Lapis Philosophorum strikes as an interesting take on a lately *uninspring* theme. The main vibe here is the typical balmy incense already experienced in way too many compositions playing similar themes but the point of strength of this creation by Durbano, is to be found in the countless and quirky elements that enrich the bone structure.
The fragrance opens with a winey accord and gas-like undertones that while sounding definitely OTT, at the same time they're so nicely played and orchestrated to give birth to a pretty novel and necessary twist to an otherwise *no-surprise* kind of composition. There's also an overall mentholated vibe which shows up since the early stages of the opening and remarks its presence throughout the late drydown, which is particularly interesting. As I previously said, the whole composition developes around a thick incense base that's pretty bombastic and tenacious if not a tad too *conventional*. With that said, I find Lapis Philosophorum to be overall quite successful and interesting enough to warrant a full positive rating.
boozy and incensey and smoky/spicy with solid sillage and long duration..really exotic with an Amouage kind of vibe!