One of the features that captured my attention in relation to Olivier Durbano’s olfactory creations was the fact that those are mainly based on incense. Later I found out that the house’s fragrances were inspired by a line of jewels called Bijoux de Pierres Poèmes (Stone Poem Jewels) and predictable, my first contact with the line was the debut fragrance from 2005, called Rock Crystal.
Impressed by such an interesting approach on incense and after reading about other releases, I decided that my second logical step could only be the 2007’s Black Tourmaline. (I’m already planning my third step, which will be the most recent launch, 2011’s Citrine, but this will be the subject of a future post).
Black Tourmaline is a scent described as woody spicy, while the official website mentions the tagline “inspired by legend and symbolize of black tourmaline”. As I kept reading the description, I found a phrase with a lit of meaning: “Stone of protection in the former legends, the Black Tourmaline would protect against the pernicious influence, turn own negativity into positive attitudes and would make a fence, against fire projections and electrostatics phenomena”.
And after all that, it was not possible to asses if Black Tourmaline delivered exactly all the promised things, but one thing I’m 100% sure: it entered my short list from which I will have to decide on my next perfume built around incense (the other “contestants” are Olibanum, Incense Extreme and Incense Rosé).
With an aroma that reminds me of church and some early childhood memories, Black Tourmaline opens on a spicy accord of pepper, which is obvious from the first moment, juxtaposed to the exquisite aroma of frankincense (olibanum) and the notes of coriander, cardamom, and cumin. Next stop was a woody faceted heart, from which the listed notes mentioned smoked wood, oud, leather and precious woods. And to end this beguiling aroma, this structured dried down to one more accord of incense, although not listed in the base notes (these included patchouli, moss, amber and musk).
The flacon that holds Black Tourmaline is represented by Olivier Durbano’s signature bottle, with a rectangular shape, made from transparent glass and a grey color of the liquid. As with other perfumes from this line, the name does not appear on the bottle, the corresponding characteristics being Olivier Durbano’s signature and some black drops inside the bottle, meant to provide an allusion for the name.
Overall, Black Tourmaline is one of the most pleasant fragrances sniffed by me lately, which will make it even harder to reach a final conclusion in the next month or two.
Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline Perfume Details
- Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 12 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2007
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual