Serge Lutens 5 New Perfume Releases

Only the other day I was reflecting on L’Incendiaire and its self-consciously high price, and today I read in Madame Figaro that Serge Lutens is about to release five new perfumes in the same La Collection Section d’Or. Cannibale, Cracheuse de Flammes, Renard Constrictor, L’Haleine des Dieux and Sidi Bel-Abbès will join the range in October 2015.

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Cannibale — “The cannibal is famished. How can we mention him without a reference to love? It leaves a vibrant acidity on the nose and on the skin, reminiscent of the floral vinegars of 18th century France.” (This and the rest of the descriptions are via Serge Lutens’s Facebook page. Just don’t ask me what any of it means.)

Cracheuse de Flammes — “Seduction is a weapon, the flames a language. I breathe the fire which ignites her passion! And in this war of fire, all that remains of the woman, the rose in this instance, is a burning passion.”

Renard Constrictor — “The memory is but fleeting, it refuses to remain in my conscience. Like a timid furry creature, it retracts at a caress. It is a fear that stifles the hero.”

L’Haleine des Dieux — “The minuscule white flower which is sometimes added to a bouquet of roses is called gypsophila. In the UK it also goes by the name of baby’s breath. The volume it creates is the volume I had in mind, a misty breath of my gods, but in actual fact, I am God, the Devil and a woman!”

Sidi Bel-Abbès — “From a forgotten time, an erased past, all that remains in our memory is the footprint in the sand of an anonymous love.”

Each bottle is priced at $600 or €450 for 50ml of parfum. I will eventually update the post with more details. Via Madame Figaro and perfume descriptions are via Serge Lutens.



  • Ajda: Well, it appears that Uncle Serge doesn’t have a problem selling L’Incendiaire. He’s striking the iron while it’s hot :). June 11, 2015 at 8:18am Reply

  • Anne: waoooo. such evocative names! Renard constrictor ( constrictor fox)… Haleine des Dieux ( gods breath)….. June 11, 2015 at 9:13am Reply

    • Hannah: What kind of an image does Renard constrictor conjure for a French speaker? Constrictor Fox really just makes me imagine some kind of fox/boa constrictor hybrid.
      But I saw a fox in the park by my friend’s house 2 weeks ago, it was cute. June 11, 2015 at 11:30am Reply

      • Victoria: I saw a fascinating program on a fox breeding program in Siberia that selects out animals by their personality and partly explains how dogs were domesticated. June 12, 2015 at 2:42am Reply

    • Victoria: Curious what they will smell like. June 12, 2015 at 2:27am Reply

      • Karen: We have foxes around us and you can tell when they’ve been in the area from the scent of their urine – same with the deer. Not *quite* sure that is what SL has used as inspiration, but it’s pretty fascinating. June 12, 2015 at 6:54am Reply

        • Victoria: I wouldn’t put it past him. June 14, 2015 at 5:10am Reply

  • Ana Maria Andreiu: So if we want new orientals from Monsieur Lutens will have to pay heavily☺Not going to happen for me.Now,I’m only speculating,but from the names they do sound like opulent,rich fragrances whereas the latest releases in his regular line are paler things June 11, 2015 at 9:30am Reply

    • spe: The orientals are my least favorite of the Lutens line, so I’m likely immune to the acquisition desire this round! I’ve learned the hard way that it’s a mistake for me to spend so much on new perfumes. Most don’t really thrill me and they have not as yet become my favorites. I am in the process of selling many of those mistakes now. The best advice is to spend a long time sampling (over a month) before purchasing. June 11, 2015 at 10:12am Reply

      • Joy: I totally agree with your philosophy. Every time that I have made a purchase after just one sample or even a small decant, I have regretted it. It takes time to verify that the fragrance really suits you and your lifestyle. I start with a sample vial, then step up to a small decant. If I think that I can’t live without it, I purchase a larger decant. June 11, 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

        • spe: Joy, I haven’t been as systematic as you, but I like your approach. I’ll modify to 1) sample 1/2 ml; 2) decant of 10 ml. If I go through those, it’s likely a keeper! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences, it’s helped me very much. June 11, 2015 at 2:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: In that case, I’ll just stick with Ambre Sultan. June 12, 2015 at 2:30am Reply

      • angeldiva: Here, here! I concur! My bottle Ambre Sultan will last me 10 years!
        🙂 June 12, 2015 at 3:00am Reply

        • Carla: Yes I only need Serge’s florals (ISM etc) and his Ambre Sultan. I’m happy. June 24, 2015 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Annette: Let me look at the prices a little longer! After that nothing will seem expensive! 🙂 June 11, 2015 at 9:59am Reply

    • solanace: That’s it, sweet Uncle Serge is doing this to enable our Amouage sprees! 🙂 June 11, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Haha, Solanace, you are right! Out of his good heart, he is helping his rivals. June 11, 2015 at 10:45am Reply

      • Annette: Ha ha, Solance! But I might disappoint you – I am not an Amouage fan. Now, the Hylnds series from D.S. & Durga… How many bottles would that fetch me? *Looking for that caclulator 🙂 June 11, 2015 at 10:46am Reply

        • Victoria: Amouage is also not favorite (good formulas, but rarely worth the high price tags), but oh boy, does it sound reasonable now. June 12, 2015 at 2:41am Reply

          • Austenfan: Just out of curiosity do you think they are not worth the price tag because of the ingredients?
            If you feel can’t reply I will not feel offended. June 13, 2015 at 1:52pm Reply

            • Victoria: The formulas are made well, but the raw cost of the formula is nothing to justify the high price tags. Gold, however, was an exception. June 14, 2015 at 5:16am Reply

              • Austenfan: Thanks 🙂 , I can’t tell of course, but I guessed that was what you meant. June 14, 2015 at 7:00am Reply

              • Carla: Once I sprayed Gold on one arm and Rive Gauche on the other and they smelled the same and then RG got better. I haven’t repeated the experiment – it was at a shop -and am still surprised but it was distinctly my reaction then June 24, 2015 at 10:08pm Reply

                • Victoria: Was it recently? June 26, 2015 at 11:17am Reply

                  • Carla: Hello Victoria, browsing around your wonderful blog. I distinctly remember my Amouage Gold/Rive Gauche experiment. It was summer 2009, we were in Hanover, Germany on short term assignment. Ah, I miss Europe where even in a smaller town like Hanover you can find Amouage! I still have a hard time trusting my nose, the similarity was so surprising, I really ought to get a sample of Gold and try again. Rive Gauche is one of my top ten perfumes and I think it’s such a good value. Were you implying Gold has been reformulated? I know RG was a while ago October 26, 2015 at 8:23pm Reply

      • Austenfan: And making me feel far less guilty about my MDCI urges! June 11, 2015 at 4:58pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: or my 30 ml Nicolai’s ones…;-) June 12, 2015 at 7:01am Reply

          • Austenfan: At least those are so affordable. June 14, 2015 at 7:00am Reply

      • orsetta: LOL – a perfect observation! we are now in times when Amouage start to seem cheap-ish! June 13, 2015 at 6:59am Reply

    • Karen: Lordy, why not just say $1,000? How did the SL marketing department come up with $600, I wonder. It must be partly to see how many people will pay that – and if enough do, then the next exclusive release probably will be for $950-$1,000. After all, people pay a lot for sneakers made by slave labor simply because of a logo/brand name. June 11, 2015 at 2:02pm Reply

      • Victoria: It’s 450 euros ($600 is the conversion). Maybe, it sounds still a bit more acceptable than 500 euros? June 12, 2015 at 3:02am Reply

        • Karen: Exactly, 450 or 495 sounds much easier than 500. It’s close to the cost of a ticket from DC to Istanbul, and that sounds like more fun to me. June 12, 2015 at 6:58am Reply

          • Hamamelis: Istanbul is absolutely worthwhile to visit! June 12, 2015 at 7:03am Reply

            • Karen: And from Istanbul, an inexpensive flight to -well, anywhere! Super cheap to get to the southern coast, central Anatolia, or anywhere. Ended up adding only around $100 more to fly round trip to Budapest last fall (which was still way cheaper than any flights directly to Budapest) June 12, 2015 at 7:25am Reply

              • Hamamelis: Budapest, another great city… June 12, 2015 at 10:46am Reply

                • Victoria: I like both cities very much. But Karen’s mention of exploring textiles in Turkey (in today’s thread) has peaked my curiosity. I’d love to do that! June 12, 2015 at 1:27pm Reply

                  • Karen: I’m sure you would appreciate a form of needlework done there called oya. There are thousands of patterns – floral, geometric, everything – and it is now used to edge the cotton scarves rural women wear (used to also edge the silk robes worn by wealthy women). Colors and patterns can convey sentiments or indicate where a woman is from.

                    It’s a dying art although some artisans are trying to keep it going. Needle sizes range from teeny tiny to larger embroidery type, as well as what the needles are made of. June 12, 2015 at 3:23pm Reply

                    • Victoria: My grandmother is addicted to the Turkish soap operas, and I started noticing these trims on women’s scarves. June 14, 2015 at 5:20am

        • Kusa: $600 is actually more like 536 euros… June 26, 2015 at 10:35am Reply

          • Victoria: Yes, I know, but the price in dollars and euros is different. June 26, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

    • Victoria: 🙂 I feel the same way. June 12, 2015 at 2:33am Reply

      • Karen: Responding to your comment about Turkish soap operas here (since thread has gotten narrow). Many people are learning Turkish through watching them, it’s really funny as they are addicting. I’m sure there is something equivalent in Turkey to oya, varieties of needlework that perhaps at one time had a language on its own.

        One aspect that I love is the choice a woman makes in decorating the scarf – are the flowers or design small or large and flamboyant, some designs use a plastic piece to support the thread in the design – I have some with large beautiful hearts. June 14, 2015 at 8:37am Reply

        • Victoria: These are dubbed in Ukrainian, and each episode lasts for 2.5 hours (broken up by commercials). The plots are predictable and melodramatic, but hanging around the room while my grandmother watches them I can see how addictive this stuff gets. I find myself asking my grandmother, “so, did Feriha and Emir get back together? Did Saher’s husband find out that she was plotted with Gulsun to pretend as if Gulsun’s husband’s flat was robbed?”

          In what area of Turkey is this technique most popular? June 14, 2015 at 9:29am Reply

          • Karen: Oya is popular throughout Turkey. How scarves are worn is what varies. I see less and less women wearing the colorful cotton scarves edged in oya in Istanbul and in the cities, where more women are wearing silk (or pretend silk) scarves with great care given to match jackets/coats and outfits.

            I think it’s another way of conveying something about yourself – the rural women working in the fields are wearing scarves in part because of tradition and religion, but I think it’s also a very practical way of keeping your hair off your face while working. And the cotton absorbs sweat.

            Depending on how the scarf is tied, you can end up with a crown of flowers or flowers framing the face. It’s fun to see the different styles – again, it can be an indicator of where a woman is from.

            There is some information about the different meanings of the flowers and colors (pepper flowers can mean that you’ve had an argument with your husband – according to some accounts). I used to know more, but it’s faded away a bit! June 15, 2015 at 7:22pm Reply

            • Victoria: In Tbilisi I saw these Turkish scarves edged with oya being sold at the cheap souvenir stalls, and having learned about it from you before, I knew what I was looking at. Fascinating about the meaning of designs!

              Having done my fair share of farm work this spring, I agree, scarves are a must. June 16, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

              • Karen: Too fun! The challenge nowadays is finding the hand made oya, as opposed to the machine made ones. It’s harder and harder to find, but so much prettier!

                And totally agree, keeping your hair off your face is essential when working outdoors. June 16, 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Hannah: I’m curious for more details but there isn’t a chance any will be more than decant-worthy for me. I’m not willing to spend more than $300 on any perfume. June 11, 2015 at 10:30am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m barely able to spend 100 euros at this point, but I’m realizing that I’m way behind the trend. Today, 100 euros can get you something at Douglas but not Aedes. June 12, 2015 at 2:38am Reply

  • solanace: Now, seriously, I feel totally excluded. June 11, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

    • Karen: Please don’t feel that way! I’d say feel smart to realize that it’s marketing and packaging and just a way to create another set of new perfumes to go along with the emperor’s (or empress’) new clothes.

      Now if Victoria writes that $600 is a bargain for any of these and all perfume lovers should just forgo mortgages and bills to rush out and purchase one or all, I will feel bad! June 11, 2015 at 1:50pm Reply

      • Michaela: Karen, you are perfectly right! 🙂 June 12, 2015 at 9:01am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, you are not the only one. June 12, 2015 at 2:38am Reply

  • SmokeyToes: I’m looking forward to smelling these releases, I feel Serge excels at oriental fragrances. $600 per bottle is steep; even if I could afford it, I’ll never purchase a scent that expensive. June 11, 2015 at 10:36am Reply

    • Victoria: I love perfume, but $600 can get me a much happier experience–travel, books, family vacation–than a bottle of fragrance. But I’m still interested to try them. June 12, 2015 at 2:40am Reply

  • Erica W: I hope Cannibale smells like something Hannibal Lecter would wear, or maybe something he would want one of his victims would wear! I’m definitely intrigued with a name like that 🙂 June 11, 2015 at 10:43am Reply

    • solanace: The names are awesome. Cracheuse de Flammes, a she-dragon! June 11, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: She dragons can be nice, see Shreck (the movie). June 11, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

        • solanace: Indeed. My boy loves Shrek… June 15, 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

      • Austenfan: Agree, love the names. Not the biggest Serge Fan though. But up until now his prices were quite reasonable.
        I don’t know if you have ever visited the Palais Royal boutique. It’s a great experience and a beautiful place. June 11, 2015 at 5:02pm Reply

        • solanace: I have never, but hope I will soon. Then, I will probably spray myself silly with Cracheuse de Flammes, lol. June 15, 2015 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Victoria: Intriguing is right! June 12, 2015 at 2:40am Reply

  • Emma: I must say Serge Lutens has had and still has the best perfume names of the industry since Nombre Noir. I’m excited, it’s not that they are beautiful, they are always awesome! I’m hoping for a rich, sophisticated stellar grand feminine, a modern take on ambery spicy powdery legendary perfumes such as Caron En Avion and Patou Normandie. At least, please, no unisex masculine incense stuff! Think Babe Paley, and other glamorous New York socialite women. June 11, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

    • Hannah: I don’t think incense is masculine.
      And what did Babe Paley even do? Be born and marry someone? June 11, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

      • Emma: Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair then, she went for glamorous old Hollywood pictures, unleashing her inner femininity.
        I wore L’incendiaire last fall, liked it until my boyfriend and male friends told me it smells masculine. It’s not what we think it smells like or not, as women we get validation from men, whether we like it or not, we’re not going to change that. You might be more secure in yourself than I am, I think it’s great. I don’t like being told by men my perfumes smell masculine, however I’m very secure in myself when it comes to vintage classics. To each their own. June 11, 2015 at 1:40pm Reply

        • Victoria: You get validation from your own experiences, from your own achievements and your sense of self. To say that all women receive validation from men (or even need it or want it) is not right.
          If you love L’incendiaire, please don’t get swayed by the opinion of others. It smells gorgeous, and I’m sure it smells wonderful on you. If your boyfriend hates it, then, sure, why wear it around him (bet you have many more perfumes in your wardrobe). But there is no need to chuck it altogether. Wear it for yourself, for moments when you need a special thrill, a different fantasy. If vintage classics fulfill that role too, then great, even more beautiful perfumes to choose from. June 12, 2015 at 3:00am Reply

          • Merlin: Ditto on everything. June 12, 2015 at 12:15pm Reply

      • Austenfan: Be a friend to Truman Capote for a while 😉 June 11, 2015 at 5:05pm Reply

      • Karen: Looking at photos of Babe Paley, I think she had a terrific sense of style and that’s something I appreciate. Back then, women didn’t rely on stylists to pick out there every outfit, jewelry, makeup and hair style – and while money can certainly help, it’s not a guarantee that a woman will look elegant.

        I love the way she combined costume and real jewels, something my grandmother did and I now do. We all get inspiration from a wide variety of sources, some of whom may be accomplished in a particular field, some famous, maybe just someone you see on the street one day.

        Fortunately, sources for inspiration are unlimited! June 12, 2015 at 7:33am Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Karen,
          I’m a huge fan of Babe Paley’s as well. Let’s not forget her style fame peaked after having her face reconstructed because of a car crash. She was more brave than people realized.
          Her willowy figure blew my mind. She and Dina Merrill- two great American beauties- and Dina could really act.
          Babe Paley made wearing trousers chic. She was also credited with tying a colorful scarf around the handles of her Hermes Kelly bags, when the scarf was not in use. A look you can see in Beverly Hills everyday.
          Her fashion instincts were effective, and workable. Socialites in her circle kept designers in business. June 12, 2015 at 8:05am Reply

  • rainboweyes: Although Serge Lutens is not my favourite perfume house (except for Iris Silver Mist, my Holy Grail when it comes to iris) I always respected him for not throwing multiple releases on the market at a time. Well, he seems to have tasted blood now…
    And the prices, wow, they make me gasp… June 11, 2015 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Victoria: The multiple launches rarely make me excited. At this point, it just feels like another marketing phase, nothing else. But I have no doubt the perfumes will be well-made and interesting. June 12, 2015 at 2:44am Reply

  • Joy: So many of the perfumes that I really love already are not even close to that cost, such as Chanel no.5 and Cristalle. I won’t be tempted except to possibly purchase a sample vial after Victoria has reviewed. June 11, 2015 at 2:36pm Reply

    • limegreen: A good point! But have you looked at Chanel prices recently? Creeping toward or over $100. Granted, it’s not $600…. 🙂 June 11, 2015 at 7:22pm Reply

      • Joy: Quite right! The costs for many are becoming great. Let’s see, house payment or bottle of perfume? Humm. June 11, 2015 at 8:45pm Reply

        • limegreen: Fortunately a bottle lasts a long time! June 11, 2015 at 10:52pm Reply

    • Victoria: The closest would be my bottle of Guerlain Nahema parfum, I believe. June 12, 2015 at 3:03am Reply

  • limegreen: gulp! Let’s hope this is NOT the trend for the perfume houses. at these prices, even the samples will be fairly pricey.
    Did anyone smell Night (Ropion’s oud for Malle)? that was priced in the $800s, I think, due to the use of real oud (and targeted for the Middle Eastern market). June 11, 2015 at 3:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t. I like oud, but I felt no desire to seek out something so expensive and rare. June 12, 2015 at 3:04am Reply

    • Karen: Yes, I smelled it and have a scent card, and it is Oud Oud Oud – definitely not the cleaned up, pretty scent that we think is Oud, but earthy, skanky. Reminds me of the aroma that greeted me at my goat shed when I had goats – it’s not necessarily “bad” or unpleasant, but if you think Oud is Jo Mallone’s Velvet Rose and Oud (which I have and love like crazy), then you are in for a shock.

      If you wore it to work (at an office), I think HR might actually ask you to go home and change! June 12, 2015 at 7:06am Reply

      • limegreen: Thanks, Karen! Skanky goats, huh? did you try it on skin, wonder if it adapts, or one adapts to it, like eating bleu cheese? 🙂 June 16, 2015 at 1:49pm Reply

  • DK: Despite the cost, these sound so exciting. Can’t wait to learn more! June 11, 2015 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: Lutens always has surprises lined up! June 12, 2015 at 3:04am Reply

  • Daisy: Those prices are eye-popping! I never thought that I would ever say this, but Amouage is looking inexpensive. June 11, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Victoria: Several people commented on Amouage, and yes, that was my first thought too. June 12, 2015 at 3:05am Reply

  • Neva: I like SL very much, but boy, why am I always suspicious when a perfume house brings many new releases at once to the market? Did a divine inspiration kick in suddenly and they had to materialize all the stuff? I immediately think of Versace yellow, red, green, blue…..and I think to myself: all of it can’t be so divine, or can it? June 11, 2015 at 5:45pm Reply

    • Victoria: It’s possible that many were in the works for a long time. Lutens and his perfumer Christopher Sheldrake are likely to have many accords in their library waiting to be transformed into a new fragrance. But for a perfume lover, these multiple launches are confusing. June 12, 2015 at 3:06am Reply

  • angeldiva: Hello!
    I just want to thank all the ladies that raved about Lolita Lempicka Elle Laime!!! I bought an FB- unsniffed, and LOVE THIS ! It truly smells something like Bronze Goddess. And, would be a good sub, if one missed the seasonal availability- just like one of you had stated. Why would I spend $600. for a status frag-when Ambre Sultan is so universally splendiferous? lol
    A truly wonderful European Lady from BdJ sent me some perfumes that are out of this world! One of them: Amouge -Epic smells amazing. Honestly, two drops, and, it smelled fabulous 13 hours later. Now, there is a selling point! How long does the scent last??? How long will the bottle last?
    I believe that Epic would be worth the $275. +tax that I would pay for it on the Loehmanns website.
    But, finding the Lolita Lempicka for $20. is such a turn on, and I COULD STILL BUY GROCERIES!!! LOL
    Angeldiva June 12, 2015 at 2:58am Reply

    • Victoria: There is so much to choose from that unless one can truly afford it, buying a perfume this expensive makes no sense. I love by Terry’s new Rouge Nocturne, but I’m just as happy with Love Chloe. June 12, 2015 at 3:09am Reply

    • Hamamelis: I would recommend wearing it a longer, till you drain your sample. Then decide if it is still worth it (feeling partly responsible here 😉 ). See exchange between Spe and Joy, especially as it is so expensive.
      There are also Amouage solids for sale, that are much less expensive, and maybe more wearable.
      I have an Epic decant, which will last me a long time! June 12, 2015 at 7:09am Reply

      • angeldiva: Thank-you, Hamamelis!
        Not planning on purchasing an FB of Epic right now! I need to buy a house. lol
        I love it, though. And, thank -you for all of your kindness towards me! June 12, 2015 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Rose: I can’t keep up with all the new Lutens. Though I did try Bas de Soie and l’Orpheline, neither suited me, but I’m still loving Le Fille de Berlin and Fille en Aiguilles, among others.
    They’re always interesting so if I have the chance for a sample swap I’d try them June 12, 2015 at 9:04am Reply

    • Victoria: La Fille de Berlin is one of my favorites too. I have been wearing it so much at one point, I wondered why I bother looking for other roses. It feels perfect. June 12, 2015 at 12:58pm Reply

      • spe: That thought crosses my mind with A La Nuit – it feels like my perfect jasmine soliflore! June 13, 2015 at 9:36am Reply

        • Victoria: Same for me. I also love Sarrasins. June 14, 2015 at 5:26am Reply

  • Anne-Catherine: Hi Victoria, interesting post but a shame for Serge Lutens. He seems to be desperate to attract attention with his overpriced perfume. His house was one of THE first niche perfume houses , and the last ten years he launches 2 perfumes a year or at least, which isn’t a good sign for me! Honestly, who wants to smell like silk stockings,…? is he afraid we will forget him because of all his competitirs?. He shouldn’t be because many of his really perfumes are iconic.
    This summer we are going to Paris, it has been more than 20 years, but I will be happy to visit his shop next to the Louvre, I visited iT THE first time when iT was brand new. Very curious about tubereuse criminelle, bois oriental, Borneo and les Boxeuses.
    THE most realistic Incense perfume for me is l’ eau trois by diptyque, iT smells like a catholic humid church. I bought Timbuktu for my husband more than 10 years ago and iT is his signature Perfume. Copal d’ Azur is also very Nice, but all of these are a bit too masculine to wear myself. THE only perfume I have with Incense is black cashmere Donna karan, a soft one. June 12, 2015 at 11:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Black Cashmere is terrific. It somehow gets overlooked when people talk about incense perfumes, but to me, it’s one of the best. A classic, almost. June 12, 2015 at 1:16pm Reply

  • julie: I’ll be in Paris, I will sniff, but I will not buy a fragrance that costs more than my first car! And my current bicycle! And nearly my rent! June 12, 2015 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Karen: I thought about commenting that I had bought several cars for less than this! Not sure if $500 cars can still be found, but I had a few that lasted for quite a few years. June 12, 2015 at 3:26pm Reply

    • Victoria: The last car my husband and I drove in the US was worth half that amount! Yes, it was an old thing, but still… June 12, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

      • The Scented Salon: Or one could buy five other wonderful bottles of perfume to add to one’s collection! June 12, 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Joy: if I had this much disposable income, I would likely donate part of it to some worthy cause. There is so much need in the world. June 12, 2015 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: Lots of ways to spend that money, that’s for sure. June 14, 2015 at 5:29am Reply

  • The Scented Salon: As soon as I see the price, the chase is over for me. There is no point of anticipating the new release: I will not sample or even think about it simply because that is too much money for a bottle of perfume in my opinion. I sampled Armani’s Sable duo today and though the scents are wonderful, I saw absolutely no point in contemplating them. I will never try them again so…

    Decant sites will probably be charging twenty bucks for a 1ml sample. June 12, 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: I will sample it, but if I can’t afford something, I have no problem just admiring it from afar.

      How right are you about the decanters. Makes sense, of course, but for the amount, it’s way to expensive to sample. June 14, 2015 at 5:32am Reply

  • orsetta: after several years of perfume obsession and witnessing the pricing trends, i just can’t get worked up about this kind of info any more 😉

    i love the names, though. i’ve started watching ‘Penny Dreadful’ (and have been enjoying it enormously) and actually these names would be perfect there! June 13, 2015 at 7:13am Reply

    • Victoria: I think about it this way–these expensive launches finance the regularly priced line. June 14, 2015 at 5:33am Reply

  • Septimus Hodge: Victoria, when you say it’s 50 ML of parfum, do you mean EdP or extrait? If extrait, at least the price per ML is justifiable… but housing extrait in a 50 ML bottle necessarily prices it out of contention for many people. June 13, 2015 at 4:44pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m not so sure they are real extraits. L’Incendiaire behaves like Eau de Parfum on skin. But of course, these concentrations mean little. Just another marketing angle. June 14, 2015 at 5:36am Reply

  • Kusa: I smelled three of them at Barneys NY two days ago. I think they are quite different from the rest of SL line. The paper strips still smell amazing, rich and complex, in old tradition. I have to go and try them again. June 26, 2015 at 10:47am Reply

    • Victoria: Sounds promising. Thank you for an update. June 26, 2015 at 11:29am Reply

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