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 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 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 :)