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Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir was created by Christopher Sheldrake. It starts with a blast of incense, abating slowly, revealing a milky almond, tonka smoky core. As I noted when I reviewed it in 2009 - "it’s the Sonic Drive-in where Encens et Lavande, Chergui and Fumerie Turque all show up, their brakes go out simultaneously, and they all wind up in an incredibly interesting jumble on the menu, something like: 'Lavender Pancake Syrup with Hookah.' It's Serge Lutens so that's pretty normal and not nearly the mess it sounds like.

This from Fragrant Fanatic's review - "I'm thinking about a post apocalypse movie photage. First you see a deserted city, houses in ruins, fires, rubble everywhere. You zoom in on the rubble and you see it consists of burned childrens' toys and smashed up household items. If anyone remembers the intro of Terminator 2 you know what I mean. Then the camera zooms out and in the midsts of all destruction there is a single lunatic in a tattered robe, conducting a caricature of a Catholic mass by himself. That's the start of Forreau Noir."

I think I like that description a lot. Starts out as complete chaos, with no idea what it will become, just strap yourself in for the journey, it's not boring. 

Fourreau Noir is in the Oriental fragrance group.  

Reveiws of Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir from noses that may or may not sniff like your nose. 

from perfumeposse - "Our own Lee said: … Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir for all its masculine posturing, is a sad little scent, a front of machismo hiding a well of tears… It´s the 80s writ large. All front up front: the male fougere smells of lavender, coumarin, and synthetics such as dihydromyrcenol to give the thrusting metallic edge, the purr of the engine. All sadness beneath: smoky melancholy, myrrh, quietude.

 

Patty said: Think of it like this, it´s the Sonic Drive-in where Encens Et Lavande, Chergui and Fumerie Turque all show up, their brakes go out simultaneously, and they all wind up in an incredibly interesting jumble on the menu, something like:  “Lavender Pancake Syrup with Hookah.”

 

But here’s the thing: I’m kind of loving this train-wreck of a scent.  I think much of my advantage stems from the fact that I’m not a guy and have never dated guys who wear much cologne, and so I don’t have endless personal memories of choking on some nasty sharp 80s fougere, the man-whore equivalent of, say, Giorgio or Poison.  Instead, the lavender and metallic-freshness-plus-Comet-cleanser smell prompts a whole different and kind of novel scent-tableau for me.  It’s the virtual-reality version of standing at a stainless steel kitchen sink, steel wool in hand, with the hot water blasting into a skillet squirted with lavender dish soap, and the faint remnants of some kind of dessert (pancakes?  almond cookies?) hanging in the air."

 

from thenonblonde - "Fourreau Noir is musky, but to me it's a fairly clean musk with a hint of fruitiness. The tactile equivalent is of a soft silk-merino knit, kind of like the long wrap sweater with caressing kimono sleeves I'm wearing now as I'm typing this review. This coziness is helped greatly by the sweet gourmand dry-down. Tonka bean, almond cookies covered in very light powdered sugar and lots and lots of immortelle. I love immortelle on its mapley goodness, and in this case the maple smells like it was aged and smoked in old wood barrels. This is the kind of stuff I expect and enjoy from our favorite uncle."

  

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Perfume Name Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir
Year Introduced 2009
Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake
Gender Unisex
Collection  Exclusive Bottles - Resineux/Ambres
Notes Tonka bean, lavender, musk, almond and smoky accents
Country of Origin France

4 Reviews

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  • Catherine - 12th Jun 2015

    4
    Well crafted but not my cup of tea

    I enjoyed my sample. However, my taste leans away from the sweeter scents. This almost feels a bit mainstream for a Lutens/Sheldrake creation. I hesitate to designate scents to gender, but Fourreau Noir does seem overtly feminine to me, perhaps not quite so much at the start, but certainly in the middle. It would be interesting to smell on a man. I liked the distinctive lavender laced opening, but as it wore it got sweeter. No idea where reviewer 1 gets the dirty water note from - puzzling.

  • Unknown - 20th May 2015

    2
    Disappointed!

    I love serge lutens, I keep chergui in stock and was very eager to smell this perfume.its very hard to find too.. One word. Janitorial. Lol. Is that even a word. Just smelled like dirty water. Thanks god you can get samples on surrender to chance. Didn't spend a lot so at least it didn't break the bank

4 Reviews

  • Catherine - 12th Jun 2015

    4
    Well crafted but not my cup of tea

    I enjoyed my sample. However, my taste leans away from the sweeter scents. This almost feels a bit mainstream for a Lutens/Sheldrake creation. I hesitate to designate scents to gender, but Fourreau Noir does seem overtly feminine to me, perhaps not quite so much at the start, but certainly in the middle. It would be interesting to smell on a man. I liked the distinctive lavender laced opening, but as it wore it got sweeter. No idea where reviewer 1 gets the dirty water note from - puzzling.

  • Unknown - 20th May 2015

    2
    Disappointed!

    I love serge lutens, I keep chergui in stock and was very eager to smell this perfume.its very hard to find too.. One word. Janitorial. Lol. Is that even a word. Just smelled like dirty water. Thanks god you can get samples on surrender to chance. Didn't spend a lot so at least it didn't break the bank

  • Unknown - 4th May 2015

    5
    Sophisticated, distinctive, unique

    This was gorgeous, from the ethereal lavender to the the almonds. Both skin scent and sillage. And utterly unique. I think some May find it masculine but those are arbitrary gender categories. I'm just hesitating between a decant vs full bell jar. For a full review which I totally agree with:
    http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2013/11/21/serge-lutens-fourreau-noir-dark-delectable-magic/

  • ale - 14th Jan 2015

    5
    one of serges masterpieces

    A magnificent scent, whenever i put it on i feel like a femme fatale. It hugs my skin with such sensuality and grace like a black dress would. It is a strong, persistent scent, Could easily be worn by a man also.
    It is top on my full size to buy.

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