Arabie by Serge Lutens
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Arabie is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2000. The scent is spicy-oriental. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International. Pronunciation
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ResinsResins BenzoinBenzoin DateDate Dried fig CloveClove Candied mandarine peelCandied mandarine peel CuminCumin LabdanumLabdanum NutmegNutmeg MyrrhMyrrh SandalwoodSandalwood TobaccoTobacco Tonka beanTonka bean CedarCedar CistusCistus

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Sonnenwende
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Sonnenwende
Sonnenwende
Top Review 22  
A light in the dark
Serge Lutens had a very special souvenir in his luggage when he returned from a trip to the Orient.
Back home again, he dreamed of the wonders of Arabia, of serails and the fairy tales of 1001 Nights.
Inspired by the scents of oriental markets, he created a perfume in which he combined components that smell particularly good when dried.

So Arabie takes me by the hand and leads me past the lavishly filled stalls of the traders who offer me figs, dates, nuts and mandarins for sale...
and on to the spice bowls with cumin, nutmeg and cloves.

An ancient doctrine says,
that dry ingredients are noble in nature,
while moist ingredients embody lust......
Thus the connection to the serails is obvious, in which one gave oneself to physical pleasures of any kind.

Arabie is a very sensual composition.
There is no fragrance process of head, heart and base in the usual sense.
With the first drop she shows a presence that is unparalleled.
The dried fruits and spices form a bond and unfold a full golden warmth on the skin.
Sandalwood and cedar resins contribute with woody notes and almost convey meditative peace and relaxation.

This mood seduces me to a journey through time.
I see myself sitting in my grandparents' kitchen.
It was in the pre-Christmas period and while my parents continued in their hectic activity, I found here the contemplative hours that make the togetherness so valuable.
Candlelight illuminated the room and bathed everything in a warm light:
the nutcracker, the smokehouse, the shell with mandarins, nuts and gingerbread.
A delicious spicy fragrance rose into my nose and made me understand that Christmas Eve was not far away.
With the help of my grandfather I wrote wish lists and often the anticipation of a toy was much more intense than the gift itself.
When I was two and a half years old, the following story happened, which I have no memory of, but which was recorded on tape.
My parents had placed numerous gifts under the Christmas tree, including an expensive doll's pram with a doll inside.
When I was called into the living room and saw the decorated tree with all its lights, I was so impressed by this splendour that I did not take note of the toys.
Only one small mushroom, which was attached to the tree, attracted my full attention.
To my mother's question: "What is the most beautiful thing? " I shouted enthusiastically:
"A little mushroom !"

Arabie's my Christmas scent.
He reminds me of those childhood days, which my grandfather filled out with what was valuable to me:
Warmth and security.

Arabie with its room-filling opulence radiates a full, spicy warmth even after hours on the skin.
A few dried fruits and spices are enough for a little luck.

He who sits in the dark, lights himself a dream.
What is better suited as stimulation than a beautiful scent?!
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Dralle spice soap
My great-grandmother wore her knee-length snow-white hair artfully attached - and was also otherwise a beauty.

Old photographs prove this irrefutable fact.

No wonder the company Dralle wooed her as a model for her hair lotion.
But Uromi's parents found such a job unbecoming for a decent girl and vetoed it.

So Franziska von der W. didn't end up on the glossy magazines, but in the family album.
But the products of Dralle were still appreciated.

So is the aromatic spice soap in its attractive packaging - a ship heavily laden with the treasures of the Orient.
Arabie could also be packed, because its start reminds me of the well-known soap.

This ship is loaded up to the railing with spices, so that it rolls easily.
Dates and figs are rolling over the planks - next to stacked wooden boxes filled with nutmeg, sandalwood and tobacco.
The Hanseatic merchant made a good deal, and also bought bundles of cistus roses.
Satisfied, he walks across the deck, and perceives the resinous trees on the shore.
Distance is in the air.

A rewarding journey - with me as a blind passenger on board.
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Intersport
Very helpful Review 13  
Detour VI
The delicate marriage of apricot and helichrysium in Immortelle Corse reminds me that I've long wanted to write on Lutens Arabie as part of Detours. The perfume - released in 2000 - forms a zenith within Serge's treatises on North African, Arabic cultural spaces, orientalisms and fantasies. Even the title suggests that we are dealing here with far more complex dimensions than that of a specific interpretation of a piece of amber, a tobacco leaf or a scrap of leather. No state, no peninsula, the cultural region of the Monde Arabe could be meant.

This expansiveness also courts Arabie in terms of impenetrability and intensity, and in these categories marks a high point of Lutens' releases up to 2000. It is the condensation, the extrait, the distillate of all the dried fruit ideas that were afoot very early on - in Feminité du Bois or Bois et Fruit - and that have recurred, albeit in modulation, on many subsequent occasions.

A single dried fruit I can recognize only with difficulty - these imprint themselves after all often more impressively by means of their taste than how they smell - is also not the point of such a loaded composition. Rather a stylization of abstract dried fruits, at the beginning even with some camphor - also so a Lutens/Sheldrake thing from these years, candied spices, all finely pulverized. A blend. This is, back to my guess, cleverly carried by an immortelle structure which gives it another sweet and spicy aspect. Often people try to tame Immortelle, to de-sweet it, to bring out the bitter, herbaceous, spicy facets. In Arabie, perhaps exactly the opposite direction is taken to make supposedly sweet things even a touch sweeter, syrupy things even more syrupy. Helichrysium is an ingredient that Lutens likes to use regularly (Santal de Mysore, Chêne, Chypre rouge, El Attarine, Bourreau des Fleurs, Le participe passé, L'Innommable), but almost as often fails to mention. Whether it's an actual immortelle extract, its synthesized counterpart sotolone, or something else entirely that gives a similar impression remains to be seen. Arabie plays at the intersection of dried fruit, spiced / candied and (albeit imaginary) Helichrysium extremely respectable.

The perfume is great in small doses even at high temperatures - makes sense with the name Arabie yes somehow and is just with enough distance to the Stollen, Kletzenbrot and bolo-rei time even better to appreciate. As with a lot of Lutens, it was still being dumped in the 50ml bottle a few years ago before being offered again at many times the price in the 75ml version. Comparisons to Parfum d'Empire's beautiful Aziyadé I can partly understand, although this spicier, less sweet and despite all density, actually seems more transparent and Arabie offers a longer stretched and decelerated development.
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Karenin

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Karenin
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Top Review 7  
Arabie
“Arabie” is the first perfume I've sampled from the renowned house of Serge Lutens. Having read numerous reviews of his fragrances, ranging from the words of high praise, to the comments insisting that while the fragrances are unquestionably unique, they're practically unwearable, down to the utterly negative reviews, I became quite curious about what effect Lutens' creations would have on me.

As the name suggests, “Arabie” is supposedly a bottled replica of the aroma exuded by an Arab market (or a Moroccan market, with which Serge Lutens must have some “nose-on” experience). I've never been to an Arab market but should “Arabie” capture its olfactory atmosphere even semi-accurately, visiting a place like this goes straight onto my bucket list. From the very beginning, “Arabie” announces its presence on my wrist intensely, first with spices, the most dominant of which is cumin. The cumin is joined by nutmeg and cloves. Also, in the background, the dried fruits start to emerge and gradually reduce the spiciness and add a dash of sweetness to the composition. The sweetness in the heart and the base is further sustained by the date.

My final verdict: “Arabie” is an adorable scent. I especially like the fact that it lives up to its name and proves that even in today's perfume industry there are still individuals bold enough to translate their visions and dreams into fragrances without being too concerned about the criticism they may attract. “Arabie” is a rather challenging perfume as it preserves its dense, spicy-sweet aroma throughout its development. Yet at the same time, I see it as a very promising introduction to the Serge Lutens line and, oh boy, now I can hardly wait to try some more!
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Njdeb

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Njdeb
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What a long, strange trip it's been
This is one amazing whirlwind of a scent. There are so many aromas swirling in this perfume. Sweet stewed fruits, rich resins, warm spices and something that somehow evokes the image of a wild nocturnal animal in a dark forest. I imagine that what I am picking up is reminiscent of the natural animal notes used in classic perfumery – things like ambergris, civet and natural musk. I've always wondered what the term animalic meant, and I really think I get a hint of that quality in this perfume – it somehow smells alive.

This scent is dark and exotic and truly one of the most uniquely complex creations I've ever smelled. It also has this intriguing quality in that, when sprayed on my wrist, it smells different in the center (where I imagine the spray hits the heaviest) than on the sides of my wrist where the scent is not just fainter but of a different character. The “edge” of the scent is somehow more ethereal than the dense center - with a powdery sweetness and a hint of something vaguely like calamine lotion or coca cola.

Fascinating though it is, I'm not sure it is something I could wear - it seems a bit too masculine for me. I can see this being intoxicating on a man.
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AncaanAncaan 5 years ago
Arabie, how I love thee! It's everything I want in a winter perfume: sweet, sticky, spicy, aromatic. Wonderful creation!
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FranknSenseFranknSense 3 years ago
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This perfume reminds me of the Moroccan Atlas. The confited dates and figs are simply delicious. They sweeten my nose and water my mouth.
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StaticStatic 2 years ago
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Endless journey throughout the spice-market somewhere in Morocco.
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EmorandeiraEmorandeira 4 years ago
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Do you like the tipical dried figs and dates from Christmas? Then you Will LOVE this fragance...
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Oscarsh86Oscarsh86 4 years ago
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Dried fruit, dates and spices. Very, very, very sweet but I like it.
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