Nuit de Cellophane

This musky floral is not a typical Serge Lutens creation. On application, it settles like a dewy mist, infused with osmanthus and apricots. Just purely pretty.

Nonetheless, when I bury my nose in my wrist, Nuit de Cellophane is swirling with surprises. The spices and indolic white florals are cartoonishly dirty up close, although they project a light and pretty sillage.

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Perhaps because of its more sour elements, Nuit de Cellophane doesn’t develop on the skin like a typical musk. It doesn’t create an everlasting fluffy cloud effect, and it doesn’t fade to a sweet nothing. It goes even more indolic, and even becomes smoky. If the beginning of the fragrance feels like it is swirling, the development feels a bit like a frenzied spin. This stage is more Lutensian, and maybe not for everyone. Personally, I like how deceptive it is, and I always get compliments when I wear it. I just need to wear it more often.

For a review of Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellphane, see The Non-Blonde or Nathan Branch (who also thinks Nuit de Cellophane is “deceptive” – I was tickled to see we both chose that word).

Sample was my own acquisition. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.

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14 responses

  1. Oh I like this review. For the first time I would love to try this. Hmmmmm! On the lookout. Thanks.?xxx

  2. This one used to get a little chatter but then no one seemed to talk about it. You had me at indolic and smokey.

    • I think I first tried it because of that chatter, and it was a slow build into something that I really do like. I don’t own a bottle, and don’t need one, but definitely reach for it from time to time.

  3. I really didn’t care for this when I tried it years ago, but if I ever come across it again, I’ll keep in mind your intriguing description and give it another go. Love the photo you chose for this review!

  4. What Suzanne said! I found this a little ordinary and un-Serge-like when I tried it – peach can be a tricky note to do justice to in a niche way – but I may well have been missing a trick…

  5. I’m with the previous two commenters :) But I have a sample so I’ll give it a try again – if for nothing else, then for the beautiful illustration you chose for this review.

  6. Nuit de Cellophane struck me as thin for an osmanthus scent, and I did not care for the dry down, my personal bugaboo with so many frags. Come to think of it, I don’t believe I’ve ever liked any SL florals, not even Sa Majeste, but yours is a fair review, and maybe Serge could give us some bouquets?

    • I would love it if Serge gave us some bouquets (also linking back to my comment on your recent). I’ve liked several of the SL florals, but none have been love until Filles de Berlin, which might get there (it keeps growing on me more and more, and I already really liked it).

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