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LUBIN | Black Jade



Top notes

Heart notes

Tonka bean

Spicy oriental

Created in honour of Marie Anotinette. A black jade bottle held the last remaining scents of a secret garden. The discovery of its formula, copied by an indiscreet apprentice, revealed its mysteries. It belonged to a queen in the Trianon rose gardens, far from the splendors of the royal court, before the turmoil of history was unleashed. Entrusted to a noblewoman and very dear friend, it has come down to us through the ages to be reborn today.

Galbanum, bergamot and cardamom provide a fresh prelude to the rose and jasmine heart notes, enhanced by a hint of incense and cinnamon. The amber base, anchored in exotic woods, Indian sandalwood and patchouli, is arrayed in vanilla and tonka bean.

Lubin’s ‘Classique Collection’ is expressed through timeless perfumes inspired by emblematic women who perfectly embody their eras. Black Jade is one of Lubin’s most renowned fragrances. After years spent as Jean Louis Fargeon’s apprentice, Lubin had learned perfumery at a very young age from one of the best in his field. Fargeon was official perfumer to Marie Antoinette. Her favourite perfume was inspired by the Queen’s secret rose gardens at Trianon. Far from the splendours of the Court, and before the turmoil of The French Revolution, Lubin would deliver this fragrance to Marie Antoinette to bask in.

As the Revolution took hold and the Queen went into hiding the one thing she could not part with was her beloved fragrance. As Marie Antoinette was ultimately led to the gallows, she passed her Lady in Waiting a small black jade bottle – the last remaining scent of a secret garden she had once loved. Passed through the family for years since that moment, and becoming a lucky talisman affectionately referred to as Black Jade. Entrusted to this noblewoman and very dear friend, as well as Lubin’s knowledge of the formula, Black Jade has come down to us through the ages to be reborn today.

Black Jade is an Eau De Parfum which should give you anywhere from 6 - 8 hours of longevity on the skin. From it’s opulent, almost sparkling opening to it’s smooth, sensual dry down, this irresistible marriage of florals, soft spice and incense creates a regally blended floriental that will ensure moderate projection and longevity, without being overwhelming. A rich, yet not heady scent opening with the cinnamon and cardamom standing out. The spices soften yet remain present in Black Jade as the musky woody tones develop and the sweet, familiar scent of the beautiful rose dazzles the senses.

We love how Black Jade is a true piece of fragrance history. A truly timeless perfume fit for a queen, or at the very least for the lady who knows what she’s worth and who she is. An alluring and seductive scent, Black Jade is versatile, easy to wear and suitable for most ages and occasions. If it was good enough for Marie Antoinette on her very last day, in fact (apparently)…then it’s good enough for you and me!

Born in 1774, Pierre-Francois Lubin lived in a period thought to be the most eventful in France’s history. He began his career as a perfume apprentice at the age of 10 to the famous Jean-Louis Fargeon in 1784. During this time under Fargeon’s tutelage, Lubin came to be entrusted with the beauty recipes of the French Royal Court. Fargeon came from a dynasty of expert perfumers and was Marie Antoinette’s official fragrance supplier. Renowned as the 'holder of the secrets of beauty of the old court of France' and thanks to his illustrious patronage, Lubin became the favourite perfumer of many European Courts. In 1821, he became the appointed official supplier of the King of England George IV. Then, in 1823, he became perfumer to the great Tsar of Russia Alexander I.

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