Lampblack EDP

$135.00 USD
Lampblack 30 ML

A top seller year after year, Lampblack is a fusion of darkness and light. Inky cypriol root blends with sweet orange, bitter grapefruit, and crisp black pepper, creating an industrial-chic atmosphere. The scent conjures a printmaker's studio with some oud wafting in the air.

Sophisticated and refined, this scent balances woody-smokey notes with bright, colorful contrasts.

Our break-out fragrance, awarded four stars by Luca Turin, Lampblack remains a perennial fan favorite.

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Lampblack launched my career as a perfumer. I created it for an exhibition of small ink paintings that featured opaque, black India Ink contrasting with transparent, vivid colors. The art was dark and shadowy but also glowed with light and color.

Lampblack gets its name from Lampblack pigment which is used to make India Ink. Historically, it was made with soot collected from oil-burning lamps.

For the fragrance, I developed an accord that smelled like ink. I used the essential oil of nagarmotha, a root related to vetiver, which has a slight petroleum odor. I wanted it to have the almost industrial smell of a printmaker's workshop. As a contrast, I added a sparkling citrus accord to give it shimmering brightness.
Sweet orange, black pepper, bitter grapefruit, nagarmotha, benzoin, vetiver, inky notes.

Sophisticated cocktails. Brisk autumn evenings. Chance encounters in city streets.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
sophisticated, inky, mesmerizing

This is as inky as promised, and like no other perfume I've tried - sooty, sophisticated, just the merest tantalizing touch of sweetness combined with tarry depth and the right amount of effervescence from the citrus notes. It makes me think of cities at night when the neon lights blaze and the steel burns hot, and it lasts for hours like a kiss of polished chrome. I bought this on the recommendation of a friend and I'm hooked.

yummy smell

reminds me of being in the print studio in college and going to do dabs in the gender neutral bathrooms but with less drama and neurotoxic chemicals. i like to wear it when im going to hang out with someone i have intense sexual tension with

Joseph R.

This is such a non-conformists fragrance, rejoice! Up front its instantly unique, I love it. Initial notes of grapefruit vinyl shower curtain just pop, that's the wow factor, then over time, it mellows into a more organic set of aromas but never loses that inspirational ignition. I love it, my wife not so much, which in some sort of odd way makes me love it even more. Obviously, I'm a creative who lives and works around products where aroma, taste and time are meaningful, It feels like LampBlack was made especially for me. Bravo!


Beautiful and unusual fragrance! Quick shipping too.

Pete R.
From a printmaker

The zip of freshly rolled ink on a brayer; wood and paper pressed together with giant steel rollers; the faint whiff of deodorant as the printmaker bends over the press with a block in their ink stained hands. Sunshine streaming through an open window as motes of sawdust catch the light; that same sunshine bathing a new print, drying on a rack just out of the way.
Lampblack, oh my god, Lampblack. I bought a sample, intrigued by descriptions of it smelling like printmaking, but without high expectations as I'm a wood block printmaker myself, and figured it would just smell like people imagined printmaking must smell like, and not the actual thing.
It smells exactly like the actual thing. From the nagarmotha lending the scent of freshly carved wood and freshly torn paper, to inky notes that couldn't be any more accurate, to the citrus and spice reminiscent of a clean studio and a clean body, this scent is a work of artistic genius, and an incredible tribute to wood block printing and printmakers themselves. This is the first scent I've bought as a full sized bottle, and I have to make a concerted effort not to wear it every single day, as I don't want to go anosmic to it. Absolutely beautiful creation.