Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khôl de Bahreïn is an example of one of those perfumes that I heard a lot about when it was launched, but I didn’t try. Something is always being launched and someone is always talking about it. Years later, I’m finally trying it. Khôl de Bahreïn is a perfume inspired by khol eye makeup, smoky eyes. This is a look that I love but heavy amounts of liner give me, as David calls them, “angry eyes”. This has its advantages. It gives me that desired look of “batshit crazy” and intimidating, a look that I like but I know isn’t for daily wear. I save it for special “fear me” occasions…I actually find Khôl de Bahreïn much easier to wear daily than layers and layers of dark eyeliner.
Khol de Bahrein opens with a sweetness that is like floral-scented French lipstick and gaz, a pistachio Persian candy that tastes like heaven. This perfume is nutty, powdery and sweet with violets and a “makeup” smell. Despite being a sweet fragrance, it isn’t like other gourmands. This fragrance has a plushness to it from a powdery amber and sticky, balsamic resins. These elements keep the fragrance from smelling like a dessert. As the scent wears, it becomes a buttery iris, almost like if orris could could be made into caramel. It’s like the most luxurious iris paired with a slightly burnt or smoky caramel and boozy vanilla bean pod. Khol de Bahrein is an incredibly long-wearing fragrance. It dries down to smoky, benzoin incense and salted caramel sauce. The iris and ambergris in this perfume are phenomenal and in my opinion, justify the price of this perfume.
Of course, after I announced a semi-no-buy for 2016, the first thing that I try would be this thing that I absolutely must have. Khôl de Bahreïn is exactly the sort of perfume that I crave this time of year. In the middle of winter, I wear either iris scents or ambers. This is both. And it’s a high-quality example of both. I love how it reminds me of Persian spring desserts, a face plastered in makeup, plush velvet and smoky incense. This is exactly what I want right now. I don’t expect for this to be something I want to wear in the heat, but in this cold weather, it’s perfect.
Notes listed include violet, nougat, iris, sandalwood, benzoin, ambergris, peru balsam and musk. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Stephane Humbert Lucas
Give Khôl de Bahreïn a try if you like powdery florals or powdery ambers. It is very important that you like powdery or sweet if you’re going to try this. Or if you like perfumes like L’Artisan Traversee de Bosphore, Guerlain Shalimar, Juliette Has a Gun Citizen Queen, Annick Goutal Ambré Fetiche and/or Huitieme Art Ambre Ceruleen. I also think if you like the style of Guerlain L’Art et la Matiere collection, this is worth trying.
Projection is average while longevity is above average. I get as many hours from this that I’m willing to pay attention to. And I usually stop paying attention after the 15 hour mark.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $185 at Osswald.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Powdery iris amber. This is an amazing iris. It’s an amazing amber. I’d love to have a bottle of this. Ugh, 2016, why did you start out like this?
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Googoosh pic from iranian.com.