Serge Lutens Vitriol d’oeillet Review (Patty)

Serge Lutens Vitriol d’oeillet – Carnation dressed in worn leather over a white lace thong and teddy, perched on stiletto leather booties and rides a Harley custom painted in bright pink.

First, pop over to Grain de Musc and read Carmen’s review and the background on the carnation and Serge’s ideas for this creation, most  — okay, all of which I didn’t know.  I’ve always loved the little carnation – its spiciness, persistence, the dogged way it permeates everything around it.  That such a dainty, small thing can scent a room or a garden in such a big way.  It was always that clump or two of dianthus I had growing that just overpowered every other scent coming from that section of the flower garden.  Not by brute force, but by filling your senses until that’s all you smell. Sorta  like looking at pictures of pink Harleys  for this post (none of them worked) and thinking – Hey!  I want one!!!

Serge doesn’t not make some dainty little carnation perfume at all with Serge Lutens Vitriol d’oeillet. This smacks you over the head with pepper and spice, unfurling into a gale force wind.  Notes of clove, nutmeg, cayenne, black pepper, pink pepper, and woods are the main notes.  Bellodgia with spurs.  I’m trying to tell you what it is, but it’s hard. I do not think it will be well-loved, though I’m completely enchanted with how familiar, yet foreign it smells.  It’s  not pretty or floral.  It’s a surreal landscape of carnation.  This is the Serge I like, weirdly uncompromising.

Hey, I love it on me, I don’t care what you guys think.  This scent is about contrasts between what is ordinary/familiary and what jars your senses.  Of course we’ll give some away.  4 samples up for grabs for four commenters.

Winners from last week’s draw for the Tauer Pentachord samples:  mirandajane and Kelly.  Just click over on the left on the Contact Us, send me a note reminding me what you won and your address, and I’ll give you a quick got it so you know I got the e-mail, and then I’ll get them sent out to you!

Of the “weird” Serges, and I don’t include Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan in that anymore, which is your favorite?  Anticipating this year’s releases or no?

Serge Lutens Vitriol d’oeillet sample available at Surrender to Chance

90 Comments

  1. Oh, I would love to try this one! I adore almost all Serges. My favorite “weird” one has to be Tubereuse Criminelle of course, all burnt rubber, road tar and creosote that somehow turns into something gorgeous if you can wait out the first half hour or so.

    I love me a big “clovey” carnation, and Bellodgia is not what she once was. I can only hope that this one will fill both that vacancy and the one left by the original version of JAR Golconda, the other truly great carnation I have smelled.

  2. I really don’t know SL, I only have a sample of Jeux de Peau and the butter note makes it very hard for me to like it… I’d like to sample more of them. As for carnation, I think it’s a note I don’t usually like, but I’d really like to smell what you mean by “a surreal landscape of carnation”… I’m intrigued!

    • I got to try some real butter absolute the other day, and what a freaky note! I wonder if they actually used it in JdP??

      • Oh, that must be weird! Straight butter? I should smell other fragrances with that note to know whether it’s really what annoys me, but it *is* a peculiar note, isn’t it? That’s too bad, because in my food I love butter! :)

  3. ooh I love carnations, it sounds delicious! I sort of liked Miel Bois, was that the name? eek, anyway, once it calmed down it was quite nice. I still haven’t sampled skanky MKK, it’s on my list :)

  4. I want to try this so bad! I love carnations endlessly and I have no doubt that Serge is going to make my dream carnation.

    My favourite weird Lutens is probably Miel de Bois, which I think we can all agree is very very strange. I also love Chypre Rouge and Douce Amere; do those qualify?

  5. Ooooooh! I want to sniff this! I will vote for Miel de Bois as fave weird Serge. Un Lys wins fave non-weird Serge. I finally sampled MKK a few months ago not expecting it to live up to the fuss. It did!

  6. I haven’t tried that many SL fragrances(Bois et Musc, Sarassins, Un Lys, Bois de Violette, A la Nuit, Tubereuse Criminelle, Bas de Sois, Iris Silver Mist). I feel like all of them are pretty weird, with the exception of Un Lys, Bois et Musc, and Bois de Violette. Iris Silver Mist is up there on the weird list, but my favourite weirdo is Tubereuse Criminelle. I like the opening because it smells like lozenges and tires.

  7. Tubereuse Criminelle is both my favorite and also my vote for “weird”. Ahhh, the gasoline/ camphor opening. Both off-putting and exciting! I would love to try Serge’s take on carnation. So many bad and/ or mediocre reviews make me just want to try it more.

  8. Jeux de Peau is a weird love for me. Different. There is something I like and something I don’t. But it’s pretty nice on.

  9. Patty, I already have a sample of this, so you don’t need to include me in the draw. I really liked it and am planning to order a nice decant from TPC. Nonetheless, although I will wear it happily, I really think it would be most effective on a guy, to play the carnation against type.

    I’m glad you also get leather in it – my first thought on sniffing Vd’O was, “Carnation leather – yippee!”.

    Most of the SLs I love are not the weird ones, although I do like Borneo.

  10. This sounds great! Really love a good carnation, and leather, well. . . . Fave weirdish SL is TC (and I like to mix it with various leather scents).

  11. I’ve never found a Serge Lutens that worked for me – until this one! I love me some spice, adore carnation and there’s never enough clove in perfume for me, so this one was a love-fest. I’m set with my decant, so no need to enter me in the draw.

  12. I would love to try a sample of this. I don’t think I have any carnation perfumes which surprises me because I love carnations.

  13. I adore tubereuse criminelle, but I don’t think of it as weird…clearly I’m in the minority on that one.

    I can’t wait to try this. I love carnation, but don’t have many for some reason. I love golconda and vintage bellogia. I know I’ll buy this. When does it come to the states?

  14. Mmmmm this sounds fabulous and I’d love to win a sample.
    My favorite SL is Rose de Nuit, but I don’t think it’s weird at all. I do like Tuberreuse Criminelle, Sarrasins, Boxeuses and Douce Amere…not together mind you. That would be weird with a beard. Are they weird enough? I don’t get much of the funky opening with Tuberreuse Criminelle. I feel like I’m missing out!

  15. Happy to hear there’s no rotten egg note (vitriol being sulfuric acid)!! =)

    My favorite weird (since I can’t choose MKK) is without a doubt Borneo. Wow, so dark, so dirty and so irreverent!!

    And the only problem there is with Lutens’ new releases is the fact that I’m even further away from smelling all of his fumes… I’m dreaming of the day I’ll know them all and will just have to think about which I’ll be buying first. Until then, I’ll just have to sample my way through… which is not that bad after all!!

  16. Hmm, only tried fumerie turque, l’eau, jeux de peau, borneo, bas de soie, and feminite de bois. Of those, I own a bottle of BdS, so I must like that! Does it qualify as one of the weird serges? I would also love to get some fumerie and borneo.

  17. Please, enter me the draw- I like carnation and I think this should be fantastic
    I love “miel de bois” and “Borneo”- do they qualify as “weird”?
    thanks

  18. I’d love to try this one.
    My favorite “weird” Lutens is Miel de Bois – love it!
    Thank you.

  19. I’m fond of Iris Silver Mist, Chene and La Myrrhe and they each have a bit of weirdness. I certainly want to try Vitriol, and I’m dying to know how it compares to Poivre.

  20. I have so been looking forward to this one, even though it is near impossible for me to pronounce Vitriol d’œillet with any sort of confidence, sigh. I have been waiting for my local shop to stock this while I eye another SL on the shelf: Fille en Aiguilles. Filles is delicious in my opinion, but I have seen the look I get sometimes when I spritz on my sample, a little like “poor girl, rolling around in lord-knows-what in some pine forest.” Oh well.

  21. My favorite SLs are Borneo and Serge Noire so I’m clearly a fan of the weird ones! The clove in Vitriol is what interests me. I’m a huge clove fan!

  22. I suppose my favorite “weird” SL is Miel de Bois, but it’s not THAT weird to me. I would love to try Vitriol d’oeillet, thanks for the draw!

  23. Tubereuse Criminelle definitely gets my vote for the weirdest, and also one of the most beautiful, Lutens. So would y’all say VdO is a carnation version of TC?

  24. It is so odd seeing my favorite Serge’s being thought of as weird: Miel de Bois, Borneo, Serge Noire, Fille en Aiguilles, Arabie, Tubey Crim…I beginning to think it says more about me and my scent choices than I may be comfortable with!! So, heck yeah! Bring on the a carnation that can whip your ass, too! I love all of these because they are so different from the norm.

  25. For the weird Serges, I love a bunch, but I know I’m in a tiny minority if I pick Chypre Rouge. All that nutty freakiness, and it changes throughout the day. I wear this one if I know I’ll be working in my studio, alone. And Serge Noire, I have an on-again, off-again relationship with that one! I’d love to try this feisty take on carnation.

  26. Miel et Bois is definitely the weirdest Lutens, inasmuch as its way off and unwearable for most. When Tanya says it smells like a New York sidewalk in August, that is no lie. I haven’t sampled Turberose Criminelle or the other controversial ones. I do love carnation. I love the moldy carnation in EL Private Collection and the honeyed, hayish carnation in Krizia Moods. It has a bad rep as a flower, turning up in too many ugly centerpieces. Please include me in thedraw.

  27. Got my sample of Vitriol d’oeillet the other day, so please don’t include me in the draw. It didn’t capture me but it’s only been on skin once so far, and I do love carnation and leather, so it’ll be tested more.

    I’m going with the popular vote of Tubereuse Criminelle. Can’t wait for it to be the export. Chypre Rouge is mighty fine also, even with some of you saying it smells like sick. I only get the mess if I spray on clothes – kept on skin it’s full of delicious. Mmmm Pecans!

  28. Miel de Bois is something other people think of as weird. For me personally, it a beautiful, floral and honey scent. I bought a bell bottle when I was in Paris in July and got a sample of Vitriol D’Oellet (sp?) which I quite liked. I have tried many of the SLs and am not sure which ones are considered weird. I kind of liked Daim Blond and was not impressed by Chypre Rouge (not a chypre) the Iris one (too masculine) or Arable (boring.) The non-weird citrus ones and sa majeste la rose bore me also. I did not find Vd’O to be especially loud, but did find it to be full of the usual SL tropes, in a good way. Hello, stewed fruit note.

    • I feel the same way about Miel de Bois. It’s hard to believe so many people classify it as weird when it is one of the best honey scents I’ve tried. Hmm.

      • well, I spritzed it today, in honor of this post….and…well…..I will say this: it’s ‘insistent’ 😉

        To be honest, I think I would actually enjoy it, on a more relaxed day. I’m exhausted (we’re just coming off a rush job – 3 18-hr days fraught with a lot of machining drama)….and now I’m playing catch-up with all the stuff that got pushed back..you all know the drill…so this is NOT the frag for today. Today? I’m thinking something way more ‘normal’. Like…sleep. or..a Mallomar.

        🙂

        xo >-)

        • I’d agree that it’s insistent. :)

          I so know what you mean about playing catchup. 18-hr days in a row are exhausting. I did it once for about two months until I fell asleep at the wheel and came to as I was heading for concrete. I stopped and limited it to 12-hr days at that point.

          • 😮

            do not DO that again, okay? [-o< It's funny - we thought one good night's sleep would be just the ticket. We wuz wrong. we're too old for too many 18 hr days! xo >-)

            • I was going to tell you to click on my name but it just bounces back here – talk to me at gmail – evilauntieanita

              xo >-)

  29. My fave “weird” serge is fille en aiguelles. Please enter me in the draw, thanks!

  30. So, I guess what you’re saying is Vitriol d’Oeillet isn’t a replacement for Malmaison? I adore carnation fragrances and never smelled a weird one before. As far as my favorite weird SL, well, I haven’t tried any of them that have the “weird” reputation. I really enjoyed your review of this. It made me smile. :-)

  31. I don’t know whether Encens et Lavande qualifies as weird, but it does have a somewhat weird effect on me. When I wear it, I almost feel as if time has stopped. It produces the most amazing calming and meditative effect. I would love to try Vitriol d’Oeillet. I love your description of it being a contrast between the ordinary and the familiar.

  32. Mmmmmm, spicy leathery carnation. Sounds wonderful.

    I love so many Serges, and most of them have some weird facet to them. I wear Ambre Sultan, A La Nuit, Sarrasins, Chene, Tubey Crim, Un Lys… too lazy to go look in the perfume drawer right now.

  33. I would love to try VdO. My favorite Serges are: Chergui, Forreau Noir, Cuir Mauresque, and Boxeuses.

  34. I love the smell of carnations, and yet don’t own a single carnation fragrance. Please enter me in the draw.

    I guess my favorite “weird” SL is Miel de Bois. However, it isn’t weird on me at all, albeit a bit strong. It’s just beautiful honey and wood….one of the best honey fragrances I’ve tried. (However, I guess I should divulge that I’ve never met a honey fragrance I *didn’t* like.

  35. Please, please enter me in the drawing–I think this is a Serge for me, hands down!

    A weird one for me that I LOVE: Serge Noire. It might be my favorite.

  36. The only Serge that I have tried up til now is Feminite du Bois. I love it. I am longing to try the new carnation. Carnations are my favorite flowers in spite of my name. Please enter me in the draw.

  37. Which ones count as weird? I love A La Nuit and Fleurs d’Oranger, but I don’t find them that weird. I’d love to explore more of this line, so please enter me in the draw!

  38. Carnations & leather? I’m panting! Please enter me in the draw.

    Slooowly testing SL, b/c many are unique and wonderful and after applying I need to sell my blood or trade away Diorling or something to get a decant immediately! I love Santal Blanc, FdB, BdV, Daim Blond, Fumerie Turque, Chergui and Arabie. Wasn’t quite as fond of Jeux de Peau or Fleurs D’oranger.

  39. I have never experienced a Serge Lutens fragrance, so I cannot comment on favorite or weird. I’m not sure if I’ve even ever had a carnation fragrance. I would love to try my first. I do love reading about all these niche lines, and will in time sample. Please enter me in draw. Thanks.

  40. Carnation? ::pant pant:: I want! I want! This note is something of a Holy Grail for me; I haven’t found the perfect one yet. Bellodgia is OK, but can get a bit cloying. This may be the one!

  41. I do love a great carnation scent so please enter me in the draw. It took me forever to get to the point of love for tubereuse criminalle, then a friend accidentally knocked my bell jar on the floor, and i became a grieving widower in mourning. They offered to buy me a new bell jar until they found out how much it costs…lol. such is our passions for the liquid sunshine we seek.

  42. Serge has broken my heart many times over with scents that should have been perfect for me, but just didn’t work. Fille en Aiguelles came closest, but I’d prefer it as a candle.

    Aparatchick summed up my exact feelings on Serge and carnation…but I don’t have a decant, so thanks for the chance to win a sample!

  43. Your description sounds utterly delicious. Carnation, clove, nutmeg and cayenne? Yes please! Thank you for entering me in the draw.

  44. Love your review! I would love to try this. My favorite “weird” Serge is Miel de Bois. I am hoarding my little decant.

  45. I find almost all SLs to be a wonderful mix of the beautiful and the slightly weird, but the best among the “weirdest” for me is Chypre Rouge and Serge Noir. I’m dying to try Jeaux de Peau, which sounds like it could land solidly in my it’s-strange-and-I-love-it category.

    I don’t have a lot of experience with carnation in perfume, but when I was growing up, we lived next to a carnation grower, and it was wonderful to walk through the greenhouses among the thousands of pom-pom flower heads on tall thin stalks – another surreal landscape of carnations. :)

  46. Would love to try this since my only try at a carnation scent was Bellodgia which was meh on my skin. CdG is on my wishlist. I love Miel de Bois!!

    • I wonder if you’d like Coty L’Origan? The vintage is still pretty easy (and pretty inexpensive) to get, via the eeeB. Carnation/clove/amber/vanilla. Supposedly the inspiration for L’Heure Bleue.

      xo >-)

  47. thought I like Fille en Aiguilles (I’m a knitter so the name appealed to me, but it is too insistent in the dry-down. (I have a barely used bottle so if anyone is interested…)
    I do love Chergui on my husband…

    • Hey hey, I’m interested. I’ve had my eye on FeA for a while now. Would you want to swap it or sell it? Please email me at elisagabbert AT gmail DOT com if you want to talk turkey! Please forgive if I don’t respond immediately, I’m moving at the moment, but will get back to you as soon as I can….

  48. If it counts, I definitely choose Tubereuse Criminelle. I think the weird top notes are utterly gorgeous! I wouldn’t want it to smell like that through its entire wear time, but I think, for a tuberose opening, that it’s genius.

  49. I guess it says something about me that I no longer associate Serge Lutens with ‘weird’. Waaaay down the rabbit hole, we are. Anyhow, I’m DYING to try this one–it sounds as if it can stand proudly with TC and Borneo, Miel de Bois and Jeux de Peau (my current summer Favs. Although, I think my all time fav of the outré SLs is probably El Attarine. Funk? Check. Spice? Check. Golden honeyed incense? Check. Floral? Check. Who needs anything else?

  50. My fave weird SL is Miel de Bois, but I’m another in the camp that it isn’t actually weird on. Or is it, but I just don’t know it?

    My fave unweird SL that I think is really kind of weird on me is Rose de Nuit. Weird, but drop-dead gorgeous. I would love to try the Vitriol.

  51. My fave weird Lutens is la myrrhe. I am so excited about my upcoming pilgrimage to the Palais Royal! One of my favorite spots in Paris.

  52. I have a sample of the Vitriol- so no need to enter me in the draw. It smelt much more transparent than I’d imagined- I need to sample it again. (Although I was hoping for something like Caron Poivre which it definitely is not)

    I tried MKK recently and didn’t find it very skanky/weird at all (though now a days I have a high tolerance for both. also my skin amplifies the sweet notes). My fave weird SL would have to be Tubereuse Criminelle ( it is my favorite SLs and one of my favorite perfumes)

  53. I’m not sure which Serges are the weird ones… Miel du Bois, I guess; I can’t handle that one. MKK, Ambre Sultan, and Fumerie Turque are among my regulars, but I don’t find any of them weird. Maybe Iris Silver Mist, which I like a lot, would qualify as a weird Serge?

  54. I have a sample of the Vitriol, so no need to enter me in the draw. . .It is interestingly odd. The clove/carnation is warm thick and dense, but there is a cool, sheer powdery quality to it as well. It shows different facets as it progresses on me. Each time I’ve tried it, I’ve had my nose glued to my wrist for hours. I do not detect strong leather in this, but will have to think about it on its next outing. I’m not the best at picking out indivual notes, and leather is a tough one for me, pun intended.

    As for weird SLs? I *like* them at their weirdest. My first SL purchase was a bell jar of MKK. When I’m back in Paris, I want to pick up Miel de Bois. I love the opening of Tuberose Criminelle, and reapply it (dabbed! not sprayed) to get that camphoraceous/medicinal/metallic blast before the lush floral settles around me. The fun is the journey! Be well.

  55. I don’t think I’ve really even smelled a carnation scent ever, other than Old Spice, which I hear is slightly carnation-y. I’ve never smelled a carnation, as all the ones at the florist are of the non-smelly variety and we had pinks and dianthus in our garden years ago, but I don’t recall their scent. I’d love to try this though so please enter me in the draw. I haven’t really smelled any “weird” Serges either. The only SL I love is Chene, and only sniffed a few other “tame” ones (Un Bois Vanille, Daim Blond)

  56. I might actually buy a Lutens at long last, and it’s a weird one for him, imo: Bas de Soie. It’s a weird one for me too, as it’s an entry under the category Expensive Hand Lotion, which normally is acceptable only as, yes, hand lotion.

  57. Oh boy!! I’ve got some coming from a split….can’t wait to try it!

  58. Hmm, weird Serges. I’m not sure if Arabie counts as weird or just over the top. Either way, I love it, and Douce Amere is my desert island perfume. Not sure if that one counts as weird either. Please enter me in the draw!

  59. Haven’t tried too many Serges yet. Borneo was musty cocoa, but Fleurs d’Oranger was a lovely, cuminy, orange blossom syrup. MKK disappointed on me – I wanted the goats-and-sex stank I kept hearing about, but instead got a vaguely cuminy and insipid peachy floral. It wasn’t until I put in on my boyfriend that I got a whiff of that borderline obscenity. I love it on him, but disappointed that it’s so tame on me.

    I’d love to give this one a try, as I’m a big carnation fan.

  60. yay! I was hoping you the posse would review this. This was given to me as a birthday gift because it was instant love. It was my second Serge; after years of searching for a Serge that smelled good or interesting on me, Boxeuse came along and then 6 months later Vitriol.

    [My original carnation perfume experience was the tiny bottle in the prada series, I loved it but never bought it. Anyone else familiar with this one? I still pine for a dram or two of it :)]

    I like MKK, but not on me (I have mentioned it smells like Body Shop musc on me). I kept thinking Fleur D’Oranger would be my ‘one’ but it changes and some times gives me a headache. JdPeau made me ill when I smelled it and I didn’t even want to spray it–the sweetness/milkyness was too difficult.

    Each experience with a Serge means something interesting, even if it unsettles me and for that I am very happy.

  61. ooooooohhh….I LOVE a spicy carnation! I hope this turns out to be as wonderful as the long-discontinued Coty Oeillet (as if anything could be). Please enter me in the draw.

    I think almost the entire Lutens oeuvre is slightly off-kilter — that’s what makes Serge, Serge. but if I had to choose, the prize for favourite oddball would go to La Myrrhe, even if it is barely wearable in all its cold marble floor beauty.

  62. I’ve never had a chance to so much as see a SL (except photos online), much less smell or spray one on with wild abandon :( I’ve always had an odd relationship with the flower; it smells dusty (not aldehylic), papery and peppery to me, not at all floral, and the *very* few carnation scents I’ve sniffed either relay that dust-bunny-coated peppered paper scent or no noticible carnation at all, just a peppery spice scent that I assume is supposed to be the carnation. Also, carnations always make me think of the first Friday in May and elementary/junior high school; I was in Catholic school from 1st through 8th grades, and there was an observation to honor the Virgin Mary the first Friday in May, and we the students had to bring flowers as an offering for part of the ceremony — I usually brought carnations and baby’s breath or roses and baby’s breath. SO carnations make me think of picking some up that Friday morning from the overly cold floral department at the neighborhood Winn-Dixie while wearing my uniform and breaking out in goosebumps.

  63. I love carnations. I have placed “pinks” in my garden because I loved their spiciness and yet I have never thought of carnations in a fragrance. I would love to try Serge’s Vitriol d’oeillet.

  64. My favorite weird yet wonderful Serge is La Myrrhe. I love my little decant and feel like I have to save it for the Christmas manger.

    I don’t have much familiarity with carnation notes…or maybe I do but just have not recognized it. The spice is nice!

  65. I’m new to perfume, so I don’t have much experience with Serges. The only time I got an opportunity to smell much of the line, a kindly saleslady offered to “spritz” me with A La Nuit, which I like in small doses, and then proceeded to cover me in about 12 sprays, on a hot and humid summer day. I made babies cry from half a block away, as what must have seemed like a wall of jasmine hit their noses. That end to the experience pretty much wiped away my memories of all the others I smelled.

    I’d love to smell Vd’O. I’ve only tried modern Bellodgia for a carnation perfume, and it seemed very pale. That with spurs would be interesting.

  66. I don’t know if it qualifies as weird, but I like the unloved Serge Noire. I have a small decant of MKK from several years ago, and I like to sniff it every so often, but I am still afraid of it!

  67. Can’t wait to try this (hopefully as a sample from you!). It’s been haunting me for months now.

    If we are not counting MKK (which has crept up to no. 1 on my SL list of favorites), then I would say the perennial Tubereuse Criminelle and Iris Silver Mist.

  68. Does Jeux de Peau count as a weird SL? That’s my fav. I also adore Chergui, but don’t think that would qualify.

    Please enter me in the draw!

  69. Gris Clair is my favorite “weird” on paper, but sadly my skin hates it, which I understand from basenotes is a problem shared by many. My skin loves Borneo, so for me it’s not weird – it’s part of my regulars for fall. So maybe Filles en Aiguilles? That one’s weird and all good.

    I am looking forward to the three SL this fall – Tuberose Criminelle is new to me, and Vitriol sounds fun. But De Profundis! OMG OMG OMG. It’s very rare to experience something chemically novel.

  70. I love spicy carnation, and I love leather, so I’m really eager to try VdO. My favorite carnation is Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Oeillet Rouge, and I also like CdG’s Carnation. Strangely, Bellodgia was rather “meh” to me, but Carons just don’t seem to love me, so I wasn’t terribly surprised. I’m a big fan of Cuir Mauresque- own the export bottle – so I’m interested to see if the leather facet of VdO captures CM’s buttery leather essence.

    Weird SL loves…hard to know what qualifies, but I own many SL’s and have tried most others. Looking at some of the nominees among these responses, I’ll confess that MKK, MdB and Serge Noire were absolute horrors on me…bad-weird. TC and ISM were meh-weirds…I’m mostly not a tuberose fan – although I do like the camphor note in TC – and ISM is just a bit too rooty for my tastes..it’s an interesting take on iris, but I don’t want to smell like I’ve been taking a dirt nap! For years, Borneo was my favorite of my Lutens, and that one seems to be making a lot of lists here. I love the interplay of cocoa, patch and camphor. That one seems to be a love it or hate fragrance for most. I still love it, but it was replaced by La Myrrhe as my all-time favorite SL. I don’t consider La Myrrhe “weird,” although it doesn’t get as much attention as I feel it should, and it definitely tends to provoke strong responses. Strangely, I generally hate aldehydes (Chanel is pretty much a no-go for me), but I make an exception for this fragrance. It’s ponderous and darkly lovely, a rich oriental carpet showered in frankincense. I’m hoping that VdO is similarly surprising and captivating for me!

  71. Wow, please enter me in this draw to win. This sounds really yummy to me. How does it compare to Golconda by Jars?
    Thank you .

  72. I don’t think I like any of the weird Serges, but I sure would like to try this! :)

  73. OOOOOH!….My favorite things are: weird/uncomprimising…and,of course,who does it better than Serge…add me to the draw,and I’ll cross my fingers….and,I wish I was rich,I’d buy Nava a whole dern bottle…smooches to her:x

  74. Love, love, LOVE carnation…actually just love anything florally-spicy (wtf, is that a real description?!), lol. I think all Serges are weird but I love and/or appreciate them. I’ve always loved Bois de Violettes although I get pickles for the first 5-10 minutes.

    PLease enter me in the draw…thanks!!

  75. My goodness, Golconda goes to the Tubereuse Criminelle sex change institute. I would be pleased to find entry in the giveaway.

  76. To me Vitriol d’Oeillet isn’t as commercial and mainstream as Fleurs d’Oranger and Nuit de Cellophane but I find it easier to wear than Tubereuse Criminelle, my favorite “challenging” Lutens, in that it is less dark, softer on the skin.

  77. “Carnation dressed in worn leather over a white lace thong and teddy, perched on stiletto leather booties and rides a Harley custom painted in bright pink.”
    C’est moi!
    Thank goodness dear Uncle Serge sent me a sample of this gem. Must try it, as I’m a big fan of spicy carnation ‘fumes.

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