Ô Hira (2014)
by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777


Ô Hira information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

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HouseStéphane Humbert Lucas 777
PerfumerStéphane Humbert Lucas

About Ô Hira

Ô Hira is a shared / unisex perfume by Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Stéphane Humbert Lucas

Ô Hira fragrance notes

Reviews of Ô Hira

This one goes out to the those who grew up eating burdock and lotus root on the regular. You know who you are. O Hira’s pyramid reads plenty of amber-resin. What you get may surprise you as it did me: New Year cookin’ and mothballs, with a hint of TCM the likes of which your parents or grandparents swore was better than Tums or Tylenol. If this is you then you owe it to your wallet to sample before buying. You’re welcome. The rest will probably love it like the other reviewers have therefore neutral rating from me.
12th November, 2020
I have been a real fan of all things amber. Most of the time, I have encountered the typical amber resin found in the base of many, many perfumes and colognes. As a supporting note, it has done its share throughout the history of perfumerie. As a starring role, I have enjoyed some of the most relaxing, powdery soft-sweet journeys from several houses' offerings. Whether its the orange-colored resin, or from the ever-alluring and mysterious ambergris proper, amber has remained relevant in all that I smell now.

Enter this mighty offering from Stephane Humbert Lucas 777: Ô Hira. It's the crown-jewel scent in his company, meant to be creme de la creme. A very imposing presence!

As for the scent itself...it is yet another thought-provoking masterpiece of high level. It claims to be a single note - "fossilized amber" - but I swear it has other notes swimming in that lovely brown liquid!

It SMELLS authentic. There is a seaside, salty oceanic vibe to this one that makes me think of the whale-based version of ambergris, with a slight musky, airy quality. Cistus shrub based rockrose has GOT to be in there too, with its own leathery-amber accord that would be hand-in-glove in a vaunted scent like Ô Hira! The presence of agarwood is evident, not in a show-stealing manner, but purely supportive way. And I do detect a touch of spice, like cinnamon or nutmeg, playing a subtle, but vital, role in this uber-niche abstraction.

Performace wise, this is not thick by any means as, say, Tom Ford's Amber Absolute. Like other SHL offerings, Ô Hira depends on the smeller to really contemplate and parse what it's message is / isn't as an impressionistic scent. My impression is of a staid, dignified fragrance that is not to be rushed nor instantly judged, but slowly experienced. And I dig it! :-)

The price for Ô Hira is GINORMOUS! Decants, if available, are the way to go here, IMHO. Definitely a great outing from SHL 777 that fits the swagger it presents to us all.
17th December, 2018
To me it smells mostly labdanum (rockrose) with florals. There might be ambergris also, but I can't tell. It is a pleasant fragrance, projecting an 'amber' feeling. But I won't be getting a bottle as the price is stratospheric.

06th August, 2018
I luurrve resinous ambers, and true to expectations this stuff is gorgeous. It's buttery, resinous, dusty, smokey, and about every other dream amber descriptor going. In terms of colours it's of course amber, but more specifically it's built around umber/ochre clouds billowing dynamically, backlit with golden yellow rays highlighting the cloud edges with their radiance.

The whole affair is long lasting and fairly linear, and maybe not something a non lover of ambers would really appreciate, but if you're like me, this is grail material. Yeah, the price is beyond silly, but hey that's a story for another day. For the juice itself, yes it's outstanding.
23rd September, 2015
"Ô Hira" by Stéphane Humbert Lucas is a very fine Amber oriental fragrance with a woody and spicy character.

The main star here is Amber, luscious delicious and incredibly sexy Amber. There is oud here too but, it is hardly detectable, more of a distant supporting extra and so much the better for it.

The Amber smells brown, resinous, earthy, and leathery still, always harmonious, without any single notes stealing the show. I think Labdanum could be one of the main components here, although I also detect some real Ambergris. As for fossilised Amber, well, I have never experienced it so I can't say with any degree of authority if it is present or not.

Stephane considers Ô Hira the diamond in the collection and I understand why. It is a successful attempt to create the ideal Amber scent, mysterious, warm, deep, balsamic, precious and rich.

The scent sits on my skin with a silky but persistent touch. It oozes sensuality and sexiness.
With moderate Projection and silliage Ô Hira easily last over 12h on my skin.

This is an excellent Unisex fragrance that fits perfectly with the cold season. For me, it is a truly amazing experience, pure sexiness in a bottle!

As for the price...Ô Hira is firmly aimed at those who can afford it and are happy to pay the high cost admission ticket.

Jan 2017... Having had the opportunity to purchase very high quality Oud oil, I can now detect that the Oud note in this perfume has a much bigger role than previously stated. I would go as far as to say that this is, in actuallity, a very high quality Ambered Oud perfume. Knowing how expensive and rare good quality Oud oil is, and the high 24% oil content in Ô Hira, I find the price of this perfume entirely justified.
05th January, 2015 (last edited: 22nd July, 2017)
While the note breakdown for Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777's Ô Hira has been kept veiled, it's not too difficult to pull out the main player in this earthy, resinous blend: labdanum. The fragrance itself is quite sparse, inviting deep concentration on the resins at hand and instantly pegging Ô Hira as a high-brow, complicated affair. Pitched as an oriental, Ô Hira is really more of a reference labdanum and I’d even place it as a touchstone of dark, resinous perfumery. For all its simplicity, the materials are captivating and the scent might be described best as a showcase of sorts.

There are really just a couple of things going on here. First, and most prominent, is the labdanum that dominates. It's pristine and three dimensional—chiseled down from the more unwieldy raw material into something polite and tasteful on its own. Much of the grit of labdanum’s bottom end and the shrill turpenic nuances of the top have been equalized, rendering the note as smooth and somewhat ghostly. I'm certain that there's ambergris in this—and quite a lot of it as well. This sits alongside the labdanum and can be identified by a subtle marine aspect—almost brine-like, but quite tame. It's rich and prominent, so either the perfume is using a generous amount of the good stuff, or there are some nifty new synths being deployed as to perhaps support a more holistic amount. When placed against the labdanum, it adds a musky sweetness that counters the resin perfectly.

Apparently, there's fossilized amber in this, but I don't pick up on much of it if it's there. This material is essentially the resin of ancient conifers and is often known as a terpenoid. While rarely used in perfumery (and never used in commercial perfumery), fossilized amber bears no resemblance to the warm fantasy note common in oriental perfumes. Yet it's a material that's readily available for about $200 per ounce and is best described as smoky, leathery, and a bit rubbery too. I have a small amount of this material myself and it's far from pleasant, but it's certainly evocative. Really, the only other perceptible items are some other resins (myrrh, styrax, perhaps) and some spices (mainly cinnamon, from what I can gather). It's all intertwined and really does require some analytical sniffing to make out the individual components.

Consequently, Ô Hira wears like a clean, refined labdanum with turpenic undertones. It's both subtly sweet and subtly smoky with trace amounts of sappy green too, but much of this comes from the labdanum itself. These facets are incredibly delicate and hard to detect, reaffirming that the scent is more of a meditation than a fully-fledged perfume. Also, there are sour and bitter aspects that conjure up the kind of feeling you get when you lick a battery or perhaps a copper penny. It's ever so slightly metallic, bringing up, for me, images of metal gates covered in creeping ivy and branches, or perhaps those beautiful deco wrought iron entrances to the Paris subway. It doesn't transition much, but it does seem to smooth over any residual harshness from the resins, spending the remainder of its life as a smooth, crystalline labdanum. It's engaging and beautiful, but it's really not a traditional amber oriental and there's not a lot to it.

This retails for $825 for a 50ml bottle. Is it worth it? Well, that's relative, but I'd harbor that even though it does use a few exceptional materials, this pricing is outlandish. While not quite as obnoxiously priced (per ml) as another recent oriental Dead of Night, Ô Hira just doesn't offer enough to warrant its price tag. This is a really a scent for those who adore resins and have the patience to spend some time getting to know them a little more. It's a very good representation of labdanum, but even at half the current retail, it'd already be an imposition.
30th June, 2014

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