Serge Lutens La Religieuse released like days after I was in Paris. I mean, my timing seems to suck for being there WHEN a perfume gets released. But let’s walk past my little fit I’m throwing and pretend I wasn’t so extra.
It gives me an excuse to post pictures of Jennifer Jones in Song of Bernadette, and that makes me so happy.
The press info for La Religieuse goes something like “its composition was constructed as a fight of good and evil, a contrast of black and white.” It is centered very much on jasmine, with additional notes listed of civet, musk and incense. We talked about this briefly last week. Those four notes just make my heart start pounding. Good v. evil, jasmine, civet, musk incense. What could go wrong?
The Spring is not for me. – Bernadette
Not much civet, a little incense and musk, the jasmine isn’t nearly as feral as I like.
Those are the things from the marketing copy that it’s not. It is shy, blooms that have only begun to open, it is not lush or full or ripe. It is still new with wide eyes and runs for the corner quickly if you try to tease it out. It is a little soapy with a coy and innocent smile. More saint than sinner. Or is it? It makes me ask what is it hiding?
I dunno, I’m thinking of pairing it with Muscs Koublai Khan. Le viol de la religieuse. Oh, listen, my French lessons are just starting, so I butchered that.
La Religieuse isn’t my main perfume love. Sarrasins and Tubereuse Criminelle cry for me at night when I don’t wear them. But… but La Religieuse echoes some part of de Profundis to me, a plaintiveness that is yearning. Maybe just for some really skanky jasmine, But I think that is something we should all yearn for.
Overall, I like it, and it fits well for those who don’t love or are put off by Sarrasins and Tubereuse Criminelle and MKK or A La Nuit or some of the other BIG scents. A line can’t be all loud and sweaty trollops. Serge Lutens La Religieuse will let someone tip-toe in the Serge door and start peering at those trollops without forcing them to up their flirt game too much.
Let’s do a giveaway. 6 commenters will win a sample of Serge Lutens La Religieuse. Just drop a comment telling me if you are anxious to sniff this or not or any other thing at all, and you’ll be entered!
Having enjoyed many offerings from uncle Serge, I would happily try this though I wouldn’t go too far out of my way to do so. Plus, I still need a jasmine perfume in my collection…
I hope it’s still possible to enter the givaaway! I would love to try this judging from the descriptions I’ve read and I actually don’t own a jasmine perfume, maybe this will be the one?
After reading your description, I *am* really interested to try this. I like softer, subtler scents – I’m still young in my perfumista days and can’t handle a lot. 🙂 I’ve actually been rather struggling to find many Lutens that I like – so far just Chergui and La Fille de Berlin (but only the drydown). I’m hoping to find more! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
I’m very anxious to sniff La Religeuse. I’m on a long-time quest for the jasmine scent of my perfume dreams.
The first pink jasmine flowers are beginning to bloom in the southwest US. They are intoxicating. I know there is a jasmine fragrance out there that comes close to that scent. Until I find it, I just keep sniffing.
I wanted to try this when I first saw the name. I don’t know why.
Nightblooming jasmine is my most favorite scent ever and it has started blooming in full force in CA. Would love to try a Serge Lutin jasmine creation!
I would love to try this–I really enjoy jasmine wafting from the yard, but no so much in fragrances. So an innocent jasmine might be my stye.
Loved this ” A line can’t be all loud and sweaty trollops.” Too funny! Would love to try this so thanks for the opportunity!
Please enter me in the draw – I’m in the midst of a bleak midwinter and could use a little perfume adventure to hold me over to spring.
Is Lutens carrying a death wish these last years or what? Or is it senile depression? Who cares. Of course I am dying to try this! Shy jasmine. Who’d have thunk. Thanks for the draw!
I haven’t found my favourite jasmine yet so maybe this is it…
I would love to try it, I am a fan of both Sarrasins and À la Nuit.
Big jasmine fan and I think any Serge deserves a sniff but these days I’m not working at trying lots of new stuff.
I’m definitely interested in trying La Religieuse, though from your description I’m not sure it’s going to be “dirty” enough for me.
What a coincidence! I’m wearing my sample of MKK today and must say that I enjoy it better when it’s dabbed on, spraying it is just too much. So maybe I am the right person for this one. Thank you for the draw!
Please enter me in the draw. Love Lutens but find jasmin a little scary, especially A La Nuit. This might be just right.
Being a huge Serge Lutens fan, I would love to give this a try. Love jasmine, just hope that it is not too meek!
ooooh yes please! I’m working my way through trying all of the Serges, so this is a must. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
This sounds absolutely lovely to me. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Oh wow – always curious with new SLs thanks for the giveaway (although I love Tubereuse Criminelle, MKK and Santal Majuscule).
I love jasmine in nature and in perfume and I’m definitely not the loud tuberose type, so please count me in for the draw. I’m curious and intrigued every time SL launches a new fragrance. He’s still among the very best in my opinion. Thank you!
I want to try this. First, because I’m interested in anything Uncle Serge does, and secondly, because I tend to prefer my jasmines on the light and pretty side, which is funny, because I’m all about a dark rose or a feral tuberose. I guess I like my jasmines to be a counterpoint to all that.
I haven’t always wanted to fall in love with Serge Lutens’ creations because of the spendy and sometimes unattainable (for me, anyway) aspect. But I am having a hard time reining in my curiosity, so…. deal me in, please. BTW, love your writing here, Patty: “cry for me at night”, “loud and sweaty trollops” –omagosh!
I am anxious to try this- love jasmine and still haven’t found the perfect one. Plus, any new release from Serge is worth a try.
I would love to try it as I am just venturing into a jasmine adventure! I was hoping for a bit more incense, but we’ll see! Thanks for the review!
I’d love to try it. I love jasmine!
Hi Patty. I tried La Religieuse the other day and can offer a first impression. I tested it on paper only , probably because I did not feel the urge to try it on my skin….. I initially smelled musk and not much else. No incense and certainly no civet. And then the jasmine kicked in and became dominant. To me this smells ” pretty” without ambiguity or mystery. It has the same vibe as ELO ” Don’t get me wrong baby “…and that’s not exactly a compliment.Bottom line : nothing Lutensian at least on paper…
I never pass up the chance to try anything Lutens ( though Jasmine admittedly is not my friend).
I generally love jasmine which does not smell like jasmine tea, and I do not need it to have any skank added to like it. So I’d love to try this, having had no luck with some SL wooden scents lately. Perhaps his quieter scents are for me (I do love his take on orange blossom too, not a shy scent).Thanks for the draw!
I will try anything Lutens, but his ratio of successes to failures has been kind of low in recent years, so I’m not holding up a lot of hope for this. (I didn’t even care for Vitriol d’Oeillet, and I really love carnations.) Still, I’ll definitely give it a shot.
19. I like jasmine fragrances and I like many SL perfumes, so of course I want to try it. Thank you for the giveaway.
I’d really love to try this, thanks for the draw! X I love Sarassins, and jasmines of all skank-factors. De profundis is a beauty too. I never really got into Serge’s stewed fruit and woody combos, but give me something lush and cool and fairly skanky (tubereuse criminelle) and I’m a happy bunny !
You totally cracked me up with Le viol de la religieuse.
I have a friend who is a nun (“une réligieuse”), but she doesn’t smell of jasmine. I’d love to find out what a nun might smell like if she wore perfume.
Heck ya I’d love to try this! I tried Sarassins just once and was entranced but also could not see myself wearing it out and about in this fragrancephobic city I live in. Maybe a quieter jasmine would be just the ticket.
I’m looking forward to smelling this one. Almost anything by Lutens is worth smelling in my book.
I would love ro try La Religieuse. Because I wanna smell like a nun. Kinky. Wait, was that out loud? I meant I really like SL perfumes, or I have until lately. Is Mr. Lutens planning a second career as a writer of pretentious crap fiction?
Please enter me! I find jasmines tricky, so this might be right up my alley.
I can hardly imagine this one, but would love to try it. Maybe the day after a good dose of Sarrasins ;-).
Yes, please enter me in the draw. I’d love to try a light jasmine. And from Serge, no less. I’m also looking forward to the new Chanel Misia and JHAG Gentlewoman. Thanks!
Oh, been anxious to try. I bought my first Serge Lutens last year and I’m hooked. jeau de peaux (forgive my spelling). I doubt I can go back to ‘mainstream’ fragrance ever again. Niche is so much more interesting.
i would really like to try this…i don’t own any jasmine fragrances and i really like de profundis.thanks for the giveaway : )
The jasmines in my collection are pretty slutty and do have the tendancy to go easy on the Sarrasins because I only have a couple decants but I don’t take it easy with the A La Nuit because of the full bottle. But I am going to have to drag out De Profundis because I haven’t worn that in forever. I would like to try this one without layering before I think of layering it.
I would love to try this! Do you think it would work as a unisex fragrance?
I want to try this, and have wanted to since I heard about it in a new release. But I appreciate your comments, and I like Sarrasins a lot already, plus a key more low end jasmines. Thanks for the draw!
I am very interested in trying this. Your comparison in tone to De Prof intrigued me, as does it’s late winter release date–new, tender, plaintive blooms! Thanks for the chance!
I am anxious to try this one…though your notion of layering with MKK has me feeling a little dubious. Perhaps I should give Sarrasins another shot!
oh! I ‘ve been in a bit of a perfume drought here, so almost never comment but I’d so love to try this with my Muscs Kublai Khan, please!!!! Sounds perfect together!
Wow. I’d love to try this even if religious isn’t usually my scent of choice. (I’m more towards dark, even goth, or skank) But. . .this sounds eerily intriging.