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Sarrasins – Not just for tent-dwelling raiders (October 27, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I love blogging about perfume largely because I love perfume so much. And while the juice always inspires me, sometimes it is difficult to build a story around a scent. I mean, every blog entry could just be “I love it. Try it.” But where’s the fun in that?

My current love is Sarrasins by Serge Lutens. How can I best engage you, dear reader, so that you feel inspired to share my love for this frag?

Perhaps there is some clever little story about where I bought it. OK – let’s see, Sarrasins is an exclusive to Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido store in Paris, so I got it there. Wasn’t drunk or hung over, didn’t run into John Hamm on the way, no misadventures, just a straight-up purchase. Hmm, no story there.

Perhaps there is an angle in the name. OK – let’s see what Wikipedia says: “…Saracens; pagan tent-dwelling raiders of the lands on the eastern fringes of the Roman empire.” Hmm, “pagan tent-dwelling raiders “ huh? Sounds like they could be family, best not to ripple those waters.

Nope, I’m afraid that this time I’m just going to have to inspire you by talking about the fumes.

This EDP is sold in the bell jar Lutens uses for his exclusives so it’s a dabber not a spritzer. Dabbing it on means the frag is more concentrated on your skin because less is dispersed into the air, and dabbing makes the first whiff a winner. Bergamot and jasmine at the open – full, lush, indolic jasmine, like you just put your face in a big bouquet of fresh jasmine - wow! Not the drama of the camphourous opening of Tubéreuse Criminelle, but a big calling card none the less.

Soon, the jasmine is joined by carnation, which plays up jasmine’s floral side. As it blooms on the skin it gets more indolic, smelling for a moment of naphthalene and ink before musk makes it all animalic - leathery and dirty. Just as it heads towards skanky, coumarin appears and warms it up, softening the jasmine giving it a bit of an exotic undertone that is bolstered by patchouli at the drydown.

Jasmine is the star here, but it is not a big, loud aggressive jasmine, nor is it middle of the road. Sarrasins is just a beautiful, perfect expression of it. And, the juice has been coloured a deep purple which leaves inky stain on clothes and paper – I have been known to ‘mark’ my hand-written notes with it.

Hey, Sarrasins was pretty inspiring after all. Yep, great juice can do that.

Sarrasins is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $8.00 for 1 ml.


Can't wait!

This one has been on my To Try list for a few weeks. I can't wait to have a snort!

Re: Can't wait!

The wait will be well worth it!

Sexy and soapy

Sassy Sarrasins is the fragrance I reach for most often. It's got it all--comfort, warmth, spice and sass. And like many fragrances that become a favourite, it reminds me of a scent from long ago. My mother gave me a bottle of White Shoulders when I was a teenager (in an earlier century), and Sarrasins reminds me of the clean, soapy smell of WS, but more grownup. Love the idea of dabbing a paper note with a drop of purple juice! Too bad we can't do that with email messages....

Re: Sexy and soapy

Ah, yes, White Shoulders - I wore it as a teenager too and felt very chic!
Sarrasins 'sassy'? What a great way to describe it! I just love it.
It's a shame we can't dab emails - think of all the sniffin' we could do over the net?


I'm going to have to stop seeing you,, because in addition to tempting me into purchasing samples, you're making me add all kinds of amazing frags to my "must-buy" list. First, I sampled and then bought a full bottle of Dzing! Then Nuit de Tubereuse, Lolita Lempicka, Tocade, Borneo 1834, L'air du desert morocain joined Dzing! on my new "perfume shelf"--which is now actually two shelves...

And now, I'm going to have sample Sarrasins! I almost don't want to like it, but I'm afraid I will, especially since I spent yesterday sniffing my wrist again and again where I'd spritzed Jasmin et Cigarettes by Etat Libre D'Orange. Jasmine makes me happy, and I think there's a pretty good chance that I just might have to join those nomads in the Sarrasins tent!

Re: Mmm...jasmine

Thank you for your comment!
You might not want to like it, but you are going to love it! This beautiful frag took me by surprise, but then the best things in life do, I feel.
I'd invite you to come stay with me, but then it would be' two in tents'!