French house of Lubin Paris successfully revived and run by Gilles Thevenin goes again to its archives. That is how Kismet – the new Lubin’s feminine fragrance has been created. Lubin Kismet is inspired by oriental scent from 1921 and it is fascinating backstory.
Lubin Kismet – current version
“Folly!” That’s how the elderly owner of the Lubin Perfume House, Monsieur Paul Prot, described the elephant-shaped perfume bottle that had appeared on his desk. It had been designed for a princess who was believed to be Indian, and so Lubin perfumers had consulted the writings of the famous Indian poet Valmiki. In his work, Valmiki paid homage to Woman by comparing her to the animal believed to be the noblest of all — the elephant. This seemed altogether odd to a well-mannered Frenchman in the early Roaring Twenties. But as for Kismet, the Eastern princess for whom this new perfume was intended, well, she liked it.
The beautiful Ottoman spy actually laughed when she saw the small crystal bottle of perfume that had been made especially for her. It featured a brightly decorated elephant, alluding to the verse of Valmiki’s Ramayana. Spiritual and multilingual, Kismet cultivated the mystery surrounding her background. She reigned over the Parisian parties 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 scent of the perfume that Lubin had created for her.
Lubin Kismet – flacon of the vintage 1921 version
Lubin Kismet – promotional movie
Top notes: Bergamot, lemon and petitgrain.
Middle notes: Rose Centifolia absolute, Bulgarian rose essence and patchouli.
Base notes: Labdanum, opoponax, Bourbon vanilla.
Lubin Kismet is available now as Eau de Parfum 50ml (95 EUR) and 100ml (125 EUR) from authorised Lubin‘s stockists. Persefume review will come as part of our “He says, she says” series.
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