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Mortal Skin


Starting with his brand Nez a Nez, then SoOud, and then finally Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Collection, all of his complex nuanced creations reflect his artistry and his fascination and deep love of the fragrant mystery of Arabic culture. Mortal Skin is the first release in his 2015 “Snake Collection”.  The snake is his inspiration, the viper with glittering pale blue eyes that hypnotize and seduce. 
As I lift the opulent black glass bottle out of its box, the snake’s head with the blue eyes and the scaly coppery skin comes with it – it’s a stunning bottle! And from the first spritz, I’m captivated. Blackberry, ink, incense, and labdanum are listed in the opening notes - spicy, cool, sweet, this opening accord is at first deliciously strange, exotic, animalic, but definitely not mammalian. The black ink note floats at the top, ethereal and metallic, then merges slowly with the smoky frankincense forming an incense that smells like its from another world.
Mortal Skin morphs as it moves into the heart. The ink disappears, and the cardamom note, there from the start, joins with earthy iris, opoponax, ambergris, and sweet myrhh into a slightly floral accord, soft, musky, and just sweet enough to lull my senses.  Mortal Skin is smooth as silk as it seduces. I’m waiting for the snake to strike, but then the quiet warmth arrives. Satiny sandalwood, aromatic resins from cedar and birch, the animalic heat of civet and musk mix with the strange incense accord, and Mortal Skin unfolds for hours in amber waves of soft sensual comfort. If I’ve been bitten by this blue-eyed snake and died, I’ve ended up in heaven.
With the dramatic snake bottle, and from the poetic imagery in the press release, I thought Mortal Skin would be a powerhouse, a deep, dark, dangerous scent. In truth, it is a quietly hypnotic skin scent, made for male and female skin, and which has a complexity that is compelling. Each time I wear it, I find another facet to explore, as the notes seem to appear in varying sequences and strengths according to temperature and time of day.
Mortal Skin has charmed me.
Notes: Blackberry, ink, incense and labdanum, opoponax, iris, davana, myrrh and cardamom, ambergris, styrax, sandalwood, labdanum, civet, cedar, birch and musk.“
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Stephane Humbert Lucas

Price: $8.00