Friday, December 28, 2007

Serge Lutens Midwinter part 3: Fumerie Turque

It's cold outside.

Well, actually, it's supposed to be cold outside, but we're having the weirdest weather with temperatures in the mid 40s tonight, though it's raining buckets. We'll just have to pretend it's a real midwinter out there.

Blogs and perfume-related message boards often have these lists of "best perfume for cold weather", "what perfume makes you feel warm?" or "perfume for a cozy night by the fire". I don't think even one list fails to mention Serge Lutens' Fumerie Turque. It's such a classic in this category, and rightly so.

Described on the official web site as "Blond tobacco, sweet, honeyed, spicy", Fumerie Turque is all that and more. Despite the rich sweetness, the feel of the perfume is very dry and warm. There's obviously a smokey note, but it's easier on the nose than the one in Zagorsk (or in that smokehouse mess of Fumidus) because it's so soft and honeyed.

On cold and wet days, especially if I find myself having to deal with snow and ice, when the chill sets in my bones and make my back and shoulders stiffen, I often long for a session in a dry sauna. The smell of wood, the dry heat that relaxes the muscles... Wearing Fumerie Turque feels just like that, and spraying some on my scarves and coats is amazingly comforting.

Images: Fumerie Turque advertisement from OsMoz, art: Arabian Nights II by Charlotte Atkinson from

Fumerie Turque is part of the non-export range of Lutens perfumes, but available in the US from Barneys (in store and by phone only).


  1. I love Fumerie Turque. I'm on a rabid hunt for woodsy/spicey scents, but if
    doesn't turn out successful, it may just be Fumerie Turque. I was going to write a review too, but I daresay you beat me to it!

  2. This is one of my favorite Lutens. Lovely review!

  3. I adore Fumerie Turque, and I am so frustrated because I cannot find it anywhere. I have been searching the web for weeks, to no avail. If anybody has ideas, I sure would appreciate them. Thanks, Tora


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