One month ago I began exploring the beguiling olfactory world of Serge Lutens perfumes, thanks to Douglas, which thankfully added it recently to their brands portfolio. After beginning my journey with Vitriol d’Oeillet and continuing with Gris Clair, now the time has come for Chergui, another scent from the export line, introduced initially as a limited edition.
Arrived on the market in 2001, Chergui is an oriental spicy unisex fragrance, developed by the house’s long time collaborator, perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. With a name that was reportedly inspired by the dry wind that blows in the dessert of Morocco during the summer, Chergui is a very complex creation that uses only fine ingredients to shape up a spicy and captivating fragrance. The mix of sandalwood with a good hint of burning incense and honeyed leather with tobacco leaf create a memorable olfactory impression.
From the first moments that followed the spray of Chergui on my wrist, I realized that I was about to indulge in a perfume that deserves all the praises for being such sexy and spectacular and very different from everything you are familiar with. Not exactly a mainstream fragrance, however nor a niche perfume either, this scent is capable of inducing very pleasant feelings that may be associated with the style of an exquisite person.
The listed notes for Chergui are tobacco leaf, honey, musk, incense, iris, amber, hay sugar, rose and sandalwood. The perfume comes in Serge Lutens’s signature bottle for the export line, exhibiting a coffee-like shade of the liquid. Overall, from all the sampled fragrances from Serge Lutens, Chergui remains the most interesting, in my opinion, followed by Five Five O’Clock Au Gingembre, which will constitute the topic of a future post.
Serge Lutens Chergui Perfume Details
- Chergui 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 Spicy
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2001
- Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual