Because I adore fragrances that with incense in any form, as long as it is a dominant note and lately I discovered a couple of special creations that make use of this theme, the last Saturday came as an opportunity for a testing session.
The perfumery house of Olivier Durbano was unknown to me from the olfactory point of view until the past weekend. Yes, I done my homework and found out this name stands for a Paris based jeweler who founded the business in 2000 in Lyon and then moved to the city of lights. Having a background in architecture, he imagined a series of fragrances inspired by Bijoux de Pierres Poèmes (French for “Stone Poem Jewels”) and introduced in 2005 the first fragrance from a series of seven. The fragrance name was Rock Crystal and it was a unisex woody spicy scent.
The description from the official website mentions that Rock Crystal is “an enigmatic fragrance inspired by the myth surrounding rock crystal and by the magical aura created by frankincense” and as a symbol for “protection and purification, rock crystal leads to the clarity of mind, soul and body”.
As a result, the core of this exquisite fragrance is the frankincense, known as “the celestial fragrance of serenity”. I sampled Rock Crystal together with a few other scents however I remember clearly the delicate opening which smelled a spicy-citrus combination to me. In the mid development, the scent shifted to a more audacious character, however only in the dry down revealed its true facet. The accords of incense present in the heart notes (frankincense and olibanum) are prolonged also in the base notes, providing Rock Crystal with a mystical aura.
The flacon of the scent is simple and elegant, like an authentic jewel. Rock Crystal top notes are coriander, pepper, orange flower, cardamom and cumin; its heart is frankincense, olibanum, benzoin, myrrh and cistus; and base notes are sandalwood, everlasting flower, musk, oakmoss, vetiver and cedar.
Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal Perfume Details
- Rock Crystal by Olivier Durbano is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2005
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual