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Perfume Description

Perfume Name Serge Lutens de Profundis
Year Introduced 2011
Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake
Gender Unisex
Import or non-Import non-import
Notes chrysanthemum, gladiolus, dahlia, chamomile, peony, woods, hay, violets, incense and candied fruit
Country of Origin France

 

Serge Lutens de Profundis was created by Christopher Sheldrake. From one of the Psalms, de profundis clamavi means "From the Depths I Cried." Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis" essay written during his imprisonment says "Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things." Centered on chrysanthemum, the funeral flower, this fragrance is not sad or funeral, it is a cry from sadness reaching up to hope - sorrow can only exist when there is hope. Chilly icebox crysanthemum, woods, hay, incense, these are fall scents, the swan song of summer, when you gather in all the abundance of life and hold it tight as the earth starts to sink into winter. This fragrance twists through the spring, crisp green notes that soar. This fragrance is one of Serge Lutens' masterpieces, coming at a time when rumors started that he was retiring.  After smelling this, you'll be glad those were only rumors.  Exquisite and memorable, it is wearing art.

  

Full bottles of Serge Lutens products can be purchased at: Beauty Encounter and Beautyhabit

More information and Serge Lutens reviews can be found at:

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Serge Lutens de Profundis
Perfume Name Serge Lutens de Profundis
Year Introduced 2011
Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake
Gender Unisex
Import or non-Import non-import
Notes chrysanthemum, gladiolus, dahlia, chamomile, peony, woods, hay, violets, incense and candied fruit
Country of Origin France

 

Serge Lutens de Profundis was created by Christopher Sheldrake. From one of the Psalms, de profundis clamavi means "From the Depths I Cried." Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis" essay written during his imprisonment says "Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things." Centered on chrysanthemum, the funeral flower, this fragrance is not sad or funeral, it is a cry from sadness reaching up to hope - sorrow can only exist when there is hope. Chilly icebox crysanthemum, woods, hay, incense, these are fall scents, the swan song of summer, when you gather in all the abundance of life and hold it tight as the earth starts to sink into winter. This fragrance twists through the spring, crisp green notes that soar. This fragrance is one of Serge Lutens' masterpieces, coming at a time when rumors started that he was retiring.  After smelling this, you'll be glad those were only rumors.  Exquisite and memorable, it is wearing art.

  

Full bottles of Serge Lutens products can be purchased at: Beauty Encounter and Beautyhabit

More information and Serge Lutens reviews can be found at:

Basenotes     Fragrantica     Perfume Posse

 

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  1. No Funeral Here 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Nov 2015

    Maybe it's me, but I don't smell anything funereal here. Instead, this fragrance reminds me of violets and mossy woods, and it carries a subtle iris note. I love it for most occasions. It isn't overpowering, but brings to its wearer a unique scent.


  2. Wonderful Floral 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2015

    On my skin I note violets, chrysanthemums. It's a beautiful, delicate but lasting floral.


  3. Beautiful Graveyard 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Feb 2015

    I have sampled many Serge Lutens fragrances, and have been impressed by only a few. I feel that this one is one of his masterpieces. There is nothing else out there I can compare it to. There is chrysanthemum, incense, and soil. The way these notes are combined leaves me struggling for words to describe it, except to say that if this was composed with graveyards in mind, then I want to visit them, often. De Profundis wears close to the skin, surrounding you in a soft aura for the day. This is one of those fragrances that you will either love or leave alone. I can't be without it. For me, it is uplifting. I hope you will try it.


  4. Less than I expected 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2015

    I sampled the scent on paper in a store but couldn't get a sense of it's character probably from over-sniffing other fragrances. The bell jar with purple juice was hypnotising so i got a sample to try again (thinking how I'd love to have this on my dresser). Also, all the references and poetic imagery drew me in- I'm certainly a fan of funerals and Oscar Wilde and psalms like the next guy.
    But sadly, I am pretty underwhelmed by the fragrance, finding it rather simple: The walk-in fridge at the flower shop. Which isn't a bad thing and great on a hot day.
    It opened green and carnation-y and then went soapy before dying almost completely on my skin (maybe that's the death reference). I was able to revive it somewhat by exhaling on it so maybe damp skin holds the scent better. I'll try it before i exercise and see if the sweat helps it out at all.
    It's pleasant enough but i wouldn't invest in it. I guess I'll work on crafting a jar with purple water instead.


  5. Beautiful fragrance 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2014

    I had seen a perfume review on this particular fragrance on YouTube and decided to buy a sample vial. Completely worth it, beautiful fragrance. Once opening the vial its almost an unexpected reaction from all you assumed it to be, and being something completely more. Will definitely buy this again.


  6. Beautiful but fragile. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2014

    Chilly, melancholic and wan. De Profundis is a stunning and unique creation, unlike anything I've ever come across before.

    The opening is green, dewy and earthy. Like a shaded, wet garden on a frigid morning. One of the least 'floral' florals I can think of. De Profundis is not an extrovert, it's contemplative, lonely, dark, sad and oddly vunerable.

    The heart settles into a cool violet incense accord that shimmers with a green, damp vibe.

    De Profundis takes an odd turn as the hours go on, actually growing stronger, more stable and less quavering as the base notes start to sing. It bows out with a thrumming, cool incense with a dusty, green, floral chrysanthemum note overlaid. Beautifully blended, wonderfully odd, slightly mad.

    De Profundis is certainly not for everyone - but for those who like their frags on the far side of quirky, or those looking for a truly unisex take on violets - look no further.

    Longevity is on the lower side of moderate. Sillage is polite, but persistant, not a skin scent by any means, but not an 80's style nuclear assault either. Enjoy on cold, windy days with pale skin and flushed cheeks.


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