As you might have probably noticed, in the perfume world there are brands that I avoid due to too much hype going on around them, or when in my opinion the packaging and bottle are over the top and hiding a very average juice inside of them. When perfumer Stephane Humbert Lucas decided to create his own fragrance line titled 777 (as 7 is his favorite numer and three 7s represent spirituality, protection and luck) this project quickly earned lots of interest among scent enthusiasts.
Back then I decided not to follow the general interest in Stephane Humber Lucas 777 line (SHL 777 for short) making a small mind-note that I want to try them at some point when the initial crowd quiets down. I didn’t seek the opportunity, it found me first. Mister Lucas has made an appearance with his brand at Esxence in March 2015 and his stand was one of the closest to the main entrance. It was also quite a big booth. As Megan really wanted to meet with him, we visited the stand together. Stephane turned out to be a very funny and easy-going man, we really enjoyed talking with him about fragrance. When it came to testing, there was one composition that mesmerized me.
The name of that perfume was Khôl de Bahreïn and on my skin it started with a very mild smell of fragile violet petals with a gentle hint of sweetness in the background. Within few minutes that sweetness started to build up and form something more substantial. Also violet aroma grew stronger on my and the smells combined into one pretty, luscious smell of candied violets. Few minutes later I noticed that as much as violet is slowly starting to dissipate, the sweet smell was still strong or even becoming even more intensive. At some point it even felt like visiting a candy shop where they offer hand-made sweets. As soon as you open the door of such place you are struck by the warm smell of sugar and caramel. That’s how Khol de Bahrein smells on me.
Further progres revealed few facets of resinous tones. They were balmy, powdery and sensual. They had this perfect substantivity that can be smelled on the skin and at the same time the feeling didn’t feel overpowering or cloying at all. Then, at some brilliant point around 40 minutes after applying, SHL 777 Khol de Bahrein unveils the iris accord. This is heaven! I have never smelled an iris perfume that would have a quality like this. To me it’s like the most sensual (and sexual) smell of iris one can even imagine. It smells incredibly rich and dense, as if you were smelling the raw material such as orris butter or orris absolute, not a composition diluted in alcohol. In addition to that, this iris feels very warm and embracing. As you smell it, you can easily imagine a velvely surface of the petals and feel their softness as you examine the flower.
I don’t know if other people experienced this as well by Khol de Bahrein in reaction with my body chemistry evolved from this brilliantly sensual & buttery iris to a very gentle suede leather note. It smells so beautiful yet so delicate, as if it was so thin as peach skin. As the time flies this composition from Stephane Humbert Lucas becomes even warmer when sandalwood joins in. Just as expected from a perfume with such magnificent build-up, wood note has been presented here in its soft, slightly sweet and smooth form. Ain’t nothing heavy about it as it’s light as a feather that provides you with wafts of very pleasant, vanillic woodiness.
Use of true ambergris enriches Khol de Bahrein with very warm and sensual effect that oscillates on the edge between sexy and animalic. I really like this effect as it gives me the impression that this perfume is tailored to suit the needs of all those who love to cuddle and experience very gentle touch interactions between two people. Peru balsam and musk are the finishing touches of this perfume, providing the last elements of this unbelievably pleasurable fragrance. To say that SHL 777 Khol de Bahrein is sex in a bottle would be an offense as there is nothing vulgar or dirty about it. It could be easily considered as ultimate cuddler or foreplay perfume. This smell is arousing for sure!
Khol de Bahrein from perfumer Stephane Humbert Lucas is haunting me ever since I tried it in March and I suppose that at some point I won’t be able to resist and will buy a bottle of it. This is an extrait de parfum and a little amount goes a long way so there is no way you are going to drain that 50ml bottle quickly. In a concentration this high the traces of fragrance can be even noticed after taking a shower (if you’re using a lightly-scented body wash), intimate, as often with extracts – it’s intimate, staying really close to the skin. Iris lovers – it’s a must try for you.