Serge Lutens Vs. Frédéric Malle – You Had To Choose! Results

Last week’s Monday Question was a lot of fun! I pitched the charismatic leaders of two esteemed houses against one another and while the race was close, there has been a clear winner in the end.

The fabulous Undina, of Undina’s Looking Glass was once more kind enough to take it upon herself to create a visual impression of the statistics.

So without further ado: here is the beautiful graph showing the results of this showdown.

FMvsSLFrédéric Malle won with a margin of four votes, but it is pretty clear we wouldn’t want to be without either one of them.

Thankfully we don’t have to be.

If you enjoyed this, take a look at Undina’s graphs of the results of prior showdowns, Chanel vs. Guerlain and Parfumerie Générale vs. By Kilian.

Thank you all for playing along!


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25 Responses to Serge Lutens Vs. Frédéric Malle – You Had To Choose! Results

  1. Miss Woolf says:

    I didn’t take part in this survey due to lack of experience, for can you believe that I have only sampled a small handful of Uncle Serge’s extensive oeuvre (and with the exception of Un Bois Vanille, they were all so far out there I’ve been left feeling a little confused and intimidated) and only one (1!!!!) FM. I know, it’s outrageous and shameful and I must do better 😉

    From a purely aesthetic point of view though, I would love to fall in love with and eventually own one of those exquisite bell jar bottles.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Don’t rush yourself, you can’t experience it all at once. You have found so many great things already, I’m sure you’ll eventually get to those two houses as well. As for feeling confused and intimidated in the face of Serge Lutens’ oeuvre – I think there are very few perfumistas who didn’t feel like that at one point or another. 😉

  2. Dubaiscents says:

    Gorgeous graph by Undina, as always! It makes the fact that my choice lost a little easier 🙂

  3. brie says:

    I love this 🙂 !! Undina is so creative! Similar to Miss Woolf I have limited experience with both perfume houses but fragrant fairies are rectifying this 😀 !!

  4. Tara says:

    Thanks for the results, B and thanks to Undina for such a great graphic, I love it!

    Interesting to see that FM didn’t totally run away with it.

  5. WOW! Surprise!! I thought I’d be on the winning team for sure.
    Portia xx

  6. anatu13 says:

    “it is pretty clear we wouldn’t want to be without either one of them.
    Thankfully we don’t have to be.”

  7. Alice says:

    Fabulous graph – and as a newcomer to the board it was fun to look t the other two. These mini-surveys are fun!

  8. Suzanne says:

    That question certainly got a lot of responses! And now it’s nice to see how the tally played out in Undina’s fancy graph. I was on the winning side of Malle, but quite agree that I’d hate to really have to choose between these two houses. I’d have to give up quite a few bottles of Serge if I did, and we can’t have that! 😀

  9. Tatiana says:

    Many thanks to the talented Undina for great graphic! I voted for Malle, but only by a slim margin. I would not want to give up any of my Malle or SL bottles for anything.

  10. Lila says:

    I bet that if this poll was capable of gauging the intensity of our admiration for each perfumer, then SL would have run away with the prize. 😉 Well, at least MY intense admiration of SL would have helped him! I do love FM, though. It’s funny, I find that I would prefer to wear more of the FM fragrances but I am in awe of the SLs. Even the SLs I don’t particularly like I enjoy visiting from time to time just for the interesting ride they take me on.

    • Olfactoria says:

      We often talk about whether perfume is art, in the case of Serge Lutens I think there is no doubt about it.

      • Lila says:

        So true! Smell is such an undervalued sense. I feel badly for the people that can’t or won’t experience the beauty, excitement, fun, sometimes horror of perfume. I appreciate so much what both men contribute to the art of olfaction.

  11. That is a fantastic graphic! Great job Undina!

  12. dkchocoman says:

    How cute and so creative. Undina does great things with photos doesn’t she? Well, I can’t say I’ve ever sampled even one of FM’s scents. Next time the poll comes around, I will have more experience.

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