Sarrasins 2007

Sarrasins by Serge Lutens
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Sarrasins is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2007. The scent is floral-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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MemoryOScent

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Very helpful Review 10  
Sarrasins – A nightscape
Every perfume junkie has an opinion on this: to buy blind or to test? I admit I am a thrill seeker so buying blind is a one way street for me. I have done it profusely, eBay being the ideal place for cheap thrill. But there is one perfume house that drags me by the nose when it comes to buying blind and buying expensive: Les Salons du Palais Royal Serge Lutens. There is something about that house, that man (Serge Lutens) that simply knocks down my common sense. It is true, he is a shrewd marketer. He has come up with the “Paris Exclusive” line, sold only in the house boutique. He bottles these fragrances in what I believe is the most beautiful perfume flacon ever devised. There are no samples available but anyone can have for free all of them in wax sample form, which are nothing but teasers since you only get to smell the basenotes in these. And to top everything up they are cheaper in a per ml ratio than the fragrances exported all over the world by the same house! Can you blame me for giving in so often?

My blind buys have often been success stories. After all deciding to buy a perfume unsniffed is an educated guess. I do a lot of research, read all the reviews and blogs and pretty much know what I am getting into. But buying Sarrasins was a tale of perfection. A climax of ticklish anxiety that started with pushing the “add to basket” button and exploded with the opening of the bottle. First of all, the name: Sarrasins. A reference to the mythology of the Syrian desert, already hinting hot humid nights, exotic landscapes and a dose of danger… The impeccable bell shaped bottle, balancing between nostalgia and technical austerity… And then the juice inside the bottle, in a unique blue, purple, almost black hue… Do you notice the echo of the imagery produced by the name in the optical qualities of the fragrance? You would have to be blind not to! Let’s not forget the man is a photographer. So I took the plunge, became 110 euros poorer and ordered the bottled mystery which was reported to deliver jasmine, in a dark sense. Anticipation only heightened the excitement. And a few days later the courier service delivered the goods at my doorstep. The mat, off-black carton box, matching the box with the delicate beige lines forming the house logo and name on it. With sweaty hands I opened the box to hold the almost black flacon with the spherical stopper that catches the light. Now here comes the difficult part: the bottle comes with a stopper that fits snugly into the bottle. Transport makes the fit even tighter. Trying to open the bottle is only some extra pressure away from breaking it. And once I got over that hurdle, it was pure heaven.

Jasmine is there, from top to base of the scent. If one is familiar with this note in perfumes then they have learned to expect a thick, sweet, animalic flower vibe that to many is associated to the smell of an old lady. Coquette but old. The jasmine in Sarrasins tells a different story. If white flowers to you are synonymous to feminine scents you have to try this one. No hint of sweetness whatsoever. The white flower is laced with the most unexpected topnote that is so familiar yet so difficult to name. Why is this difficult? Because you would never dare to associate it with a flower scent: it is car exhaust, petrol fumes! A touch of camphor in there too, like one would expect from a car exhaust pipe. A bit of black pepper adds to the dryness of the composition. As the wearing progresses jasmine seems to take a step back. Not that it becomes less noticeable. It’s like saying that King Kong took one step back. You will always be able to see him. But it feels like you are smelling the jasmine through the mist of its accompanying notes. The fumes, the pepper and the musk that slowly emerges giving an animalic note to the composition. Not the usual animalic note that comes from the jasmine’s indoles. What comes to mind is the smell of a cat’s fur. Something velvety, pleasing in a strange way, always flirting with aversion but remaining familiar and comforting.

While usually jasmine perfumes echo the smell of old, pricked, dead, stale, almost rotting jasmines, Sarrasins manages to capture the ethereal fragrance of a jasmine garden in full bloom in a hot summer night. I would imagine that Serge Lutens traveled to a hidden oasis in the middle of the desert and commissioned the local artisans to distil the oils of jasmine not from the harvested flowers but from the desert air. I imagine old men unwrapping their turbans in the night air, letting them fly in the desert breeze. Collecting them again in the morning and extracting the spirit of jasmines, not the fragrance. In a sense, Sarrasins is the platonic ideal of jasmine in a bottle. Every time I open the bottle I can’t help but feeling like walking by a rough brick wall. Suddenly the smell of the jasmine garden hidden behind the wall hits me and I have to tilt my head back filling my lungs with the flower infused night air. And opening my eyes again I now face the star studded night sky which has the exact same color as the magical fragrance inside the bell shaped Sarrasins bottle.
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Pigfarmer

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Pigfarmer
Pigfarmer
Top Review 6  
untamed jasmine
Sarrasins is a dark, noirish masterpiece that is essentially constructed from indolic jasmine with osmanthus and vague ‘animalic notes’ in support, possibly a mild civet strain, perhaps musk. Its colour is a very striking deep deep purple (that can easily stain – beware!) There may be some gardenia in there as well, but in the end it comes down to the jasmine. But what a jasmine!

Lutens had previously released A La Nuit, which exhibited the fresh, sparkling, green-tinged aspect of jasmine. The result was a quite feminine, easier, green-tinged daytime frag with fairly mass appeal. I could never wear that. Sarrasins is the slightly feral, growling, clearly unisex Lutens jasmine that says “danger but it’s safe”, kinda like a scary ride or a bungee jump. The indoles can smell just a touch fecal to some, while the osmanthus is brilliantly rendered to affect a rather skanky leathery accord after about 30 minutes. But never at any time does Sarrasins come off as anything but extremely elegant and deeply sensual, even sexy. And man o man, does the heat of summer accentuate these aspects.

Two years ago, while on holiday in Turkey, I wore Sarrasins every single evening for 10 days straight. Although a relatively linear fragrance, it never bored me, as the environment of the heat-blasted coast as it cooled in evening always seemed to perfectly support the choice of scent, like it’s meant to be. It seemed quite fortuitous to discover a huge jasmine bush near our hotel that reminded me just how realistic Christopher Sheldrake could render jasmine while deepening its appeal. I can honestly say that Sarrasins has become the olfactory totem of my wonderful summer vacation of 2015. It is remarkable how scent can not only reawaken memories but set up future reference points in advance of memory.

As I wear Sarrasins now, back in the sombre, damp Low Countries, the object experience of the scent is somehow flatter, if still gorgeous BUT! I can now close my eyes…..I am basking near the Aegean coast, with some of my favourite people over meze and raki smelling of perfect white flower rot & suedey osmanthus fruity leather. If this ain’t perfect, I don’t know what is…..
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Missk

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Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review 6  
The dark side of jasmine
Jasmine, is without a doubt one of my favourite scents. Especially when it has been freshly cut from the tree and placed in a vase. Many jasmine-based fragrances tend to add too many other components that ultimately destroy this fresh and delightful scent. Sarrasins, is in my opinion, the closest I have found to that true jasmine smell.

Opening as a rich, monster of a jasmine with a touch of sweetness, Sarrasins is by far one of the loudest florals I've ever encountered. While bright and fresh, Sarrasins tends to have a somewhat dark feel to it, almost in a gothic sense.

To my nose, Sarrasins isn't particularly modern, it has an old-fashioned and nostalgic presence. I see a mysterious woman, dressed in dark colours, with long, flowing hair, sending wafts of Sarrasins around her in a haze.

Despite Sarrasins darkness, it does have some brighter moments, especially with the introduction of the musk which softens the overall scent.

For some, the jasmine in Sarrasins may be too sweet and realistic. I personally love this fragrance, however it is a far cry from the creamy white florals that I'm used to.

The lasting strength is superb, as can be said for the sillage as well. For those that like me sought to find the perfect jasmine fragrance, Sarrasins is one that mustn't be ignored because of its price and availability.
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Kurai

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Kurai
Kurai
Helpful Review 7  
Stunner
White floral? *laughs sarcastically* I get bananas, grapes, dusty leather, summer nights in an exotic garden, death and decay. Not necessarily in that order. The animalic character doesn't really show until the late drydown. Although somewhat austere, this is a full-bodied and multi-layered fragrance that makes you forget it is a 'soliflor'.

The bell jar is a real stunner, but impractical. Without a sprayer it is a hassle to get the right dosage and the contents are exposed to air and humidity every time the stopper is out. So I decant a few ml and leave the bottle in the cabinet. Surely a sub-optimal spray-on experience with an otherwise awesome perfume.
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Icekat

97 Reviews
Icekat
Icekat
Helpful Review 4  
Dark symphony of night-blooming jasmine
I normally prefer light and subtle jasmine but on rare occasions I completely fall in love with full-bodied, bold and carnal jasmine such as in this scent. Sarrasins captured my heart right away. It is a glorious jasmine scent with no trace of shyness or demure behavior. It is sensual and powerful, elegant and provocative. An unusual color of the liquid looks shockingly like dark ink, but in this case it reminds me of a velvet sky with myriad of stars shining over the jasmine grove where two lovers are locked in a passionate embrace. The sensual darkness of this scent reveals dangerous side of jasmine that I adore. The scent is carnal and in a way indolic. I hate indolic scents, but yet I crave this deep and animalistic jasmine.

I admire that a simple composition like this could smell so complex and multi-layered. It does not overpower me the same way as other jasmine scents, but yet I completely surrender to its mystical charms. From the first drops and to the last, I am surrounded by perfection of jasmine, creamy and sensual. And it lasts and lasts and lasts. The staying power is superb and, if not overdone, the sillage is perfect too.

I recommend this beautiful scent for all jasmine lovers. I have tried other jasmine scents, including A La Nuit, also by Serge Lutens, but nothing comes close to the beauty of this scent. If you love dark side of jasmine but can’t stand indoles like me, please give this one a try. You will be surprised at how attractive it could be when it is done right. Overall score 9.5/10.
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