Serge Lutens is a legend. I was going to say a legend in the cosmetics/perfume industry, but he really is just a legend. Full stop. He is a photographer, filmmaker, art director, and fashion designer among many other things. In 2000, he launched his namesake perfume brand. His innovative creations have won him award after award and captured many people’s hearts. For a rose enthusiast, what better to foray into the brand than with Sa Majesté La Rose?
Sa Majesté La Rose is a soliflore (fragrance based on one single flower), but Serge Lutens combines Dadès rose (Moroccan), Turkish rose, and Bulgarian rose for his customized version. Upon initial spray, I can smell a lot of honey (white honey, to be exact). Honey and my skin’s chemistry aren’t exactly best friends. For some reason it always turns a bit sharp on me, and it is not an exception here. I have to give it credit for not becoming unpleasant, as the rose soon emerges. Still, the sharper and slightly sour edge lingers until musk slowly takes over (around two hours).
Besides the slight sourness, what I don’t like so much about Sa Majesté La Rose is the fact that is it not a scent that wears close to my skin, at least not during the first 2 hours. It feels like wearing someone else’s shoes, and I don’t think it will truly become mine. Once the musk comes out, the scent calms down and becomes and less “loud.” Sometimes I smell more musk, and sometimes I smell more rose. It is very tame at this point, but in total it lasts for around 11 hours on me, which is rather impressive.
If you like roses, Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose is definitely a perfume you should check out. I probably won’t end up purchasing this one because it is good but not great on me, but as an introduction to the brand, it has certainly piqued my interest.
Have you tried anything from Serge Lutens?