Testing the vintage pre-rerelease EdT, I noticed a darkish lemony-bergamot opening that combined with a floral jasmine note that was augmented by a touch of lily. In the drydown a mild vanilla base was added, that also contained whiffs of wood. Nice for summer evenings, with limited projection and silage. The main drawback is the longevity of about two hours, which makes it a neutral, but overall a pleasant scent.
Has this fragrance been modified lately? I can swear the L de Lubin I knew back in the late 70's had nothing to do with this awful thing I smelled yesterday. The L de Lubin I used to love was a tasteful fresh citrus fougère floral fragrance. What I smelled was a cheap (yet outrageously expensive) soapy, flowery and powdery non-descript drugstore fragrance. Total disappointment.
exactly my thoughts....i wore it and am wondering the top note seems familiar and another few seconds passed before i realized the similarity to diorella...only the top note is good....drydown is too sweet
Horrible powdery floral chypre . I simply put hate these kind of scents. It is obviously not wearable by men (or who am I to judge?) but I would be repulsed even if I smelled this on some woman.
Very old school. One of those scents that smells very make-up-like to me; Face powder, lipsticks and stuff. The result is a fragrance that smells like some perfumed skin lotion which has been putrefied.
Cloying and almost, I hate to say; sickening fragrance.
And you know, this following description from the manufacturer doesn’t help at all:
“L de Lubin is a heady Eau de Toilette redolent of the disco era and was apparently favoured by the pop divas of the seventies…”
Lubin L de Lubin (re-release)
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Calabrian Bergamot, white Gardenia, black pepper, ylang ylang, Egyptian Jasmine, May rose, iris and lily, cloves, Tonka bean, Rosewood, Patchouli, Mysore Sandalwood, Heliotrope, Vanilla and Musk (from luckyscent.com)
The first time I tried L de Lubin, I thought I had stumbled across a cleaner, more modernized version of Dior Diorella. Immediately after spraying, LdL has a plastic and peppery hairspray note. Thankfully this fades fast, but there are times when I get the impression of plastic. Thankfully, LdL mostly goes on with juicy lemon, perfect in that it does not seem like an edible lemon dessert or any kind of furniture polish. In the top notes there are also some slightly sweet white florals, subtle peppery spice and a hint of vanilla. It is quite gorgeous when first applied (after the alcohol dries), and even has that Diorella meaty melon note. LdL also has some resemblance to the simultaneously dry-sweet lemon-vanilla accord from Guerlain Habit Rouge EDC. The spices add an interesting zing without being heavy--they complement the citrus notes and add some continuity as the fruity lemon fades.
The top and mid development lasts around 40-60 minutes, and then LdL becomes much less compelling. The drydown is nothing special--vanilla, non-descript musk, some tart synthetic fruit notes (must be the Heliotrope) and some lightly lingering mixed florals. At this point, it smells so much like a common designer fragrance that I completely lose interest. Where did all the good stuff go? Needless to say, while there is hardly anything offensive about the base notes of LdL, the best parts of this fragrance do not last nearly long enough.