Talented French jeweler and perfume creator Olivier Durbano suprised Pitti Fragranze 14 visitors with his latest, 12th fragrant gem: Lapis Lazuli. Presented bottles had intensively blue colour, though the final effect will be less intense and of course non-staining. The most important factor is scent itself – inspired by Lapis Lazuli, deep blue semi-precious stone with significant historic and symbolic connotations.

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Lapis-lazuli, from the Latin lapis, stone, and lazuli, azure, coming itself from Persian and Sanskrit, “King’s Portion”, as rare as it is precious, considered as the stone of the holy and the spiritual, is famous for its splen did midnight blue/navy blue colour sprinkled with golden specks, “sapphire” of the Antiquity, evoking the starry sky, the kingdom of heaven, making it one of the richest stone in terms of legends and properties. It is mainly made of Lazurite with some inclusions of white calcite, blue Sodalite and gold pyrite
More than two thousand years BC, in Mesopotamia, the Sumerians, who called it “Sky Stone”, were importing it from Badakhshan (which is now between Afghanistan and Tajikistan) and were chiseling Lapis-lazuli talismans giving divine magic powers and protecting against bad luck. Its midnight blue colour evokes the celestial sphere, the eyes of the divine, and its myriads of pyrite stars, sanctuary for the sacred souls. In ancient Egypt, Lapis-lazuli is sought after for the manufacture of make-up products, jewelry, ornaments, statuettes and amulets includ­ ing the “eye of Horus” and the “heart scarab.” Despite its significant cost, it also allowed to generations of painters to obtain the famous navy blue pigment, whose name comes from its origin. Symbol of the celestial forces, of luck, sign of inspiration and intuition, alchemists linked lapis-lazuli to the Air element, the Libra element, associated to the third eye chakra.
In mathematics, the number 12 is said to be a “sublime” number because the number of its divisors and the sum of its divisors are both per- feet numbers. This number always refers to resurgence, to creation, its symbolism is very important in Holy Scriptures. In astrology, the 12 zodiac signs, in astronomy, the 12 sectors, the 12 months of the year, the 12 hours… In tarot, the Hanged Man is indeed the arcane of resurgence and new creation. Olivier Durbano

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Olivier Durbano Lapis Lazuli is described as woody, aromatic and balsamic composition.

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Top Notes: Artemisia, cypress, tea tree, clove, rose oxide
Heart Notes: Thyme, plant milk, spelt, iris
Base Notes: Vetiver, cedarwood, elemi, ambergris, elemi, tolu, musk

Thanks to the preview sample, we had chance to test this new creation – and here comes our double “He says, she says” review:

Jakub - I adore some of Olivier Durbano’s compositions, so his every new creation makes me really curious. In this case accent on symbolism is truly high – the name, starry night colour, stone’s properties. Yet, I feel like Lapis Lazuli is more close to the Earth than sky with its herbal, aromatic notes, earthy, vetivery undertones and touch of smoke. There is also something bit synthetic lurking in the shadows, perhaps ambroxan’s overdose. Lapis Lazuli is quite linear – it does not progress too much on my skin. However, surely many fans will approve.

Aleksandra – The actual colour of the juice does not correspond with the name, I hope this will change in a final product. And the colour is really strong, my skin turns green, how to wear it? :) The sample I used smells much like tar, and generally pinches of chemical factory can be detected here. Actually I like this weirdness. Still, it is a bit dull, uncomplicated, smelling the same wood, herbs and tar for hours.

Lapis Lazuli will be available soon from Olivier Durbano E-Shop and authorized retailers.

Quotes, pictures and sample via Olivier Durbano, thank you!