French niche house Serge Lutens has launched Tarab, a new chypre fragrance.
"Lifting off the ground, it sets off a blissful trance, through which the music takes flight and the body gets lost in dance. In Arabic, this state of delicate rapture and heightened senses is called "Tarab" Expressed in two notes, its essence is musical." Serge Lutens
The character of the Serge Lutens Tarab eau de parfum is best explained by discovering the meaning behind its name. In Arabic, Tarab refers to a trance-like state in which the body is lost in dance, the senses heightened by music which seems to take flight. This evocative feeling is translated into fragrance form via sensual notes of Turkish rose, Cambodian oud and cypriol.
Serge Lutens Tarab is available in 75 ml Eau de Parfum, $400. It is limited edition in this packaging, and possibly a limited edition in general.
(first quote via sergelutens, second quote via harrods)
cloche is beautiful
price is crazy
some license taken with translation of Tarab
price still crazy
Couldn’t agree more! This mini review cracked me up.
What is the meaning of Tarab
Tarab covers a wider swath of Arabic music and culture than the narrow “trance-like” state used here.
Umm Kulthum was probably the most well known and loved Tarab voice, she was Egyptian.
Yes! Each of her songs was so long – hours! Nowadays it’s 3 minutes and out
Tarab usually refers to the specific quality of audience affective interaction with musical performance– it’s such a hard to translate word. It’s something akin to “being in the groove”
Does this meet the technical criteria to be called a haiku? It feels like one!
Rose oud, how original, yawn.
Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought that!
Total yawn ? lol
Hmm, might be a good day for SL Daim Blond!
[5 minutes later] Yes, it is. ?
Pfft…I refuse to spend $400 on a bottle of perfume. Two hundred is my limit.
I don’t even need to smell it to know that that thing is a chypre like a Pop-Tart is a wedding cake.
I’m going to wear a Lutens tomorrow and remember the good times, when the announcement of one of his scents was a cause for celebration and not derision.
I know, the old ones are some of my favorite perfumes, but I always cringe when I hear of a new one nowadays.
Hey now… my pop tart wedding cake was actually quite tasty! It would have been better, had we had a bigger toaster?
Hahaha!!I cannot even imagine.