Serge Lutens Veilleur de Nuit

Serge Lutens Veilleur de Nuit is the newest in the very upper end priced Section d’Or collection.  Notes include cacao, vetiver, civet, tuberose, dark chocolate, castoreum and musk.  You know, I sometimes can ignore these things or at least not care overly much whether I smell them or not until they publish a list of notes like that.Serge Lutens Veilleur de NuitThen all bests are off, I’ve  got my credit card out and kicked up full throttle internet searching.  It’s the perfume equivalent of a perfumista in heat.  Really, civet, castoreum and cacao?  Now we are digging where there are perfumed taters.

BTW, I’m skipping the Perfume Fairy this month.  I think we will probably go to every other month, so look for the next one in September, right around Labor Day.

Back to Serge Lutens Veilleur de Nuit.  The open is chocolate – thick cocoa, like the kind you get in Paris.  The drydown starts to surface some of the other notes, the cacao steps back a bit, and I get a slightly chocolate-dusted tuberose musk.  This is what I think of as the second phase.

I had to reapply instead of going by memory, so I’m waiting for the next phase, but my skin is full of those Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano things. It’s distracting.  They are interesting, but I’m covered in them and have completely forgotten which is which. This will need a lot more time to nose-thumb through them.

Back to the last phase, which is my favorite, though the open is lovely because the smell of cacao is something I love.  This never turns over into the cacao civety castoreum smut-fest I was hoping for, but it’s beautiful and something I love to wear.  Rich, a little decadent, smooth, a little inky.   I can’t of anything else quite like it.  Not even commenting on the price tag. It’s a lot, it’s a parfum and well.  I got nothing else. I still really love it and find myself putting it on regularly even in this soul-sucking heat.

We will do a giveaway for samples of this to three lucky commenters drawn at random.  I can also put in that new Serge export scent whose name is completely escaping me!  I thought about adding it to this post, but I’m still thinking about it.

I’m behind on a giveaway or two.  The winners of the Amouage Lilac Love and Armani Prive Fils  de Rouge thing samples – poodle, tiara and neva.  Winners of the Hiram Green Dilettante and L’Atessa samples – Sonia, Tora and Akatchoom. Wished granted for the July Fairy Godmother – Mariana for a couple of Ex Nihilos, let me know which ones you want most and Becky for some Angel flankers (not sure what I have, but I’ll hunt around!) Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there.


  • Now I want chocolate…

  • Diana says:

    Sounds very interesting and the second phase seems lovely. I really love alot of SL’s stuff. Please enter me in the drawing too!

  • Kandice says:

    Like you, I wasn’t interested in this until I read the notes list. Sorry to hear it’s not all it’s promised to be, but I’d still be interested in smelling it. Thanks for the draw!

  • filomena813 says:

    I love all the older Serge Lutens classics, but this one sounds divine. Thank you for the chance to try it.

  • hwan choi says:

    i think this one have a mood similar with byredo’s midnight candy. somthing fabulous, exotic. so i want to try this <3
    sry for my bad english, and thank you.

  • greennote2 says:

    This one sounds amazing. I would’ve liked the skank too, but I’m happy to settle for rich and decadent from Uncle Serge (as long as there’s no roses or jam). And osmanthus in Bapteme du Feu sounds very promising. Eagerly awaiting your review!

  • Sarah Y says:

    Oh it sounds heavenly! Right up my alley.

  • Now I want chocolate…

    Enter me, please! <3

  • Bastet says:

    I would love to try this, please enter me in the draw! Thanks for the review and the possibility of a chance to smell something new and fabulous . . .

  • Nadine Barrick says:

    I’ve just started following but dirty, dirty tuberose is my muse and mistress. The idea of a Serge Lutens scent wrought from tuberose, civet, and cacao makes my knees go all wobbly….

    Thanks for the contest, count me in!

  • TaffyJ says:

    This one sounds so good, as I would really love some chocolate right now! Is the new Serge export the “Baptism by Fire” one? the one with the gunpowder accord?

  • Sherry B. says:

    I’d like to try this one; sounds interesting!

  • Sapphire. says:

    This sounds soooo interesting. I would love to be able to try it. Thanks for the drawing!

  • ElizabethC says:

    Sounds amazing!!! Would love to be able to give it a try. As for a full bottle, maybe I’ll win the lottery soon 🙂

  • taramm says:

    Hi Patty, I would love to try this. I am using all my superhuman will power not to google this and buy it unsniffed! It sounds luscious. Thank you for the draw.

  • katrin says:

    I’d love to try this wonderful perfume. The notes are so intriguing….

  • Koyel says:

    Hmmm…I wonder if I’d want to smell like a thick cup of hot cocoa. I’d love to try this; thanks!

  • Luanne Teall says:

    Omg, it sounds like I’m going to need a 12 step program to recover from this! Please enter me in the contest!

  • AnnieA says:

    There should be a contest for Craziest Perfume Price. I lost track when Amouages stopped making me gasp in shock.

  • Deb says:

    Is this the name you were looking for….Baptême du Feu?

  • Deb says:

    This sounds exquisite!! I’m a fan of SL’s fragrances anyway, and this sounds right up there!

  • Irina says:

    I would love to be able to try it, at least- it’s completely out of my buying range. Still it drives me crazy not to know what Mr. Lutens ” did this summer” -thanks for the draw

  • vonnie says:

    I tried as hard as I could to pay no attention to this when it came out. But my lizard brain kept saying “we need this we need this”. I would love to smell it. It is so far out of my price range. Maybe I am better off not smelling it. Yeah, no.

    • Patty says:

      I think it’s worth smelling if you love chocolate scents. I may have to do a chocolate note post at some point, there are finally enough good ones out there that I wouldn’t be just saying ick, ew, no, never, OMGhellno! through the whole post. 🙂

  • flowergirlbee! says:

    this sounds really good and i am looking forward to you talking about the other new serge.thanks for the giveaway.i have my fingers crossed : )

  • Nemo says:

    An inky chocolate from SL? That sounds wonderful 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  • puhfume says:

    I love most of Lutens’ perfumes and am always looking forward to his new releases. This one sounds lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Veronika says:

    I do rarely take part in give aways, but the combo of chocolate and cocoa, oh, that’s a prospect of a new add to top 10 on my shelf. Really curious how Lutens worked with these notes. Thanks a lot.

  • finanna says:

    Oh no… I am really behind with my sampling:( the most recent Lutenses I sampled/bought were l’Incendiaire/l’Orpheline). I guessI am no longer a perfumista:)

    This year’s releases sound intriguing, though. I wish I had a Paris trip coming up.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    I always have trouble with chocolate in perfume but with castoreum I will give this one a shot.

  • elisa p says:

    I do like chocolate! Sounds interesting. Haven’t sniffed much from this exclusive line-up.

  • BostonScentGuy says:

    I’ve loved the other dry and not toothachingly sweet treatments of cocoa that Lutens has done with Santal Majuscule and Borneo…and the ginger/gunpowder/osmanthus of Bapteme de Feu is calling my name as well, so count me in for the draw. Thanks so much!

  • HeidiC says:

    You’re just putting off the Perfume Fairy because you know everyone’s going to be begging for it! And speaking of begging for it, I’m kind of disappointed this SL doesn’t get skankier, with an ingredient list like that? But it still sounds fantastic.

  • hajusuuri says:

    Maybe I’ll love this one – chocolate? Sign me up, STAT!

  • Claudia S says:

    This sounds divine! Would love to try-gracias!

  • Akatchoom says:

    My name has recently been drawn for two perfume samples- so if you randomly select me, perhaps skip my name and move on to someone else. I am VERY intrigued by the description, and research led me to stumble upon Osmotheque…so that’s on my bucket list now 🙂 Thanks for the descriptions, as always.

  • Becky says:

    Woo hoo! I’ll drop a line.

    I love so much Serge. I am scared to try the REALLY pricy stuff because I can’t really justify it. But I can dream…

    • Patty says:

      I know. I almost said something like next week I’ll be reviewing the reasonably priced Bottega Parco things, but then remembered they are $300 a bottle. I mean, honestly, I need to start driving for UBer in my spare time to keep up my perfume habit.

  • Sonia says:

    These 3cs together sound amazing!! I want to try it!! Will use every last drop sparingly! Maybe I’ll win lotto this week !!
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!!

  • David says:

    Better than kidneys, I have children to sell!

    Coulda gone for the smut-fest you were hoping for : (

    but if Uncle Serge makes it, it’s worth sniffing.

    Thank you for the give away.

  • Sun Fontaine says:

    Hmm. This sounds really interesting. I’ve struggled a bit with chocolate as a note, but those chocolates felt rather sweet, whereas this dark cacao your speak of is highly intriguing. I would like to try it!

  • Lemoncake says:

    This sounds fabulous….I was a little unsure when I saw vetiver as a note but your description sounds divine. Would love to try this….thanks for the draw!

  • tandaina says:

    Arg, I am sure I can’t afford it but that sounds absolutely divine. Fine, enter me, if I win and adore it I’ll sell a kidney. Kidding, sorta.