Le participe passé 2018

Le participe passé by Serge Lutens
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Le participe passé is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is spicy-resinous. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International. Pronunciation
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BalsamBalsam ResinsResins Fruity notesFruity notes

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Scent

6.5112 Ratings

Longevity

8.791 Ratings

Sillage

8.092 Ratings

Bottle

7.788 Ratings

Value for money

6.717 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 19.08.2022.
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BobbyGee

197 Reviews
BobbyGee
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Serge Lutens / Le participe passé
For me, it is the smell of dried fruit mixed in caramel with a large dose of wood resins, green herbs (mugwort?), Hot pepper and cumin. All this is boiled in the forest in a pot over a large fire, which warms gathered people sitting on thick SKINS.
This is how I feel and see it. REVELATION.
Moreover, I believe that it is one of the strongest, most durable and essential Lutens that I have tested and worn. Projection and durability at the highest level.
One of my favorites and sometimes I sense similarities to other, in my opinion, great Lutens: fille en aiguilles, chene, chergui, serge noire, or bapteme du feu.
PS. Interesting couche du diable I do not recognize (because for me people from Lutens poorly and brutally copied the DEV2 Olympic Orchids, which I love - that's why I treat this couche as a much uglier clone of Dev2).
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Rquill67

207 Reviews
Rquill67
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Winter in a bottle!
On me Serge Lutens’ Le Participe Passé smells like fall, winter, Christmas and the holidays. Wow! Amazing gem! Definitely unisex and is spicy yet sweet. I can smell the dried fruits, along with the caramel. This could be my signature winter fragrance… easy! 10/10 for me. Checks all the boxes.
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Intersport
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By the repeated, consistent use of bois at the beginning of the 90's Serge Lutens is certainly - historical examples à la Bois des Iles excepted - partly to blame for the countless bois titles. Over 400 entries in the database here alone. When I first heard of Le participe passé, I didn't think that grammatical forms would soon achieve similar popularity, but sure: a great name! For quite a while, Lutens had better titles up his sleeve than fragrances, Le participe passé initiated an interesting turnaround that was followed by several more idiosyncratic releases. I read the perfume as a counterpart to L'Innommable from the same year. Immortelle plays the supporting role in both, although it is not listed in the marketing, as is often the case with Lutens. In the year of its release, I was able to look into IFF/LMR's 'Immortelle extrait', this extremely dense product, also similar in coloration to Le participe passé, starts with a malty, bitter coffee note that at first has little in common with the typical helichrysium scent the plant emits when touched, or how this is used in older (Sables, 1985) or more current (Immortelle Corse, 2019) perfumes. Le participe passé picks up on this malty-bitter aspect of immortelle extrait, slightly syrupy, earthy, yet unsweet - and pulls it off to amazing length. A strong coniferous note is part of the equation - on release 'Egyptian balsam', name of a date-like fruit, Balanites aegyptiaca, was mentioned, which fits the bill nicely but is now unreadable. Metre deep embalmed and only fuzzily perceptible. In conjunction, this is slightly reminiscent of an imaginary-isolated 'soya accord' from Comme des Garçons Patchouli Luxe. Le participe passé has remarkable longevity, apart from a brief moment in the opening, no dramatic development. Together with L'Innommable, an unruly and quite unique Helichrysium interpretation.
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Macbeth
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No Mainstream Whatsoever
My recommendation: apply in small amounts (a wetted fingertip) in the evening, after a few hours this fragrance becomes not only bearable but almost fascinating. Meaning anyone who applies too much, will have to face a few hours of nasal agony..... but then, at least for me, the reward comes. Definitely no mainstream fragrance, possibly as far removed from it as a fragrance can be.
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StellaDiverF

213 Reviews
StellaDiverF
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Seemingly a resurrection of classic Lutens' oriental style, but without its adventurous soul...
Le Participe Passé opens with fresh mandarine surprisingly coated with tiny sparkles of aldehyde, reminiscent of the similar aldehydic opening of Laine de Verre and Dent de Lait, but of course much much softer in the case of Le Participe Passé.

The fragrance is then swiftly dominated by resins, which I perceive mostly as benzoin and opoponax, surrounded by immortelle and over a slightly boozy woody undertone. They combine to form a soothing, suavely basamic woody smell, which is not unlike Lutens' own Chêne but Le Participe Passé is more resinous in comparison. There are occasional suggestions of caramel and chocolate but they never fully unleash their sweetness. Dried fruits are also hinted, but it smells more like the smooth leathery texture of dried date skin than stewed molasses.

There isn't much of any change once the fragrance settles into the smooth and comforting resinous woody dry down. The sillage is relatively soft, while the longevity is about 8 hours on a hot day.

On its own, I find Le Participe Passé very enjoyable and very fitting to Lutens' signature woody oriental style. But its ressemblance to Chêne leaves me conflicted. I love Chêne and the ressemblance itself is not necessarily problematic, it's that Le Participe Passé feels like a glossed version, with the interesting woody details covered up by sweet resins. While this makes Le Participe Passé more cozy, it loses some characters in return, and it's not like that Chêne was the more difficult or eccentric one among Lutens' offerings to begin with, which it certainly is not.

But still, its price and availability compared to Chêne is definitely an advantage. If you happen to be looking for a versatile, cozy, easy-to-wear woody balsamic fragrance, you may want to give Le Participe Passé a try.
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