L'orpheline (2014)

L'orpheline by Serge Lutens
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L'orpheline is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is smoky-spicy. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Frankincense, Musk



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Memento mori
Serge in a bottle. This scent is my favourite for november. When it is still fall, but almost winter, cold, rainy and grey. I absolutely adore incense, and this fragrance is a beautiful and simple interpretation. Cold and warm at the same time, soft and also sad a little bit. When you are sad, because something happened in the past, not the "in the present" kind of sadness, when this feeling running through your mind over and over again, but the tame, almost comforting kind of sadness. This is the most beautiful scent for all souls day.

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Lavender/Musk Fougere from the 70s
L'Orpheline opens with a brief shot of aldehydes, but then the strongest note by far is lavender. I get some musk up top, weaving in and out of the lavender.

The lavender continues for me throughout L'Orpheline. And soon, it is joined by a vanillic sweet hay, which tips me off to the distinct presence of coumarin. The silky woodiness of this fragrance also points directly to cashmeran.

At bottom, there is a touch of the same "cool" metallic frankincense note found in L'eau Froide, but it is warmed by the coumarin. The lavender never departs entirely, but L'Orpheline culminates in a big old-fashioned long-lasting musk that reminds me of the 1970s.

The musk ended up giving me a bit of a headache, so ultimately, L'Orpheline is not for me. But if you like a classic fougere, and if you're nostalgic for the seventies, then it might be for you.

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One thing i noticed in the last times about Serge Lutens is how they are becoming more and more obscure at the time to list the ingredients of their fragances. And i would say it is a trend other niche fragances are following too (i am thinking of LÁrtisan, for example)

Not much could be found when researching L´Orpheline. Mostly, a mere reference to incense and a lot of lutensian literature (written in that ambiguous Confucius/Chesire Cat way that only rises more questions) about orphans and Orpheus. Which actually prepares one for the mood of the fragance.

So i expected a classical incense. Avignon type. Well, nope. I mean, it is a very incense centered fragance, but dont expect warm spirals of smoke. L´orpheline is ghostly, a steel-cold incense, incredibly clean and fresh, with an inorganic vibrant feeling coming from aldehydes and woody aromachemical, also cool spices, i smell hints of clove and pepper. Indeed, i can sniff in L´orpheline elements from other SL fragances, that interact very well. The buzzing-high pitched etheric note in Miel De Bois, like fictional woods. The cool spiciness of Vitriol d´Oeillet and the sparkling aldehydes of Laine de Verre and De Profundis, and also the clean musk of Laine. Miel without the honey, Oeillet without the flowers.

If you enjoyed those perfumes, you might like L´orpheline. As the fragrance develops in my skin, i feel it less metallic, gets smokier and the texture of dark wood and humid soil is more obvious. It is refined in a low key way, almost austere and ethereal. I personally find it easier in a man, but of course, as all Serge Lutens are conceived for, it is wearable for women.
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