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Douce amère

Douce amère by Serge Lutens
76 / 100%, 132 Ratings
Douce amère is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2000. The scent is spicy-sweet. It is still in production.

Fragrance Notes

Absinth, Aniseed, Jasmine, Lily, Musk, Tiarella, Tagetes, Tiaré, Cedar, Cinnamon


76% (132 Ratings)
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Longevity: Average
Sillage: Strong
Bottle: Average

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Douce Amère
This fragrance opens with an unusual accord of sweet, spicy and floral notes. At first I think I see chocolate, but it is all an illusion created by florals along with the vanilla and cinnamon note. In my opinion the name of this fragrance is well-chosen, for this is a collection of counterpoints, a fragile combination of contrasting notes: sweet is juxtaposed to sour, spicy to floral and soft to pungent. As the scent dries down the cinnamon note burns off, leaving the wearer with florals on a vanilla base. Once again the particular interaction of notes comes into play: the sharp quality of the flowers is balanced by the softness of the vanilla. Smelled close the skin the sour notes appear dissonant, but further away from the skin they mix beautifully and thus prove their importance to the whole creation. The dry down is a heavy floral vanilla blend, devoid of any counterpoints. This is a delicate fragrance, sheer but powerful, pleasant to wear and interesting to smell.