Chêne was created in 2004 by Serge Lutens and Christopher Sheldrake for the Palais Royal exclusives line. It contains oak-bark tannin, cedar crystals, birch, immortelle, saps, black thyme, beeswax, tonka bean, rum absolute and moss.
Chene is of course French for Oak, and Chene is a very woody scent. It’s the smell of a walk amongst the tall trees of an oak forest in the warmth of summer, the secret earthiness revealing itself under the crisp leaves on the forest floor.
Chêne opens on the rum absolute and sweet green wood sap, lightly honeyed. The rum mostly fades as the woods and spices heat up, and Chêne turns dry and earthy-mossy. The sillage of Chêne is gentle, and it therefore comes as a surprise that the lasting power is excellent.
The woods of Chêne are smoky, dry, spicy, velvety & warm; practically a ” Grandiose ” wood. I also adore the intense herbaceousness of thyme and sweet, green immortelle intertwined into the majestic woods & moss. The elegant base is a sophisticated affair of woods, rum and sweet tonka that envelops & comforts me in an alluring sillage .