Good evening, snoopers! Today I come to a somewhat more luxurious fragrance brand, Stéphane Humbert Lucas, of which I still have many fragrances to test, but I already know that I like this brand very much, because Taklamakan is one of my favorite fragrances, which hopefully some day will move in with me :)
Today I come to Mortal Skin. Of course, many of you who know me will now expect me to tell Nerd something about the video game series Mortal Kombat (because of the term Mortal in the fragrance name), because by chance the latest game in this series came out just a few weeks ago. And yes, despite all the brutality in the game, I like this series of games because it's just fun (and I guess I'm a sick sick idiot too :D), but I don't think it's right to combine this nice smell here with a game where you can rip out guts and stuff, eh, you didn't think I'd say that, did you? D
So, the fragrance here is called Mortal Skin, because it thematizes a renewing snake skin, i.e. how a new skin forms under the old skin. And the fragrance should also have the same effect, so it should renew itself again and again during the course of the fragrance. You'll see if that's the case. In any case, I can already say that this fragrance is very beautiful and could be noted for the autumn.
The fragrance begins with sweet blackberries and spicy herbaceous scents that should come from the cistus rose. The top note now contains ink. This is very special and probably you wouldn't necessarily get it if you didn't know that it should contain ink. But as soon as you look at the scent pyramid and discover ink in it, then yes, the scent actually seems like ink to you.
Furthermore, I smell nice, but slightly weak resins like frankincense and myrrh, but here you can't say exactly what kind of resin you really smell, because it seems to be a mix of these great scents. In the background there are green notes, which could perhaps come from the galbanum. In addition, the scent of the iris is also beautifully powdery.
A little later a clear leather note is added. In the background I also smell a somehow fiery-warm note that I can't determine any further.
Towards the base one still smells light blackberries. But leather and now also woody notes smell better. The resins are a little stronger, so the fragrance remains soft (and powdery due to the iris). The amber gives a slight but fine sweetness. Otherwise there are general, spicy notes in the base in the background.
All in all, the fragrance is very beautiful.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The charisma is rather moderate. The scent will be smellable, but only for people who are nearby, because soft and gentle scents usually have a lower charisma anyway...
But the shelf life is good, because I could smell the scent on my skin for seven to eight hours.
The bottle is rectangular, shiny black-gold with a mosaic card snake head whose eyes are made of Swarovski crystals. The onion-shaped lid is golden with black structures that are partially highlighted. This is supposed to be a skinning or renewing snake skin. All in all, an interestingly designed and very high-quality bottle that looks good.
Soo, I think the fragrance is really good, because it shows a lot of complexity and you can smell a lot of fragrances, which are all good and also harmonize well with each other, even if it might seem a bit special to some. According to the description, this scent should be like a snake skin that is constantly renewed. And with a little imagination, you can actually divide the fragrance into several phases, where in each phase the fragrance is redesigned and renewed. It begins with a fruity phase, which radiates a nice and unusual fragrance with the ink. In the second phase, the resins and gentle fragrances such as iris are added. Then the fragrance becomes leathery and finally the fragrance returns again to change into a woody and spicy direction.
Of course, you can only enjoy all this best if you have this fantasy in mind and are enthusiastic about the fragrance instead of saying like a philistine that everything is just the typical division into head, heart and base :D
Anyway, the fragrance is a very nice companion, especially for the evening, and I also think that despite the fruity-sweet notes and the soft-powdery fragrances, it does not come across as feminine, but as unisex. In my opinion, it is best to use it in autumn (for winter, its Sillage might be too weak).
It is one of the SHL fragrances that are definitely worth testing.
So, that's it, then. I wish you all a nice evening, until then :)