Serge Lutens L'Incendiaire is described as "This divided version of me awakens a forgotten yet timeless image from the very first moments of my life. To the right of me, touching the edge of my shadow, in another light, it illuminates a crown, one that could belong to my other.
I am the protagonist in this story, turning my anger into passion. My aggressiveness hides my fear and mends my courage. L’incendiaire provides me with the spark I need, and by declaring my flame I ignite what burns within me, and consumes me. My heroine surges from deep within my cowardice and my flaws reveal the golden brilliance of her virtues. It is the love which sustains me in my darkest hour, even as I grieve for its loss.
Your crimes are mine, and I take them with me to the guillotine, where the executioner is waiting to cut the ruffian’s – my – story short.
But my destiny is entirely in your hands!" -Serge Lutens"
Notes of geranium, carnation, woods and incense go into this somewhat oud'ish, rich smoky incense fragrance that last for hours. The drydown is long and interesting, shifting between smoke, woods, incense and - ohyes - a wee bit of skank.
L'Incendiaire is the first in a set of six fragrances in the Section d'Or luxury line from Serge Lutens. It is the first pure parfum from Serge Lutens as well as his first foray into the use of oud in one of his fragrances. This line was named Section d'Or (Golden Section) to describe a breakaway, a separation from his current line of fragrances. This exclusive collection is the brand’s ultimate creation and when it comes to choosing the ingredients to be used in each of the scents, only the finest quality is used, no expense spared. This is Serge Lutens at the culmination of his art.
from Patty at perfumeposse - "Smoked incense in a pure parfum version. I get some oud’ish qualities, but that’s not listed as a note, but they never are very complete with notes. Maybe myrrh’ish. It’s medicinal like either. That’s as far as my technical analysis runs, because then I just stick my nose in and let it sit there having some slices of heaven. I’ve smelled a lot of smoked incense fragrances – some good, some great, some meh. Defining exactly what makes any better than the rest is subjective to me. I know how happy it makes me smelling it, and then I put it in one of those three pots. Serge Lutens L’Incendiaire makes me really happy.
At the exact moment when I think I can’t get happier? Maybe it’s my imagination or something else leaking through – but I can’t imagine what, my skin doesn’t smell that way – but somewhere about an hour in after spraying, there is this little skank note. It’s that same surprise that I get in Iris Mist, that little spice note that shows up about 30-50 minutes in. Different note, same delightful surprise.
But the beauty of this is, you don’t have to get that surprise note – if it’s a fluke – to love L’Incendiaire. Straight up smoked incense is gorgeous."
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Serge Lutens L'Incendiaire (The Arsonist)
|Notes||Geranium, carnation, woods and incense|
|Country of Origin||France|