Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose

Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose

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?

Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose review

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).

Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose EDP

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?



  • peggy timmermans

    I love his fragances! I’ve got Feminité du Bois (loved it when it came out when it was still under Serge Lutens and not Shiseido) and I’ve got other than that 3 Lutens scents: Santal Majuscule, Ambre Sultan (tripple love!) and Serge Noir. I know alot of women find those perfumes too heavy and too woody..I love them!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, you’re a Serge Lutens connoisseur! It’s funny though. I noticed that whenever people talk about a scent they don’t like, they often describe it as “heavy,” whether it is actually “heavy” or not. Now I’m intrigued by these woody scents!

  • beautiesatwork

    not for me :) but i’m impressed with the 11 hours!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah longevity is an important factor for me when it comes to pretty much everything!

  • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

    I didn’t know this brand.. but this exotic scent of roses seems… lovely.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natasja, it’s actually not too hard to find in Belgium (some Planet Parfums already have a good selection)!

      • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

        I guess it just never caught my attention then, will be on the look out now :) !

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    Thanks for the review Sunny, I have only heard good things about Serge Lutens and tried quiet a few at the counter but nothing caught my intention until now. They are all lovely but was not worth splurging. I am totally into Maria Candide Gentile at the moment, have you tried her creations?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, thanks for putting a new brand on my radar! We don’t seem to have a store/counter here though. What is your favorite from the brand?

  • Anne

    I’m not into rose-based perfumes at all (in fact, I don’t know much about perfumes in general), but I’ve discovered Lutens fairly recently and aaaaaah. Even the total newbie that I am can tell it’s GOOD! I’ve tried a few on my skin, and my favourite was Chergui. It’s just so totally enchanting.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Anne, I Googled Chergui and it does look super intriguing! Now I have to see if I can take a whiff of it at some point!

      • Anne

        I tried it after reading Kafkaesque’s review. Every time I sniff it, it makes me giggle in delight. It’s just so evocative, I’ll splurge at one point or another.
        Now I want to try all of them!

  • http://jadeinthepalace.blogspot.com/ Cassandrapamela

    I’ve been wanting to try the Serge Lutens perfume range! But they’re pricey so I always hesitate.. the ladies working on the counter aren’t so nice either so I haven’t tried any single perfume from the brand.. this one sounds nice for me, I love rose scent in general ( esp rose scented candle :-D ), maybe I’ll give it a sniff the next time I visit Serge Lutens counter .. thanks for the review,Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh gah so sorry to hear about the mean SAs! They really kill a brand! If you like rose scents, give this one a go!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I want to try some of the line! I think I’ll have to do a sample order at some point, but I’m in perfume overload right now, lol!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah isn’t it weird how fast we can accumulate perfume samples?

  • birtegovarts

    Hmmm, sounds very intriguing!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You should take a whiff if you have the chance!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I feel kind of like an idiot for never even having heard of Serge Lutens :-S I don’t think this fragrance would be my cup of tea either. I don’t like strong rose scents.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, oh it’s OK. I think I never knew who he was till I discovered the fragrances either!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I have tried and unfortunately the one I tried gave me a rash! Not nice. I know this brand has one called Borneo, and I’ve been trying to find it just to smell it only because I was born in Borneo! Only the perfumes shops I’ve seen with Serge Lutens I’ve never seen the Borneo one…

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh nooo a rash! That’s scary! I’ll see if I can find Borneo somewhere. SL isn’t that hard to find here!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Hmmm, I like rose scents but this one sounds a bit scary haha! But maybe worth a sniff I guess! Couldn’t hurt, right? :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, you should definitely take a whiff! I have problems pulling off honey scents, but that problem is definitely not universal!

  • Icaria

    Oh interesting! I love rose scents and now I’m intrigued, I’ll have to see if I can get a whif of this one. I’ve never sampled any of Lutens fragrances.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, from what I know this is not the only rose scent they have! I’d like to try La Fille de Berlin at some point as well.

      • Icaria

        I think that’s the one I would like to smell first, so many nice comments about La Fille de Berlin! :)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Cool! I thought SL was much more older than 2000 because it’s so venerated. I hear that the largest Sephora in our city now carries SL perfumes. Going there on Thursday to DROWN myself in them! So excited. :D :D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, oh yay! I’d like to hear what you find intriguing!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    there are too many of these to sniff ahhhh lol. i think i had the same experience as you with the sourness. oh well! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha so maybe honey is not your thing, either ;)

      • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

        perhaps not! but i like honey so much? lol perfumes are hard anyway

  • Anat13

    My favorites are A la Nuit (a _gorgeous_ jasmine) and Fleurs de Citronnier, a wonderful lemon blossom for summer. I also love de Profundis (incense/chrysanthemum), Fleurs d’Oranger (a gorgeous orange blossom with a hint of spiciness), Bois de Violette (cedar and violet), and Datura Noir (white flowers, datura, touch of apricot). Jeux de Peau (sp?) smells like pastry and apricot–not a favorite, but interesting. Sa Majeste and La Fille de Berlin (both roses) are quite nice on me, too. Santal Majescule is a lovely creamy sandalwood with hints of cocoa and rose.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, thanks so much for the comment! Now I am definitely intrigued by Santal Majescule! Cocoa and rose sound delicious :)

      • Anat13

        Thanks! I find it off-putting for the first 10 minutes or so but really nice afterward. Bois de Jasmin has a great review of it.