May 30, 2014
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent via eonline.com and Black Gemstone perfume
If Maleficent wore a fragrance, it would be Black Gemstone by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777. Although the numbers in the brand’s name stand for good luck, this scent has an undeniable demonic power that burned a photographic image of Disney’s greatest villainess in my brain.
Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 Collection
Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 is the new eponymous line from the nose behind Nez à Nez and SoOud. Introduced last year in the luxury niche category in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, it has just come to the shores of the US thanks to Osswald NYC. M. Humbert Lucas is said to be a synesthesic perfumer and that claim appears to be entirely true based on Black Gemstone, the dark jewel in the crown of this collection. According to Osswald, top notes of Black Gemstone are an infusion of three cedars and lemon; heart notes are myrrh and tar, and base notes are incense, teak and tonka. I don’t dispute that any of those ingredients are present, but go back to the first paragraph of this review and you’ll find the operative word is burn.
Sting in movie poster for Brimstone and Treacle, 1982
Black Gemstone presents as a cauldron filled with burning black licorice and asphalt; the title of another very dark movie, Sting’s 1982 acting debut Brimstone and Treacle, also comes to mind. For me, the fragrance is stylishly hellish and mesmerizing. Licorice/ anise are among my least favorite notes but I could not stop sniffing this for hours.
Ruven Afanador for Elle Italia, November 2008
Black Gemstone is a dangerous potion. A definite work of the dark arts, it manages to be wearable (with excellent sillage) through the contrast between smoke and sweet. In this version of the fairy tale, the sacrifice is successful and the black mirror finds the evil queen the fairest of them all after all. Over many hours (for me, it was still noticeable overnight and after a shower), the sharp edges of the gem are polished and it mellows into a more traditional oriental. It is lovely at this later stage, but the extended opening was the most striking fragrance experience I ever had. At $340 for 50 ml, Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 Black Gemstone is in the upper stratospheres of niche fragrances, but it is truly worthy of a queen.
— Nancy Knows, Senior Editor and Beauty Editor
Disclaimer: Review based upon sample provided by Osswald NYC.
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