While the 777 line is dedicated to paying tribute to the great cultures and natural ingredients of the Middle East, Stéphane Humbert Lucas is in no way fenced in by the conventions or styles of traditional middle eastern perfumery. And we’re thankful for that, because Une Nuit À Doha, a soft, deliciously sweet immortelle and vanilla scent inspired by summer nights in the capital of Qatar, is nobody’s idea of an indulgently rich Middle Eastern gourmand.
Instead, it glows like a hazy, dreamlike moon, calm but deep, on a city night where the intensity of the day’s heat has faded but not vanished. Warm winds carry the exotic scents of night markets: fennel, ginger, crystallized mandarin, while the sweetness of the immortelle blends into a comfortable brown tobacco from the neighborhood cafes, where games and conversations amongst old men run late into the night. As the base of creamy, beautiful vanilla absolute begins to warm, the fragrance hugs closer to the skin, drawing people together as the desert night seems to stretch on into eternity. This is seduction for adults- calm, assured, and utterly lovely.