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?