Bergamot, Zitrische Notes, Neroli (Orange Blossom)
Rose (Centifolia), Bulgarian Rose, Patchouli
Cistus (Labdanum), Opopanax, Vanilla
Lubin – Kismet
“Folly!” That’s how the elderly owner of the Lubin Perfume House, Monsieur Paul Prot, described the elephant-shaped perfume bottle that had appeared on his desk. It had been designed for a princess who was believed to be Indian, and so Lubin perfumers had consulted the writings of the famous Indian poet Valmiki. In his work, Valmiki paid homage to Woman by comparing her to the animal believed to be the noblest of all ? the elephant. This seemed altogether odd to a well-mannered Frenchman in the early Roaring Twenties. But as for Kismet, the Eastern princess for whom this new perfume was intended, well, she liked it. The beautiful Ottoman spy actually laughed when she saw the small crystal bottle of perfume that had been made especially for her. It featured a brightly decorated elephant, alluding to the verse of Valmiki’s Ramayana. Spiritual and multilingual, Kismet cultivated the mystery surrounding her background. She reigned over the Parisian parties of the Roaring Twenties for a time, then one day slipped away, never to be seen again. All that remained was the memory of her intoxicating scent ? the scent of the perfume that Lubin had created for her. With fresh and sparkling topnotes of bergamot, petitgrain and lemon, the fragrance eases into the room lightly and “con brio”. The trio of citruses are tinkling and merry, like the sound of a young girl’s laughter. A luxuriant, sensual heart of roses and earthy patchouli forms the more serious heart. A boozy, warm vanilla spreads warmth and comfort from the base, lapping at smoky resins like a cat’s tongue at a dish of cream. Labdanum resin finishes things off with the dry, papery rustle of the evening’s newspapers. Everything here is warm, light, luxury and ease. A scent for those who appreciate the finer pleasures in life.