By Kilian Darkish Lord “Ex Tenebris Lux”

Sure. Lastly.

My decant of this arrived final week and that’s what we’ve achieved. No different fragrances. Simply.This.

So, let’s minimize to the chase after which speak all the opposite faff. Don’t purchase this for the one that you love for Valentine’s Day. Does this stay as much as all my big expectations? No and an enormous sure.

It continues to be (ie, put up my preliminary odor again within the autumn after which solely on a blotter) top-of-the-line fragrances ever to go underneath my nostril.

On me, it smells superb – and higher on the precise vs left wrist. However. It doesn’t odor nearly as good because it does on a blotter. And on a blotter it smells … uh … astonishing.

So, the place does that depart issues? Properly, financially all good. As a result of I don’t ‘want’ a bottle of Darkish Lord. The decant will do me. However I count on after I’ve completed the decant … I’ll want one other decant.

Musette commented succinctly on this  right here  (see about two-thirds down). I agree with a lot of what she stated.

I do know we are inclined to all the time say that one thing may be worn by anybody as a result of we’re not foolish right here on the Posse or constrained by bizarre silly outdated conventions.

Having stated that that is decidedly a masculine. The truth is, it’s among the many few issues I’ve ever smelled that I might say that about. It’s not the identical as Knize 10 or Tauer Lonestar or some other leather-based/birch tar-ish perfume I’ve smelled. It’s simply type of inhabits a unique house.

That is, I believe, meant as an archetype perfume. That archetype is a sure sort of masculinity. I learn a number of the critiques on the market and, boy, are a number of them garbage, ‘I’m an alpha male and that is my perfume’ type of shit (I might think about these are individuals who just like the misogynist pig Andrew Tate).

However don’t be fooled that this implies it’s merely a big-rough/smooth-guy leather-based. It’s not that clichéd.

Anyway, I’m making an attempt to make the purpose that I’m not shocked, past the value level, that this isn’t on the prime of all these finest masculine, finest fragrance, you should get this for Valentine’s Day lists.

So, lastly, I get to the perfume. I believe the identify is deceptive, however the sub identify shouldn’t be. Darkish Lord … feh. Not some Arthurian knight; not Voldemort in Harry Potter; not one thing in Star Wars; decidedly not Christian Gray’s playroom (the final one really got here up in one of many critiques I learn – feh, twit). I assume they needed to identify it one thing and I don’t know what identify I might give it, however it’s not this. It’s consideration in search of. This perfume doesn’t want to try this. The sub head, Ex Tenebris Lux, interprets to ‘from darkness comes mild’. And that is sensible to me.

Per the web site, that is a part of the Smokes ‘household’. The scent of ‘Bakhoor (per the amiroud weblog, Bakhoor is an Arabic phrase meaning fumes and is thought for perfuming environment), incense and tobacco’. I assume. Possibly.

Darkish Lord is from 2018 however it appears timeless. Alberto Morillas was the nostril and boy, did he do one thing nice. Notes checklist: pepper, Sichuan pepper, bergamot, rum, jasmine sambac, davana (nb: smells like apricot or ripe fruit), leather-based (not birch tar in checklist, leather-based, so no matter meaning chemically), cypriol oil, cedar and patchouli (no vetiver in that checklist from Fragrantica – Musette notes vetiver – I ponder if that’s the pepper).

On me, this begins pepper over leather-based. Correct pepper – sharp, spicy, medicinal. That smooths out to spicy leather-based with a little bit of floral and possibly incense and woods (I may be suggestible). After which within the center the fruit facet pushes to the fore however nonetheless merely modifying that nice leather-based — luscious leather-based with that little bit of rum. Possibly the davana … Can leather-based be mouth-watering? It dries all the way down to a {smooth} leather-based on me. Like the most effective gentle high-quality leather-based jacket some great-smelling man was sporting. Nothing on this shouts, however whoa nelly does it have presence. It’s gorgeously composed.

Additionally it is extremely long-lived. On the primary day, I put it on late morning and awoke at round 3 am and smelled my wrist. Nonetheless a whisper of it there.

I can think about a tiny little bit of this on the again of somebody’s neck which you solely get when entering into for that first kiss, fingers in hair, beginning to breathe one another. Oh.My.

That’s rather a lot to unload a few fragrance however clearly this had me at howdy. I don’t thoughts that it doesn’t sing vastly on me. It nonetheless smells actually actually good. It may well do the heavy lifting on others.

Darkish Lord is a bit of exhausting to search out. The Kilian web sites in fact. Harrods within the UK has it; Liberty doesn’t seem to. I ended up dropping foolish cash to get my decant from Give up to Probability (see the pic above).

So, what do you suppose? Does this all sound foolish? Is that this considered one of yours and also you’d fortunately drop the just about £200 to pay money for it once more? Are you repelled or intrigued or simply meh?

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