The perfume was created by in-house perfumer Francois Demachy as a sophisticated oriental gourmand harmony. Tonka bean smells like a mixture between caramel, almonds and cut hay, milky sweet, but also bitter. The composition includes notes of tonka bean, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, pralines and woody accords.
Tobacco Vanille is a modern take on an old-world men’s club. A smooth oriental, Tobacco Vanille opens immediately with opulent essences of tobacco leaf and aromatic spice notes. The heart unfolds with creamy tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla and cocoa and finishes with dry fruit accord enriched with sweet wood sap.
Chergui is named for the dry, desert wind that tears through Morocco in summer and brings life to a standstill. Like all of Lutens’ magnificent scent creations, Chergui is high art captured in a bottle, a magical elixir that can instantly turn the most elegant of wearers into slavish wrist sniffers. It’s everything you’d wish for from a perfume named after a legendary wind…sandalwood with a touch of hot incense, honeyed leather and tobacco leaf, it’s quite sweet yet dry, spiced and mysterious. No wimpy, cloying flowers or sticky, humid sugar here – Chergui is full bodied and complex and has a sweet spiciness that’s miles away from something girlish or cute. It’s true poetry in a perfume… a hot and breathtaking fragrance that’s not tame and not at all familiar.
Enigma Also Known as Creation-E should be mysterious and irresistible and Roja Dove has certainly kept his word: characterized by ambivalence, Enigma inimitably oscillates between its poles. Cool and equally warm, fruity and fresh, but still powdery and skin-close with a subtle sweetness that is difficult to describe. Bergamot illuminates the fragrance with a tart citric brightness, while the heart cozy’s up with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, more precisely, rose, geranium, neroli and jasmine, which provide on the one hand freshness, on the other hand creaminess. Heliotrope lends a vanilla-almondy impression, which deliciously accentuated by the warmth of the base. This is a masterpiece in itself: warm, soft and liqueur-like wonderfully spiced and sweetened by resins. Tobacco leaves set accents, as well as tart, fruity ginger along with pepper and cardamom. Patchouly lends Enigma more body and depth, while the precious woods perfectly perfect the creation.
Unabashedly opulent. There is nothing minimal about this celebratory elixir and we couldn’t be happier about that. Let’s face it, sometimes more is more. Jubilation XXV features the prized frankincense of the Sultanate of Oman, but this is not a meditative, stone cathedral type of incense fragrance. This is a lavish bazaar, packed to the brim with all of the treasures of 1001 nights. The silver frankincense weaves through burnished woods, luscious fruits and blood-warming spices. It teases the elusive rock rose and the ever-so-grand orchid and wraps itself around luxurious opoponax and amber. The opening is sweet and honeyed, with a hint of bitterness that reminds us of the aftertaste that lets you know when a fruity liqueur is going to pack a wallop. . As the scent mellows, it becomes richer and the wood notes become prominent. In spite of the litany of intense and dark-sounding notes, this never becomes gothic or moody. The aura is warm and velvety and extremely content, like you are leaning against a great golden lion who is purring like a race car. This is designed for men, yet somewhere deep down inside we know there is no way the women of the world are going to let the guys keep something this fantastic all to themselves.