Serge Lutens L’Incendiaire is difficult for me to review. Not because it isn’t great – it is! – and not exactly because of the price tag – pure parfum price tag is in line with Guerlain and Chanel pure parfum per ml prices. Because I feel like such a fan girl, and I’m going to have some trouble nailing down why.
Let’s just dig in and try and figure out why later or maybe never. Smoked incense in a pure parfum version. I get some oud’ish qualities, but that’s not listed as a note, but they never are very complete with notes. Maybe myrrh’ish. It’s medicinal like either. That’s as far as my technical analysis runs, because then I just stick my nose in and let it sit there having some slices of heaven. I’ve smelled a lot of smoked incense fragrances – some good, some great, some meh. Defining exactly what makes any better than the rest is subjective to me. I know how happy it makes me smelling it, and then I put it in one of those three pots. Serge Lutens L’Incendiaire makes me really happy.
At the exact moment when I think I can’t get happier? Maybe it’s my imagination or something else leaking through – but I can’t imagine what, my skin doesn’t smell that way – but somewhere about an hour in after spraying, there is this little skank note. It’s that same surprise that I get in Iris Mist, that little spice note that shows up about 30-50 minutes in. Different note, same delightful surprise.
But the beauty of this is, you don’t have to get that surprise note – if it’s a fluke – to love L’Incendiaire. Straight up smoked incense is gorgeous
You won’t love the price tag, $600 for 50 mls, But it is pure parfum and priced about the same as Guerlain and Chanel pure parfums (little less, I think). So while I can’t love the price tag, I can’t say it’s out of line for that concentration. That makes it hurt not one bit less.
Okay, we will have a drawing for a teeny sample, and I’ll do two of them. Just drop a comment about anything to be entered – Favorite Serge, bottle of perfume you paid the most for and never regretted a dime of it, etc.
Winners from last weeks’ drawing for the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea salt samples – solanace, tomate farcie and DaveSt.Paul. Just click on the Drop Us a Note link at the top of the blog, remind me what you won and send me your address. I’ll send you back a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it isn’t floating in the junk e-mail sewers, and then I’ll get it sent out to you.