Two weeks ago, our office played host to a regional meeting, with VIPs dropping by our desks every so often. During that week, the ladies get to wear their most sophisticated but HR approved, dresses and pumps while I, on the other hand, get to wear my most sophisticated perfumes. One of which was Lumière Noire pour homme by Francis Kurkdjian.
Lumière Noire pour homme opens up with a zing! It is bright, spicy, and very warm. Maison Francis Kurkdjian is really good at bright openings.
After the bright, spicy opening comes the herbal, green, and earthy vibe, mainly from the patchouli taking center stage. But it will not last long. The rose will slowly join the patchouli, then take its rightful place on the center stage.
By mid-development, the rose is on the spotlight. It is at this stage that, for me, Lumière Noire is at its most wonderful!
The rose here, however, is not the rose frequently seen on expensive bouquets. It is not very dainty, and certainly not perfect. It is the common garden rose of my childhood, that we usually crush with our fingers, petals and leaves included. It is an earthy, green, and a bit dirty kind of rose.
The rose is not the rose water from your grandma’s dresser, too. It is not too powdery, either. Again, it is green, earthy, a tad dirty rose.
Finally, in the dry down, Lumière Noire hums with a lovely, soft, musky, but very sophisticated rose.
Lumière Noire pour homme is a wonderful rose fragrance which can be enjoyed by both men or women, even if it says ‘pour homme’ on the bottle. In fact, I can see more women reaching out for this fragrance as it takes some degree of self-assurance, or confidence, for men to use this scent.
Lumière Noire is not your usual cheery, floral fragrance. And it may not appeal to most of the younger sets. As an eau de parfum, Lumière Noire projects really well, but it is suitable to be worn inside conservative offices, or in posh, modern, restaurants. On my skin, it lasts very long.
As a rose fragrance, it is tie with my favorite rose perfume, Rose 31 from Le Labo. But then again, I also think they are of different categories.
Lumiere Noire pour homme was developed by Francis Kukdjian for his eponymous house, with notes of spiced rose, patchouli, and mugwort herb. In contrast, the feminine version, Lumiere Noire pour femme contains notes of rose, patchouli, and narcissus.
Locally, it is available at Adora Greenbelt 5, or can be purchased online at www.franciskurkdjian.com