Perfume Review: Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline
The first thought that materialized in my mind the moment I smelled Black Tourmaline was, strangely, "Home". Nudging my subconsciousness to elaborate a little, I figured out that "Home", of course, meant "Russia" and, specifically, "Orthodox churches". Wooden churches, to be precise, the walls of which are still redolent of the freshly cut pine, practically oozing pine resin... somewhere in Kizhi...
The list of Black Tourmaline's notes boasts a whole array of very appealing aromas: cardamom, coriander, cumin, frankincense, pepper, smoked wood, oud, leather, musk, amber, moss, patchouli. On my skin, it is much simpler than that, basically just "pine resin" and frankincense, but this solemn, soulful simplicity does not make it any less attractive to me. Black tourmaline is said to be a stone of protection, and being secure and comforted is in fact what the scent that was inspired by it does make me feel. Safe within the thick wooden walls of an old church, with the flames of the candles flickering gently and the smoke of incense rising delicately upwards, under the sad, kindly eyes on the icons, I am cut off from all desires and fears, cares and anxieties. "The cross is upon me and in front of me and on the church, covering me like a cloud..."
Black Tourmaline, which so far is to me the best of the three Olivier Durbano scents, is available at Luckyscent, $115.00 for 100ml. (Please also see the reviews of Amethyst and Rock Crystal.)
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