, I see a pale green.

    Happy So Cal Spring!


    • Tom says:

      I got a bit of celery, which I didn’t mind much. Oh well, the skin chemistry follies continue apace..