a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
CÈDRE – 2005 – ♂♀
Classification: Oriental Woody
Notes: Cedar wood, Tuberose, Musk, Amber, Cinnamon
Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
Price: $140 for 50ml bottle
Serge Lutens’ Cèdre can easily be described with one word, confusing. If you are a serious Serge Lutens fan, you might know that cedar is Serge’s favorite tree. With that in mind, Cèdre should be a clearly focused, intensely woodsy scent. Not so, Cèdre has a twist.
The opening of Cèdre is a very soft, like a whisper. The cedar note makes its entrance very quietly and almost unnoticed. There is a floral note that appears but it is muddled at this point. As we wave a quick goodbye to the uneventful opening, the movement towards the heart notes are served with a heaping of dried fruit and lots of sweetness. This fragrance’s namesake seems to be taking a back seat to a syrup-laden cinnamon and amber duet. Where is the tuberose you ask? It appears, like a child running in and out of the room completely ignorant of its place in this fragrance. Maybe because the tuberose is being smothered by the overly sweet ambitious duet is the reason why it’s hardly noticed. The tuberose is subtle and nothing terribly distinct. The base of Cèdre gives us just a bit more cedar but also another generous helping of even more sweetness. There is also a animalistic note in Cèdre in the form of musk. This may give the fragrance a more substantial base but doesn’t really improve its overall linear performance. One of the problems with this fragrance is its simplistic construction of notes. Sometimes a simple assembly can prove to be an interesting fragrance, but Cèdre is muted, vague and extremely linear.
Most Serge Lutens fragrances have great longevity and sillage. Usually, that is the desired effect, and Cèdre is no different. If you’re looking for a light floral that’s syrupy-sweet with a hint of cedar, you might give Cèdre a try. Considering the show-stopping performances of most of the other fragrances in the Serge Lutens collection, Cèdre might leave you disappointed.