“A mild and enveloping perfume, Lumière Blanche is a comforting cocoon, between milky mildness and cold spices. It evokes the sweltering heat from the sun at its zenith, which erases colors, leaving only a blinding white hue; it surprises with its spicy freshness.” — Olfactive Studio
I've been a fan of Olfactive Studio since 2012, when the niche line was introduced in the United States; I've already reviewed Still Life, but I must admit that Lumière Blanche is my favorite. It was developed for Olfactive Studio by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur and its composition includes notes of cardamom, star anise and cinnamon; iris, almond milk and cashmere wood; and cedarwood, sandalwood, tonka bean and white musk. It was inspired by a photograph by Massimo Vitali (above), showing a sunlit beach with pure white sand; like all the fragrances in the Olfactive Studio collection, its name also refers to the techniques and effects of photography.
I like Lumière Blanche so much that I almost don't want to talk about it, but Victoria has already written a lovely review on Bois de Jasmin, so I'll join her in her praises. On my skin, Lumière Blanche begins with very muted spices, then shifts to a delicate powdery-woody iris heart, and gradually dries down into a very soft almond with a scattering of cedar and sandalwood shavings. Its long dry down is a skin musk, without any of the soapy or "fresh" qualities of most contemporary musk notes. My description makes Lumière Blanche sound more feminine than it really is; I'd actually call it "androgynous," and I'd recommend it for nearly year-round use and almost any sort of occasion. It's very adaptable, yet it also feels strangely personal (hence my initial reluctance to tell everyone how good it is!).
I'd suggest Lumière Blanche to anyone who loves Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver for its sheer-and-misty combination of iris, hawthorn, heliotrope and musk, or L'Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant, with its quietly quirky juxtaposition of pepper and cream. As for the official description above, I'll agree with the "comforting cocoon," although I'm not really getting the "sweltering heat from the sun" or the "blinding white hue." For me, Lumière Blanche instead evokes a pearly gray sky with a pale winter sun shining through a layer of clouds. As this exceptionally cold and snowy spell wears on and on in the Northeast, I'm finding that Lumière Blanche really does comfort me and provide me with a little extra inner "light."
Olfactive Studio Lumière Blanche is offered as 100 ml ($195) or 50 ($145) Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the listing for Olfactive Studio under Perfume Houses.