El Attarine 2008

El Attarine by Serge Lutens
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El Attarine is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-oriental. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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SpicesSpices CuminCumin SaffronSaffron Everlasting flowerEverlasting flower Dried fruitsDried fruits

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7.551 Ratings
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7.633 Ratings
Sillage
6.533 Ratings
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8.639 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 18.12.2022.
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7.5
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Top Review 16  
It's All About the Cumin
Whether you will enjoy or dislike El Attarine will depend on how you feel about a certain sweaty spice finding its way into your perfume. I don't happen to find the cumin overpowering in this context, but there is no denying its presence. While some find even the suggestion of perspiration repulsive, I associate healthy sweat with some wonderful things. Moreover, it makes a nice change from all the "clean" scents that are popular right now but just make me want to scream at the top of my lungs and drench myself in skank to avoid being assimilated into the laundry musk borg.

As with most Serge Lutens creations, El Attarine is not a perfume that remains politely in the background. Rather, it demands not so much to be noticed as to be contemplated. Unlike so many fragrances that prompt me to think about the notes, to the extent that they lead me to consider anything at all, El Attarine fires my imagination like an adult fairy tale. I envison Saluki dogs and strange hairless cats. Heat rising in waves and sandstorms. Nights wild with stars, sleeping on a rooftop. Men with piercing dark eyes rimmed in kohl. Mint tea and peacock thrones. Most of all, I feel the warmth of radiant sunshine -- something that made El Attarine seem like a precious, golden gem during this past dreary winter. Looking at my nearly empty jar is a little depressing. Unlike in the olden days I now can order a replacement from Barney's NYC, but there was something perversely thrilling about using a certain parfumista's not so well-kept secret friend to "mule" it back from Paris. It was like buying olfactory opium and part of the overall mystique.

To return to the practical, El Attarine is a combination of spice, dried fruit, honey and immortelle. It is more restrained than other similar compositions such as Arabie and Aziyade, but nevertheless would be a poor choice for a blind buy. The majority of people will find El Attarine either over-the-top and borderline unwearable or larger-than-life in a wonderful, remarkable way. Sillage and longevity are both very good on my skin.
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Ensoleillé
As a man with an education in marketing and advertising , there´s a couple things i can appreciate about the promotion of a product: coherence, in one hand (which can be translated as no bullshit) and mystery. That is probably why i am such a fan of Serge Lutens perfumes. I love them by themselves, and i wear some, often, but there is something in the whole product conception ,that it makes me happy just thinking and fantasizing about it. Truth is, the marketing of SL is very wise. Uses the minimal allusions and avoids any direct description...yet it is still perfectly accurate, and each of the few words means a lot.

And what do they have to say on El Attarine? Sunny.

I am trying the solid perfume sample i was given at the Serge Lutens store (a place in ecourage you all to visit) and the (tiny) amount of cream is blossoming in my wrist with an extraordinary puissance. The opening of El Attarine will please to spice lovers (i couldnt help thinking "uh, more of the same old Lutens spices/ I don´t wanna smell to curry") A whirl of overwhelming spices where you will identify easily the much maligned cumin, a mandarin that is more the dry peel of the mandarin and in general a sort of confusing marakech zouk sensation that smells more foody than perfumey, but is strongly evocative, i´ll give him that, for the ones who long being there. And i can appreciate that.

I patiently wait a bit, i know that Serge Lutens fragances usually need to set down ad rearrange. Very soon the dry wind of spices give space to something sweeter: dryfruit; resinous yellow dates most likely, maybe dry banana or apricot(It is not that much about the dry fruits as in Arabie) and, then, a deep, radiant glorious Saffron, almost refreshing put against the dry fruit. Cumin is still there, unclean but masterfully harmonized with the others... the golden syrupy gleam of straw flower is the very center, or better, the solvent of this creation, that feels radiant and fluid, full of light. And then i completely understand why "sunny"

Straw flower in El Attarie is sweet, waxy, and resinous , with a golden syrup texture, but a deeper flavour.

The drydown focus in the herbaceous side of Immortelle, and , still spicy, gets woodier, some type of exotic wood, plus this cedar/violet/iso e super signature that so many SL fragance share.

Is it sunny? In the context of the dark mysterious world of Serge Lutens, it can be descibed as a very luminous, exotic fragance, exploring the theme of sunlight out of the beaten track.
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