Saturday Question: Which Serge Lutens Perfume Is The Most Famous?

Today I want to do something slightly differently. My main question is not about your personal preferences but rather about your opinion.

 

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

 

Saturday Question #31:

Which Serge Lutens Perfume Is The Most Famous?

As someone who reads perfume-related blogs, forums and other media, in your opinion, which Serge Lutens perfume is the most recognizable by name, most often spoken of and/or loved the most by others in the Perfumeland?

Of course, you can answer any way that feels right, but just a suggestion: think about your answer first. Then look through the comments posted by the time you’re ready (if any). If someone else has already posted perfume you thought of, post your answer under their comment. If your answer is different than all other choices, comment under the post and see if others agree with you.

Bonus Questions: Do you like that perfume? If yes, do you own or plan to buy it? If no, why?

My Answer

As I said, I’m trying to do it differently this time, so I will not post my answer here – not to influence your thinking. Instead, I’ll add my answer in comments.

 

Which Serge Lutens Perfume Is The Most Famous?

49 thoughts on “Saturday Question: Which Serge Lutens Perfume Is The Most Famous?

  1. ISM! No doubt about it. I love iris, but struggled with this one, however recently I thought about going back to it, but I didn’t yet. I think the only one of the Serge Lutens to have an commonly known abbreviation?

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    • This was my choice as well.

      I have probably a ml left in my decant, and it has never been my favorite Lutens or iris, but I planned to get it eventually. Now, when it has been reformulated, I’ll need to test a new one before making a decision to buy. And probably it’ll be just a smaller size, if I can get it.

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  2. Nice, tricky question! I’d say Feminite de Bois is the most revered but that Iris Silver Mist has been the most talked about/famous among my generation of perfumistas. I own the travel atomiser, which reminds ne it’s almost ISM season in the UK.

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  3. I don’t know!!!!! My mind shuts off if I am not interested in something, so I might not be aware always of general interest in a perfume. But sometimes constant mentions gradually filter through …. I would say Iris Silver Mist too, but that could be just cos my antennae picked up on the Iris.

    Years ago I would have said Feminite du Bois, but purely because I bought it when it first appeared – that was the cute “pen” version; it looked just like a pen that you refilled with felt-tips soaked in the perfume. It was a cheaper way for me to afford to buy it.

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  4. Feminite des Bois was the one everybody was talking about on the forums, back when I first got into talking about perfumes online, over ten years ago. It’s the one that first made me pay attention to the brand. Second choice would be Chergui (did I spell that right?)

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      • Matty, I still hope to send you a care package with some of Lutens samples. I keep them signed for you, but business travel is still not restored, and it doesn’t make much sense to send anything through the regular mail: the UK takes “no perfume” restrictions too serious, so it’ll be detected and destroyed.

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    • I remember Feminité du Bois being talked about a lot. In fact all of the woody and oriental SLs when I discovered perfume blogs. I only own a used bell jar of Tubereuse Criminelle, another perfume with a bit of a cult status; and my favourite SL: Five o’clock au Gingembre.

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    • Chergui was my fourth choice for the nomination. I think that recently it was talked about much more often than my first three choices. I wear this one more often than the others that I considered more popular.

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  5. My answer disappeared. I would definitely say ISM, as being the most talked about, and “outstanding”. Wasn’t it ‘hall of fame’? I only own a small decant, struggling to love it, but wanted to try again.

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    • That’s the one I remember hearing about early on. I am one of the few who do not like SL at all, with the exception of ISM and Rose de Nuit which I love – different perfumers from the rest of the line.

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    • This was my third choice when I was thinking about this question. Ambre Sultan was my first SL full bottle. I still like it but do not wear often because it’s rarely cold enough for it where I live. But whenever SL is discussed, this perfume is always mentioned.

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  6. I’d say his Feminite de Bois (Shiseido’s FdB), and Iris Silver Mist. I remember smelling Feminite du Bois 25 years ago and it was so different and astoundingly beautiful the hair rose on the back of my neck. In the early 1990’s, Beautiful and Pleasures were very popular.
    It’s a difficult call, so many of his perfumes are astoundingly gorgeous. Some, like FdB and Nombre Noir, are legendary.

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      • I’ve never tried pre-Shiseido Feminite de Bois. But, in general, my question wasn’t about the absolute popularity – Chanel and Dior would beat all niche brands altogether – but rather the relative comparison among perfumes from the same brand.

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    • I think it was ISM – that’s what I remember reading about, that and the difficulty of obtaining the SL fragrances in general. Bela’s website used to give us correct pronunciations, and with her generous help I wrote for a book of the wax samples, which utterly blew my mind. I had never smelled anything like those samples. I had no idea that a perfume could smell of smoke, or petroleum, or orange blossoms and cumin. I only tried ISM three years ago-it was in the Le Vapo packaging, and I could get it in Canada. On me it’s just this beautiful clean elegant iris smell. I love it, and have enough to get me through two lifetimes.

      Personally, I wear this one and quite a few others-yesterday I wore Fille en Aiguilles which Portia has described as being potentially overwhelming. I find it gentle and subtle, and again I’ve never smelled anything like it. Maybe because I live in a different hemisphere it smells sort of differently in this air-I don’t know. But I do love wearing it. And Daim Blond. And Cedre, which nobody loves lol.

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  7. Honestly, I don’t know that I could say which is the most famous. I think the one I’ve read about the most over the last several years has been Feminite de Bois. I have and like Iris Silver Mist. I feel as if others I read about often are De Profundis, Chergui, Ambre Sultan, Arabie.

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  8. Most famous? Not sure about that. Iris Silver Mist is certainly well known. I think Chergui and Ambre Sultan have been most talked about in fashion magazines and blogs the last few years. I just keep up with the ones I like and that are recommended by other perfumistas. I’m wearing La Fille de Berlin today and I’ll be wearing Une Voix Noire later on this week. Although it’s floral, Une Voix Noire is a heavy floriental and it does better in cooler weather, especially since it has a lovely tobacco note that I associate with fall weather.
    Enjoy the Lutens, everyone!

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