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Lumiere Noire Pour Homme Maison Francis Kurkdjian for men
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rose
patchouli
warm spicy
herbal
cinnamon
fresh spicy
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Lumiere Noire Pour Homme is created of spicy rose, patchouli and artemisia. The fragrance arrives as EDT, fragrant bracelet and box of 20 incense papers. Lumiere Noire Pour Homme was launched in 2009. The nose behind this fragrance is Francis Kurkdjian.

Fragrance Notes

Patchouli Artemisia Rose Caraway Cinnamon

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Lumiere Noire Pour Homme Fragrance Reviews

Brenao
Brenao

A good frag, but I'm not convinced to buy yet. Beatiful rose plus a nice patch, sweet and soft, but unwerable at the same time. I think a bottle would be stuck in my wardrobe, I'd like 0.5 oz bottles of this. Cold weather only.

Jul
11
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

I think Kurkdjian is a much talented nose who does not want (or need, or has the chance) to use all his talent. His scents (well, some of) smell great, but not as great as they could if they were just, say, more "free" to express their potential. Lumière Noire is a perfect example of this in my opinion. The opening is great, a complex but splendid blend of rose, citrus notes (bergamot or neroli, I guess), dark woods, spices (cinnamon, cloves, saffron, cumin?), vanilla, an earthy-green crunchy note of patchouli and a dusty feel of tobacco leaves. Fresh and dark, dense and sticky, with a small but dense animalic heart crawling underneath. Also much powerful, with an incredible balance. It's all great, but at the same time, also much restrained and controlled: no roughness, no flaws, no imperfections, all is perfect and ready to be obediently worn by almost anyone. The animalic note is there, but the animal is trained and on a leash. Sensual, elegant and dark enough to be distinctive, yet clean and refined to be safe and wearable. In a word: censored. I think an "uncensored" version of this would smell just awesome. For the moment it's only a "very good".

7,5/10

Jun
14
2014
vserdar
vserdar

Rose is a difficult smell on man like oud.This one is a well balanced and highly classy rose smell.One comment about cinnamon is that , if it would be less maybe we would not detect the incense effect through the end of the smell.

Jun
08
2014
CDGfan
CDGfan

This has been reformulated for SURE.
The bottle I smelt in 2011, had a very strong patchouli and rose note which stayed through out.
The 2014 bottles I tested out at Nieman's is very subtle and watered down. A shadow of its former self.
Avoid!

9/10 for the 2011 version
6/10 for the version in stores currently.

Mar
24
2014
Jridgen
Jridgen

It took me awhile to find a masculine rose that I really enjoy, but here it is: Lumiere Noire Pour Homme.

Most rose fragrances wear too powdery and feminine for my taste (Lyric Man, Baie Rose 26). The ones that are masculine enough (Rose 31) are simply boring and lacking in the Rose intensity; not the mention the hoard of Rose-Aoud combos which are tiresome.

Lumiere Noire manages to have a prominent Rose note, but together with the Patchouli and cinnamin, comes across as completely unisex if not leaning masculine. The spiciness in this one is significantly more biting and entertaining than that in Rose 31. The "biting" top does calm down after awhile and the fragrance continues to improve throughout its scentlife.

Performance is off the charts, both with projection and longevity.

The floral genre will never be my favorite but this one stands out as an exception.

9/10

Mar
17
2014
saul charbaji
saul charbaji

This is the best of the line , a very nice well balanced rose . I love !

Mar
02
2014
mossyoakpenn
mossyoakpenn

The following review is really for my notes only, its very brief and leaves out a ton of details. Im just typing something that I remember each by. Im sure I will disrespect someones favorite fragrance too.

High grade, high quality rose cologne.

Mar
01
2014
Platinum1
Platinum1

~ "Lovely" isn't a description you typically start a Man's fragrance review with but that fits perfectly with Lumiere Noire! After recently revisiting this MFK I must say I will never be without it again. The rose and patchouli seamlessly come together in a perfect marriage of notes. This is so soft and sensual it could easily be described as unisex much like coromandel in reverse. The light sexy rose just flirts with your nose and draws it down to your wrist at will like a fine glass of wine your testing for the very first time. And when the light dusty cinnamon comes into play the notes all blend to evoke a feeling of warmth and romance. This lovely will never leave my top shelf again as that is exactly where this Masterpiece belongs. ~
Kind Regards, Pt1

Score ~ Perfection

Mar
01
2014
CDGfan
CDGfan

This has been reformulated for SURE.
The bottle I smelt in 2011, had a very strong patchouli and rose note which stayed through out.
The 2014 bottles I tested out at Nieman's is very subtle and watered down. A shadow of its former self.
Avoid!

Feb
26
2014
drakecito
drakecito

Too subtle for my taste.
A good rose-spice frag. I like the light eucalyptus vive (the note more interesant in this, blended with the rose).
Well made but a bit booring and discreet.
To my nose is a masculine smel, made with good materials but nothing more.

Longevity is good (around 6-8 hours). Sillage is close to the skin.

Too overpriced but I have to admit that if it cost less money, I would use it more often.

Smell 7/10
Longevity: 7/10
Sillage: 4/10

Update:
I have tested only the new bottle (2014) version.

Feb
15
2014
happyscent
happyscent

Francis Kurkdjian lumiere noire pour homme: The top notes smells of roses but something that has withered; if you are familiar with flowers you forgot to change the water for a week and the flower is slowly decaying - it is that scent. After two hours, roses and musk on my skin mixed - very manly and woody almost rhum like smell. I think this is for an older gentleman not for a person in his 20's haha

Feb
07
2014
Layton S
Layton S

This fragrance is a wee bit strong at first which is probably why I didn't like it at first. But it also has excellent longevity. Lumiere noire pour homme is not feminine at all, it's a fresh manly scent, unique, mature but not "old guy". After wearing this it is by far one of my absolute favourites. I absolutely love it and even my wife who doesn't care about fragrances complemented it.

Feb
05
2014
xonta
xonta

It should be an unisex perfume. I couldn't find exact muscularity at that scent. On the other hand, I smelt magnificent roses but it's feminine.

Longv. 8.5/10
Sillage 7.25/10
Scent 7.75/10

Overall 8.25/10

Jan
13
2014
Estebanz
Estebanz

Lumiere Noire:I can only describe this fragrance as a Masterpiece of Stylish Modern Perfumery,I Picture a European Male Model dressed all White ridding in a Black Aston Martin on its way to meet up a beautiful woman for a Romantic Dinner surrounded by Candles and Roses,Love how the notes in here blend together masterfully,the Rose here feels Alive,so real by the use of Artemisia which gives of a green fresh herbal feeling to the rose to make it smell Natural,and the patchouli also play a significant role here adding an earthy and slightly dirty touch to the Clean Rose Aroma,there is also cumin listed on the note breakdown but I really dont get much of it if any,I dont know the secret recipe that Mr Kurkdjian used here,but the final product speaks Romance and Class to me.
This fragrance was made to Impress.
Lasting power is Superb.
Projection is heavy,not beast,but is very aromatic,so that the trail stays in the air as you pass by.
#Masterpiece#.

Dec
19
2013
Ollive
Ollive

... I blind bought this perfume from MFK site. According written and video-reviews supposed to be interesting.
And IT IS. Lumiere Noire is very unique perfume. Having bottle 24 hours and liking it more and more...
Beautifly painted rose with sweet earthy patchouli,artemisia, sharp caraway and sparkling warm cinnamon. I would say, that notes are microscopically balanced !
It reminding me atmosphere of DK Chaos, love that smell.Never liked rose in perfume before, but now is different. Very good composition!Not for everybody, but Very well done!

Dec
11
2013
kazewayz
kazewayz

A beauty, the masterpiece of MFK.

Nov
25
2013
Houdini4
Houdini4

So I asked for some samples of any of the MFK fragrances today and I received this as one of them...I was quite happy as I've reserved my judgement on many of them as I need to sample properly on my skin.
When I read the accompanying card had you been there you'd have seen my slightly pained expression and my disappointment would've been palpable.
Rose & patchouli? Really?
Not that I dislike either note but having no prior knowledge I'd kinda hoped for something different.
Well...to my dismay I absolutely love lumiere noire!!!
At last a male rose scent that is better than Cartier or serge Lutens to give two examples and you know why? Because this isn't all that rosy!!!
A very gentle composition that has a magnificent opening for me, the rose is used perfectly the patchouli is minimal but evident straight away and gives an almost chocolate quality which works so well with the rose. I genuinely don't like Rose based fragrances (unless very very dark) for men as a rule but the rose in this is so subtle and refined it's totally acceptable to my nose.
Lightly spiced, and with a very vague almost bitter, animal quality to it...everything about this says quality, balance and harmony this is not just another bad rose scent for men this one is very very good and I would probably wear it as could most women.
The problem here is the price...unless I was crying out for a very lightweight rose scent in my collection(which I'm not) I just wouldn't bother.

Nov
02
2013
Ambience
Ambience

I received a sample of this with an online order. It's a very soft, dusty scent, with a gentle rose as the dominant note. Females could pull this off well!
I can also see similarities to YSL's Opium! Just a very diluted version!

Oct
09
2013
Hélio Sérgio Rocha
Hélio Sérgio Rocha

*****Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Lumiere Noire pour Homme

After some tests and revisiting once again this perfume (a friend of mine sent me a sample, so i could visit this one many times), here is my current opinion...

The opening brings a spicy aromatic feeling, a little bit "watery"; freshness and coolness inside a bottle!

I feel a swetish patchouli too, not strong but also present.
Very very light patchouli, just a bit.

But what prevails even is a bitter soft rose, herbal and mentholated.

: D
Very good indeed

* Let me think about getting a bottle or not...hahaha!

Aug
21
2013
jhitt793
jhitt793

One of the better 'masculine' rose scents. I much prefer this over the soapy/floral rose offering "Lyric pour homme" by Amouage. Opens with what I would deem a spicy rose quality (cinnamon and cumin), but mellows out to a more earthiness accord (patchouli and mugwort). Not one my favorites from Kurkdjian, but I can appreciate its place within the MFK collection. (22)

Jun
19
2013
nero77
nero77

A perfect play between Dark and Light...

Starts out with a clean, soapy, delicate rose, then descends into earthy fougère territory (courtesy of the dark patchouli accord). Like something which can be savage and delicate at the same time. A rose fougère if ever there was one!

Incredibly nice, and proof that Francis Kurkdjian is an incredibly talented man!

Simple, delicate and brilliant.

May
31
2013
xliMilx
xliMilx

wow at this perfume, very unisex, very soft, an art of work, mostly smell of rose, a confident man wont mind wareing this perfume, only those men who are men enough to not mind ware something softly gentle.

May
26
2013
ArchieCaoli
ArchieCaoli

This started with a dizzying blast of patchouli. The patchouli that reminds me of Coco Mademoiselle. It's not the tapered or altered kind of patchouli. Quite off-putting to my taste. But as it gets to the middle, the patchouli melds with rose, cinnamon, and davana. At this phase, nothing really stands out, which is good as I start to appreciate it. A blend of all goodness. The dry-down is simply cumin which is really reminiscent of body odor. This made me laugh, in a good way. Then I compared this note with Amouage Opus IV's dry-down. Very different cumin note. Probably the cumin in Opus IV is actually caraway since it smells more airy. Beautiful fragrance but you need to get past the screaming patchouli.

May
07
2013
Roshap
Roshap

another musky, spicy rose from mr. kurkdjian; this time with a more masculine feel. the cinnamon and artemisia really distinguish it. very beautiful. my favorite of all the scents he has created in this genre.

Apr
15
2013
Roflecones
Roflecones

Very elegant in its simplicity, this is a rose so rich and well mannered that it requires no adornment. It's a perfect pillar to the bon vivant life. If you know or encounter someone wearing this, you're in very good company.

This doesn't suit me. It's too upper class and all.

Apr
04
2013
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

Couldn't help but love MFKLNPH more every time after wearing it. Although I wish its longevity can be better, I would not mind to live with this little flaw because of its extreme beauty. If it would come in a higher concentration in the future, I would most definitely get a bottle even for a 30%+ higher price.

Mar
12
2013
AndrzejK
AndrzejK

I admire perfumes created by Francis Kurkdjian - they are simple (in a very positive way, not "ordinary"), masterfully blended. Lumiere Noire is a magnificent mix of rose and spices. Rose is not sweet nor feminine like in most rose scents but it is also green and spicy. Very sexy and elegant.

Feb
15
2013
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

I really wish this fragrance would work as well on me as on the others. I smelled how beautiful it was on my friend and how it opened on his skin while it went all flat on me. This is an amazing fragrance and I am willing to give it my fourth try. I really love this fragrance but not on me at the moment.

Post Note: Change from like to love with four sprays, 2 behind ears, 1 on chest and 1 on right wrist. This beautiful fragrance finally worked on me after I used 4 sprays instead of the usual 1-2 sprays. The gentle and harmonious scent of roses and Patchouli surrounded me and reached my nose and inner soul with every light breeze or movement of my right hand.

Feb
06
2013
chweintr
chweintr

Takes me to a different era -- makes me think of Victorian parlors, old maps, monocles.

This is a smart rose... Other rose fragrances are more predictable, powdery and bright. The artemisia in this adds a strong bitter herbal note that complicates things and makes this rose tea-like.

I am not a fan of rose scents but as roses go, I put this one at the very top.

Jan
20
2013
Potgut
Potgut

I ordered samples of this from the official MFK house website. (note, the sample bottles was marked 'EDP Pour Homme' even though there is no "EDP" Pour Homme version to be known to exist in the market. I believe the "EDP" print was just a mistake with the actual EDT juice inside of it. I point this out because could also explain my experience)

Anyway, fantastic scent. Longivity was an easy 8+ hours every time I wore it with a decent projection the whole way. I loved it and pulled the trigger and ordered a bottle from Neiman Marcus.

The juice I got from Neiman Marcus was complete garbage. After many wearings of this I got from Neiman Marcus, every single time the longivity was never more than 2-3 hours and the projection was close to the skin a little after 1 hour. I even still had my samples to try side-by-side and confirm all of this, and each time the LNPH juice from my samples were far superior. So I returned the bottle to Neiman Marcus.

I don't know why this happened, maybe I got a bad patch, or the sample patches I got from MFK were accidental awesome patches, I don't know.

I'm considering ordering a full bottle again but from the official MFK website this time but probably won't because I don't want to have to deal with the hassel of international returns incase I get the same experience with what I got with the bottle from Neiman Marcus.

Jan
17
2013
peake1
peake1

As a novice to the world of better quality fragrances I do not feel qualified to review this work of art. I will however highly recommend this amazing creation! This to me gives men the scent to not just feel approachable, pleasing or sexy but beautiful in a very masculine way! Not a daily signature scent or even casual date I wouldn't want to waste a precious drop. No, I would reserve this rose for that very special occasion to bless the noses around you a rare privilege....

10/10 ~ All categories.

Dec
12
2012
CDGfan
CDGfan

Lumiere is very reminiscent of Narciso Rodriguez's Musc , but this one is for men and much better. It has this incredibly sexy boozy rose note , which is just intoxicating. A very romantic fragrance , one which evokes emotions of being in love. The patchouli grounds the rose and gives it an animalic masculine feel. A gem in the world of perfumery!

Nov
13
2012
dollars&scents
dollars&scents

Lumiere Noire pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - One is initially treated to a debonair rose; the mildly sweet fragrance of which is somewhat stunted by the infused anise and nuttiness from the accompanying cumin. This exotic opening flows effortlessly to the heart, where a warm and toothsome cinnamon as well as an earthy and slightly dark patchouli nicely dust the rose with their inviting accessions. Arriving at its waiting base, a bitter and faintly disinfecting artemsia showers the rose, and specks of agreeable narcissus flitter about as its meanders to its enjoyable drydown. A prized gem in one's repertoire, this gorgeous composition, with its fresh and spicy overtures and concomitant sensuousness, has average projection and very good longevity.

Nov
05
2012
Gelladon
Gelladon

This scent is a constant reminder of why I love fragrance. The Rose in this fragrance is showcased in such an elegant way. I also eventually get some cinnamon and then patchouli in the dry down. This is such a beautiful scent and it is very unisex. My only knock on Lumiere Noire is that it lacks complexity and depth. I wish the spices played a more dominate role which would have added more masculinity. Other than that it's a one of a kind work of art for formal settings.

Oct
16
2012
Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

Initially I was not wowed by this but the more I wear it the more I appreciate its hidden intricacy. At first it comes as a simple composition, not very contrasted, not overly sexy or provocative, certainly not cutting edge. It is hard to see the "noir" in it. It has an urban, streamlined vibe going for it that might seem vaguely familiar -like a theme that has been in the DNA of many masculine colognes.
It is in the details that one finds god and also the details set this miles appart from those that share its DNA. Although the floral note is rose it really projects more like an orange blossom. It is not flamboyant and carnal as the flower is but instead feels silky white and with a hazy luminescence. The green notes listed here don't stand out in particular. Overall the composition seems unified so well and evolution is extremely smooth on skin without any gaps. At some point it feels fairly ambery (although the note is not listed).
A technically immaculate perfume that is never harsh or cloying. Its sexiness is not animalic or heavy, but rather lies in its smoothness and effortless elegance. I would describe it as urban-romantic.

It goes without saying that longevity is very good and projection "just right" - hey! I said "technically immaculate" didn't I?

Oct
05
2012
Pegasus
Pegasus

Lumiere Noire is a gorgeous, sexy and classy fragrance. An interesting Rose/Patchouli/Cinnamon blend that comes off quite masculine with a very pleasant vibe, MFK has done a fabulous job with this one. Simply one of the best Rose scents out there, elegance in a bottle.

Sep
26
2012
Dsanz
Dsanz

Lumiere Noire is in all aspects a masterpiece. I am in no way a fan of rose ( I detest Rose 31 and other rose scents often praised here) but Francis Kurkdjian blended this juice so smoothly with other masculine notes that the result is just a sexy beast. When I wear this fragrance (strictly on nights outs) I've had women come to me from several feet away asking what is it (how's that for projection). Also, I do see what some people say about it being "soapy". Yes, it smells light and clean but this helps the scent from getting cloying. One other thing that I've realized with Lumiere Noire is that it smells substantially different from a distance than on your skin. If you don't believe me just let one of your friends wear it and you'll be smelling something totally lighter and alluring; then you will know why this fragrance is so well complimented.

Sep
13
2012
AJ73
AJ73

Hmm.. I don't know.. perhaps I finally should admit that I don't like rose :-?

..months later.. It's true, I don't like rose and after trying some other fragrances from Francis Kurkdjian I can't see what all the fuss is about. I find average parfums in ugly bottles.

Sep
07
2012
lovesupreme
lovesupreme

Unique, Beautiful and Timeless - captures a rose in its multitude of phases..
8/10

Sep
07
2012
iatrogenius
iatrogenius

Poetry in a bottle.
Nuff Said.
Black Light.
I get pictures of a spring night atop the Eiffel Tower.
As a gentle breeze carries the essence of the city lights towards me, as I look over the railing, I feel the darkness of the sky try to mingle with us. We accept. She smiles.
We share drinks.
We share laughs.
I give her roses.
She wears a spicy floral perfume.
Atop the Eiffel tower, light and dark make love amidst a rose garden with the spices of markets and incense envelope this union.
The result is intrigue. There is nothing out there like this. To me, the finest rose on the market. To me, one of the sexiest scents to ever grace the fragrance world. To me, this scent demonstrates the art of allure. Some get a soapy vibe and the initial spray may do that. Let it breathe. Let it settle. Let it find that very spot on your skin or shirt to grow. Because the results are mesmerizing.
A spicy rose with intermittent hints of sweetness that deliver a breath of fresh air to your lungs, but simultaneously enhance your senses to nature, love, and mystery.
Francis Kurkdjian is a f***ing genius.
Spice and Rose going at it like this? This is the kind of porn you don't download...you walk your ass to a corner street in NYC and you buy this shit.
Simple.

Aug
27
2012
Valleboi_a1a
Valleboi_a1a

i agree with the others users this fragrance is unique

Jun
10
2012
Carestinus
Carestinus

I'm sorry not to share everyone else's enthusiasm and love for this. I wish I did.

I bought this out of reviews and words such as "dark", "work of art", "mysterious" and so on. That intrigued me a lot. Unfortunately, I can't see any of those.

Lumiere Noire pour homme is a nice-smelling scent that is far from delivering a daring or unique smell. I've smelled this in many ladies facial creams and fruit chewing gums.

I don't mean to be contemptuous though since I can see I'll use this scent for nights out and events where a slightly formal shirt is required. I can see this fitting perfectly a white shirt at a glamorous venue (I hope I'll have one someday lol). It gives a clean,harmless and, only to a certain extent, sexy allure, that's for sure... but I wouldn't advice this for any other moment than one where you move around in a room (party, meeting, etc)... since it goes on the same for hours, with no development and it ends up being too predictable and still. Not cloying, not bad... simply not interesting enough to call this a must IMHO.

I'll enjoy my wearings till it's finished but won't buy again. I like my rose scents to be more adventurous and mysterious... edgy... but it's undeniable that LNPH has been made by a great perfumer. I think that the best images are those said here before by other fellows: "flat" and "for polished gents". If you love soapy scents, this seems to be a more subtle one than some other in that field such as Prada pour homme... but the feeling after 3 hs of wearing it is the same... soapy. No mystery in soap.

Jun
08
2012
ArkangeL
ArkangeL

Lumiere Noir... light and dark. Two elements in a universe at war, until they ultimately fuse into one another. Dark matter and a blood-red rose share the same molecular body, known as "Noir." A transformation that reveals a far more crimson floral, leaving a dusty trail of cumin and cinnamon. Narcissus, identified as "Lumiere" acts as a halo, keeping light and dark sophisticatedly in equilibrium.

May
10
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

definitely one of my favorite of this line.wonderful fragrance and it reminds me of caron's the third man but taken to the next level.. with a white shirt and tie. very elegant ,a polished gent or a young professional type would wear this young as well as older sexy man fragrance maybe... smart and sophisticated, very savy and a touch of portrayal of a successful man who knows he is just that.. very well done !!
right up with apom on my appreciation of this perfumer.. ..will make you sit up and take notice, maybe not everyone's cup of tea but no one could question the quality of this line..
it is
very impressive...
just a great fragrance , I wish it was not so expensive as I would want to wear it more often.. but all this to me is a very wonderful smell.. a smile from me on this..

I have read a mention of reformulation?.. at these type of prices that would
be a shame and surprising that they would do that and ruin a classy reputation of one of this fragrance.

Apr
17
2012
kwiatek
kwiatek

The best rose for Men. MFK is Genius.

10/10

Jan
01
2011
stephan
stephan

There is a note behind the rose similar to the principal note of Gaultier². But this fragrance is much better. I feel it's unisex and I think it would be perfect for an elegant woman, office wear!

Dec
28
2011
Jack_Hunter
Jack_Hunter

A beautiful ethereal sexy fragrance for a man to wear. It's not like you are smelling a rose up close but smelling a rose mixed in with something sexy on the breeze.

It is refined and Sophisticated and smells like the feeling of been in love has been captured in a bottle. Simply wonderful and a true delight to wear.

Dec
10
2011
armaniboy
armaniboy

This is very nice and pleasant. A dusty rosy smell, clean and strong.It slightly reminded me of ysl opium BUT only the spray deodorant version of it. Besides that it is a fragrance heavily based on a "greener" version of rose and of course it can be unisex.

Dec
10
2011
jtd
jtd

Let’s go in reverse, because I’d like to end on a positive note. Lumière Noire pour Homme winds up a tidy, sweet musky rose. If you like it, you’ll recognize that it comes from thoughtfully designed succinctness. If you don’t, it’s a bit matter-of-fact. I won’t say that this fragrance loses steam or loses track, but it loses me. To Francis Kurkdjian’s credit, the ride from the beginning to the end is wonderfully designed, and like a well worded short sentence. One idea, clearly stated, perfectly understood. It’s just that everything I love about this fragrance is up front and fades by the quick-to-arrive drydown.

But, oh, that beginning. There are countless patchouli roses out there. This ain’t like any of them. The rose smells like wine, the patchouli smells mineral, and the cumin smells like cumin. This cumin is not a replacement for animal-based ingredients. Not that pouty-growl, wanna-be animalic cumin. It smells like freshly ground roasted seeds and perfectly inflects the rose/patchouli pairing. The three pieces together feel like hot, dusty sandpaper, and smell like temptation. I smell this opening and think, this could be a solution to the chypre/oakmoss dilemma that’s haunting us. This accord is that good.

I just wish I could run LNpH in reverse. But unfulfilled expectation is classic disappointment.

To hell with my disappointment. Thumbs up for that opening accord.

Sep
29
2011
sofiii
sofiii

Sweet woods, patchouli and a hint of spice is the initial impression Lumiere Pour Homme gives me. It has a rather generic feel to it at this stage, it’s like a glorified Gucci by Gucci or something along the line.

Soon after the transition starts, the scent becomes flatter and easier on the nose plus an additional cooling sensation. However, a sharp sour animalist note comes and goes for a bit, which makes me feel nervous when wearing it. The good news, the animalist sour notes doesn’t make to much appearance; bad news, as the frequency of smelling animalist notes goes down, a watery stale spice orange smell comes and becomes more and more dominant to the flat background.

The dry down is rather nice, cosy and slightly vanilla and musk infused , plus the sweet watery background, the scent is quite comforting in a strange and more independent way (in comparison with foody or vanilla perfumes).

Lumiere Pour Homme changes quite a lot and I guess on the right guy it might smell great, however, on me I don’t think I’ll keep my hope of share this (Somehow this reminds me a lot of Hugo Boss Orange for men, on a man it smells quite alright and on my skin it just went watery and stale).

Jul
25
2011
oshunshawo
oshunshawo

simply put.....exquisite!

May
30
2011
alfarom
alfarom

I'm often skeptic about things people talk too much about and lately I've heard / read many words on the latest project by the young talented Francis Kurkdjian that I decided to momentairely re-direct my curiosity to other perfume houses and face Mr.FK's own line creations in a second time in order not to be influenced by the huge marketing campaign surrounding this launch. Then I went to Berlin where in a big department store they were promoting the whole Maison Francis Kurkdjian range by giving away discovery sets made of four vials at your choice. I had Acqua Universalis, APOM pour Homme, Cologne pour le Soir and Lumiere Noir pour Homme.

I found Acqua Universalis beeing quite inconsistent. One of those perumes that perfectly fits the concept "fragrances for people who don't like them". Then I moved to Lumiere Noir and I got positively surprised. This is the Francis Kurkdjian we're used to. A super-modern and very complex reinterpretation of the spicy fougere. Potent, rich and superbly orchestrated. In the whole fragrance I get a rose note that is always evident but never overwhelming as it's perfectly setted to react with others ingredients. A big dose of animalic-musk, spices, orange and patchouli. Lumiere Noir smells potent, dusty, dark, sweet, rich, mysterious and tremendously elegant. One of the few rose-scents that I really love.

Rating: 8/10

Apr
10
2011
prot72
prot72

A very good fragrance with unbelievable silage and longevity. It is so powerful it lasts for sure more than 16 hours after little application. The fragrance can change only on your skin but not on fabrics. In my opinion related to Rose 31 by Le Labo but is deeper and more mysterious. I can compare LN to the typical oriental perfumes based on rose with animalic edge. There is very very little sweetness few hours after applications and little hint of powder characteristic for Francis Kurkdjian (e.g. Custo Men). According to description it is male fragrance but IMO it is also wearable for woman. I enjoy it very much.

Mar
17
2011
ocean.lake
ocean.lake

This is a great perfume for those men who like rose. I can smell a little bit of Narciso Rodriguez for Her in this gorgeous fragrance. The drydown is powdery with amazing longevity.

I really fall in love with this scent and can't wait to buy other frags from this relatively new niche perfume house. Again, two thumbs up for Mr. Francis Kurkdjian.

Nov
02
2010
mara
mara

This to me is completely unisex, a little quieter than pour femme, but just as lovely. The two scents pair so well I really cant decide witch i like better.

Jan
26
2010

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