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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Perfume Review: Damien Bash Parfum Lucifer No. 1


In my misguided youth I used to be a big fan of the horror genre, including David Seltzer’s The Omen and even a couple of follow-up books and the first couple of movies based on them (after that the books and the films most definitely jumped the shark…but I digress). Ten years later, the fragrance line with scents bearing the name of Lucifer, created by a person named Damien (Damien Bash, a New York painter and photographer) still manages to intrigue me. Old geeky ways die hard.

The top notes of Lucifer No. 1 are strong and heady; it is an appropriately dark, nocturnal floral blend with neroli and rose being most prominent to my nose. The intensity of the notes subsides somewhat when vanilla joins the composition, but almost immediately, with the advent of carnation, the scent becomes stronger and spicier. The best part of the fragrance to me is the ambery drydown. By then, the headiness wears off a little (only a little, mind you, this is still a strong perfume) and Lucifer No. 1 becomes warm and strangely comforting, its spicy darkness enveloping the skin like black velvet. This is not a strikingly unusual and original composition, in fact, Lucifer No. 1 reminds me of a much heavier Or des Indes by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier or –more so- of a less “dirty” and less floral Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez. Taking into account the fact that the latter sometimes can be found for almost ten times less than Lucifer No.1, there is really no way I can justify a full bottle purchase of Bash’s creation. If however by some black magic a bottle of Lucifer No. 1 found its way to my perfume cabinet, I would have worn this scent with much enjoyment, especially in cold weather, when I crave such rich, warm, darkly comforting scents.

Parfum Lucifer No. 1 is available at Aedes, $95.00 for 3.4oz.

*The photo is from DamienBash.com.

19 Comments:

Blogger marchlion said...

I'll stick with Bal, thanks -- I love how its dirtiness sneaks up on you. I think it's one of the great perfumes of all time. I think I owe that addiction to you!

11:53 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
I will stick with my beloved Bal too. I think, weird as it may sound, I would actually feel uncomfortable having a bottle bearing a name like that one in my house. I would feel like it's bad luck or something. Am I nuts? My husband always tells me I am very superstitious. LOL

12:13 PM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

Totally off-topic to perfume, but on topic of Omens. Have you read Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman? Funniest book on the face of the planet, bar none, it just does a huge send-up of the whole Damien, devil child story. I need to go re-read it again. I had my husband read quite a bit of it out loud to me at night when we were in New Orleans on vacation, and he does a great British accent, and we just howled and got drunk and read aloud some more.

Geek IS my middle name.

12:36 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Geek Salute!
Patty, the book sounds awesome, I am going to check the library. :-)

12:40 PM EST  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

I checked out Bash when we went to Aedes last April. I came to the same conclusion :-)

I agree about Bal a Versailles. Love it

12:54 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

I am sort of curious about the other Bash scents, but probably not curious enough to order sampels from Aedes.
Fans of Bal unite!

1:03 PM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Hi!
I just put on a squirt of this to refresh my memory of this fragrance.Damien Bash #1 is a warm, cozy comforting scent that for me isn't really sophisticated or complicated but really very simple.I thought that for the amount of fragrance and for the $95.00 price it is a worthy addition for me.I really liked it even though I know Aedes is actively trying to sell out of it and not restock it.

4:25 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Christina,
Really? Do they try to get rid of it? Tell me more! They should have a sale then or some insentive to go with the purchase. I have never heard of such a thing with Aedes though. Even Luckyscent had a candle and Coquette Tropique promotion recently...

4:30 PM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

I've heard from somebody that Aedes takes real pride in not offering discounts of any sort even thought I know they had a promotion for the Sylvie fragrance.I personally wrote either Robert or Karl a while back about the availability of one of the D.Bash scents and that's when I was informed of their intent to basically sell what they have and then that's it.Maybe discounts and such,they believe, take away from their upscale image.

4:35 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Cristina,
So I guess they think that having sales and codes is not chic, huh? Oh well...but if they had a sale on D. Bash, I would have ordered this one. :-)

4:49 PM EST  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

I have always been scared of the Damien Bash series. The name Lucifer just reminds me of the devil. ACK!

6:48 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

These is a strange line and strange scent names, aren't they. And yet the scent itself is perfectly inoffensive. :-)

6:56 PM EST  
Blogger moon_fish said...

I found DB perfumes very heady and devilishly comforting (but I was looking for some more gothic features).

Interesting fact: that line has their own sacred (or unlucky?) number!
It is Number 5!
Remember: Lucifer ##1, 2, 3, 4 aaand - Sin! No Number 5! Why?

The reason I found on the box. Damien Bash is distributed by CHANEL NEW YORK.
So #5 is sacred number... ;)

4:01 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

The lack of something more gothic was definitely a bit fo a disappointment.
That is a very interesting info on No. 5! I had no idea it was distributed by Chanel. Verrry interesting.

9:07 AM EST  
Blogger Joeneedsblowed said...

The Damien Bash No 666 add to 6s spray mark of the beast....Hey the Devil smells damn good ie #1

To Lucifer

5:15 PM EDT  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hello, was just checking for Neil Gaiman perfume and came across this. There is a company that are marketing Sandman named perfumes and also there is talk of doing one for the Pratchett books. Trouble is cant remember the name of the company - found it once and then lost my bookmarks. Can any one help?

Many thanks
:D

6:39 AM EDT  
Blogger perfum addict said...

I love DAMIEN BASH-LUCIFER fragrances. I think they are stylish, rich and timeless which is more than I can say about lot of new fragrances. Although, my friend just brought me the new fragrance from DAMIEN BASH which is called VENOM and it is only available in Europe. But it is coming to the States according to one of the stores who carry his line here. And let me tell you, the scent is one of the BEST I have ever smelled.
Oh my God!
It is addictive, ultra sexy and so, so beautiful.
No wonder there is a waiting list for it in Europe.
If you can get your hands on it, get it!

5:16 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SIN is the best fragrance I have every used and I am finding it very difficult to locate to purchase... someone help please!

12:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are looking to get more of SIN from DAMIEN BASH/Lucifer line. Try ordering it through Sloan-Hall in Houston.
That's where I get all my Lucifer scents.

1:32 PM EDT  

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