Long longed for and expected, it has finally arrived at Aus Liebe zum Duft: the new Snake Collection by Stéphane Humbert Lucas. Of course, we will take a closer look at the six new products Venom Incarnat, Sand Dance, Lady White Snake, God of Fire, Crying of Evil and Mortal Skin right here. I would like to start with the first creation of the just mentioned list and then introduce you in the next posts peu à peu the other Eaux de Parfum of the Snake Collection.
Here I have linked you all reviews that can be found in the Duft-Tagebuch to the brand around the painter, poet and perfumer Stéphane Humbert Lucas. There are several, and what they all have in common is that the fragrances have always been highly praised. And so I’m really looking forward to the Snake Collection and all its fragrances.
Snake Collection – reptile with dubious reputation
It can make you feel a little queasy when you take a closer look at the names of the creations. The snake portrait on the bottle and outer packaging are – apart from their unique beauty – also not for the faint of heart – at least ophidiophobics, i.e. people with snake phobia, could possibly get into trouble here. In this collection, Stéphane Humbert Lucas plays with the reputation of the snake, which is not necessarily considered to have the most positive qualities worldwide.
The best-known representative of the bad snake image is certainly the serpent from the Bible, which tempts Eve to take that fateful bite into the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, which ultimately led to her expulsion from Paradise. In Norse mythology, the Midgard Serpent occurs, the world serpent that is slain by the thunder god Thor in the final battle of the end of the world Ragnarök, but also kills him in the end through nasty poisonous exhalations. In Ancient Greece, on the other hand, the snake was revered because it was considered immortal due to its ability to regenerate skin.
The indigenous peoples of North America had an ambivalent relationship with the snake. While for some tribes they were responsible for suffering and evil – here especially the rattlesnake – others saw them as messengers of the gods. In India, there is even a separate deity for the snake, who goes by the name of Manasa. Usually designed as a beguilingly beautiful woman wearing a crown of snakes, Manasa offers protection from poisonous snakes. Several snakes also play an important role in the mythological creation story of India. So much for my little overview of the snake in different cultures. I could go on forever here, but I would now like to turn to the creation Venom Incarnate, because the Snake Collection should be the focus here today.
Venom Incarnate – Blood Red Poison
An olfactory love potion is said to be Venom Incarnate, brewed by a “viper-eyed sorceress.” That’s what the press text says, and it promises even more: You become irresistible with the Eau de Parfum, because it is “a mystical, beguiling and fascinating elixir that conquers the heart of the desired like the delicious poison of a passionate bite.”
To me, the scent notes of Venom Incarnat already sound exceedingly seductive: blackberry, strawberry, wild strawberry, caramel, raspberry, Virginia cedarwood, cinnamon, tonka bean, vanilla, patchouli and leather. From the sound of it, I don’t even need a snake anymore, and I’m completely addicted to the ingredients. I wonder how they will turn out on the skin and the test strip? Let’s get right to sniffing!
Bright red, fruity-berry and powdery-creamy, Venom Incarnat reveals itself from the beginning. The wild strawberry flavors I see very authentically implemented, even if many would possibly accuse these of a touch of artificiality. However, anyone who has ever tasted a real wild strawberry – we have real Swedish ones in our garden – may agree with me that their aroma seems so intense and sometimes almost exaggerated that it is hard to believe that this is purely natural.
A creamy, milky note underpins the cheerful, fruity berries, which shine forth in vivacious red. Caramel gives the fragrance a creamy sweetness that combines with the spicy nuances of cinnamon and vanilla to create almost gourmand accents.
Soft suede underpins the creation with a supple softness that blends in beautifully and rounds it off in an enchanting way. Comfortable, warm and still fruity, the eau de parfum slowly fades.
Venom Incarnat from the house of Stéphane Humbert Lucas is by no means a voluptuous, viper-toothed witch, but much more a good-humored, extremely likeable and terrific fragrance that pays homage to the color red and the most delicious wild strawberries. A harmonious fruit-leather combination with creamy-milky undertones and spicy-gourmand nuances that I like extremely well and offers a successful start to this new Snake Collection. Thoroughly blessed with a certain presence and excellent durability, Venom Incarnate is a fragrance that can be a wonderful companion in almost all circumstances, not only for fans of wild strawberries. Absolute test recommendation on my part!