Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque

3.9

114 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$$

INGREDIENTS



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Note: I am finding Andy Tauer Vanilla Flash - Tauerville, in rollerball form, easier, less syrupy, less tobacco, and less arid powderiness, than FM or Chergui.

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Fumerie Turque used to be one of my favorite fragrances. I wore it more often years ago and I cannot recall why exactly I stopped. I haven't really gone back because orientals haven't been my category of choice for some time now. I have the older version. I should add that if I could smell the type of FT that Necrobella describes in her review below, I would give it five stars also. Notes as per Now Smell This NST blog site include rum, honey, currants, jasmine, rose, sweet tobacco, Peru balsam, tonka/coumarin, styrax/benzoin, tonka/ coumarin, smokey leather, Cade oil (smokey leathery notes, or a kind of birch tar effect).

The trio of Tonka, Peru Balsam and styrax/benzoin, all contribute a resinous vanilla cinnamon sweetness. One of these three ingredients also produces a camphorous effect, but I forget which one. With the honey and currants and sweet tobacco, it becomes throat scratchingly sweet and powdery (think powderiness levels of modern Shalimar -- not vintage Shalimar EdC -- or modern LHB (of course no anise, orris or spicy carnation). Incidentally, I also get the same level of powder rush from my bottle of Habanita EdT, which is confessedly, the most powdery version - the 29 usd spray in the square bottle. A reviewer below noted that she smelt some chocolate. I assume that is from the interplay of the vanillin resin and the patchouli.

I have tried layering a dab of FT with a dab of another scent to reduce the powder, such as Ambre Sultan which introduces amber, but is less sweet, or with MKK to reinforce the animalic. (But then I think I end up with something that wishes it were Lagerfeld for men vintage -- not the bottle labelled classic). tried it with tea Rose, but I don't remember if I got much rose from it. The dry down is less powdery when I dab sparingly on the forearm not wrist.

My tobacco fix today is more leather than smoke, so instead of FT, I wear Lys Epona, a Jovoy, Paris first edition exclusive (the lily and ravenssara/nutmeg give a distinct floral sweetness to lys); original vintage Tabac Blond which is decidedly not sweet, is leathery, and supposedly contains no tobacco; Knize Ten; or Avon Leather (vintage 1960s). Incidentally, two other less sweet floral leather scents that I wear sometimes (though more Jasmine than rose) are the equally powdery Creed Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie, Jasmine and cedar softened by ambergris and leather and Creed Royal Delight, whose emphasis is on wood first, then Jasmine, smoke, leather, ambergris and musk.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I think Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque is simply superb, and I consider it one of my most precious fragrances. Let me state for the record, I am female and I happily wear this masculine scent. I especially enjoy it in warmer months, outdoors and at the beach where the scent can truly blossom. This one takes time to develop so don’t be off put by the initial blast of tar pit if it discourages you. I was looking for a smoky oriental gourmand scent (as always) and a very helpful SA kept trying to get me to try FT and I kept thinking “ugh, why does he want me to try that gross smelling stuff?” but he insisted and 30 minutes in it mellowed into an intimidating yet sultry tobacco, leather, jasmine, vanilla and rose… the most beautiful rose. Clever SA, turns out he was spot on with what I wanted. This perfume conjures so many images for me I can’t narrow it down to just one: the scent of vintage black velvet, a swarthy young man wearing an old leather coat breaking down his drum kit at three in the morning at a club after a show in 1997 (I married him, BTW), and if the cult classic "Vampyros Lesbos" directed by Jess Franco had a scent, this would be it. The movie was filmed in Turkey after all. I also loved the old Luckyscent description about nibbling on Turkish Delight in a leather paneled room (or it was something like that). Excellent sillage and lasting power which I find is typical of Lutens, the scent of FT practically drips from your skin in Summer and lingers provocatively in Winter.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

A beautiful smokey spicey oriental, with a kick of my beloved unwashed patchouli; becomes richly decadent, clingy, and sweet on the body...its supposedly unisex...well I certainly would want to get into the pants of a bloke smelling like this!
Lutens fragrances truly represent a high water mark in modern perfumery. I hope he lives to a hundred and ten (SL being a decade + on me ) and I have lost my love of perfume before I shuffle off my mortal coil if he stops before I do !!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Fumerie Turque immediately reminded me of Shalimar in being a bright incensy oriental. I get the honeyed tobacco, a bit of ash, not sure if I actually get leather. But I do get some kind of fruit, possibly orange, apricot, and several dried fruits. I also get a hint of coconut at times, which could make for a mysterious perfume on a summer's evening. Alas, the ash comes up a bit too much for me in the later drydown. Fumerie Turque might work better on men, though some women do love to wear it.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Black

Love at first sniff! Sweet tobacco, raisins, and honey against a backdrop of smokey leather. Strong sillage, but not as strong as its similar sister Chergui. Smelling Fumerie Turque compared to Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille makes TV smell like a cheap department store fragrance. If you love the smell of excellent, high quality tobacco, you won't go wrong with Fumerie Turque.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I'm surprised at how heated the discussion can get about Fumerie Turque, but I bought it on sale without having smelt it beforehand...

When I first gave it a sniff I was a bit disappointed, as the various adjectives and descriptions people have given it were quite seductive. At first it made my wrist smell like an incense candle (which I don't mind!), and it has since mellowed on my skin to a sweeter musky smell with a hint of smoke. I think with too much on it could be very overpowering. A light spritz or dab will probably have me sniffing myself all day. :)

One thing I didn't like was the packaging. I have the 50 mL EDP which supposedly is a spray bottle... not a nozzle in sight! I'll just have to pour it into an atomiser and farewell that lovely bottle.

All in all it's alluring, smoky and sweet with a bit of an edge. A little pricy but I'm sure the bottle will last.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Fumerie Turque was mad love from the first sniff. It's perfect distilled sweet, resinous sticky tobacco, somewhere right between shisha and high quality pipe tobacco. It's lightly spiced and flavored with rum raisins and date resin, and it's gloriously effervescent, and just slightly smoky, like the smell of a pipe that's been used long in the past. It's transcendent in its enormous quality. It's positively mouthwatering, and it gets noticed.


Serge Lutens seems to make fragrances that don't really convey a character. They're atmospheric. Most of the fragrances I love are classics that call to mind a certain type of personality or mood. Fumerie Turque is simply an experience. I adore it, and with its high quality, perfect sillage and long wear, it's worth every penny to me.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Bewitching smoke of a late-night lounge. Smoke and old timber, a little sweetness. Sheer enough to wear on hot summer nights. More dressed-up than Chergui (which is more about hay than tobacco). More relaxed and modern than Habanita. Medium sillage, very good longevity.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This was love at first scent. From the other reviews I have been seeing a lot of 'cigarette, artsy, dark, punk' but this gave me a very different experience. As an Aussie girl who grew up near the bush, this brings back fond childhood memories of lazy summer weekends when there would be backburning taking place. I got memories of cool autumn weather with the sun hanging low and the smoky haze hanging in the air. It makes me miss home, and I get the feeling that Lutens has these kind of experiences in mind when he creates his perfumes. I want to wear it all the time but I feel like I don't quite have the guts to pull it off. It's such a beautiful scent though....all I want is a bell shaped jar on my vanity...

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this. The strong cigarrette ash note is so prominent in this that it is unwearable. I would trade this for Chergui in a second.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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