Monday, June 6, 2011

Fourreau Noir by Serge Lutens

Another day, another Serge.

Fourreau Noir starts out masculine with notes of ashy lavender and dusty vanilla set against a backdrop of smoke that varying between the burning of fresh wood, charcuterie and incense. Vanilla and lavender are homely notes that I didn't have very high hopes about but putting them in a setting like this makes them interesting and very disturbing. I'm thinking about a post apocalypse movie photage. First you see a deserted city, houses in ruins, fires, rubble everywhere. You zoom in on the rubble and you see it consists of burned childrens toys and smashed up household items. If anyone remembers the intro of Terminator 2 you know what I mean. Then camrera zooms out and in the midsts of all destruction there is a single lunatic in a tattered robe, conducting a caricature of a Chatolic mass by himself. That's the start of Forreau Noir.

After an hour everything changes. The movie is over and it's time to go home and grab a snack. It also seems to be time for a gender change. The smoke has faded and what is now left (on me) is one of the nicest gourmand scents I've encountered. Imagine going to France and having the most exquisite lavender and tonka caramels ever. Or crumbly lavender butter cookies that melt in your mouth. That's what I've been smelling like in the past few days. And there is something more in there, something magically delicious I can't get a grip on that makes this scent come together perfectly on my skin. Something that feels a little bit salty and dirty. Something exciting.

I'm rating Fourreau Noir 5 out of 5. I've been bad mouthing vanillish scents on this blog before and like almost every time I bad mouth anything I'm living to regret it. So, vanilla or tonka bean or whatever guise you come in, I'm sorry for all I've said, you're really ok. As long as you're sticking with your new pals, lavender and smoke, I think I love you.


  1. Uh... is that bottle for real? There's really a cat on it? I am panicking with delight right now, because not only do I passionately love the bottle, but the perfume sounds damned good too. Have you tried Vero Profumo Kiki? That's another odd lavender scent. It's truly beautiful.

  2. This sounds SO interesting! You've convinced me to put it on the 'to try' list.

  3. Fourreau Noir is really good. I like it a lot, especially the more masculine opening.

    And Carrie, I believe that there is actually a cat on that bottle in real life. :)

  4. @Carrie I believe the bottle is one of their limited edition bell jars so it might be hard to come by, but it's so gorgeous! I haven't tried Vero Profumo Kiki, but I feel I have to try some more lavender scents now that I've suprised myself by finding one that I like :)

    @axum and @Ines I think this is such a cool scent. Often with Serge Lutens I like either the opening or the drydown but not both. This one was great all the way throouh.