The basic theme for Or du Sérail recalls in many ways the earlier works of Lutens / Sheldrake: a dark and densely packed mélange of dry cedar/woods, sweetly animalic honey and labdanum and slightly bitter tobacco. Here is integrated a boozy, tropical fruit and coconut chord that, although very well blended, takes the overall sweetness to excess. Duchaufour is, of course, well known for his use of incense and there does seem to be a trace here, providing levity to the dry, woody base. It's far more apparent on blotter however, than skin.
Nose: Betrand Duchaufour
House: Naomi Goodsir
Release date: 2014
Notes (per Fragrantica): apple, red berries, mango, sweet orange, rum, artemesia, sage, coconut, geranium, ylang-ylang, labdanum, beeswax, honey, tobacco, amber, oak, cedar, musk, vanilla.