Sometimes a review is so difficult to write because all you want to say is “this smells good”. Chergui is one of those fragrances. It smells so good. It’s the type of scent that if I smelled it on somebody I would have to ask what they are wearing.
Chergui opens musky and sweet with an animalic honey and pastoral hay. I get a blonde tobacco that is sweet and warm. This tobacco reminds me of being in a very nice, sophisticated tobacco shop. There’s a leather hint. Or maybe it is more of a smoky black tea. Both work for me. The amber in this is slightly camphoric, like an amber resin. This isn’t a “creamy” amber or a “skin” amber. This is a resinous amber. The dry-down is a warm amber. The amber is no longer jagged, but it isn’t exactly smooth either. It reminds me of sun-warmed sand. And it should. Chergui is a hot Saharan wind. Chergui smells like hot, warm grains of sand.
Notes listed include honey, musk, incense, tobacco leaf, hay sugar, amber, iris, rose, and sandalwood. PERFUMER – Christopher Sheldrake
Try Chergui if you like tobacco fragrances or sweeter oriental fragrances or perfumes like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla, Serge Lutens Chene, By Kilian Back to Black, and/or Penhaligon’s Sartorial. I consider Chergui unisex but it seems to very popular with men. Good smelling men.
Serge Lutens Chergui retails for $140 for 1.7 oz at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Damn, this smells good. A wonderful oriental tobacco that is both familiar and exotic.
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