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Serge Lutens Arabie is one of the many fragrances Serge Lutens has made that were inspired by his love of the Middle East, especially Morocco. Serge Lutens Arabie is a woody oriental - richly spiced and smells amazingly like Morocco. Dense and chewy with rich gourmand notes and spices, this isn't a shy fragrance at all. It's fairly polarizing - you either love it or hate it.   

 

Review of Serge Lutens Arabie from noses than may or may not sniff like your nose does. 

from Kafkaesque - "Arabie opens on my skin with sticky dates and tannic, almost leathery figs, both submerged under a steady stream of immortelle absolute that smells like maple syrup, curry, and banana leaves combined. A host of fresh, dried, and aromatic herbs from the kitchen pantry are lavishly strewn on top: a generous handful of fenugreek; a pinch of fresh basil; a cup of oregano; and several large, brimming cups of bay leaf that smells immensely bitter and medicinal.  

Between the two camps — the herbal and the sweet — lies an orange note that takes elements from each because it smells simultaneously candied, dried, and as fresh as blood oranges mixed with bitter Seville bigararde. It’s not a powerful note, nothing remotely as intense as the dried fruits, immortelle syrup or herbs, and it seems to hide mostly behind the bitter, almost medicinal aromatics of the herbs in a way that makes me think of a Campari cocktail where the bartender put more Angostura bitters than actual Campari.

 

But that’s not all. It’s as though a chef suddenly felt the need to raid the rest of his pantry lest he hurt the feelings of other ingredients by leaving them out, because all of this is then set against a fluctuating backdrop of nutmeg laced with cloves, a pinch of earthy cumin, and the immortelle’s curry powder side. Like a diaphanous curtain blowing back and forth in the distance, the spices sometimes waft by on the breeze in a clear, distinct fashion but, more often than not, they’re subsumed within Arabie’s opening brown-red-gold core."

 

from thenonblonde - "My rediscovery of Arabie started when I smelled it on the husband's skin. We were playing at the Serge Lutens counter and before I could stop him he applied Arabie to his wrist. No stinky souk, no camels, only a gilded oriental fantasy, a little dirty, a little dangerous, and quite appetizing in a somewhat perverted way that's hard to explain. It also helped that the husband ended up accidentally layering Arabie with Uncle Serge's cuminy Santal de Mysore. They go incredibly well together. But the key for me to understand and enjoy Arabie was when I started dabbing it. Spraying makes it take up so much space; both in the air around me and in my consciousness. I become a place instead of a person. But when I dab the perfume and only use enough to get that incredible sweetness, it transforms me into that ancient seductress whose skin is all honey and fruit. all of a sudden Arabie is irresistible with its warmth and forbidden undercurrents."

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Perfume Name

Serge Lutens Arabie

Year Introduced 2000
Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake
Gender Unisex
Collection Exclusive Bottles - Resineux/Ambre
Notes Cedar, sandalwood, candied mandarin peel, dried figs, dates, cumin, nutmeg, clove, balsamic resins, tonka bean, Siamese benzoin and myrrh
Country of Origin France

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  • Unknown - 1st Jan 2015

    2
    Nice gourmand dries down not-so-nicely

    Arabie certainly has clove in it, but the clove doesn’t overpower the rest of the notes, although very noticeable. In a small way, it reminds me of L’Artisan’s Piment Brulant, but only because they both share a clove note. Arabie is definitely gourmand, while PB is more like a vegetable garden, raw and uncooked. Also, Arabie is definitely sweeter than PB because PB isn’t sweet at all. I suspect most people will either love it or hate it. It seems to drown itself, during drydown, in a watery base, as I suspect is typical with most Serge Lutens scents. Overall, during drydown, any pleasant smell is gone. I can certainly live without Arabie.

  • Unknown - 11th Jun 2014

    4
    A little too sweet for my taste

    The odor of strong, bitter herbal tea taken with Medjool dates and moderated by the scent encountered when opening a wooden box of spices. Over the following several hours these blend to become the intensely sweet holiday pudding aroma mentioned below. Longevity of at least 18 hours, excellent sillage.

3 Reviews

  • Unknown - 1st Jan 2015

    2
    Nice gourmand dries down not-so-nicely

    Arabie certainly has clove in it, but the clove doesn’t overpower the rest of the notes, although very noticeable. In a small way, it reminds me of L’Artisan’s Piment Brulant, but only because they both share a clove note. Arabie is definitely gourmand, while PB is more like a vegetable garden, raw and uncooked. Also, Arabie is definitely sweeter than PB because PB isn’t sweet at all. I suspect most people will either love it or hate it. It seems to drown itself, during drydown, in a watery base, as I suspect is typical with most Serge Lutens scents. Overall, during drydown, any pleasant smell is gone. I can certainly live without Arabie.

  • Unknown - 11th Jun 2014

    4
    A little too sweet for my taste

    The odor of strong, bitter herbal tea taken with Medjool dates and moderated by the scent encountered when opening a wooden box of spices. Over the following several hours these blend to become the intensely sweet holiday pudding aroma mentioned below. Longevity of at least 18 hours, excellent sillage.

  • Unknown - 4th Nov 2012

    5
    Up There With Chergui

    This begins as a novelty, but it grows and changes and it becomes a masterful, completely original, perfume. This is a Christmas scent, like a spicy holiday pudding. And it is mixed with the spicy, fizzy, molasses smell of Moxie soda (which is like root beer gone wild with medicinal herbs and limes). It smells of effervescent, mentholated herbal liqueur. Fizzing around is also the smell of tonka, melted butter, and chocolate mint. Arabie makes me think of an old-fashioned cure-all tonic.

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