Five O'Clock au Gingembre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
A perfume to get close to
Serge Luten's Five o'clock au gingembre is an warm, inviting fragrance, that ignores it's name completely to give you a personal, "snuggly" experience.
The opening isn't one bit as you'd expect. Thinking you'll get a blast of fresh ginger, instead you get a blast of citrus, lemons to be exact, Sugary lemons. It's quite something and the perfect opening for what turns out to be quite an off-kilter fragrance. There's a spice in there, sort of like a baking cake, almost like the little sister to Serge Lutens Arabie.
Then, you'll start to get the florals, a dash of honey, not overbearing, but quite pretty. Amazingly, still no ginger, but by this point you don't mind. A sweet musk starts in the dry down. It's quite something, and a very wearable fragrance, especially if you're normally wary of other "sugary" Serge Lutens fragrances.
January 14, 2012
Five O'Clock au Gingembre
I've been on a perfume odyssey recently and I ended up at the altar of Serge Lutens with a bottle of 5 O'Clock.
It opens with a heady blast of bergamot, citrus with a background of warm spicy ginger. It's sweet, spicy and lemony.
The heart notes are supposed to be black tea with a honey note. I must say I'm not that familiar with the scent of black tea, but you really get the honey tempered by a delicate, woody, smoky note.
The dry down I'm left with is a lovely spicy ginger, again with a background of wood embers and a hint of vanilla pod.
It last a good 4-5 hours on me and while the sillage isn't so much that it knocks colleagues out in the lift, it's enough that I get the occasional waft and I assume others do too.
It's quite a sexy fragrance with the spice notes, and smells as expensive as you would expect from a niche fragrance. If I had to use my (limited) powers of descriptive imagery I would compare this to being in the wood panelled Library of an old Tudor house, sat in a leather chair in front of the embers of a fire, cup of tea and dark sticky ginger cake in hand.
July 4, 2011