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La Religieuse Serge Lutens for women and men

La Religieuse Serge Lutens for women and men
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The new fragrance of the Serge Lutens collection named LA RELIGIEUSE will be available at Palais Royal on January 30, 2015. The theme of the new edition is deep, philosophical and religious, and its composition was constructed as a fight of good and evil, a contrast of black and white.

The composition highlights jasmine, which is as pure and white as snow in this case and represents the bright side of the fragrance, while Lutens’ religion is black, mysterious and dark, enveloped in aromas of civet, musk and incense.

Before this edition Lutens presented two fragrances with perfumer Christopher Sheldrake, in which jasmine played the main role. Those are Sarrasins from 2007 and A la Nuit from 2000. The new fragrance LA RELIGIEUSE will be available in a square-shaped glass flacon, while the fluid of the fragrance is colored in dark purple.

Perfume rating: 3.60 out of 5 with 196 votes.

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Jasmine Civet Musk Incense

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La Religieuse Fragrance Reviews

Tapinview
Tapinview

OK. This is a beautiful jasmine all right. Absolutely the same sweet jasmine as A La Nuit and Sarrasins. Yet in this one the floral is lifted by a keen high incense and warmed by a haunting musk of the best kind. It is lightly but powerfully persistent and there is a warm animal quality drifting about. Sure, it represents an unavoidably commercial direction compared to the stunners from the past, but as a decades long perfumista, I would recommend this totally to anyone looking for a definitive jasmine. It actually reminds me of his lily Un Lys from some years back.... That flower was so ripe and real that it attracted pollen gathering insects and bees around me when I went outside! I still think that SL is producing beautiful legible meaningful perfumes even though they may not be as jaw dropping as the early oeuvre. I hovered over the buy button for a couple of years, but that is just time I missed with this beauty.

Aug
24
2016
susanawaddell
susanawaddell

Initially I smelled a note of banana sweetness which then became blended with a darker note of sandalwood/incence and then opened into a slightly sweet Jasmine. I like this very much perhaps because I have smelled few other Lutens fragrances and had no expectations.

Jul
24
2016
Sheza
Sheza

I really like this. It is a bright white shining jasmine beauty, laced with a drizzle of lemon, perfect for spring and summer. I dont get any incense but i do get White musk. I dont find this department store at all but lovers of serge may be unimpressed because its not that complex and its not pushing boundaries. If this came from a mainstream house i think peoples expectations wouldnt be so high and it would garner more love.

Jul
06
2016
gedlive
gedlive

I got my sample from Lucky Scents, and they sent me a free sample of " New York Intense" which is a sweet spicy something. Puting them on side by side helped me appreciate the beautifull simplicity of La Religieuse.

After capping of my collection, I started to explore shared floral fragrances. I have L' Artisan Seville at Dawn, which is a bright enjoyable orange blossom fragrance. This one is darker, melancholic, beautifull. It's like the color of the juice, dark lavender, I thought I was smelling lavender, but it's a fine Jasmine that's made more intense and warm with the civet note.

I think this may be bottle worthy for me. It does lean on the feminine side, but because of its dark and mysterious vib, I may be able to pull this off.
A very simple fragrance, mostly Jasmine, the incense and anamalic notes are light nuances that accentuate the Jasmine's somber, dark quality. I think I'm picking up a slight melony fruitiness, none listed.

I read some nocking this one as a common Jasmine scent. No way, the quality of the Jasmine is natural, and first class, as you would expect a Serge Lutens to be. The opening is a nice simple Jasmine, then it begins to intensify into an extraordinary Jasmine scent.
If you love Jasmine, surely give this a try, or even a good blind buy.
I think it's a classy fragrance for a guy, white shirt, tie, night out to a play or classic concert, yes...

Rating: 8.25/10

Happy Easter, John 3:16.

Mar
21
2016
stylenurse
stylenurse

After sniffing La Religieuse I am still in search of my holy grail jasmine fragrance. This fragrance starts off great with the natural smell of the jasmine flower. After a few minutes it morphs into the many soft floral frags that can be found in every department store. No smokiness, incense, or animalic notes here. It is an every day scent that would be safe for an interview or in an office environment.

Dec
18
2015
valmue
valmue

Ambivalent.
I love love love the opening of this one. a powehouse jasmine that is lush, succulent and strangely enough - with a whiff of incense, wet soil and animalic notes. my knees buckled. for some 30minutes. then it dried down to a pleasant but rather uniform vanilla-jasmine kind of vibe. nice, but quite faint and lacking the wow factor that intoxicated me in the first minutes. and then silence. it just retreats into nothingness on me after 3, maybe 3,5 hours at most. and that is a pity. because those first notes smell like a night walk somewhere through a mystical jasmine forest. sun is not quite gone, but stars begin to appear. an oxymoron of light and dark, alluring and scary, passion and innocence, undiluted lust and deep affection. but alas, that does not last long until it's just a very prudent decorative jasmine in broad daylight. for a short while.
some significantly less expensive scents from far less "cool" brands last much longer on me and don't undergo such a disappointing transformation.
for the price, I would expect this to last longer, so I will not be rushing out to buy it any time soon. however, if I was to receive it as a gift, I would probably bathe in it, just to be able to wrap myself constantly in its initial glory.

Dec
15
2015
Pianomelody
Pianomelody

The contrast between the white and the black, the other a note prevails .. but after a couple of minutes are combined to perfection! This is a unique scent, and well balanced. The note Jasmine definitely predominates in the whole composition, but I like how the moss and other notes evolving in a sublime way. Serge Lutens here has created another masterpiece in my opinion ... White as snow, white as the light, goes by ''darkness" to light ... is eternal. Great parfum, I want to use it in the winter. The sillage is moderate, and longevity enormous, (12+h).

Sillage: 6.5/10
Longevity: 9/10
Scent: 8.5/10

Overall: 9/10

Nov
20
2015
TakaBeata
TakaBeata

At the beginning you have an exotic mixture of the sweet ,sweet jasmine. Juicy , sweet as with the fruit . Then scent sparkles florally , recently , exotically as of the orange flowers like in Jo malone. Elegant, refined, light, little sweet Bois .
This one is for people who don't like strong Jasminum . This scent is exotic fruits <3
With You all day.

Nov
18
2015
PricklyAndHot
PricklyAndHot

Another one not interesting fragrance by Serge Lutens. Too light, too dusty. Nothing in common with his masterpieces.

Oct
25
2015
FruitDiet
FruitDiet

La Religieuse is ironically the perfume that made me finally "get" Serge Lutens, though it is widely disparaged as dull and underwhelming. I fell in love with the name, concept, and the extra nihilistic and alienating interviews Lutens has given to promote it that incorporate abusive nuns, snow, and purple vestements of pederastic priests. I enjoy how Lutens's inscrutable, un-PC interviews unfailingly embarrass and disturb the mannered, leftist perfume blogger cognoscenti that worship his fragrances. Combined with how the perfume itself is a gentle, beautiful jasmine and not the type of gothic pornographic incense bomb that bloggers want and expect from Lutens, the whole endeavor seems designed to troll its audience and I cant help but love it.
I don't know how anyone could find this cheap or common. It does indeed smell like a pure expanse of snow in the manner of Estee Lauder's great Pleasures, buffered by a sweet smoky green rasp that hovers in the background. It doesn't smell like a department store fragrance at all; women don't smell like this anymore. No one wears perfume and if they do it is something garbagey-foody-vanillic. Its name is perfect because I can imagine the wayward nun from Black Narcissus dabbing it on in secret from a tiny bottle labeled "Jessamine Cologne" in kitschy Evening in Paris script. I've been looking for the perfect jasmine and this just might be it.

Note 11/16: As is often the case with my reviews at Basenotes, they will not publish this. Is it because I have fun at the expense of bloggers? Is it because I am political? Is it because my opinion of La Religeuse breaks with the orthodoxy?

Oct
16
2015
Maybelle
Maybelle

I thought that this would be dark and mysterious. Instead, it smells like my grandmothers' face powder and lipstick from the early 1960s. Back to La fille de Berlin.

Oct
16
2015
Tiwalii
Tiwalii

I'm no typical fan of jasmine. I often find jasmine to be too indolic, too screechy, too fecal. But not in this scent. This is glorious, pleasant, beautiful jasmine. I adore it.

The jasmine is stripped down to its core. All the burlesque, the boudoir and the carnal is gone - and we're left with a clean, pure, innocent and angelic jasmine. I understand it's name - La religieuse - The Nun.

I don't get much of the civet or the incense, or the musk for that matter. They're there, but just as faint shadows in the distance.

Some would say that this is a boring and far from sexy scent. I disagree. This scents strength and allure lies in the unpronounced, in the mystery, the hidden aspects. The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow - and this is a radient scent, with the brightest jasmine I've ever smelled. It's sexy because of the story untold.

When your nose gets used to the light,and no longer are blinded by it, what hides in the shadows will appear. It's a scent that slowly unravels its secrets. It's a scent that forces us to read between the lines.

And suddenly there's a flash of black silk and lace. A patch of naked skin. Arousal. Passion. A single drop of sweat... And there she is - La religieuse - The nun - not as innocent as she first appeared.

Sillage is moderate. Longevity quite good. It lasts all day on me. And in those last hours on my skin I feel the incense. A soft, smoky caress before she's gone.

On my wishlist for sure. :)

Sep
15
2015
rschmidt65
rschmidt65

This is a very nice fragrance that might have trouble finding its intended audience of pretty white floral enthusiasts because of it's color, name, listed notes and the brand name. I don't get any incense or civet at all. To me, it's a clean, musky, soapy jasmine that dries down into a lovely sweet, almost fruity musk. Not my thing at all, I was expecting something dark, gothic and incense-laden, but not terrible either.

Aug
31
2015
samlovefragrance
samlovefragrance

I stumbled upon La religieuse yesterday at the counter, and sprayed two generous sprays, as i mistook it for "la vierge de fer" which i never smelled but really anticipated to. Also my favourite Lutens are tubereuse criminelle and chergui among others.

My initial impression was ok since i expected Lily(as i said mix up with la vierge de fer). I was shocked that it's a kind and "gentile" floral scent, with a bit of vintage feel. No drama, but i thought it'll come. Instead it kept getting sweeter, a nondescript floral mix with mostly jasmine, and a nondescript fruitiness. It feels quite mainstream and really didnt feel worthy of it's name and dark juice color.

When i got home and looked up on fragrantica; civet?? incense,musk and jasmine?? What civet, what incense? a great example of misleading notes and name. Nothing like the notes imply, fruity, sweet floral mix.
Had the incense, civet been amplified, it might have been great and befitted the name, but this? we dont need another cute jasmine scent.
Disappointment...

scent: 6/10
longevity: 5/10
sillage: 5/10

Aug
20
2015
rossyegio5
rossyegio5

Un semplicissimo bouquet di gelsomini avvolti da incenso sbiadito. Una nota sola, lineare, indolica, astringente, senza pretese, senza evoluzione.
E' olio essenziale di gelsomino, utilizzato in aromaterapia, ma in abito da sera griffato Lutens.
Soliflore. Nulla di che.
Sorry.

Aug
18
2015
muskymoi
muskymoi

She's a stunner...the languid, almost lazy, jasmine shows no nakedness or animalic indole. It's pure creamy floral...I imagine because the "balsamic" and/or incense notes nip at the heels of the jasmine almost immediately after application. Soft musk comes in after 2 or so hours and then, pure heaven. hints of jasmine remain and all the notes continue to play nice with each other. It does exceedingly well in the heat and humidity. i'm over the moon for this scent. the color of the juice is just another perk.

Jul
09
2015
fostermd
fostermd

As my bottle of Muscs Koubläi Khan got low and I was faced with the fact I would have to bite the bullet and pay for the full sized bell jar I thought maybe I would find a different animalic bomb that would be a little more floral for summer and that with jasmine, incense, civet, and musk this just could have been it, but it was not. I have to say that I do like it. It is a very nice and pleasant warm, jasmine perfume. But that is the problem..I smelled the nice…I got that. But where was the naughty? I was waiting for the civet that had to be hiding in there somewhere, but it turned out to be "G" rated. For some reason Christopher Sheldrake did not divvy out the civet when creating this one with the same heavy hand he did when making MKK, which was a huge disappointment. So it's a nice, safe, clean floral. In fact it seems like the frankincense even seems to offset the indole note from the jasmine. I make my own perfumes and have natural civet tincture and will experiment adding some naughtiness to all that nice. I'm sure then I will enjoy it a lot more.

Jul
05
2015
aokiwen
aokiwen

why am i sense this weird fruity smell?

Jul
05
2015
kateapple
kateapple

This was wholly unexpected. From this somber, serious looking bottle comes...a somewhat soapy fruity-floral? Given its name and appearance, plus the incense note, I was expecting something completely different, something along the lines of Avignon or L'Orpheline. This is sweeter, fresher, and brighter than I would have ever guessed. There's no darkness or mystery to this one. Its name and appearance are deceptively dark, as are its notes, but this is mainly a jasmine scent with a bit of sweet musk.

Jun
15
2015
blueberry
blueberry

Much as I’m a faithful admirer of Mr. Lutens’ oriental creations, his recent output brings a massive letdown, especially considering the high hopes I had for a scent called La Religieuse. It’s sad for me as it’s another fragrance he has released in a row that I just cannot relate to in any way. I wish he got back on the good old track of oriental motifs exploration as it’s what he excels at (just to name a few: Ambre Sultan, Arabie, FumerieTurque, Borneo 1834, Feminite du Bois, etc.).
But to the point: La Religieuse, behind the very scent, has a mysterious and very personal background story, open to a plethora of possible interpretations, which boosted my expectations to an unprecedented level. I thought it would be a highly inspirational, spiritual and unique perfume that should tell us something about Serge himself or at least render some aura of intangibility. It seems I made a huge mistake of falling under a common misconception that the notes employed in this composition entail a classic combat between the good and the evil: the clichéd categorization of incense as good/spiritual/ethereal; musk and civet as evil/animal/carnal, with marking jasmine, depending on its facet (either indolic or virginal), as decisive for the final character of the fragrance. No such thing in reality. Nothing and nobody is fighting here at all. No church/convent associations of modesty, piety, austerity, rigor or even harshness and suppression. All I get instead is a very easy to wear floral-musky scent with a huge dose of sweetness, softness and warmth that simply comes up to meet popular tastes, almost bordering on mediocrity. Jasmine (or any other bush blossoming in white) with tons of clean, soapy musk smell similarly to an ordinary washing liquid for delicate fabrics. No traces of spiritual incense, no hint of a demonized civet. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it: musk and flowers, soft and bland in the final appeal that induces no vivid emotions, brave visions, burning desires or deepened reflections. Just plain boredom, not to mention a complete lack of spirituality of any kind or a quietly expected element of controversy. I keep asking myself what went wrong, but I guess it’s just the clash between the creator’s and my own vision of spiritual/religious issues. From technical point of view, the wearing parameters are decent: 6hrs of staying power and intimate projection, yet detectable by the wearer. If only there were something to nose about…

Jun
07
2015
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Another SL I cannot get. I was never a fan of SL overcomplicated and distonic fragrances, but I also admired the daring originality of many of them. Not the last ones and not this one.
I tried to forget about the "story" and bla blas (SL, if his behind the briefing of these creations, must have a complicated-complexed mind). Good and evil. Yes, right. Evil wins. The evil is a cheap, obnoxious, ubiquitous, overwhelming note called "white musk", that nobody wants to dismiss as dated, regardless of the fact that so many perfumes get the label of "dated".
Few perfume notes have overwhelmed and ruined perfumery and acquired tastes more than synthetical musks (not even "green tea"), but the white type is the worst.
Not that I had great expectations, but upon trying on paper and skin, I was disappointed.
The opening made me hope for a grand oriental white floral... but no. 30 seconds it becomes an "our-pricey-version" of your typical white musk body water. Plasticky and brain numbing and cheap! Expensive.

May
02
2015
HUEbris
HUEbris

I don't know which one is I could rate.
It's close to fruity floral. No animalic.
First, It starts sweet fruits, and finish floral something subtle and musky.
I agreed that this one reminds Still of J.LO.
It's similar way to La vierge de fer. The company insists there is lily(in this case, jasmine), but there no. just fruity parts of the flowers has originally, that means these perfumes are consist of cheap and simple molecules.
Huge dissapointment, even more than L'orphéline.

Apr
25
2015
ScarlettX
ScarlettX

This is meant to be serious. It really is serious. But at the same time it's just nothing good. Is smells like old and dusty room full of old books and furniture.
I am surprized, that they have managed to put it in the bottle.
I can't imagine, who would like to smell like this.

Apr
24
2015
penguin1010
penguin1010

It started out with a beautiful fruity jasmine, but soon turned to a soapy jasmine which never developed into anything else on my skin. If you LIKE a soapy, quiet jasmine, then I would recommend this. Its quality is top-notch and it's pretty long-lasting as well.

Apr
22
2015
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

La stessa base di Black Opium con la nota di fiori bianchi sintetici più sviluppata.
E poi dov'è il gelsomino? di quale gelsomino si parla? sento un odore rotondo e bianco ma non è certo gelsomino.
E non sento nemmeno l'incenso.
questa roba è proprio triste

Apr
09
2015
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

The only reason why I wouldn’t completely bash this to death is that it reminds me of a dirty cheap deodorant my mother used as a room spray at my parent’s place. That’s the quality, that’s the texture: cheap jasmine, a hint of citrus, aldehydes and a ton of industrial white musks. I don’t smell anything else. A huge depressing whiff of cheapness. But it reminds me home, so... Anyway, since it’s the fourth or fifth Lutens scent in a row which makes me wonder what has happened to this once-so-glorious brand, I won’t compare this to the previous releases – I mean the good ones. It’s a dead brand for sure, we got it, I’ll stop acting sad and surprised. Still I must admit La Religieuse is slightly better than the last couple of Lutens’ fragrances, though: as much cheap as it smells, and boy it does, at least it doesn’t clumsily emulate some naif avantgarde stuff a decade late on the trends (Laine de Verre or L’Orpheline anyone?). It smells decent: terribly cheap and low-end designer, but decent. “Acceptable”, say. The thing is: why on Earth one shall settle with the lamest scent around, at that price? I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned a supermarket deodorant – I meant it. La Religieuse hasn’t the slightest interest and/or quality which may justify even half of its price. It smells really *poor*, plastic, unsubstantial. It just doesn’t stink. But I can’t really see the point.

4,5/10

Apr
08
2015
daithi
daithi

After the beautiful depth of "L'orphéline", Serge Lutens introduces a new fragrance beautifully called "La religieuse". When I read the news about it some months ago, I was really excited because of the name, conjuring images of a dark monastery, secret chapels and mossy walls. As a follower of Serge Lutens perfumes, I've always dreamed about an interpretation "à la Lutens" of frankincense or church incense, one of my favorite notes. At first, after reading the first informations about "La religieuse" I thought that my dream came true. Then, when I read the description of the fragrance, I felt a bit disappointed. Nevertheless, I was expecting to find something special.

Today I tested "La religieuse" for the first time and I felt quite frustrated. It's basically a jasmine perfume, a soft rendition of the flower, quite creamy, clean and inoffensive. It smells like jasmine soap mixed with white musks (I can't smell the dirtiness of the civet, only the musk and perhaps a little bit of vintage aldehydes). After three hours, the drydown has lost the soapy qualities and it's just a sweet mess reminiscent of pastries.

"La religieuse" is nicely done, but the overall result feels terribly banal and unfinished.

Apr
07
2015
SumoTigerCat
SumoTigerCat

La Religeuse was a sadly disappointing one day affair for me, as I had high hopes for another Serge Lutens to love madly.

Yes, I gave it time. I applied lightly, then heavily. I stood on my head and wiggled my ears. Nothing.

I'm sorry that this fragrance on me is weak, bland, not even interesting, let alone shocking. It is a very mild floral scent and I almost felt like sobbing. It is a pretty color and the hue causes the bottle to look quite lovely. I wanted to fall head over heels for it. :(

Apr
05
2015
madlucem613
madlucem613

I just got a sample of this.

I tried it on and was at first, underwhelmed. From what people were saying in their reviews, a pale cousin to Sarrasins or even, De profundis and I had to agree. I was waiting to be blown away and all I was getting was a soft nudge. Plus, it dried down and evaporated pretty quickly. I was a bit disappointed because I have great faith in Serge to pick me up and carry me away on some strange journey--to transport me places I didn’t know existed, let alone wanted to go to. So, I decided to freshen it up in the evening and make sure to have spent a full day of it--away from work and people and noise and continue my introduction/experimentation in order to make sure I was giving it a real chance. Something strange happened that night--the genie had been let out of the bottle. The scent unfurled right under my nose(hah!) It had started out pretty, nice, safe but it was moving away from that, to I don’t know where. It isn’t a femme fatale per se but a more mercurial being who can be approachable but still has some secrets. So, no it isn’t either of the aforementioned Serge fragrances and why should it be? It has something different to offer. It has all the jasmine you could possibly want, mixed with a smoky/incense accord with a sort of heartbeat of musk, thumping away underneath. It did remind a bit of De Profundis in it’s chilled confection start, warming up but not becoming overly sweet in its dry down. Perhaps people will think this is Sarrasins with training wheels but I think that’s selling it short. It is a game of cat and mouse with a very pretty cat who wants affection and independence in equal parts--no need to hit you over the head, you follow if you want to, she doesn’t care either way. haha
Addendum: I have realized I have days when scents last and when they are just eaten up and spit out by my skin. Wearing it later, it lasted quite nicely and so, alls well that ends well..

Apr
03
2015
ranchorita
ranchorita

If you like the jasmine accord but usually find it too cloying in perfume, La Religieuse may be the jasmine fragrance for you. I found it pretty, and pretty light. Jasmine can make me feel a little green around the gills, but this version is not too overpowering. That said, it's not my favorite Lutens by a mile. I'd recommend this for someone who wants a low-key version of jasmine.

Mar
26
2015
greydove
greydove

This is one of those where the simplicity, artifice, and apparent lack of complexity is kind of the point. One thing about Lutens is that he always tells a story. His best creations are just as much about the ingredients themselves as they are about him expressing his philosophical notions and proclivities through those ingredients. My first Lutens was Louve, I remember the night I first put it on. I was all about the idea of cherries and almonds, but something disturbed me in the base as I kept sniffing...it was blood. Very faint, but it was there, a metallic twang in the final moments. I remember having a Eureka moment as I made the connection to lunar energy in pale color of the juice, wolves, predators, and the milky tenderness of the fragrance meant to denote a wild animal nursing her cubs. Up to that point, I hadn't understood how cherries and almonds connected to a she-wolf! What a wonderful fairy tale! For this reason, I have faith that every Lutens tells a story, even when it seems like the scent itself might be difficult to actually wear (Tubereuse Criminelle) or for others to enjoy (Musc Koublai Khan), but that's what I love about his line! La Religieuse is no different. I could go into the story it tells me, but I'd rather not as I think that figuring out the story is part of the fun, but suffice to say, I get the buttoned-up, sort of stiff, prim qualities it has, along with a sort of plain unassuming facade, which of course perfectly sums up the appearance of a nun. I also get the color black which again fits the nun metaphor, but its the end that really has me grinning as it descend into a decidedly rubbery finish...Very few people are going to turn their heads when you wear this one, and in the end, it may only be detectable to you in its subtle, humble, even cloistered manner, but the point of this one is more of the inward journey that it forces you to consider. Its not going to tell you the how and why; you have to come to an understanding of it on your own. A better task for a nun couldn't be imagined.

Mar
25
2015
13.th
13.th

I notice the civet all time. only civet. probably is only my perception,
where are now the complex parfums of SL?

Mar
24
2015
glitteralex
glitteralex

This smells very similar to the watered down dupes of Elizabeth Taylor's "Passion" that are offered at the Dollar Store. Synthetic Jasmine that veers close to Alien for a second, then shoots off into plasticity and grape Jolly Ranchers. The "incense" drydown is pretty & unisex but very weak & skinny, and completely attenuated from the Jasmine. It does not possess the seamless composition we have come to expect from Lutens. Sillage and longevity average.

Mar
22
2015
deadidol
deadidol

This smells, to me, like someone set out to replicate a factory-made department store-style scent with some technical virtuosity but failed.

It opens with a vacuous benzyl salicylate — a sort of musky, oily, “floral" material that’s normally used as a component to construct synthetic jasmine accords. Here, it’s showcased, resulting in an incomplete floral accord whose connection to jasmine is so tenuous that even the purple dye can’t help. There’s a wimpy benzoin, a touch of something soapy, and that’s about it. The musk base is the kind of vague galaxolide blob you’d expect to find haunting the bottom of a celebuscent. La Religeuse is basically a Coty-style fragrance with no redeeming qualities. Frankly, I have a hard time believing that this is from Sheldrake or Lutens as it’s not even in the same stratosphere as the line’s other scents.

Abysmal.

Mar
20
2015
tonileefiore
tonileefiore

Why have I waited so long to review on Fragrantica? I've always loved this website and all of the members. I reference it continually (and have done so for years) when expanding and re-thinking my perfume choices! I've also read thousands of reviews, just for fun!

So here it is...not to offend anyone; however for me, this is a no, no and a definite NO! I'm trying to expand my wardrobe because my "go to" fragrances are rather heavy (for spring & summer...although I wear them anyhow) AND they are quite expensive. So, I'm searching for something different and light, perhaps something with floral notes...something I can wear nearly every day and not go broke doing so. With that said, I'm fussy about floral fragrances and I generally dislike them as a soliflore.

My experience with La Religieuse is one of colossal disappointment! I anxiously awaited the arrival of this perfume and chose to wear it over the past few days. Not sure how & why the Serge Lutens PR folks are describing this (as they are) but I do not detect many (if any) of the listed notes...jasmine (yes, yes, yes) but civet, musk and incense??

From opening to end, I sadly detected nothing but an over-powering almost synthetic jasmine note...that's about it. I waited throughout each day and from opening-to-dry down, I sadly could not detect any additional mid- or base notes. No complex or variant notes of any kind...just jasmine.

I like Lutens fragrances and I've owned a few (which I've yet to review but I will). However on me, this fragrance developed into a single, linear STRONG jasmine soliflore. I imagine if you like jasmine soliflore perfumes, you will like this fragrance.

If you seek a jasmine fragrance that is complex, mysterious, unique & hypnotic (almost dark), please try Creed's Jasmine Imperiatrice Eugenie...a much nicer fragrance, in my opinion.

Mar
14
2015
alfarom
alfarom

Nope!

A major disappointment. Now, while a bunch of the latest Lutens didn't impress me I've still been able to change my mind on a few of them after some wearings (e.g. L'Orpheline) but this is a total no-go for me. Like 100% no-go. An overly prettified white floral (mainly jasmine) with an exhausting and even kind of cloying musky presence. The incense is there too and it's the aloof type of iteration we've experienced in a bunch of the latest deliveries from this house. What turns me completely off is the massified *inoffensive* pretty pretty pretty florals that pervade the fragrance throughout.

I honestly expected something more decadent and gothic but this is an all-white bored nun with no appeal whatsoever. EW!

You like Lutens and white florals? Sheldrake delivered waaaay better fragrances that might fit your bill (Mandarine Mandarin, Tubereuse Criminelle, Boxeuse, Sarrasins…to name only a very few).

Rating: 4/10

Mar
13
2015
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

La Religieuse is a beautiful fragrance by Serge Lutens. It starts with a very pleasant soft jasmine. In the dry down the jasmine settles down and out comes the civet, incense and musk. Suitable for both men and women but some men might not like it because of the jasmine, try a sample first. If you are a huge fan of jasmine this is the fragrance for you. It is wonderful and is now one of my top favorite Serge Lutens. Like all other Serge Lutens this one is mysterious and long lasting.

Feb
26
2015
AveParfum
AveParfum

I really don't think the notes listed here are accurate at all. I purchased this hoping to have a new animalic jasmine, but La Religieuse is anything but animalic, incense, or smoky. Now that I know la religieuse is a variation on an eclair, it makes more sense. It smells quite sweet, not like the whole pastry, but the smell of the dough after it has been brushed with a coat of sugar-water and baked. That sugary, sticky layer before the eclair is dipped in chocolat.

The scent of sweetened pastry dough is rather persistent, and it quickly blends with a very strong synthetic musk (great--I love animals so prefer synthetics), some kind of tangy fruit (citron?)...and then the scent of green jasmine buds, which is the best feature and not nearly strong enough. This is not jasmine in bloom. It is the jasmine bush when the flowers are just tiny white pearls, and their scent is so sheer that you must lean in very closely to smell them.

I enjoy the drydown the most, as the young jasmine blended with sugar is a new concept to me.

The verdict is that while it is a nice perfume, it is not remarkable enough. Jennifer Lopez Still is also a nice jasmine perfume, and I would say that La Religieuse is not so much better as to warrant the price. They are both musky jasmine. Sillage is very low, except within the first 10 minutes. Longevity is good at around 8-10 hours. Disappointed with my blind-buy. Quel dommage.

Edit 03/04/14: Now that I am going crazy sampling jasmine soliflores of all kinds, I appreciate the drydown of La Religieuse more as it offers the tender jasmine buds that other perfumes don't. I just wish it did not take my skin a solid 8 hours to dry down, and I really wish sillage was better. I may hold onto my bottle a little longer (was planning to sell it.)

Edit 03/07/14: I think this has become a Love instead of a Like. I have been going nuts sampling jasmine soliflores of all kinds, and other than Montale's Jasmin Full, this smells much better than almost every one of them, so I appreciate it more. It does not smell like bitter, stale soap. The jasmine is unusually sweet and true to life. This is much better than A La Nuit, which has that unpleasant bitterness. I will keep La Religieuse instead of sell it. I have been converted.

Side note, I think people have to judge it for what it is not on expectations based on the bottle color, name, or previous releases. When I let go of expectations, I grew to love it.

Feb
18
2015
svp
svp

It's almost impossible to write a definitive review for a Serge Lutens perfume...they have such a life of their own, ever-changing on your skin, your mood, the climate...but here goes. I was lucky enough to secure a sample of Serge's new perfume. I have to be honest, based on the few reviews I found, I was expecting that I might not like it. Like it? I love it.

There is a whisper of De Profundis in La Religieuse. There are other whispers ... of jasmine, incence, musk (and as one reviewer noted) mimosa, honeysuckle and narcissus. As for civet, I'm afraid I've never had the pleasure of smelling one! There is something eternal about it ... it seems to grow young as it develops - after a few hours you can detect the hint of a blackcurrent pastille. Fragrantica lists four notes - really? This is a far more sophisticated affair. This perfume alludes, whispers, hints, suggests ... and I think, in this age of candied sameness, we need some mystery.

La Religieuse transported me to a little church in the French countryside, then to a flower market full of white flowers, then I ended up window shopping for cashmere on a very expensive street in Paris.

La Religieuse is very feminine, classy, but gracious at the same time. It appears to be sexy too (it had a tremendous effect on my husband). There is a hint of Chanel about La Religieuse ... a confident refinement. Although long lasting, it is a skin scent. Interestingly, my husband continued to smell it long after I could.

From the launch material accompanying La Religieuse - there's little doubt of a connection to Denis Diderot's 18th century French novel 'La Religieuse' (The Nun), which challenged the practice of putting young women in convents to remove them from society and forcing them to endure a life they were neither suited to nor wished for. In this sense, La Religieuse's disposition towards a skin scent makes a little more sense. Intimacy, a whisper, a secret scented embrace ...

Update: Previously the owner of a 5ml sample, now a proud owner of a full sized bottle. I'd say this perfume grows on you - it definitely cannot be judged on a first wear basis.

Feb
18
2015
Scentmad
Scentmad

I have just tried this on the back of my hand and I love it. Very jasminey - a sweet/sharp accord that I love with a beautifully balanced musky note. I loved it at first sniff and an hour later, it has developed rather wonderfully and I am still smitten.

I am a SL fan and for me this is something I know I will wear a lot. It is a different kind of SL, in that this is probably a little sharper than the usual SL signatures but by god I love it's composition. It's got a green freshness to it as well as the jasmine, musk notes and it's something that I really like in perfume, a contrast is always interesting to my nose. And whilst this is new to my collection I am already sure I will drain this bottle in no time. A real winner for me.

Feb
13
2015
meama
meama

I don't know exactly what to think about this one. A very simple jasmine soliflore, freshly cut, supported by incense and musk. It's so simple that it's disappointing but it's good also in it's own restraint way.
c'est bof quoi.

Feb
10
2015
Lily2911
Lily2911

i received the mini from Paris store via postal service as the SA lady promised me to do once she was allowed to send it after the launch. Such a lovely gesture because i missed their launch last Saturday and herewith my feedback : it is an incredible complex jasmin with definitively animalic underground due to civet, unique combination of sweet white jasmin, but with fresh body and restrained smokiness due to the incense and very sensual dry down because of the musk.. it is officially an unisex and men can definitively wear it because it is a kind of modern interpretation of a soapy floral.. Don't expect the lush creamy jasmin, no it is the more fresh, crispy, grassy jasmin interpretation with good sillage and average longevity. I really love it and i ordered immediately a FB ! I can highly recommend to test it for the real SL lovers who appreciate a modern floral.

Feb
05
2015
MadLynne
MadLynne

Thank you SL for introducing a new scent so early in the year. Can't wait to try this! Luckily I'll be in Paris in 2 weeks and my hotel is just a 5 min walk away from Palais Royal :-)

Jan
30
2015
Danielle125
Danielle125

A new fragrance by SL,
can't believe the jasmine in this bottle would be,
but whatever,SL knows his perfume will beloved by his fans sans doute.

Looking forwards to it.

Jan
30
2015
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

On a recent thread about using favourite notes for our dream scent I chose the above (with the addition of wood), so it would be interesting to see what reviews it gets

Jan
21
2015

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