Serge Lutens Louve

21 Feb

Louve by Serge Lutens opens with some astringent alcohol, a bright and lovely almond/marzipan note, which almost immediately becomes complicated by an artificial cherry cough medicine note, (reminding me a little of the medicinal cherry in Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noir), with the powder and the florals close behind. A few sparks of promising color are enveloped by a lavender-grey haze.

As Louve develops on my skin and becomes largely a powdery floral, the almonds calm down, but the cherry medicinal quality persists. Louve then warms up with a humming amber-vanilla, a familiar element which seems to be present in many Lutens compositions.


The dry down loses the medicinal aspect and the color of the florals fade away. Louve ends in a warm but slightly bitter, powdery musk. It projects moderately and its longevity is about average.

Louve is an expensive woman with strictly expensive taste, who always wears furs, attends the opera whenever she wants, and always seems unhappy.

When you meet her you think, “Why!? Isn’t every day like Christmas for this person? She must be bored with herself or something. Maybe she thought having wonderful things would make her interesting and was disappointed when they didn’t change her one bit… Or maybe… she’s just lonely.”

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2 Responses to “Serge Lutens Louve”

  1. rosestrang May 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Loving the reviews and paintings, I discovered your blog through Frgarantica after reading your hilarious review of Musc Ravageur! I also paint and sniff perfume, if you like check out my paintings on http://rosestrang.wordpress.com/artworks/

    • clamato May 22, 2013 at 1:19 am #

      Woah! I love your work, Rose! Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing it with me. I ❤ Fragrantica for connecting people like the two of us, among other things.

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