Review: Serge Lutens Chergui


There are some fragrances I love but don't really want to wear until there is a chill in the air. Chergui is one of them. I know, I know - "it blooms in the heat!"  Yes, assuredly it does. But the notes in Chergui just don't "go" with summer, in my humble opinion. These notes belong to the days of brisk breezes, colorful, falling leaves, and apple cider.  Chergui is sweet tobacco-centric. Not the smoky brand of tobacco, but the resinous leaf version. It's pumped up and sweetened with a very nice amber and sandalwood combination and has honey and rose in the drydown. Some people find hay in Chergui, too, but I am not one of them.  It is potent - one or two sprays will last 24 hour on me. Somehow, though, the sillage is comparatively modest, which I think is a good thing because Chergui is unusual compared to what most people scent themselves with, and I don't like to be obtrusively unusual. I really like spritzing it under my knit scarf - it's like a cozy, fall-scented hug to my senses.

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