This review is for the 2015 Limited cask edition
Grev presents mint, clove, sandalwood, green leaf, suede, and a soapy touch in a rather low key package. Quite minty to start, this quickly gives way to the clove and a leaf and stem combo (birch leaf), mingling with sandalwood. The sandalwood was unexpected from reviews of the prior iterations, and it works beautifully to smooth things and to provide a woody framework. While the clove here is prominent, as every review notes, it does not dominate this 2015 scent.
A couple of hours in, the mint and anise are mostly gone, and the clove and leaf are settling down. At this point, the scent has subtly morphed into a wood-suede-herbs combo, set in damp plaster. There is also a clear, but subtle resin. Is that the copaiba balsam? No experience with that material. There is not a trace of either flowers or fruit, and nothing discernibly citric—although the clear suede note could well be the bergamot listed in the ‘house notes for the Ltd Cask edition.
Projection is rather modest, in stark contrast to the reviews of the prior versions. The scent stays close, even with 3 sprays, but it ran all day.
I see Grev as the summer and early autumn sibling to the house's green spring scent, Mare; and an interesting counterpoint to the other SH fragrance occupying the summer/autumn slot in the line-up: Kiste.
Sidenote: the presentation is terrific—pale lime green juice in the new eliptical bottle with gun metal grey hardware. And the price is right--25% less than the rest of the line.
I’ve been looking for Grev for 2 years. Its worth the wait. Grev 2015 Ltd. is recommended to fans of minty and green-leafy fragrances, and should be sampled by folks open to unusual treatments of sandalwood and of woody aromatics generally. 4.5 stars
Minty. Wintergreen. Cool spices. Grass. Clover. Sweet salve, like something in a tin to rub on your sore muscles. Refreshing and clean but ultimately more of an environmental scent and not a personal one to wear all day. This is lighter and more airy than the other Slumberhouse scents. It reminds me of aftershave. Pleasant but rather fleeting.
Pungent, powerful, bitter-green opening comprising a massive load of cloves together with herbal-grassy notes, like basil or other herbs, with a slight minty aftertaste. I also detect aldehydes and a subtle star anise flavour. As minutes pass it tends even more on menthol-balmy notes, always with an absinthe-esque, bitter, dark, pungent and sour poisonous green accord, on a slightly ambery base comprising patchouli. The green accord is on the balmy-pine side, smelling of resins (not sticky or syrupy, rather dry) and icy woods. I also detect Iso E providing a thin but warm breeze of incense. The main note is however - and after a while, you'll probably add "sadly" - cloves, which remain there with their cloying majesty for basically the entire evolution of the scent. They tone down a bit after a while, when the pine notes emerge, but they don't disappear – just become slightly less prominent. And this is the only "con" for me, I appreciate the power and the persistence of Lobb's scent, but in this case, being a cloves-circus for the whole time, it may soon become annoying.
Frankly the yet tested Slumberhouse's potion i appreciate less. Grev starts with a boozy/mentholated blast followed by a strong aroma of cloves, roots, grass, lemon and by a more than vaguely medicinal spark. The booziness starts soon to recede while a sort of off-putting fat-grassy and vaguely bitter/burnt undertone takes the stage with its pharmaceutical temperament. Cloves and birch are the spicy/aromatic heart of this grassy fragrance but unfortunately the acid/chemical olfactory interaction of copaiba balsam (with its penetrating aromatic odor), citrus and aromatic resins turns out overly crude, green and fat. The rooty influence from the orris root keeps on steady till the end with a lemony (i would talk about citrusy peels) undertone. Nothing interesting to me.
12th February, 2013 (last edited: 07th January, 2015)
Clove overwhelmed this scent at the open, but within an hour of drydown, the clove died down to balance beautifully with the other scents. Another poster mentioned birch and fir besides the clove; that's what I smell, too (considering my nose is rather new and inexperienced at this trade). I think it's just the way it interacts with my skin's oils, so caveat emptor.
This scent is totally dominated by clove, lasting all the way through the drydown into the base.
This is unfortunate, because it is nice as a top note, a la New York, but becomes tiring and overwhelming.
I actually had to wash this off (only the second one ever) and then I got the fir and balsam notes - which were warm and smooth!
If only the clove were toned down, the firs would appear and round out this one note scent.
20th November, 2012 (last edited: 21st November, 2012)