Kismet (2016)

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Kismet (2016) by Lubin
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Kismet (2016) is a popular perfume by Lubin for women and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-powdery. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Thomas Fontaine

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lemon, Petitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesRosa centifolia absolute, Bulgarian rose, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesLabdanum, Opoponax, Bourbon vanilla

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Scent

8.6 (151 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (130 Ratings)

Sillage

7.2 (130 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (132 Ratings)
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 01.10.2019
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Renata

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Greatly helpful Review    14
My fourth niche fragrance
When I spray it on, I first notice a citric scent, but after a short time it becomes a little more flowery. I can't really smell roses that strongly, but with time "Kismet" becomes vanilla-spicy, infinitely beautiful.
This hint of oriental notes remains very, very long and surrounds me for at least 6-7 hours.
An incredibly beautiful fragrance, for me rather for the evening, but wearable at any time of the year.
The durability is enormous and it was my fourth niche fragrance. I love him. I love him.
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DonJuanDeCat

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Do you believe in fate?
Good evening everyone :)
Today I'm talking a little bit about "Kismet" by Lubin (the newer version from 2016, I don't know the old one). According to Parfumo, Kismet means luck or fate, and yes, that will work, if my Turkish is not grottenschlecht :D

Hm... fate is something you can believe in or think is absolute nonsense. Some people just think that there is fate, others can't do anything with it, it's similar to the concept of happiness, whereby the concept of happiness is somehow used more often than fate, isn't it? And while I'm talking about happiness, this is one of the wonderful opportunities for me to quote from Star Wars again (and your fate is to listen to this nonsense :D). Well, a wise man named Obi-Wan (hey that even rhymes!) once said: "In my experience there is no such thing as happiness". He he, as you see, is left to each one to decide for himself what he or she believes in, as long as he or she does not impose his or her faith or understanding of certain things on others!

Be that as it may, fate or Kismet, to return to the fragrance, sounds oriental because of its name, so let's see if the fragrance also smells that way!

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins with beautiful, moderately citrus (but rather warmer) oranges that have a very nice fragrance. There's also the sweetness of vanilla, which makes the scent of powdery power... uh... (yes, you know, power is omnipresent and surrounds us, and yes, now I'm really listening to Star Wars :D). The powdery one smells a little bit like make-up here, e.g. like lipstick and reminds a little of Dior Homme, only much more make-up-like and intensive (and without iris).
A little later, the fragrance appears slightly more flowery and herbaceous. To be honest, it takes me a while until I can smell roses at all, because the vanilla fragrance makes the flowery notes smell sweetish creamy or powdery beforehand and doesn't immediately remind me (or at least me) of roses, but rather of jasmine and similarly sweet flowers, e.g. violets or something.
Anyway, you can smell the roses a little later (even if only slightly), even if they should smell a little different than you are used to from roses (the light, sour scent is missing, for example, if you understand what I mean,... but maybe I just perceive the roses differently!). By the way, the perception of roses is also somewhat complicated by the fact that intensive, resinous scents appear quickly, i.e. the opoponax, which works very well especially with vanilla and both are the most intense scents in this perfume for me here.
Towards the base, the fragrance becomes slightly heavier and smells more classic. By that I don't mean that the fragrance would now smell like fragrances with heavy flowery notes (like ylang-ylang) or oakmoss, but it smells so elegant ladylike and looks more like a fragrance for adults, so in my opinion it's not a fragrance for cute twenty year olds and so on, who just learned what a perfume is or something like :D
This could be due to the earthy patchouli, which is not very strong, but still a little smelly. In any case, you will smell vanilla and opoponax (which have then displaced the flowery scents even further) the most, so the fragrance is still sweetly powdery and softly creamy and remains so.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is excellent, because one is wrapped in a larger scent cloud, which remains also somewhat long, so that the scent is to be smelled very well at one, and also over a longer period of time.
Thus the durability is also nicely long and endure, as with such smells often usual, eight, nine, ten hours and more.

The fragrance:
The curvy bottle, reminiscent of a vase, is clear and filled with yellowish scented liquid. The dark blue lid is a massive plate (on the upper side) and looks like an artistic and smooth polished stone. The neck of the bottle is gold plated and shows the brand name. A very nice bottle.

Soo... as already said in my yesterday commi, I am somehow never sure how a fragrance has to smell, if you really want to call it oriental (no matter if more e.g. Indian or more Arabic). Anyway, roses always seem to play a big role in oriental scents, as well as rather sweet notes. The sweet scents are present, though more through the vanilla, which is however a component of so many scents anyway. There are roses, too, but in my opinion one smells these only weakly here and also this rather briefly, because the vanilla mentioned is quite strong as I said. For me, an oriental scent also smells spicy, but there are no (strongly) spicy notes here.

Be that as it may, you can decide for yourself how a fragrance must smell for you to be able to describe it as oriental. The name of the fragrance with an Arabic or oriental touch has less to do with the orientation of the fragrance. But that doesn't matter, because this fragrance smells really good after all, and that's the main thing, as always! It is gentle, beautiful and has a large and long-lasting fragrance. It is an autumn and winter scent and is especially suitable for a nice evening or when going out.

The only criticism point, if it can be called a criticism point at all, is that Kismet almost smells like vanilla at the end, as it is the case with most scents, where vanilla is used quite intensively. So after the short top note you can only smell the vanilla notes. Well,... otherwise you can't do anything wrong with this scent and vanilla fans probably love this scent anyway :)

So, that's it, I hope you'll turn a blind eye to me if I don't know exactly how oriental fragrances should smell (and so I told a lot of nonsense :D). Then I hope that you will also turn a blind eye to the fact that I have talked so much again. And finally it would be nice to turn a blind eye to her that I quoted something from Star Wars at the beginning. So... you should have three eyes to close now :DD
Have a nice evening, keep smelling nice (unless you use a coriander scent,... yuck :D) and see you then :)
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Gschpusi

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Miss Rottenmeier
Buttoned up, stiff, frigid and strict. Go down to the basement and laugh.
If you take a closer look, it's just an outer facade. Is she alone or unobserved,
she plucks her lace underwear and shakes her "boobs" back into the Balconette bra,
until everything's back in place. Oh, Kismet, you little bitch. You open one up unapproachably and are nevertheless such a deep water.
For me, you smell adlehydic, woody. Which for me it usually makes old-fashioned and cold and I therefore rather look for distance than closeness. Not here!
The citrus fruits in you are perceptible, but powerfully rolled in dusty powder. Dry Fresh, hardly acidic.
Fräulein Rottenmeier sprays this on her neck and wrists. Like invisible handcuffs that she wears during the day and that forbid her to become "open-hearted".
Patchouli works such little miracles in Kismet. Is mossy green and freshly earthy. You stand firmly with your legs on the ground and feel strong and self-confident. No one would disagree with Miss Rottenmeier. What is it that despite everything, be it this stiffness or coarseness of this woman, a small glow is perceptible?
Rose, definitely Rose. Dark pink and just in bloom, it exudes its noble scent. Flowery tart with a slight sweetness. A velvety hair clip that prevents her long hair from falling luxuriantly over her shoulders. She'd be so nice...
The day is long and also the Fräulein becomes "weaker". Weaker only because it is so exhausting to maintain this facade.
To recharge your batteries, increase your body heat and Opoponax and Labdanum will reveal a delicious resinous cream that is balm for the soul and the skin. A smile flits over the stern face.
She quickly reaches into her pocket, which she has sewn into her dress, and pulls out a candy. Finally let go, vanilla... you delicious vanilla. How beautifully you round everything off and me - whether the knowledge that everything is only facade - such a beautiful day have prepared.
Destiny? There is no fate for me. Everything happens the way it's supposed to.
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Santalwalti

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Santalwalti
Greatly helpful Review    29
No one can escape his fate
The rose has complained,
that even too quickly their scent fades away,
that Lenz gave her.
So I told her to take comfort,
that he woe through my songs.
And have an eternal life there.

The poetic words come from Mirza Schaffy, an Azerbaijani poet. Anton Rubinstein, an important composer, conductor and, above all, an outstanding pianist of the 19th century, gave these verses a wonderful melancholic melody that I love to sing.

In Lubin's KISMET, however, the rose has no reason to complain that its scent fades too quickly, rather that it is noticeably distracted and alienated in its bright, floral radiance. The two noble roses Centifolia and Damascena already appear quite strongly in this fragrance creation, so that their slightly citric, typically sweet-malty and green as well as woody character is preserved and remains perceptible over many hours. But the two beauties are miraculously surrounded by a beguiling cloud of the Orient and finally completely enveloped by it. Do you like that?

It is not for nothing that this perfume is called KISMET (Qisma), which comes from the Arabic-Islamic region and literally means 'fate' or 'fortune infusion'. If I transfer this to the eagerly smelling roses, which play a major role here, but are not allowed to smell as they do by nature, then KISMET is a special fate for them. I must say, I find this coincidence more than happy: it is very successful. The protagonist, the rose, was confronted unasked with several antagonists. Responsible for this, besides the lovely earthy patchouli, is the myrrh tree. Opoponax comes from the oil and resin of the so-called 'sweet myrrh'. Thanks to this essence, the perfume, despite its refreshingly bitter opening with bergamot and bitter orange, is powerful, spicy-warm, sweet, dark, smoky, balsamic and heavy right from the start. Also the resin of the cistus, the Labdanum, contributes its part to ground the scent. However, the finely spiced Bourbon vanilla was not to be missed; it gives KISMET another twist, steers in a gourmand direction and lends the fragrance delicious sweetness. Thus it does not become too heavy at any time, retains something floating and at the same time soothing.

Here the perfumer has succeeded in achieving what is aspired to in fragrances, but not always achieved, namely to create a calm, unique fragrance from many individual essences. In KISMET all ingredients find their way to a perfect, pleasant togetherness. Nothing disturbs, nothing sticks out, nothing covers the other up. There's perfect harmony. This spontaneously reminds me of a concert I heard (and saw) many years ago in the Kölner Philharmonie. Outstanding artists from Iran played on original Persian instruments, which could not have been more different in their sonority and way of sound. There sounded a restrained played Oud, the buckling neck lute, with melancholic and soft harmonies and at the same time was loudly struck on bell, frame and cup drums. Above it hovered the spherically dense sound of the santoor, a kind of zither, and the gently lamenting singing of a sonorous male voice. That was completely harmonious, everything merged together. The fact that the musicians were placed on oriental floor cushions and dressed in traditional Persian costumes lent the whole an additional exotic aura and made the ensemble appear as a balanced unit.

And that's exactly how KISMET is for me.
Completely different scent chords are so finely and so skilfully tuned to each other that in their entirety they result in a perfectly rounded sound - every note fits, no player is ever too loud or too quiet and every note appears significant in this 'scent mosaic'.

I think the roses in this perfume don't have to complain, because the spicy powder of the Orient flatters them. What happens around her is enriching for herself, it ennobles her - comparable to a precious, exciting piece of jewellery that is put down to a beautiful woman. Maybe a Persian turquoise...

By the way, I have never had the feeling that I have to own a perfume at all costs. At KISMET, I'm afraid I've become addicted to it. And I say that even though I own the eau de parfum called SHALIMAR. Because both fragrances are often compared here on Parfumo and moved close together. I find that the two, despite a certain kinship, differ considerably from each other.
I owe my fate of succumbing to KISMET to a very dear Parfuma, who sent me a generous sample of it. Thank you very much for that!
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Lillibet 20 months ago
Decadant lemony roses swirl down over a rich spicy resinous vanilla base. Lush but not overdone or heavy. A lovely fantasy of a fragrance.+4
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