Un bois sépia 2008

Un bois sépia by Serge Lutens
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Un bois sépia is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is woody-fresh. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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CypressCypress OpoponaxOpoponax PatchouliPatchouli SandalwoodSandalwood VetiverVetiver


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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 13.12.2022.


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Sepia tinted memories
You’d be hard pressed to find a perfume lover who has a neutral opinion of the Serge Lutens line. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the fragrances elicit strong opinions on both sides. I think of this divide as being key to the aesthetics of the house: creating perfumes which challenge tradition and make a strong, individual statement. And if challenging our traditional sense of beauty provokes a little divisiveness and controversy then I’m sure it pleases Le Grande Serge.

However, as I’ve sniffed my way through the house I’ve noticed a few fragrances that seem completely out of place in the Lutens’ family portrait. It’s as though they are the middling, introverted children of the clan when compared to their eccentric, flamboyant siblings. They stand out precisely because they lack strong personalities. Unfortunately, Un bois sépia is one of the awkward, shy kids.

My feeling is that Un bois sépia may have been created as a quiet, contemplative fragrance in this family of extroverts. In that regard, including "sepia" in the name of the fragrance seems fitting as a metaphor for melancholy, such as “sepia tinted memories”. Of course, the name was not intended to convey that impression but "sepia" does describe the character of this sad little fragrance.

Thankfully, AromiErotici’s review (below) presents an excellent nuts and bolts description of Un bois sépia. I willingly admit, I’m at loss to describe it as well. Its mousy personality, blended, high pitched accords and lack of depth in the base leave me shrugging my shoulders for anything more to add.
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