Luctor et Emergo - Eau de Parfum
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Once in a great while a fragrance comes along that sets the perfume world on fire.

World, meet Luctor et Emergo.

Topping the list of's #1 cult fragrances, this complex and haunting perfume goes far beyond the expectations of those lucky enough to try it. Startlingly unique and presented in a laboratory flask-shaped bottle and packaged in a red velveteen box, Luctor et Emergo is like nothing you've ever smelled before. A blend of sweet and resinous incense, soft vanilla, woods and a whiff of transparent cherry in the beginning, we also smell almonds in the mix, creating a delicious mixture of cherried marzipan offset by very dry wood and otherworldly incense that lasts for hours.

Due to the delicate glass bottle, extra air space is used to prevent cracking during air transport.

Luctor et Emergo - Eau de Parfum  Notes

precious woods, vanilla, fresh grasses, white florals (and dozens of prized ingredients we can't name!)

Luctor et Emergo - Eau de Parfum Sizes Available
100ml $180
.7 ml
.7 ml Sample $5
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Here's what other people are saying about Luctor et Emergo - Eau de Parfum...
One sniff and it's obvious why POTTL's cult status is very much well-deserved. Only high praise.
By   - Retired Artist from New York City on 6/14/2016
A pleasant scent, and quite different. But smells really linear on me; cherry and wood. And therefore not worthy of the hefty price tag.
By   - Housing Officer from Brighton on 12/28/2012
Weird. Smells like a theater bathroom: cherry air freshener and fake buttered popcorn. I also get a note of my Cabbage Patch doll from the late 80's...vinyl/cherry/powder. I got zero woods, incense, or leather. I'm drowning in old memories here. The scent is not unpleasant, but completely unsophisticated and flat out weird. Disappointed.
By   - Architect from Portland on 11/2/2012
At first whif I smell caramel, tonka - that cherry hit and a nice smattering of cinnamon. As it progresses on my skin, there is something very spicy and not sweet that straightens out the caramel note which was fine by me. The dry down becomes a melange of tobacco and caramel again. I enjoyed parts of this perfume but not all of it. It does evolve which is always a big plus in my book.
By   - from Toronto on 8/8/2012
I immediately thought "old museum library." Resin and beeswax candles. A positive and uplifting if contemplative scent... not sure why one would bottle it, however. Or wear it, unless you're trying to seduce a really devoted librarian or scholar, in which case this is your fragrance.
By  on 6/22/2012
This starts with the smell of fresh cut wood. So freshly cut I can smell the sawdust hanging in the air and the heat from the electric saw blade is palpable. Then there's a wiff a medicinal cherry. The woodcutter is sucking a cherry lozenge. The cherry is followed by a note that is sometimes playdoh and sometimes hay on me. It settles into a drydown of sweet, vanilla infused tobacco. Occasionally though the woody notes returns and flits through for a second. There are also times when this smells like chocolate cake. It's a strange perfume and if I smelled it on someone else, I'm not sure I would even identify the smell as a perfume. My boyfriend, who hates perfume, always goes in for a second sniff when I wear this. And it is, like so many people say, an addicting scent.
By   - RN from Philadelphia on 12/11/2011
On application, I am reminded of that special smell in many florist's shops. It's flowery, spicy, earthy, with a bit of vanilla cream. I always suspect that they have a scent generator hidden in a corner. Makes me want to get a job as a florist, because that smell is so appealing and I don't want to leave it! I think it's how a rainforest smells!
By   - designer from Diessen, Netherlands on 8/13/2011
This gentle scent is absolutely amazing and it lingers with you all day but not in an aggressive way! Going to get the big bottle, it will now be my signature fragrance.. try it please you wont be disappointed!
By   - manager from perth,australia on 8/4/2011
Whomever the scientist was that created this scent, I adore you. My love for the notes that are a lover's whisper to the senses, bringing back false memories of a warm summer night in France with a bottle of wine and a handsome man. when I wear Luctor et Emergo, I am transported.
By   - from Midwest on 6/24/2011
What a sly pleaser this is. Opening suggestions of fresh-sawn woods mingle with a boozy, bourbon-like intoxication; at first I thought i caught an opening of sweet pineapple in there, too. A hint of menthol and black pepper to add "breathing room" and life before the "second act" of the fragrance. The drydown is all about a perfectly realistic tonka bean, with its suggestions of cherry-vanilla tobacco, caramel and hay. Vanilla and amber subtly kiss the nearly-loukhoum-like warm, but always controlled sweetness. Call this a "woody-ambered-gourmand". This is a fantastic modern, easily unisex, hypnotically delicious, cool weather scent that deserves its cult appeal.
By   - graphic artist from central texas, usa on 6/13/2011
Hmmm. On me it smells like Jack Daniels and cough syrup on the rocks.
By   - from Boulder, CO on 5/28/2011
On days when I'm feeling down, nothing makes me feel as good as this amazingly warm, cozy, complex, intriguing, inviting smell. Luctor et Emergo smells like how love feels.
By   - from PA on 4/12/2011
Definitely a male fragrance. Or "female", but in a very limited sense of the term. I do not know why such a lot of women write about perfume that is distinctly male .. perhaps for their "better halves" .. I was not impressed at all with the sample. Marzipan, a lot of Christmas fragrance .. and at the end of ordinary men after shave.
By   - artist from NY on 2/22/2011
Just to add to the rave reviews on here -- there are some wonderful hay/herbal notes in here that keep the vanilla and amber from being too sweet. I love this scent and consider it the most "me" perfume, my go-to fragrance. It's mysterious, comforting, and unpretentious. (Alas, the near $200 price tag is pretty high, I'll admit. Though after 4 years of eyeing this, I finally bit the bullet.) One tiny complaint is that the bottle itself feels fragile, and is a little awkward to hold when you spray it. I'm dreading the day I accidentally drop it...
By   - from Los Angeles on 12/7/2010
There is "something" about this fragrance that I really like. It's very different, but not in a bad way. The incense really comes thru, but once again not in a bad way. Hard fragrance to describe, so I'll just say it's nice and mysterious.
By   - from Californiaa on 12/4/2010
yesyesyesyes this is quite different. i have ordered about 5 samples so far, not ready to take the plunge for the bottle, but maybe one day...
By   - chef from nyc on 10/5/2010
I really love, love, love this fragrance! Very unique! One of my favorite fragrances.
By   - from Pittsburgh on 6/4/2010
A good tabacco-y rendition of Serge's 'Rahat Loukoum', which is marginally sweeter and more musk-ridden.
By  on 2/25/2010
I LOVE this fragrance! its deeply resinous,just enough sweetness, and its unique! forget the copycats out there.
By   - perfume lover from cincinnati on 11/20/2009
To start, Im getting cherry cough syrupy type whiffs, kind of strong. Not very appealing. Within minutes something that smells to me of cinnamon comes through the cherry and its actually a nice combo! I get the FAINTEST whiff of playdoh and I mean faint, only when I inhale deeply. Ultiamtely this is too weird for me to wear, there are too many scents out there that I just love so this is relegated to 'interesting sample' status only.
By   - admin from melb on 11/12/2009
I bought a few testers of this fragrance a year ago, struggled to find an occasion to wear it as undeniably a very feminine fragrance. Today though I went for brunch at an upscale restaurant in distressed jeans, a stubble beard, and a oversized sweater. So i decided to stir up some confusion by wearing Luctor Et Emergo. To the untrained eye, I appeared to be either a lumberjack, or a buff hobo, but i think those who came closer thought very differently. I really think the juxtaposition of a rugged appearance and a sophisticated and feminine fragrance caught peoples attention, and it conveyed my complexity in a way that simply dressing sharp would never have done. This only a good scent on men if they pair it with masculine elements. I might even think about wearing a dab of Emergo with a more conventionally masculine cologne.
By   - Student from Vancouver on 11/8/2009
i didn't dislike this but i guess you could say i didn't really get it. it smelled fine, the incense was very strong almost like being in a catholic church with some added vanilla. honestly on the right person i could see this being utterly breathtaking, but on me, it just doesn't translate.
By   - from Canada on 11/5/2009
I have always been a fan of the deeper more mysterious fragrances, and this one fits the bill. It worried me at first, but when the dry-down hit in about 15 min. it left a smokey, sweet and resinous smell that was absolutely sensual beyond words. PLEASE give it the drydown time before you step out or it won't have time to mellow on your skin. This is NOT a spray and dash fragrance. Put it on before the little black dress. AWESOME....
By  on 10/31/2009
i done that mistake...that one, to buy a full bottle without sniffing before ,just based on many reviews read and course i love the listed notes. But it is to far away from what i was expecting. it takes a long to get something pleasent on your skin and stays sticked on it. Silage almost zero. Do yourself a favour and try it before.
By  on 5/27/2009
This is the closest thing to an addictive drug in the world of fragrance. A few people have commented that they find themselves thinking about this scent when they're not wearing it, and that's exactly how I feel. I got a sample and found the smell to be a little weird (especially after reading the Play-Doh comments). After trying it a few times, though, I realized that on the days when I decided to wear something else, I ended up inexplicably missing this scent. When I started to become genuinely concerned that the sample was running out, I decided to just suck it up and pay the outrageous price for the bottle. The analogies to Play-Doh, strange incense, cherry marzipan, cough syrup, paste, pipe tobacco, dough, powder, and "softness" are all spot-on. It's this perfume's ability to shift continuously between all its different notes that makes it so hypnotic.
By   - from Boston, MA on 5/12/2009
This is plain weird. It is more like the people below say, a Play-doh scent or the smell of dusters-and-polish. It clings, it gives me a headache, it is terrible terrible, not a fragrance but a state of mind! And for all that I don't loathe it, but I am deeply puzzled by it.
By   - Student from Amsterdam on 2/26/2009
Why have we become forced to apologize for liking this? Hey, good stuff is good stuff -- who cares if it's popular! I actually think this fragrance comes on just a bit hard upon first spraying it; very resinous and pretty heavy on the cherry. Within 30 mins, though, it warms into the lovely, complex, evocative frag everyone keeps talking about: a deep, sweet-yet-spicy, woody/tobacco kind of scent. WELL worth the 30-minute wait (and the money!).
By   - professor from NY on 2/5/2009
OK, please don't hate me. On my skin, this is an incredibly sexy peppery wood with the slightest wafting of almond. To add insult to injury, it is also unbelievably long lasting. I put it on before work last night expecting it to be gone before my first break, but it was still deep and gorgeous when I was done, and it was still kind of there this morning when I woke up. I want a full bottle!!!
By   - lighting tech from Los Angeles on 1/30/2009
This reminds me so much of Parfum d'Empire - Ambre Russe, without the harsh cumin note present.
By   - Bon Vivant from CA on 1/22/2009
I smelled a smokey cherry/vanilla mixture. It was alright, but didn't seem worth the price. Also, my boyfriend, upon first whiff, called out that it reminded him of urinal cakes (really??), so that's a no-go for me.
By   - Student from Denver on 1/11/2009
OK, I have to revise my previous post. It has been about a week since I first sampled this perfume and, in that time, I have CONSTANTLY returned to it. Although I don't usually like gourmand scents at all, I have craved the sweet, lovely goodness of this perfume. I am still not committed to buying a full bottle; I'm afraid the novelty will wear off. Yet, as I said above, I keep coming back for more...
By   - teacher from Syracuse, NY on 12/10/2008
Wow, it's true: salty playdoh. Not terrible by any means ... kind of nostalgic, as others have pointed out. However, I sampled this because I noticed that some people compared this to CdG's Palisander, which I love, but, IMO, Palisander is WORLDS better and more interesting than this. Where Palisander is warm, spicy, and woody, I would describe this as (overly) sweet and (somewhat) woody. Meh...
By   - teacher from Syracuse, NY on 12/1/2008
I totally understand where the "play doh" comments are coming from!! Its very subtle but as you inhale, for a brief moment towards the end, there is a slightly salty scent just like Play-Doh. Especially when it dries down it screams Play doh. Those who don't smell it must not have ever played with it as a kid. But that's not what kills it for me, the cherry scent is to strong for my liking.
By  on 11/12/2008
I just recieved my sample of Luctor et Emergo and I gotta tell ya', I don't smell anything that remotley reminds of play-doh. On me the cherry scent really shines through and it gets creamier as it wears. I heard so mich about this scent and I must say it is like no other parfum, I've smelled before.
By   - Writer on 10/21/2008
I LOVE this. I've been wearing it for special occasions over the last 4 years. I like to keep it special. On me it has deep cherry notes at the beginning, get spicy and woody as it develops, and lasts a long time smelling like violin rosin. I play the violin, and I happen to love the smell of rosin, so wearing this is makes me feel both elated and nostalgic. I must be anosmic to "play-doh" (a survival technique I've developed from having had to clean it off my floors countless times over the years), but my husband claims he smells "play-doh" the instant he gets a whiff of POTL. To me it's cherry-tobacco-rosin.
By   - from Orange County, CA on 9/28/2008
When I was younger, I used tell people that if there was any scent that I could make into a perfume, it would be whatever it is in Play-Doh that makes it smell so good. Thank goodness someone got around to making one! I agree on the assessment of the smell of Play-Doh and tobacco - the difference is that those are my favorite smells, EVER.
By   - writer from Seattle on 8/18/2008
This is my absolute favorite perfume ever! My husband and my young children all like it was well! They even liked it better than I did at first. It reminded them of wintertime and marzipan treats. Which was exactly why I disliked it at first. But it kinda grew on me and it is not all vanilla and almonds! There's some flowery scent as well. But I can only smell it in summertime when my skin is warming up. And there are more ingredients but cannot put my finger to them. That's why it is so interesting!
By  on 7/11/2008
I almost forgot to mention, it maintains its integrity for hours and hours and hours.
By   - from Nashville on 6/16/2008
It's cherry vanilla tobacco, and I love it. It doesn't smell like perfume, it's too unique. It's warm, exotic incense, and yet it's sweet. It's good to wear to bars or clubs where there is smoking, because while cigarette smoke can cover or maim other perfumes, it compromises with Luctor et Emergo.
By   - from Nashville on 6/16/2008
Once I found a very cool vintage overnight bag at the thrift store. It still had all the little bottles and comb and brush that came with it, and a picture of the couple on vacation in faded sepia. Luctor et Emergo reminded me of that case. Musty, perfumes and toiletries gone a little rotten, but intriguing in a nostalgic sense memory way. Not a favorite but I'm glad I tried it.
By   - from San Francisco on 5/17/2008
Still trying other fragrances,for the IT bottle,and nothing is as special as this one!
By   - spa industry from mid west on 5/10/2008
For once in my life, I cannot even begin to describe what this smells like! Sweet, a little spicy, natural...I was not expecting to like this "strange cult fragrance" since I have no desire to simply smell "strange" but I am absolutely taken with it.
By  on 5/6/2008
I have had this for a while, and along the way have built up a huge collection of different fragrances (all from Lucky scent) and I must tell you that this is the only one that has made my husband pull the car over after dinner out one night and know!
By   - from Hawaii on 5/4/2008
I just received a sample of this,and cant wait to purchase the full bottle!!!I LOVE it. I have sampled so many others,but there is something just so calming about this one It smells almost uncomplicated,in its complexity,which makes it stand out,I can see why people find it mezmerizing:) MY FAVORITE frag,so far!
By   - perfume lover from cincinnati on 4/25/2008
I had been reading about Luctor Et Emergo for some time before sampling, and thoroughly expected to be let down. It was a "cult classic" that garnered rave reviews, yet I didn't think that I would like it at all based on the notes listed. I finally caved and got a sample, and for the last hour have been experiencing a joyous "Where have you been all my life???" kind of elation. I don't have any idea what is in here. I think I get the tobacco and almond. On me, it does smell sort of boozy. One reviewer mentioned Amaretto, which sounds about right. But it is luscious, and strange, and complex, and entrancing, and I am AT WORK AND I CAN'T STOP SNIFFING MY DARNED ARM... Anyways, love at first whiff.
By   - Project Manager from St. Louis on 4/14/2008
Mild, sweet cherry almond pipe tobacco with just a bit of woody incense on the drydown. I can see where the playdough comparisons come from, but that odd accord seemed to dissipate once the juice dried. I thought it was unusual and very nice, but nothing TOO terribly special; therefore I was surprised to receive lots of lovely compliments on it from people at work. My husband loves it, he said it reminds him just a bit of Dior Hypnotic Poison, + cherry tobacco, - florals. He (obviously) enjoys almond scents. I was so impressed with the excellent longevity of this fragrance. Poor longevity is a deal breaker for me and I refuse to buy any perfume that doesn't last the workday. Luctor et Emergo met this criteria with flying colors! I applied pretty generously in the morning, and this scent remained readily apparent after 12 hours, and still present closer to the skin after 16 hours. I forsee receiving a gift of this for Mother's Day.
By   - Nurse from St Louis on 3/21/2008
Damn! i have been reading all the reviews on this perfume..I have a huge collection of hard to find scents,from around the world...etc..I HATED POTL-'AMAZ-ING.(too intensly dark,and old ladyish-I couldnt even GIVE it away.i have been VERY curious about this Luctor,BUT now EVERYONE is trying to get it so now,so I will stick to the Parfume Generale line---and the BEAUTIFUL Les parfumes De Rosine!!
By   - perfumista from midwest on 3/16/2008
i tried this for the first time last night. definitely smelled the playdough undertone referenced in other posts but also all the nice smokey sweetness. not too sweet, no headaches or the feeling like i needed to wash it off for being too strong. liked it lot and looking forward to trying it again...
By   - art director from ottawa on 3/15/2008
OK, I don't get it. I bought a sample of this because of its popularity but all I smell is "old vinyl baby doll with cherry and vanilla". It also made me have creepy feelings like creepy-man aftershave. Me no likey.
By   - Geologist from Los angeles on 2/21/2008
hmmm--i wonder what the hype is all about, and whether we're all a bit influenced by magazine and what not proclaiming this to be one of the top "cult" perfume etc. (sorry, I'm sure I'll get shot down for this comment). I smell some incense mixed w/sweetness. Nice enough, and reminds me of something in the Serge Lutens line that I can't put a finger on. But honestly, if not for all the hype, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about this.
By   - atty from la on 2/20/2008
Fresh pipe tobacco, and cherry almond. A stunning fragrance. Beautiful.
By   - from NC on 10/16/2007
this scent is sensual, mysterious, and beautiful! it didn't last very long on me, but it was heaven while it lasted!
By  on 9/15/2007
Construction paper Christmas ornaments! The smell of spice, fir, woodfire and butter-almond cookies! Fairy-tale castles or old courts in Wonderland! Hidden treehouses and pirate ships!One sniff and I'm in elementary school, perhaps in the library or on-stage, smelling paper and dust...while making candy-cane reindeer ornaments and toy drums :). Perhaps "LeE" is not feminine sophistication, like most fragrances aim to be, but it's evocative and fascinating. No wonder "LeE" is on back order and has a cult-like following; this is a vat of childhood memories.
By  on 9/11/2007
No, no, it's not Play-Doh but another gooey substance from 1970's pre-school classes...paste! The white paste in the little squat jars that you used to sneak a taste of when the teacher wasn't looking. Come on, you know you did. This is paste and Dior Addict combined, but, that said, I really do like it the more I wear it. It is oddly compelling and engaging. I can't stop smelling my wrists, I may have to buy some!
By   - educator from Chicago on 9/11/2007
I purchased a sample months ago, and even after sampling many many other perfumes, I always go back to this. From the start I loved it! It smells sweet but also like incense, and whenever I wear it I always keep smelling my wrist. To me, it smells very unique! I would definitely recommend trying a sample, because you may hate it like other reviewers or you may just love it!
By   - from Toronto on 8/30/2007
A friend shared a sample with me, and once I tried it, I have been hoarding the little vial ever since. On first whiff, I get something that reminds me of amaretto - although not a cloyingly sweet amaretto - but a rich, decadent liquor.In fact, for a moment it almost reminds me of bourbon.It is next followed by actual cherries, blends into raw almonds, and then smolders into incense and art studio(earthy clay?paint?paper mache'?). There is something lightly floral whispering in the background, acting not as a main player but perhaps a friendly ghost or muse inspiring the scent. Later, all of the notes reside simultaneously, but smoothly . . . a perfect blend of something soothing and nostalgic.Sometimes, it reminds me of the kinds of smells that waft out of a hookah cafe . . . the flavored tobacco blends and incense wafting through the air in a soft, watery smoke.Others, it's like the arts district . . . or building props in stagecraft. A fragrance that conjurs up this many thoughts and memories is a must-have in my book. POTL is a good match for my body chemistry and my spirit. At that price, I can't buy it now, but perhaps Santa will leave it in my stocking for Christmas.
By   - Actress from Neverland on 8/28/2007
I really enjoy this fragrance but find that it gives me a slight allergic reaction and doesn't last quite as long as I'd hoped. I do LOVE to spray it on my clothers though:)
By   - from Virginia on 8/20/2007
I have to be honest; this scent is lovely and distinctive but at $165.00 a pop, buy yourself a $12.00 bottle of Coty's or Shiara's "Cherry-Vanilla" instead (the classic teen-y scent of the 80's). LeE isn't anymore complex than that scent, although infinitely more expensive.
By  on 8/16/2007
POTL seems to be a love it or hate it fragrance, I myself LOVE IT! If it works for you its a dream fragrance so unique and ever changing, warm and very romantic my husband loves it!
By   - from Hawaii on 8/1/2007
I smell licorice whips and cinnamon sticks. PASS!
By   - from chicago on 7/12/2007
Well, you are right about one thing - this IS indeed like nothing else............NOTHING ELSE I HAVE SMELLED IS AS BAD AS THIS! Thankfully, I received a free sample with an order. I wouldn't pay $4 let alone $165. OMG............I couldn't wait to scrub this off my wrist. I was literally sick to my stomach. I don't understand all the hype, but perhaps it's just that my body chemistry reacted badly to it. I still feel nauseous just thinking about it.
By   - from New York City on 7/2/2007
smells like a subtle version of Dolce & Gabana on me. Nice, but not as original as I expected it to be.
By   - student from boston on 5/22/2007
I do not dislike it, as others have stated. It is unusual yes, but wearable indeed.
By   - communications from rome on 4/11/2007
I was excited to receive my sample after all the raving about POL. This one was a disappointment. I smell the cherry, almond, woody bits, but there's something "cloudy" in the mix for me. (I actually like the one description of "cherry tobacco"). My husband, however, immediately said "playdoh". I'm still curious to try their other scents, but I think I'll pass on this one.
By   - from Brooklyn NY on 3/10/2007
I just got my sample today. I'm not joking when I say I haven't worn perfume in years. It's always given me headaches and stuffed my nose up so I figured I was allergic. Then I read about this site in a blog, popped over to look around and couldn't resist ordering some samples. I ordered this one because I liked the name. When I got my samples I eagerly opened them all and took a sniff. When I got to Luctor et Emergo and got the cap off I was like "Eww what is this??" The first whiff was so strong and strange. I didn't like it one bit. I ignored this sample most of the day. I finally decided to give it a try and put some on my wrists. This must be how inept I am at scents because to me it smelled like licorice. I wanted to go wash it off but decided to leave it on for awhile. I've been reading about things like dry downs, etc and wanted to do this right. Anyway, long story short it's been on for hours now and it keeps changing. The licorice smell is gone and in it's place is a warm, spicy scent. I'm not sure what it is. I never got play-doh or cherries or almonds so I'm not sure what it's doing on me. I do know one thing, I will try it again tomorrow because tonight I'm totally hooked. BTW, only one of the samples seemed to generate a small reaction, slight headache, stuffiness.. it was a toilette water one. The rest were parfums. Maybe I found the key for me.. wear the parfums. And make sure to go very light. Either way I'm thankful I found this site and I feel like I'm on a grand fragrance adventure!
By   - from Fargo, ND on 2/28/2007
The more I wear this the more I fall in love with it! So much so that looking over at my perfume collection I almost can't bring myself to imagine what else I will wear and start thinking about which I might give away to this or that friend... It's kinda sad. I think I am going to have to try the cream too! Also I do think as with many of my experiences the sample does not do the perfum justice (for whatever reason)
By   - from NYC on 2/27/2007
I ordered some samples of this fragrance and when I tried it on I thought "It's Etro's Messe di Minuit" only not as complex. The anise was there but the orange in Messe was absent as was the lovely incense note. The dry down left me with an uninspired imitation of No. 5. When my husband, who wasn't home when I applied the fragrance, entered our foyer he said "What is that awful moldy muffin/old crayon smell?!?"
By   - Bon Vivant from Manhattan on 2/21/2007
GET A SAMPLE BEFORE YOU BUY! I got a sample and ordered a bottle before my sample ran out so I wouldn't have to be without it! I love it... but. The But is that it doesn't seem to last on my and noone else seems to notice I have it on. Since I wear perfume for me, I don't much care about that last but I have not had the same reaction that I got when Angel came out and everyone stopped me to ask what I was wearing. I don't get the playdoh or even much of the cherry but this is obviously very body specific. So don't buy it before you've gone through a whole sample. By then you'll know if you like it or not.
By   - a random quilter, mom & office manager from Apison Tn on 2/21/2007
i ordered a sample, hoping i would love it. i wanted to ignore the 'playdoh' comments below. i rubbed some into my four-year-old's wrist. she immediately said: "smells like playdoh!!" glad i sampled first. not worth it at all.
By  on 2/20/2007
"Luctor et Emergo" is a lovely enough fragrance---soft, powdery and spicy---but it lacks complexity on my skin and never truly evolves into the passion-potion of its reviews. "Maja", a Spanish powder that is available at drugstores and beyond, is curiously close to LeE. Alas, I take no journeys to monasteries, old wardrobes and libraries, childhood memories or open fields. The closest tenderness that LeE arouses, is the scent of old toilet paper--that which we used to wrap christmas ornaments in, before storing them for the next year. Even in that context, it never really reaches my memory and fades before I can figure out where it's heading. I'd recommend this to those who enjoy subtle spice and woodsy scents---but really, whatever your circumstances, $170 is a money-bag and too much to spend on something that doesn't evoke a transcendental experience. If I were considering such a large purchase, I 'd sample and test first.
By   - Psych. from Boston on 2/15/2007
Because it has such a cult following, I was half expecting to be a bit let down by this perfume. I was suprised by the complexity of the scent and how it develops - it really gives you the sense of a flower slowly unfolding (although it doesn't smell flowery). At first sniff it smells kinda woody/musky with the faint 'cherry' undertones and then slowly develops into a lighter, still slightly musky smell. What I love about this is each time I catch a faint whiff of it, it smells different but still familiar at the same time. Beautifully complex and intriguing.
By   - retail manager/student from Melbourne, Australia on 2/12/2007
This fragrance reminds me of Royal Secret...very warm and soothing, yet evocative. It lasted 24 hours on my skin!
By   - physician from Austin, TX on 2/9/2007
I was reluctant to try it, as I've never liked anything with vanilla or wood notes in it, and must admit that I was ultimately swayed by the beaker-shaped bottle. Now I adore it. It's just odd enough to escape the cloying dessert-y miasma of candylike perfumes, although on me there's distinct marzipan. Brighter and earthier notes curve through it, this minute cherry tobacco and a near-cedar, the next an unexpected white flower. It's fungible enough to keep you guessing and properly mysterious, warm enough that putting it on feels like coming home.
By   - molecular biologist from New Haven, CT on 1/25/2007
Maybe this just doesn't work on some people, and if that's the case, I'm one of them. This lasted about 6 hours on me, and through all of it, the main note I could smell was PLAY-DOH. If I concentrated really hard, I could catch a hint of almond, but I couldn't enjoy this, and I wanted to. Huge disappointment for me; if you're interested in this scent, make SURE you try a sample first.
By  on 1/18/2007
I expected to find this one odd and it's very pleasant. Reminds me of babies - not at all a baby powder scent - like childhood in the spring playing in the grass. It's unique, soft, sweet scent that is not cloying,foody or overbearing. I may need to purchase the EDP, the EDT does have a slight tinge of the play-doh note that everyone else is talking about but it disappears fast. I did not detect that note in the more expensive EDP.
By   - sales from rochester, ny on 1/13/2007
By   - Fashion Stylist from Malibu on 1/12/2007
It's just like the tie-dyed scarf it comes in--a kaleidescope that keeps me entertained, whether it be from one minute to the next or one day to the next. Can't stop smelling myself to see what has changed! Today I have a cold and I am getting a really nice incense-y smell. Saturday evening it that cherry thing was going on, with a soft vanilla-y remnent at the end of the night. I love all of the smells and find each, as well as the whole, unique! It does last on me, but I think i am going to have to go for the cream as well, just to see what other layers of scent POTL have come up with that there are to explore. This really is good stuff.
By   - HR from SF, CA on 1/11/2007
Soft, powdery vanilla almond. I'm sure there is more in there than that, but that's all I get, no grasses - which is what I was hoping for. Very feminine.
By   - Caregiver from Bethlehem, PA on 12/15/2006
It's certainly different, I'm still deciding if I LOVE it, but I like it so kind of smells like Swisher Sweets, with only a hit of the tobacco.
By   - from Nebraska on 11/2/2006
It does smell like Playdoh at first but the drydown is spicy vanilla smoky perfection..and it really lasts. I sprayed it on a sweater last week and I could still smell it when I put the sweater on today!!
By  on 10/21/2006
Wow! This smells incredible! On me, the Eau de Parfum dries down to a very soft powdery smell - combination of almonds, vanilla and incense. The price tag is a little steep, though.
By   - Legal Assistant from Woodbridge on 10/16/2006
The cherry thing at the beginning was a bit much, and during the dry-down I was thinking "play-doh, that is too weird" and then I come here to read the reviews, and low and behold, I am not the only one thinking this stuff smells suspciously of flour and salt!! Too bad, I really wanted to like this one.
By   - student/mother from D.C. on 10/11/2006
Truly the most undescribable fragrance I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I don't like it.....but not in a bad way. It's like I WANT to not like it. I WANT a fragrance that keeps me thinking about whether or not I should have purchased it. I WANT people to say "What the heck is that odd smell". I WANT to to experience how it smells good in the afternoon, but not in the morning. This fragrance makes me think of Monet paintings. Beautiful from far away......bizzare up close. But sometimes it makes me think of Picasso.....exaggerated images of people in a grotesquley beautiful way. If a fragrance has the power to make one feel all the things mentioned in this review, how can you not buy it.
By  on 9/30/2006
To be honest, I didn't like the smell in the begining. The scent reminded me of those medications you use when you're sick. I questioned myself: How could I pay $172.00 for such a horrible smell. However, minutes later, I began to like it as the horrible smell trasformed into a soft and certainly different aroma that would enhances any person with artistic, mysterious and refined personality. Not for those with common taste or who can't appreciate exotic scents. Neither for those who can't understand the joy of drinking a nice cabernet suvignon with a cherry taste cigar aside woods and fireplaces. Very unique, but still reminds me a little to Moschino Couture and Prada parfums. I will certainily use it in special occassions. Buy I wonder if guys really like these type of scents... Hmm, I guess it has to do more with your attitude and the way you project yourself. The rest just compliments or enhances your natural inner attraction.
By   - Sales & Marketing Specialist from San Juan, PR on 9/19/2006
Apparently this is a popular scent... I was so psyched when my sample arrived, however, on me it smelled like unbaked cherry-almond pastry. And then the Play-Doh drydown, of course - just not my thing, but certainly unique!
By   - medical professional from Alameda, CA on 8/17/2006
Playdoh turns to pipe tobacco-- oh well, doesn't work for me
By  on 7/11/2006
I was really excited to try this because of all the hype. Needless to say I think it smells exactly like play doh, one of my least favorite scents of all time. Also, it makes me feel a bit nauseous. :(
By   - food photographer from denver, co on 7/11/2006
got a sample when i ordered something else. too sweet on me. so if you like sweet try it.. it WILL stay with you so make sure you adore sweet scents.
By   - talent agents from st pete on 7/2/2006
unusual, noticeable, and smells expensive. hence meets all criterion of mine for good juice. two thumbs snobbily up!
By   - chef from tel-aviv on 6/30/2006
Iam not big cherry scent lover but this fragrance is so nice and elegant and fresh among all other perfumes. I have a lot of fragrances and ordered some more but still I will add this one to my collection with big pleasure :)
By   - from Denver on 6/6/2006
Luctor et Emergo is a mood ring in a bottle which nearly defies description and changes as constantly as the my moods and the weather. Thankfully there isn't a "play dough" note for me but the cherry is predominate with a smoky background and a hint of I thought. When I went outside into the hot humid and breezy day I unexpectedly smelled beautiful white florals...but where were they? Not a single bloom in sight as I then realized it was my perfume wafting about me?!? The grass notes were more prominent and the cherry/smoke now in the background. I went back inside and the floral scent completely disappeared...what?!?!? I have ordered another sample before succumbing to this oddly intriguing parfum...but I foresee a purchase. I've read that the EDT has a stronger cherry note than the EDP...anyone experiance this yet?
By   - from APO on 5/31/2006
Cherry cough syrup!
By  on 5/12/2006
I got this sample...ORDERED this sample with my last purchase. It smells...very modern, it smells pink and reminds me very much of the japanese comic limited edition louis vuitton bags for some reason. But the thing is, it is very much like an expensive bag with a comic book printed on it: good quality, but silly and almost cannily cheap, in essence: POST MODERN. Ok, so i'll cut the crap. It smells EXACTLY like red hots (you know, the candy?) and baby powder. My boyfriend LOVES it. I love it too. it makes me feel hip, whether it's postmodern or not. the sillage is great. it inspires love and hate in people precisely because they know it is good, but at the same time it reminds them of things that are basic, simple, cheap pleasures...but of course that's what good perfume is all about. It smells like an Ellsworth Kelly painting.
By   - Grad Student from Cambridge, MA on 5/10/2006
Startingly beautiful. Possibly the most intoxicating, gorgeous scent I've ever owned. It had nothing to do with this having "cult" status or the exorbitant price - when I sniffed this from an unmarked vial I'd had no idea what it was, except I loved it and wanted it immediately. Imagine my shock (and understanding) when I discovered the nearly $200 price tag. Absolutely lovely. Not a deep, dark scent (for that I turn to Sage Machado's Onyx or the like) but certainly a magical one. This isn't a princess' scent, but that of a sorceress.
By   - Fashion/Lifestyle Writer from Canada on 5/8/2006
I bought a set of vanilla scents, decanted, and found this long-titled perfume by accident. I wore it yesterday, the tiniest bit on the wrists -and people were very very nice, and seemed so happy to talk to me. I met with young and old; octogenarian showgirls; sharp tongued auto emchanics; upbeat cafe owners - you name it, everyone was really fun. Who's to say what made everyone be so nice?
By   - portrait artist from Manchester on 5/6/2006
Is there morphine in this? I hate it and love it at the same time, and THIS MAKES NO SENSE! It's true that the scent takes you all over the place! Mostly a modernist box of a building made entirely of white granite, on stilts overlooking white sands and dried grasses, the sweetness and warmth of book bindings and minwaxed floors, an almond tart next to a pub fire...jeez. I really thought I'd hated this until I gave it another chance. WHAT IS IT???
By  on 5/3/2006
Sexy, sexy, sexy!!! The most addictive fragrance ever made. I cant stop smelling myself. Incredible fragrance. Nothing else in the world compares. Worth every penny. Wow! Wow! Wow!
By  on 4/25/2006
I wear this fragrance every single day! If the price went up to $500.00 i would still buy it. It is the only fragrance i will every wear. I have gotten hundreds of compliments on it. This scent brightens up a rainy day. The best ever!!!
By  on 4/25/2006
Cherries, creamy vanilla, toasted almond, ... need i say more? My boyfriend loves this fragrance on me. The creme of the crop in the fragrance world. And i heard that it is a new favorite of Oprahs.
By  on 4/25/2006
This is the most amazing fragrance that i have ever owned, and i have tested hundreds. Nothing is as magical as this fragrance. I get compliments everytime that i wear it. An addictive fragrance that leaves you smelling like a sumptuous dessert. Truly amazing. Long lasting and fabulous. You got to get this one.
By  on 4/25/2006
2nd Review: Seriously, what is in this perfume? I can't stop sniffing it -- I am tempted to buy it but I all I would do is smell it -- I can't even tell if I like it . . . I certainly can't wear it in public because I can't tear my nose away from my wrist!
By   - Student from Minneapolis on 4/12/2006
Whoa, this stuff is BAAAAAD! PlayDoh x10 plus a few extra chemicals. It smells like that for hours, and as it mellows it fizzles out. Eventually there's a somewhat pleasant smell I can barely detect (or do I imagine it?). Definitely not for every nose or body chemistry.
By   - Psychologist from New Orleans on 3/29/2006
What is the BIG DEAL about this stuff? 165.00??? Heh? What is going on in the world of 'fashion'? Women are out there wearing jeans that make their bodies look terrible, carrying outrageously expensive and hideous handbags, sporting ridiculously large and cheap-looking sunglasses, stringy hair, and now they're freaking out over a perfume that isn't 'supposed to smell good'?? This almost makes me miss the 80s! Feh!
By  on 3/20/2006
Yes, starts out as Play-Doh (but Play-Doh smells good!) & that Coty loose face powder in the Deco box, but becomes far more complex. Hours later (on my skin at least) it smelled like Hawaiian white ginger flowers. Awesome. Fiance loved it. Sample first to see what it's like on you.
By   - from New York on 3/11/2006
This practically defies words. It did start out kind of weird chemically/play-dohy, but it is drying down to a more incensey soft smell. I am a huge marzipan fan, and I do catch the cherry/marzipan note. It is nice. It reminds me of these cherry nuts balls that had a lot of butter in them that my mom used to make at christmas time.
By   - from Gainesville on 3/10/2006
There is only one way I can describe it - DISTURBING... Very unusual scent. Love it!
By  on 3/2/2006
OK... my very cool mom gave me this.. and it's so amazing. It smells like cherry pipe smoke.. the kind my best friend's dad smoked when I was a child. It's enveloping and delicious. Also something powdery about it. .. it is mysterious.. and people always ask me what it is. It's not obtrusive or the first thing in the room. There is a bit of a bitter note in there somewhere to balance out the sweetness.. I think probably bitter almond as well as sweet almond..thus the cherry scent. It's DELISH! Try it... it's very original, and you will probably be the only one wearing it!
By   - fly girl from miami on 2/19/2006
I'm telling you, it's NOT Play-Doh, it's Dr. Pepper lipsmacker from Bonne Bell in a cupboard full of Band-Aids. Okay. SO much for the brand awareness. Odd scent. It does smell a bit of Shalimar, but it also smells of Strenesse as well. All that cherry nonsense is from almond oil, I can guarantee it; ever take a whiff of almond extract? There ya go. I'm going to stick with CDG everything!
By  on 2/16/2006
I do get that infamous play-doh accord, though it's not at all unpleasant. Luctor et Emergo is a work of art, a scent experience. Everytime you smell yourself you get something different, unplaceable. It evokes memories, transports you to faraway places. You smell again, trying to recapture the memory you just had. But it's already gone. A new experience with every wear.
By   - from Boston on 1/18/2006
This was good, but I can see why people wouldn't want to wear it. The thing is though, it didn't seem that unique to me. Certainly not that marzipan like, it's not a sweet soft almond like marzipan. I can feel the library, the books, but it's not something that I want to smell on myself. Something that's a lot like this albeit not as good staying power but for only 20 bucks or something--Ecco Bella Bourbon Vanilla. Smells so much like it.
By   - Student from Springfield, VA on 12/6/2005
The best compliment I ever got about a perfume came when I was wearing this-- I was told by a friend that I smelled soft. I love that. This is a special, ethereal, untouchable perfume. Get at least 3 bottles.
By  on 10/18/2005
Luctor et Emergo is hypnotic, to say the least. Wearing it takes me to completely different places and it's a new fragrance every time I wear it. Sometimes it reminds me of violin rosin, sometimes it reminds me of cherry liqueur, sometimes it reminds me of autumn woods. No matter what it evokes I love it, love it, love it. This is one of the finest, most amazing fragrances I've ever had the pleasure to own.
By   - from Orange County, CA on 9/7/2005
I like this very much. However, I'm sure it has heliotrope in it and for a heliotrope based perfume I prefer Heliotrope by Etro. Heliotrope by Etro has the same play-doh, cherry pie, warm almond smell. The difference between the two is Lutor et Emergo is more woodsy. They are both nice though.
By  on 8/17/2005
Wonderful! Smells like Play-Doh at first (Who doesn't love the smell of Play-Doh!) and drys down into a wonderful spiced cherry pie.
By   - Public Relations from Los Angeles on 7/24/2005
Resinous and creamy sweet - despite the overall woodsy aroma, this has a freshness about it - it's not heavy or cloying. Gives a comforting feeling like wearing a broken in sweater. Lasting power however is very short - that's my only complaint. Love the flask bottle and tie-dyed scarf as well as the red velvety box.
By   - from South San Francisco on 7/20/2005
Gorgeous scent, brings in tons of compliments, and yes, it DOES smell a bit like Play-Doh. But here's the $64,000 question: is it blue Play-Doh or yellow Play-Doh? I vote yellow.
By  on 6/30/2005
I am so thankful I only ordered a sample. I have smelled alot of awful smelling perfumes but this would have to be the worst. If you want to smell like cigar smoke, this one is for you.
By  on 6/22/2005
A scent i always return to.The most unique scent i have ever owned. Just love it. Sweeter and less powdery than KM Loukhoum, which i also love as well.
By  on 6/1/2005
One of the most amazing fragrances I've had the pleasure of trying, this masterpiece will be on my shelf forever and always. Warm, a bit woody, dry, and not too foody, this is so wearable and smooth that fans of any type of fragrance might find something to like. Very unique, and one of my most treasured bottles.
By   - from NYC on 5/25/2005
Heaven in a bottle....amazing! A blend of sweet incence, woods,vanilla, cheeries,marzipan. The drydown is like the smell of the pages of a new book..warm pleaseant and sexy.A work of art that doesn't compare to anything I have expierenced before.Great staying power. The cream smells just like the perfume too and lasts forever. I'm in LOVE !
By   - artist from Florida on 5/13/2005
wears sweet on my husband and like cough syrup on me.
By  on 5/5/2005
To my way of thinking, this is one of the most magnificent, changling perfumes in the world. There are so many facets to it that you never know how you will end up smelling but everyone of them is divine. A prize winner if there ever was one. Worth every penny.
By   - Retired from Rochester Hills on 5/5/2005
Does anybody remember Shalimar? It smells like Shalimare (only better), but has less staying power
By   - from Maryland on 5/3/2005
This fragrance is a mind trip in a bottle. It's completely up to you if you like where it goes... You fall down the rabbit hole with an explosion of cherry-almond. If the ice-cream of this identical flavour could be made into a fragrance, that'd be the first 30 seconds of L&E... All of sudden it turns warm, rich and entirely silkly, buttery almost...but get too close, smell too much and you catch a whiff of tobacco, altogether too strong. It breaks the spell, but all you can think about is trying to recapture that warm, pefectly balanced sweet/sinful mix again...I think I torture passerby with this fragrance. I've been followed down the street and even into a taxi over it. I agree with a poster above about it being very body-chemistry specific. L&E can smell like cough syrup on some people (my sister) and pure sin on others (my husband); cotton-candy sweet (my grandmom) or dark and morbid (my colleague). Highly recommended for the truly adventurous olfactory purist, this is scent at its most complex and challenging, to be appreciated over a lifetime...not dismissed in minutes. ADD-ish types need not apply. ;)
By   - lawyer from New York on 3/10/2005
2nd review. After wearing this for a week, everyone, and I mean everyone at work said something about it. Some loved it, some said "oh, that's different", many asked if it was a unisex fragrance. That's why I love this fragrance so touches everyone that comes across it. The scent has really "attached" itself to me....I find myself looking for it during the day. It really doesn't smell "good", it smells unique and artsy to me. I have this big ol chair I got from an antique store that's really old and run down. That's why the chair is so gorgeous. So many people have sat in it, fell asleep in it, cried, eaten, fell in love, read, studied, talked, wished and dreamed in the chair. This fragrance reminds me of my chair.
By   - student from columbus on 3/4/2005
I can see why many people would find this scent comforting. It is, in its warmth. But it's also sexy in it's incense. It's a sexy English professor. You want to snuggle with him and then take his glasses off. Excellent staying power.
By   - from NYC on 3/2/2005
I got the sample yesterday and this is way to complex for me to describe in full at the moment. After I wear it for a week, I might be able to describe this experience in full. I will say though that no other smell I've had the pleasure (or displeasure) of smelling in my 24 years of life has intrigued me so much. Very fascinating. My senses don't know quite what to do with this yet, kinda like an outfit you know is beautiful in its ugliness. Right now I'm giving it 5 stars just because it's like nothing I've ever smelled before. I will be submtting another review in a week.
By   - Student from Columbus Ohio on 2/24/2005
Alright, I know I use a lot of analogies in my reviews, but I'm dead serious this time. This perfume smells exactly like this old hotel where I stayed while visiting Edinburgh, Scotland. Old wood furniture, furniture polish, leather, pastry, cherry preservers, must, rain, and fog. It's just downright weird. I'd wear this perfume just for its odd-ballness, but I don't want to pay almost two hundred dollars for something I'm not absolutely in love with. And it's not an "attractive" scent, there's nothing come hither about it. More "I like books, old armchairs, rainy weather, big fireplaces, and the mysteries of old houses and castles, with their attics, towers, or forgotten rooms." This makes me want to go read a fairy tale, or at least Harry Potter. Like I said, I'd wear it for the experience of it, it's a definite work of art, but I would never reach for it everyday as a cosmetic perfume. So, will I buy it? Maybe one day, I know I'll never use the whole bottle. It is interesting. Reminds me of being an adolescent, when the world was a big fascinating unknown and dreams were huge and always attainable. I know I'm hyping this up, because it's not the best thing I've ever smelled, but I usually never get the whole 'perfume sending you on a journey' thing. With this, I do. I think everyone should at least smell this once, maybe not buy it, but at least smell it. Kind of like a priceless painting - not all of us need to own one, but seeing them once is enough. At any rate, it is weird.
By   - History and Political Science Major from Chapel Hill on 1/27/2005
how anyone can say this smells like play-do is beyond me. i WISH play-do had smelled like this when i was a kid, i'd have played much more with it. this scent is a heavy one, but it's very rich and complex. it's like a vanilla/amber/flower scent at first and continues to turn into something much warmer, yet not sugary-sweet. i prefer this on a man, actually. can't stop smelling my husband when he has it on.
By   - from encino,ca on 1/21/2005
a unique, warm, delicious scent. Something i would definitely buy if it wasn't soo expensive!
By  on 1/19/2005
I liked this at first sniff. On me, it smelled woodsy and like incense, and after an hour, an almond note came out briefly, marzipan-like. A sexy scent.
By   - mystic from Tucson on 1/14/2005
The first time I smelled this, I got a mixture of martzipan and play-doh. Not a bad smell, but very different. It was just a small dab from the sample, and I did not give it much thought afterwards. Subsequent exposure has really sealed it. This works with my male skin chemistry extremely well! In fact, I has a very masculine woody, musty quality that both my wife and I love on me. Only at the very end of the day do I detect a slightly sweeter lingering scent, but it mostly smells like skin. This stuff is awesome
By   - from CA on 1/11/2005
I do not get the hype of this fragrance. It smells very musty to me. Not very feminine in the least. I am glad I do not care for it as the price is outrageous!
By   - Realtor from New York on 12/29/2004
Down in the dim, mysterious cellars of the ancient city, a haunting fragrance passes by-- a scent half-hidden around a shadowy corner. Quickening steps, peeping through darkened hallways to find the source-- then, conecealed behind crumbling ruins, it appears: an old jar of Play-Doh. Ew. This fragrance gets 5 stars for the hunt, 1 for the discovery.
By  on 12/19/2004
Not a fav---goes on strong with too much wood--then it dries to a powdery incense -- could be unisex-which I don't like in a perfume
By   - from Boston on 12/17/2004
This is the most KILLER, SEXY, AMAZING scent ever. I am soo tempted to say it sucks just so I can be the only one wearing it..But that would be very rude of me. I can not stop smelling my wrist when I have this scent on. It is so incensey and rich and sensual. The perfect word to describe it is SULTRY.. Come here baby and bite my neck because my perfume rocks ..This scent is in no way old or powdery to me. Pure Perfection and I bow to artists who designed it.
By   - waiting to give birth from Ft Lauderdale on 12/15/2004
I got a sample of this, and I'm glad I did. I would hate to think that I could have purchased something that smells like wood and old cherry tobacco!
By   - Student on 12/11/2004
I have two bottles of luctor et emergo--I must never be without this scent!!!
By   - from austin tx on 11/16/2004
The one complex & unique fragrance that works with my skin chemistry. Cherries & almonds offset with woodsy notes & incense. Extremely comforting....and there's a kind of plastic accord to this that reminds me a lot of the scent of the strawberry shortcake figurine I had back in the 80s. For me, this is a scent that is hard to forget. I'm wearing it for life.
By   - from South San Francisco on 11/11/2004
The first whiff is pure cherry Play-Doh, but hang on. After a few minutes, this warms into a fantastically unique sandalwoody and sweet scent that lasts all day. When I skipped a day wearing my sample, I thought about Luctor. I've never thought about a fragrance when I wasn't wearing it, really. It's just so unique. But the price is outrageous (and probably part of its allure- if diamonds cost pennies, would we prize them as we do?). And people didn't seem to like the scent of this on me as much as I did. Still, this has to be the most intriguing perfume I've come across.
By   - management from Alpharetta,GA on 11/5/2004
Wow! I have to admit I was very sceptical at first--after reading that it smelled like playdoh, but my curiosity got the better of me--who would have ever thought play doh could smell so good! It is very incense-y but not too strong, fruity without being sweet and rancid (maybe cherry?) and earthy without being muddy.
By   - Student/procrastinator from minneapolis on 10/25/2004
I got this as a sample, it is not what I expected. Very old-fashioned and strong.
By   - from Las Vegas on 10/19/2004
I am in love with this fragrance. I have gone through 2 samples and finally broke down & purchased. Tough decision for $175, but worth every penny. From the bottle, this fragrance is even more deep, complex and beautiful. Closest to a "signature" scent as I've ever come!
By   - WAHM from CA Central Coast on 10/16/2004
98% Play-doh, 2% cherry pipe tobacco
By   - editor from Seattle on 10/7/2004
Sorry girls - I just don't see what all the fuss is about here! I do smell the cherry marzipan. I also smelled the "play-doh" in this. Hmm.
By   - Makeup Artist from St. Louis on 10/2/2004
after 10 minutes or so on me this smells like the faintly cherry soap. not offensive, but not a scent I'm after.
By   - from phoenix on 9/30/2004
Wait 30 minutes before you smell this on yourself or you will be overwhelmed with cherry and almond. In drydown the warmth of the vanilla, almond and leather combine beautifully with the wood and resin. This is what every man in the world should smell like, sensual, warm, of the forest and the tannery. I wear this and so does my husband. Fantastic staying power. Worth every penny.
By  on 9/24/2004
When I first put this on, I immediately thought of cherry nyquil, but the drydown is very sophisticated and lovely. I like this fragrance, but not one of my favorites.
By   - from Florida on 9/23/2004
This is an outstanding and complex fragrance. A start of cherry, but soft, then softer almond, I don't find the marzipan part. Very long lasting. Very complex, how do they do this? My #1 scent. Like no other.
By   - Stylist from West coast on 9/11/2004
This one reminds me of church?? It must be the incense in it.. Definitely an unusual fragrance-- I'm into fresh, clean fruity and vanilla fragrances. This one's just not me.. Drydown was powdery…
By   - makeup artist from San Jose, CA on 9/8/2004
This one reminds me of Christian Dior's Hypnotic Poison, only that HP smells more like Jasmine, and this one like a cherry pie.
By   - Grad Student from South Jersey on 9/6/2004
Ok, I was not so sure about getting a sample of this when I read that it smelled like cherries but I decided to try it. I am SOOOO glad I did. Forget the rants and raves about Lea St Barth. This perfume is the BOMB. I have never smelled anything like it. You do get a cherry/almond scent initially but then it calms down to a sensual, sexy, mysterious scent. Really hard to describe. But expensive or not...I have to have this scent!!! I can definitely see why this is THE #1 Cult Scent. You will never smell another scent like it.
By   - Business Analyst from Atlanta on 8/11/2004
All the previous posters are spot-on. This smells like cherries, marzipan (yum!), powder and Play-doh rolled into one, hip scent. If it wasn't so bloody expensive it would be THE exotic scent for me. Can you actually get high from smelling perfume? That's how exhilarating this scent is, I can't stop sniffing my wrists! Oh, well, I shall put it at the top of my wish list, and hope, and save up...
By   - journalist from Manila, Philippines on 8/4/2004
This smells like Playdoh as soon as it goes on and at first I thought it was too cloying. But after about 15 minutes it really dries down nicely and softer smells start coming through. But the price is a little steep for me though I did keep smelling it over and over again. Very addictive!
By  on 8/1/2004
I was so excited to get this sample because of all the wonderful reviews! It smells terrific in the bottle, but on my skin the delicious cherry/vanilla smell dies within seconds, and I'm left with nothing but a strong baby powder scent. I noticed some similar reviews from other women in their 20's, maybe it doesnt work with our body chemistry?
By   - Student from Chicago on 7/21/2004
This scent is like no other. It smells like Play doh, cherries, and almonds. This is a good thing though. It is not to much of any of those. It smells odd yet so good. The drydown on me is soft and nothing but comfort. My husband loved this so much he bought me a bottle of it the day after I got my sample. This scent is like no other. One of a kind and I can see why it is the #1 cult scent. Nothing like this scent. Soft, sweet and just beautiful. I love it :)
By   - Student from N. LA on 7/8/2004
hard to pin down... but very has a musty-old-lady type perfumy smell...but in a good way. thick & cloying-- but that's what i like in a scent! it is ridiculously expensive, but i may save up for a bottle anyway! it's that good!
By   - massage therapist from aspen on 7/6/2004
Hmmm, reminds me of listening to Hendrix and smoking a doobie; kind of 70's scent with a new-age urban kick; interesting to say the least...
By   - from Maui on 7/5/2004
Very intriguing - if it didn't cost so much I'd get it, but there are others that smell just as good, and cost way less. It is sweet, but not too sweet.
By  on 6/27/2004
I'm so glad I ordered this as a sample....yes, you can smell a little cherry, and a hint of almond, and strangly enough it does smell like Playdoh, but is this really a good thing? Luckyscent's Price at $175 a pop is still the best I've found, so if you must...then buy it here, but there are many other nicer and more complex fragrances out there. Might I suggest Comme des Garcons 2?
By   - jetset fashionista from NY,LA,London,Paris,Milan on 6/9/2004
This scent is just amazing. It is the only scent that i would ever even consider paying this amount for. I LOVE it. It just smells magical on me.
By   - from usa on 6/1/2004
Worth of every penny! This is so brilliant scent, that there are no words to praise it enough! The marzipan note is very addictive, especially when combined with incense and woods. You could think this is a sweet scent, but let me tell you the sweetness is very well balanced, not sickly sweet at all. Bravo People of the Labyrinths - you have created one of the best scents I ever smelled!
By   - a student of psychology from Helsinki on 5/15/2004
I love it!!!!! Very differently sweet....seems like the "Uber Cool" sent of our time:)
By   - from Los Angeles on 5/13/2004
i LOVE this husband wears it and every time i smell it on him i just want to eat him up! Spicy, smoky, with hints of incense and sweetness. it's definitely unisex, but i prefer to smell it on him and get a nice whiff when he passes..delicious!
By   - photographer from encino on 4/21/2004
One of the most wonderful scents....Long lasting and ever changing aromas :)
By   - from Altanta on 4/14/2004
Smells like childhood. Smells like Playdoh.
By   - from Houston on 4/6/2004
Cherry almond and soft flowers, good lasting power. Reminds me of Castelbajac, but softer and more feminine. Will probably have to buy this soon!
By   - cosmetics sales on 3/10/2004
My bottle of Luctor Et Emergo just arrived. I find myself craving this stuff, I sneak down to the bathroom and smell it every chance I get. Addicting. Unique bottle. Five stars.
By   - from NYC on 3/3/2004
I got all scared reading people saying 'powdery' and 'mature' and then my sample came! This 20-something nose loves this, I might even say adore and worship. Not powdery at all, it's a little incensey to me and sweet. Kind of weird and definitely not not not a 'mature' smell. It's not sweet like candy like a teeny bop perfume, I love incense so this is right up my alley. I sort of think it reminds me of Play Doh (in a good way!)
By  on 3/3/2004
I can see my grandmother loving this. But for me, (a twenty-something) not happenin AT ALL. WAY powdery.
By   - Banker on 2/27/2004
my twenty-something nose cannot handle this, um, "MATURE" scent. possible side effects: may cause severe headache. sample. sample. sample. i beg you.
By  on 2/19/2004
the hubby said gradma's nylons, then toilet paper. I say Love and Comfort. It reminds me of my late grandmother's makeup drawer. I smelled cherry only after wearing it 10+ times. I absolutely LOVE it! Not too powdery or foody. I try to think of something far away long ago.
By   - Professional Sniffer from Mitten State University on 2/19/2004
This is one of the most luscious scents I've ever sampled.The cherries/almond are sweet but not cloying. The resinous woods warm. Husband and I both love it and your price is great! Thanks!
By   - lady of leisure from Baltimore on 2/12/2004
This is the best - the only fragraqnce my husband comments on. It's warm in the winter & sultry in the summer - my all-time favorite! Cinnamon, cherry, vanilla,'s fresh & sensuous at the same time...
By   - Sales Mgr on 2/11/2004
I just got my sample from Luckyscent with my Ebba order. I HAVE NEVER SMELLED ANYTHING LIKE THIS, I can't describe it because it's so unusual. I smell the incense but it is not smoky, it's more sweet, and it makes my mouth water-maybe that's resinous? I LOVE THIS and I am saving for a bottle starting right now! Thank you, I have never heard of this and now it's all I want to wear all day!
By   - from Buffalo, NY on 2/10/2004
Simply the most beautiful fragrance I have ever had the pleasure of owning,,,,I will never be without it.
By   - stay at home Mom on 2/10/2004
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