Chypre rouge (2006)

Chypre rouge by Serge Lutens
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Chypre rouge is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPine needle, Thyme
Heart Notes Heart NotesBeeswax, Honey, Jasmine
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Moss, Musk, Patchouli, Vanilla



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ScentFanScentFan 5 years ago

„Dusky Charm”

For some reason, I’m prepared not to like this, picky about chypres as I am and not having found a satisfactory explanation of what “rouge” is in perfume. The liquid...
DalmajenDalmajen 6 years ago

„Lost in the Forest”

I had to really persevere to test this particular Serge Lutens fragrance. I initially just wanted to run immediately, and scrub it off. But, I decided to go through...
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Chypre Rouge, 15 years later............
First of all...
So that's how I came here 3 weeks ago, when I was harmlessly dawdling around on the web looking for an exquisite myrrh perfume...

Since then, I read through this community almost every day, totally inspired by the brilliant comments, wonderfully talented storytellers and descriptions of fragrances. I have been completely flashed by you scent maniacs and am so glad to find so many sisters and brothers in spirit. I've been to the souk
But now to Chypre Rouge, a fragrance that entered the collection over 15 years ago, after my Guerlain phase was replaced by Serge Lutens phase.
CR was the 5 or 6 scent of Lutens and proved to be a total bad buy the second time you used it. I found the fresh head appealing, but where are the beeswax and honey I bought it for? Instead, an increasingly strange, unclassifiable smell developed, which stood there like a wall, as if it was blocking my way to honey and beeswax Until it dawned on me: it's licorice, a wall of licorice, for God's sake, they've poured licorice into the perfume... Help me, it smells like liquorice.
The frustrating taste of my childhood. I never understood why people can be addicted to licorice. The sweetness of licorice was for me the most turn-off, frustrating and tiring childhood experience of all sweets. An aunt brought us this terrible "bear droppings", as it is also called here, once a year from the USA in the sixties, beaming with joy.

But! Because of this community, three hours ago I took this unloved fragrance child out of my perfume cabinet after so many years and just sniffed at the lid. You get more relaxed and generous over the years about everything... Okay. Just a little spray on the back of the hand and wait.
Well, what can I say, the liquorice smell is not as annoying as it was 15 years ago. Actually, he has become mild in old age and fits into something bigger, something different. The longer I sniff the perfume becomes more and more harmonious and round. It seems to me today that the floweriness of jasmine effortlessly combines all the components and brings them into harmony. Okay, I'm okay with that. Honey and beeswax are still missing, but that's not what I'm interested in today.
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Dusky Charm
For some reason, I’m prepared not to like this, picky about chypres as I am and not having found a satisfactory explanation of what “rouge” is in perfume. The liquid is a rosy color, though. On first sniff, it manages to have a faintly rosy air, without the actual presence of rose, per our notes. It’s not a chypre either, having only moss to its credit and no cistus labdanum. It does have musk. Sniffing again. Well, okay. On skin, it’s another SL beauty—a dusky charm that spell binds. Is there such a thing as a bad SL perfume? This is pine and thyme and his seductive beeswax again with honey and Jasmine. Just reading the base notes is a joy: amber, moss, musk, patchouli, vanilla. That’s because by now I realize that SL knows how to do its notes. Its cedars don’t screech. It’s patchouli doesn’t make you want to pull out your censer. The notes are well-managed and authentic. What I imagine they’ll smell like when combined, they do. I wouldn’t wear Chypre Rouge, though. Whatever unpeggable thing makes me need to buy or die isn’t here. No denying the beauty, though.

[from Forum topic, Sniff fest: Serge Lutens]
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Lost in the Forest
I had to really persevere to test this particular Serge Lutens fragrance. I initially just wanted to run immediately, and scrub it off. But, I decided to go through the stages, and try to understand this perfume. First of all, the opening is a bitter blast of overwhelming pine. But, not a pine I am familiar with. More like been lost deep in a pine forest, with the scent of pine needles magnified by 100. And to add to this ferocious blast of pine, add copious amounts of thyme! I have to admit, I felt rather faint for the first 10 or 15 minutes. Then, after the opening shock seemed to wind down a bit, it was a bit more bearable to sniff. There was an almost slightly burnt smell in the background. I didn't really detect much jasmine at all, which may have been drowned out by the thyme note. As far as the honey note, well it was very slight, but began to develop slightly after about 30 minuets. The dry down was much better than the opening and heart notes, but it does not transform this fragrance, in my opinion. It still remains a brash, and cold fragrance to my nose. It doesn't really strike me as a unisex fragrance either. It tends to be more for masculine tastes. It looks lovely in the presentation, but you can never judge a book by it's cover!
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Essence of Caraway
ESSENCE OF CARAWAY would be a more accurate name for Serge Lutens CHYPRE ROUGE, at least judging by the way it plays out on my skin! I believe that it is the pine mingling with the overwhelming caraway note which together conspire to produce the scent of lettuce. Le Grand Serge has managed to transport me: to a Jewish delicatessen!

Honestly, to my nose, this is an oriental perfume of the culinary variety. Great for evoking memories of rye bread and coleslaw, but to wear? Hmmm... Definitely not for me. In fact, I see a bath in my immediate future.


update: the wax sample does not smell like caraway but spicy curry

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