The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Black Gemstone by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777

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WHAT I SMELL:  If you smell Black Gemstone out of the bottle it smells of boozy rum and leather.  When sprayed, what you get is an initial blast of leather and this deep resinous sourish wood.  It’s really pretty in a masculine way and it’s rather comforting as well.  And what I really like is that the leather feels rich and smooth rather than hard and rugged.  There’s also a bit of sweetness that sits on top of the leather, as if the boozy rum is rising as it evaporates off of the leather.  I have no idea why this fragrance is making me feel happy, but it is.  After around the 10 minute mark, the myrrh starts filing the fragrance with an incredible roundness.  At this point, Black Gemstone has left my happy zone, and it is starting to turn more mysterious.  There’s a lot of projection at this point and it’s very smooooooth and it’s starting to become very sexy.  At the twenty-minute mark, the olibanum make itself known and Black Gemstone has a rather boozy pipe tobacco feel to it.  It’s still big and still sexy, though it has moved into being more woody.  After around an hour, a smokiness appears as if it’s combined with ash rising from a campfire.  All of the sudden, the fragrance went from being on big and sexy to something more primeval.  No wait, it just made another turn and when back to pipe tobacco!  In the drydown, Black Gemstone remains in this smooth and confident sweet and smoky state.  Incredible.

Black Gemstone from Fragrantica:

Top notes are lemon and cedar; middle notes are myrrh and resins; base notes are teak wood, olibanum and tonka bean.

paul-bunyan2WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Paul Bunyan; handsome, rugged and larger than life.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BLACK GEMSTONE:  masculine, sexy, big

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLACK GEMSTONE:  CaFleureBon, Kafkaesque

BOTTOM LINE: Black Gemstone is so out of the norm from my flower power lovin perfumes I’m surprised that I love it, but I do.  It’s just so smooth and darn right delicious that I can see this becoming rather addictive.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Nose:  Stéphane Humbert Lucas
  • Classification: Unisex, but leans masculine
  • Expense: $340 for 50ml EdP

Sample courtesy of Osswald Parfumerie.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

15 thoughts on “Black Gemstone by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777

  1. Happy Birthday Houndie, once again!

    I haven’t tried a single thing from SHL777 line, it’s not available anywhere in Poland but your description of black Gemstone leaves me unsure if I would like this perfume or not. How does it compare to other leather scents? Is it more closely to LM Hard Leather or is it more like Pd’E Cuir Ottoman kind? Or maybe something totally different than those two?
    I learned to love leather when it’s softer like in Chanel Cuir de Russie or mentioned Cuir Ottoman 😉

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  2. Wonderful review, and I must say I’m really looking forward to testing the 777 fragrances, as I really care a lot for SHL’s style in general.

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  3. I think it has similarities with Puredistance Black, the mysterious, dark, soft boozy style. Black Gemstone is IMO more masculine (just as TSH:s observation) and even more so than Black. Black, which was my comfortscent this winter, performs much better on my skin than BG. BG was very good in the first stage but than it almost dissappeared and was just an undefined wisper of its former self during the rest of the drydown.

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  4. Boozy, smokey leather with myrrh? Yes, please. I think I’d like to snuggle up with this one.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hound. 🙂 “Confident sweet and smoky”, sounds good. Must try this one. I have to say, Paul Bunyan made me laugh.

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  6. I’m so glad you liked it, Mr. Hound! Not your usual style at all, but it’s such a complex, rich, bold scent. It’s perhaps my favorite fragrance that I’ve tried this entire year, but I’m a fan of the SHL 777 line as a whole as you may have gathered. lol. Have a lovely weekend, my dear, and thank you for the link love.

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  7. Happy very belated birthday, Houndy! I may have wished you happy birthday already via twitter . . . June was a blur! And so nice to hear that SHL got you to like something out of your comfort zone! I always love it when I find something I like that I never thought I would like!

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