LUBIN | Kismet
Lubin’s ‘Classique Collection’ is expressed through timeless perfumes inspired by emblematic women who perfectly embody their eras. Inspired by the unforgettable and incredibly alluring scent created for an Ottoman spy. Kismet as the name suggests, was a beautiful mystery. Disguised as a princess to complete her mission in Paris, the beautiful woman laughed when she saw the small crystal bottle that had been created for her. It featured an embellished elephant, an allusion to the verse of Valmiki’s Ramayana, because they believed her to be an Indian princess. Spiritual and multilingual, Kismet encouraged the mystery surrounding her origins. She reigned supreme over the Paris soirées 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 perfume that Lubin had made especially for her.
Bulgarian rose essence
Kismet opens with powdery and gentle earthy tones. A clean earthy scent to begin with conjuring mystery and a sexy understated feel. Kismet quickly moves to a light and delicate resin scent with a fresh airy take. There is a dry, floral, powdery tone that comes out, smelling almost like iris (although this note is not listed…and so the mystery of Kismet continues). We get a good wear on the skin with this Eau de Parfum lasting about 8 hours.
We love the soft, fresh warmth of resins in a fragrance and Kismet has this in spades. A comforting and somewhat familiar scent on the skin, Kismet the fragrance does exactly what Kismet the woman did – it draws you in, you can’t put your finger on what exactly is so alluring about this scent, it is charming yet understated, confidant yet quiet. And of course, it leaves a delectable trail as you silently leave a room!
ABOUT THE BRAND
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 perfumer to the great Tsar of Russia Alexander I.