Sombre Negra by Yosh

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of chatting with Yosh Han, the San Francisco-based perfumer.  She was at ScentBar debuting the first scent in her new “M” line, Sombre Negra.

I’m a big fan of her other fragrances, so I was interested in her take on what she considers a darker shade of grey.  I’m s sucker for a smoky leather scent, and this one delivers big-time.  If you’re a fan of scents like what Bandit used to be then I think you’re going to be very pleased with this one.  I know I could happily bathe in it.  But I’ll let her explain:  (From the LuckyScent)

I launched a Limited Edition Sombre Negra exclusively with LuckyScent in 2010. That fragrance to me was dark and edgy. Very dense. I wanted to explore the idea of shadows and their mutations so I decided to create a new edition of Sombre Negra. The new M:001 Sombre Negra incorporates citrus top notes that reflect a flash of lightening – a spark of fire that quickly vanishes but casts new and elongated shadows. Rose, tonka and orris were added to give it some depth and fullness. Nutmeg and cumin give the fragrance a kind of vegetative musk and suede element to an otherwise smokey and leathery fragrance. It is still very masculine but Sombre Negra is also the ‘boyfriend fragrance’ that women are falling in love with and keeping for themselves.

There are going to be fights over this one..

$130 for 50ML at LuckyScent (where I asked for and received a sample) and certain Barney’s stores

  • Sujaan says:

    I loooooooooove Yosh! She is a magnetic feminine force! Sadly this scent didn’t work on me. ???? The rest her delicate scents are wonderful though. Definitely worth trying.

  • nassah says:

    Is this perfume for unisex?

  • sweetlife says:

    Oooooh….must sniff!

  • I’ll definitely go for this, I don’t think the price is too bad for such a high quality product either..

  • Ann says:

    Wow, this sounds wonderful! And how cool that you got to meet her and chat with her — lucky you!!

  • Musette says:

    There won’t be any fights in my house….:-w. this one sounds like ME!!! [-(

    xo >-)

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I’ve really have to cut back on reading about perfume. Because everytime I read a review, I am always checking out The Perfumed Court for decants. Anything with leather sounds great to me.

  • Joanna says:

    Stealing his cologne? My husband doesn’t ever buy fragrance for himself so I usually give him the ones that didn’t make the cut in my collection.
    I actually sampled and did not like the original Sombre Negra but I’d be interested in trying to new juice. Musk and suede, smoke and leather sound undeniably attractive.

    • Tom says:

      You’re lucky. My last BF filched from me all the time. On the plus side he was bald so he didn’t use my expensive shampoo and we wore the same suit size so I could borrow his Prada.

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  • Louise says:

    I like many of Yosh’s scents, and this sounds worth a smokey-spin.

    But-how are we ladies already stealing our boyfriends perfume if it’s a new release? Ah, marketing : )

    Have good (long) weekend, all.