The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Datura Noir by Serge Lutens

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datura_noirWHAT I SMELL: Opens with a bright and sweet tuberose which is very sunny and fresh.  After a couple of minutes I detect light citrus with a bit of mint or maybe a slight incense.  Whatever it is, it makes this more interesting in that its not just another sweet floral.  After about 10 minutes, Datura Noir starts to even out and it becomes a bit creamy.  There’s some meat to this beautiful flower as it seems to expand on the skin.  After around 20 minutes I can detect a bit of apricot wrapped up in the flowered musk.    The fragrance then becomes a bit deeper and richer in its complexity and as time goes on keeps growing in strength, with the almond making it’s appearance in almost a candied fashion which is probably because of a coconut note which adds an “Almond Joy” element to the fragrance.  For an expansive period of time Datura Noir is a fragrance that does not know the meaning of shy.  In the end though, Dratura Noir quiets down into a light musky tuberose that is comforting in a slightly sweet way.

Datura Noir Notes:

coconut, tuberose, tonka bean, almond, lemon blossom, mandarin orange, musk, chinese osmanthus, heliotrope, myrrh, vanilla and apricot

tuberoseWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Floral happiness.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE DATURA NOIR:  rapturous, beautiful, inviting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DATURA NOIR:  Smellythoughts, Kafkaesque, My Perfume Diaries

BOTTOM LINE:  I found the following when I Googled Datura:

da·tu·ra , dəˈt(y)o͝orə/  noun:  a shrubby annual plant with large trumpet-shaped flowers, native to southern North America. Daturas contain toxic or narcotic alkaloids and are used as hallucinogens by some American Indian peoples.

Given that, Datura Noir is neither hallucinogenic nor dark…but instead is a charming and intoxicating floral beauty which was a complete and pleasant surprise!

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Vanilla
  • Nose:   Christopher Sheldrake
  • Classification:  Unisex, but leans feminine
  • Expense:  Varies for 50ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

16 thoughts on “Datura Noir by Serge Lutens

  1. Oh boy this sounds like heaven in a bottle. And with Almond Joy! What a yummy review!

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  2. I think this is one of the more interesting vanillas that I own. Glad to see it getting some attention.

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  3. THRILLED you liked this one so much Houndy – I mean, a tuberose you enjoy!! Wasn’t sure if we’d see the day but I knew you’d come around 😉 Great choice

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  4. It sounds lovely on you, darling. And significantly less schizophrenic than it was on me! Yay for Lutens love, and even more so for a tuberose than works on your skin without horror! Just out of curiosity, what does the hubby think of the coconut in this one?

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    • It was not schizo on me at all. Actually, the hub liked it because it was really was not all that full of coconut. And after the day before where he was practically retching from my perfume. And what was I wearing? VP Rubj! He said I smelled toxic and like cleaning fluid and said he was nauseous from the stench and asked that I shower it off. LOL

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      • Is it terrible that I’m starting to adore the hubby — whom I have never met or exchanged a single word with — as much as you??! Will you please tell him that he has a huge fan who shares his views on a number of things that you were. God, I feel like giving him a huge hug right now.

        BTW, from henceforth, I shall ALWAYS ask you what he thinks when it comes to fragrances that I have had a very bad experience with. (Datura Noir was not one of them, but you know which other one I’m referencing…..) Long live the Hound’s Husband! 😛 😀

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  5. This one isn’t for me. I think because of the tuberose. Kafka suggested that it was coconut. Whatever it was I don’t want it. But it’s great that it works for you.

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  6. I find Datura Noir more white. Datura flower has very strong somehow sweet dirty, rotten smell and it blooms only at night. I’ve been able to smell it myself so the perfume is not near this.

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  7. I was given a blotter with this on by mistake – the SA said it was Fille de Berlin. I liked it instantly and remarked: ‘Ooh, it’s more floral and fruity than I was expecting.’ Serendipity, eh? I would happily seek out a sample of this now.

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