Have you ever tried a perfume that seemed horrible in the beginning, yet after a couple of minutes, miraculously shifted to a totally pleasant facet? I’m sure you do, and you’ll be pleased to find out that for me, this was my first experience of this kind. And the name of this perfume responsible for these mixed emotions is Serge Noir.
Introduced in 2008 as a unisex oriental woody and belonging to Serge Lutens’ export line, Serge Noire represents the dark side of Mr. Lutens. Having an utterly atypical behavior, the first ten minutes after applying only 2 whiffs on my wrist seemed absolutely unbearable, to the point that I wanted to rush to the bathroom and scrub the scent off, however I’m glad I did not do that, because the future planned me a nice surprise.
The mid development and especially the dry down were nothing more but sheer olfactory pleasure, but what makes it less attractive is the unpleasant opening. The listed notes for Serge Noire are patchouli, cinnamon, amber and black woods and reportedly the idea behind the scent is represented by phoenix, the mythical sacred fire bird, encountered in many cultures (Arabian, Persian, Greek, Roman) throughout the ancient mythology.
The flacon that contains Serge Noire is represented by the signature bottle of the export line collection, this time having an unusual image due to the fact that the liquid is almost colorless. Overall, after spending some time in the company of this fragrance, I guess I realized the fascination exerted by Serge Lutens brand over the educated consumers. And totally off topic, my new Serge Lutens top three goes like this: Chergui, Amber Sultan and Five O’Clock Au Gingembre for number one, two and free respectively.
Serge Lutens Serge Noire Perfume Details
- Serge Noire by Serge Lutens is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2008
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual