The Paris-based niche perfumery house called Serge Lutens has a large number of totally devoted fans that generate a hype so important, which ends up in something quite impossible to overlook. As a result, for years I wished I could test these highly-praised fragrances and when my dreams finally come true more than 5 months ago, I managed to sniff 2011’s Vitriol d’Oeillet. Needles to say that this one, alongside 2001’s Chergui, became the first two favorites from SL (except not in this order, though!). And because with Serge Lutens perfumes it’s always the aspect of availability, two weeks ago when I wasn’t able to encounter no Daim Blond, nor Chene (already placed on my “selected for test” list for a while), my wife suggested Arabie, as a replacement.
I knew little about this scent, prior to the test, and with open mind I guess it’s safe to declare that this occasion revealed the number 3 favorite on my list. Arrived on the market in 2000, Arabie is an oriental woody unisex fragrance, developed by Christopher Sheldrake from Chanel, an exceptional perfumer and a long-time partner of the house.
From the beginning I should tell you that, in case you love the decadent fragrances that combine exotic spices and rich dried fruits, Arabie represents a perfect choice. This perfume is the type of scent that insinuates in your olfactory memory with a dark and magnetic facet, compelling you to sniff it, value it and finally ask for more. It tells a captivating Arabian tale that reminds of the tranquility in the desert and transports you right away to this particular place. The official listed notes include: cedar, sandalwood, candied mandarin peel, dried figs, dates, cumin, nutmeg, clove, balsamic resins, Tonka bean, Siameze benzoin and myrrh.
If we consider the notes of sandalwood and cedar as the ones responsible for taming Arabie, we will notice that the wild and rich character of the fragrance emerges as something that can not be tamed. The flacon that holds the essence is obviously Serge Lutens’ signature bottle (from the export line), with a golden-yellow hue liquid that brings to mind the desert, the recurrent theme in Arabie. Overall, I urge you to sample this fragrance and make an opinion for yourself (and feel free to comment in case you have nothing against that).
Serge Lutens Arabie Perfume Details
- Arabie by Serge Lutens is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2000
- Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual