Summary: Don't tell Monsieur Lutens but I think this perfume smells exactly like a cross between the pineapple fried rice at my local vegan Thai restaurant and a Port that someone scored in Paso Robles for me once upon a time. Don't get me wrong, the five lipsticks above was not in error, I think this perfume is a masterpiece, truly one of Mr. Lutens' best, simply pas pour moi, merci. I think someone below called it "violent" and I would agree.
Summary: Initially this fragrance can be somewhat overpowering and sweet but it dries down to a very nice spicy smell that has the tendency to recede and then suddenly reappear with a little blast of spice. I love that with scents. I like for them to remind me I am still wearing them even if it is not a constant drumbeat. I do recommend applying sparingly to begin with and I always put it on at least 1/2 to 1 hour before going out. It can take that long to dry down.
Summary: Initially I get a blast of herbs, almost of a medicinal quality, and it's strong. The bay leaf, cumin and clove translates as spicey cola to my nose, but underneath you can definitely sense the sweetness. As the scent warms the spices settle a bit but the cola aspect is still there; on cloth, the spices stay, on skin, they mellow out. I'm getting lashes of myrrh and fruit at this point, but it's very aggressive.
Summary: This stuff smells so bad that it honestly and truly makes me sick to my stomach. I get something like a ton of those dried fruits. Thank God it's only a vial, imagine what a full bottle would do!
Summary: I agree that this turns a little bitter. actually a lot bitter. to be honest, I mainly smell cumin with a little nutmeg and something sharp & bitter I can't place - maybe the benzoin? There is a little of the dried fruits peeking out, but you have to put your nose right up to it and inhale deeply to get it - if you were just walking past all someone would smell would be bitter cumin nutmeg and something medicinal (clove?) that screams out in a harsh kind of way.
Summary: Notes: cedar, sandal, candied mandarin, dried fig and date; nutmeg, cumin and clove; bay-leaf, Tonka, Siamese benzoina and myrrh; labdanum. Starts pungent spicy, but mellows later to a sweet and spicy fragrance. The tonic bean and the cloves are very strong notes; the sandalwood is also but less noticeable. The dry down is slightly bitter. At first the fragrance has great silage, in its later stages it stays closer to skin. It loses power as it progresses.
Excerpt: Basket full with spices and dried fruit at the Middle-East market.<br />Long lasting, hot, spicy and spicy again.<br />Love-hate scent for selected perfume lovers who tended to Oriental olfactive group.
Summary: Wow, this is a very spiced potion. As the notes have been mentioned in previous reviews, I won't go through them again. This is a very thoughtful fragrance as are most from Serge. I can't wear this. The top is pure cumin on my skin, drying down to a very strong, medicinal cloud that just won't quit. Rather like a muscle rub. Not what I want to smell like. I must have odd body chemistry because this seems well loved by many.