Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 O Hira Eau de Parfum (SHL 777 O Hira for brief!) is a kind of scents that finally ends up being a must-try for these fascinated by amber accords. It’s prohibitively costly for many perfume lovers, however as somebody who was exploring the depths and grandeur of all issues amber, I completely needed to take the journey via this labdanum-centered scent that was every part I anticipated: wealthy, darkish, and really practically intoxicating in its singular depth.
The observe is listed merely as “fossilized amber,” however the model mentioned O Hira was designed to “specific [the] primitive and noble odour” that layers “amber, leather-based and woody notes, headed by an outstanding pyrogenic Styrax” that give the “impressions of earth, salpetre, amber, and cinnamon” with a core “based mostly on Tonka been, Torrefied vanilla, and musk.”
The opening was completely heady mixture of smoky, honeyed booze that turned muskier after a couple of minutes. There was a faint tickling of cinnamon spice however so refined that it appeared effortlessly blended with the remainder of the perfume. After quarter-hour, O Hira turned smokier and leathery with underpinnings of spiced woodiness. The leather-based retreated to a noticeable diploma and was changed by smoky, spiced labdanum that was a bit of animalic.
It’s a soliflore, which means that it was centered round a singular observe, so the development is extra linear, and my expertise was that the scent shifted out and in of being spicier, woodier, and sweeter however was at all times wealthy and heady. At instances, it was extra animalic in its underlying muskiness, different instances it was smoky and leathery with much less woodiness, and generally every part appeared however blended fantastically collectively to create one thing spiced, smoked, woody, and musky with a deeper, extra resinous sweetness. The drydown felt like pure amber: wealthy and resinous, like a chewy toffee however darker, nonetheless a bit of earthy, smoky, and spiced.
For testing, I used two sprays from a 2ml glass vial, which have been utilized to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case. It was long-lasting (over eight hours and was nonetheless detectable as a skin-scent) with average sillage and projection for the primary hour however solely hovered above my pores and skin by a number of inches for subsequent two hours earlier than turning into a skin-scent after three hours of damage (although nonetheless fairly wealthy and intense when smelled up shut).
Subjectively, it drew me in and saved me tucked in its labdanum embrace. On condition that I’ve bought many Tom Ford fragrances up to now, which may generally strategy $375 for 50ml (cringe!), O Hira remains to be a stretch but when it was a scent I’d put on routinely, presumably one thing I may justify. That being mentioned, as somebody who typically finds it troublesome to decide to anybody scent (thank goodness fragrance lasts for much longer than make-up!), it’s not on my record of future purchases due to its value, which has grown lengthy and I’ve hardly made it via all of the samples I’ve on my desk!
The place to Purchase