Bornéo 1834 2005

Bornéo 1834 by Serge Lutens
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Bornéo 1834 is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2005. The scent is earthy-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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GalbanumGalbanum CocoaCocoa CamphorCamphor CardamomCardamom LabdanumLabdanum PatchouliPatchouli White blossomsWhite blossoms
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7.7236 Ratings
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8.5174 Ratings
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7.2155 Ratings
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8.2138 Ratings
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6.919 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 28.09.2022.
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Top Review 38  
Finest nibbles - even for real guys!
Although I count myself as a sweet tooth, pardon, - beak, I notice again and again that sugar and sweetness in fragrances increasingly take the upper hand. With the ladies as well as with the men. While the girls are increasingly sinking into powder, cotton candy and fruit salad, the men's scents are mostly vanilla and tonka. Occasionally and with appropriately adjusted dosage I let myself like that yes still, but the sweets have increased for my personal taste mainly in the men's perfumery so strongly that I do not enjoy it slowly any more so properly.

As men write, they love and wear Sorriso by Profumum Roma. Sorriso I myself like to wear in sub-zero temperatures. To a real guy, however, that does not want to fit for my nose so at all.
Maybe it's because I was born in the seventies? Since men simply still smelled like a man and therefore usually dark, leathery, sometimes smoky and often a little dirty or animalistic. Sweet was not yet announced at that time, that came only with Joop Homme. And exactly such a scent of man I miss today sometimes, when I sniff me so through the current men's perfumery.

Not so with Bornéo 1834 by Serge Lutens. Yes, this fragrance also has with its very fine and delicate patchouli hints of sweet tooth, but the whole remains in the fragrance image rather dark, resinous and - if you will - also masculine. The cocoa note blends with the earthy patchouli so expertly that it makes me think of the finest dark chocolate. 70% cocoa or more. This is delicious, but not at all too sweet for my nose. I would also wear myself, but really magical I would find this fragrance on a man.

With cardamom Bornéo 1834 brings another note into play, which I - especially on men - always found very tempting. Galbanum, labdanum and camphor (which I fortunately do not clearly smell out), still bring greenery into play and the white flowers at the end perhaps a teeny bit of sweetness. But no, no gourmand sweetness.

If my husband or a dear friend of mine would have the compelling need to want to smell like treats, then my recommendation would go quite clearly in the direction of Bornéo 1843. Could also imagine that the with my Douce Amère, which is admittedly again a bit sweeter, quite fine harmonizes.
Very dear thanks to Bastian for the test opportunity.
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Rebella

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Very helpful Review 5  
Hello Darkness, my old friend.
I love, love, love Borneo 1834. This is simply the best patchouli ever. And since I am a die hard patchouli fan I´ve tried a lot patchouli based fragrances. Borneo is something of a shapeshifter to me, it can be interprented both as an exotic and adventurous fragrances as well as an dark, melancholic and gothic mood kind of scent.

Borneo isn´t what I chose when I´m in happy go lucky kind of mood, but what I chose when I want to embrase the darkness within, feel it, understand it and occationally even recognise it and like it. Because within Borneo´s darkness there is something caressing, gentle and calming, maybe it´s like being in the eye of a storm?

What ever feelings Bornoe ewoke, it´s a heavy, full bodied patchouli, cocoa, woody, tobacco (I smell it, do you?) fragrances that will scare away patchouli sensitive peps across the globe. You have to really love patchouli to walk this convincing. I think I do, not every day, but today. It makes my darkness sing and shine...
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Greysolon

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Greysolon
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Helpful Review 4  
The almost lovable curmudgeon
Of all the essences that make up the vast vocabulary of perfumery few elicit as much mixed up, love-hate sentiment as patchouli. Examples of this can be found in reviews for patchouli-centric fragrances which read like regret filled soliloquies to failed relationships…

“I love patchouli, I really do, but…”

My love-hate relationship with the essence generally follows this pattern: I spritz on a patchouli rich fragrance and for the first hour or so it’s heaven. The seductive tendrils of scent are so exotic and alluring. But patchouli is also tenacious and it’s not long before the smell is omnipresent and clingy. Eventually this constant embrace leads to the feeling of an oily diffusion creeping over my skin making me itchy and claustrophobic.

I love patchouli, I really do, but…

…but I really do love patchouli and I wanted to find a scent that wasn’t a perfume boa constrictor. So I enlisted the braintrust of Parfumo’s “Fragrance Consulting Forum” for suggestions. I described my ideal patchouli perfume as having a dry, leafy setting of the essence. Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 was suggested by several members and it fits the description of my imagined fragrance perhaps just a little too well.

Borneo 1834 is -almost- a lovable curmudgeon of a scent. Like all lovable curmudgeons, it has a gruff, contrary exterior before revealing its warmer, slightly softer heart. But even when Borneo 1834 settles down it occasionally lets out a grumpy, contrarian harrumph.

This is not a fragrance for those seeking instant gratification. The first 20 minutes of development is downright rough and unsettled as cocoa, spices, patchouli and a dry, herbal accord vie for supremacy. When patchouli finally reaches its position of dominance, the cocoa and spices settle into an arid base reminiscent of other Christopher Sheldrake creations such as Santal Majuscule and Ambre Sultan. The difference is that Borneo 1834 also has the dry, herbal accord to create the illusion of withered patchouli leaves, which is the soul of the fragrance. Serge Lutens describes it this way: “Why did I pick 1834? That was the year Parisians discovered patchouli. In those days, it came wrapped in silk.” The island of Borneo was on the shipping route between the Asian silk producing nations and Europe and patchouli was folded into the fabric to repel insects.

Sheldrake is a genius at creating a sense of touch through perfume so the crinkly feeling of dried patchouli leaves is right at your fingertips. It's executed perfectly. But he could have made this a more approachable, friendly fragrance by incorporating the contrasting element of silkiness suggested by Lutens. Instead, the curmudgeony roughness of the opening stays with the fragrance and gives Borneo 1834 a vetiver like stoicism rather than the seductive, come hither quality usually associated with patchouli. Borneo 1834 is a wonderful creation, but it demands a particular sense of confidence and character from those who wear it. If you’re looking for a drier patchouli accord with a more inviting personality then something like Chanel Coromandel might be a better choice.
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TimeaZsofia

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TimeaZsofia
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Helpful Review 3  
"Patchouli cocholate"
Some weeks ago I got a wonderful wax(solid) sample-set from Serge Lutens. It was a really big surprise, so thus I can smell so many (25!) new fragrance from SL!

It takes weeks, until I've tested them. :)

One of my favorite of those fantastic fragrances was Bornéo 1834. First I found the name of the parfume very interesting, as "Another Perfume Blog" said: "Borneo has a complex history. From what I understand, in 1834 the island was home to several states (and even now, it is now divided between the countries of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia), all of them involved to some extent in the power grabs of the Dutch and British, but at least some (including Brunei) still ruled by their own Sultans. I have struggled to understand why Serge Lutens would have chosen 1834 for the name of this fragrance, and the guess I like the most is that it invites us into a moment when West and East are contrasted with each other, in a place that is in tension but hasn’t yet broken."

And about the fragrance, as Rebella describe it perfectly, probably "the best patchouli ever."

I think patchouli note is beautiful, dark, earthy, woody and sweet, and with the cocoa creates a lovely smell! Simply love it.
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There I was...
I can't really explain or understand this scent...I smell a very unpleasant mixture of old leather, perhaps something like incense and a note I don't know, which I almost find a bit pungent and biting. The patch is almost imperceptible, even though it is said to be one of the patch scents par excellence. I miss camphor, which I usually like to smell, completely. Nothing warm, "earthy" and pleasant that I would otherwise associate with patchouli and nothing cool, "cold" as would be expected from camphor. I did not find the great Bornéo 1834, which is praised for a lot of money. Too bad. And although I only drove with the lid of the atomizer over my wrist, the smell could not be washed away...fatally, as I was allowed to notice
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 2 years ago
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Initially spicy bitter-green, this warm and spicy/sweet oriental-woody fragrance, settles to a gentle, yet dusty, leathery earthy-woody base
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BielwenassBielwenass 2 years ago
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Potent patchouli rounded with cocoa, almost smells like something edible.
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