Helium [2He] (2012)
    by Nu_Be




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    Helium [2He] Fragrance notes

    Italian bergamot, Iris concrete, Damask rose, Benzoin, Turkish styrax, Cinnamon bark, Patchouli, Guaiac wood, Clary sage, Tobacco leaves

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    Helium [2He] is a unisex fragrance by Nu_Be. The scent was launched in 2012

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    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    Helium opens with ambroxan/ambrocenide, vanillin, woods (cashmeran) and a load of Iso E Super. Pleasant and refined, a nice balance of "gassy" and dark parts with a dusty, sweet benzoin-amber undertone, made denser by the rich roundness of vanillin and more aromatic by the woody-smoky-incense notes of Iso E. After a while it also emerges a subtle, rarefied and light floral-fruity breeze, with also a tobacco leaves note, making the scent tending towards a sort of earthy floral powdery, always restrained and clean. Cinnamon, cloves and a salty metallic aldehydes note give shape to the structure. Finally I also detect a microscopic hint of safraleine on the very base, a slight "burnt rubber" smell. On the drydown the tobacco note becomes almost slightly boozy, perhaps it's some weird effect of being juxtaposed to aldehydes, however it develops a sort of "alcohol" note, always keeping a woody-ambery warm, dusty and aromatic accord on the base. The inspiration behind this scent looks quite close to the one of many Etat Libre d'Orange ones, basically an attempt to offer a "pop" and post-modern re-take on classic structures (here, a powdery chypre). The problem is that in my opinion, the team at nu_be has not enough talent, ideas and creativity to actually do it – they only "recreate" using some ultra-common aromachemicals, in a totally common way. Nothing new, nothing intriguing, nothing "funny", nothing interesting. Just to be clear, I'm not "against" synthetics (as it would be as silly as being against some musical notes), a couple of my favourite scents ever are totally synthetic: it's a matter of approach and creativity. "Re-creating" a classic scent does not mean simply translating it into a synthetic composition. That's only doing what dozen of low-level brands do. Well however, considered per se, Helium smells nice, clean, with even some interesting nuances, but overall it's hard to remember a bit uninspired in my opinion.

    5,5-6/10

    14 June, 2014

    cndsentguy's avatar

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    I'm a nooby nose but does anyone else thing this is smells like a lighter version of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Less spicy, less tobacco and less vanilla but very similar.

    24 May, 2014

    drseid's avatar

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    Helium opens with a sweet alcoholic splash of benzoin before quickly transitioning to its early heart. During the early heart the relatively sweet benzoin remains, adding significant warm spicy cinnamon and smooth pipe tobacco to the mix with hints of a balmy chapstick-like accord joining leathery styrax and clary sage in support. During the late dry-down the composition turns much less sweet and relatively dry, as slightly earthy patchouli from the base joins remnants of the tobacco and benzoin as the composition slowly fades. Projection is average and longevity very good at 10-11 hours on skin.

    Unlike its sister scent, Sulphur, where the tie-in to the element of the same name is more readily apparent, Helium is a bit of a misnomer as the composition actually has much more of warm spiced tobacco and patchouli focus with no trace of the element to be found. The tobacco which ranges from sweet in the key mid-section to more of a dry leaf during the finish smells quite pleasant marred by the vague balmy chapstick-like accord residing underneath it that makes the composition a bit difficult to enjoy at times. The best part of the composition is the late dry-down as the tobacco turns dry and the patchouli takes over as star through the end. The bottom line is the 110 Euro per 100ml bottle Helium is a odd name for the composition and is far from perfect, but it does smell good, earning a 3 to 3.5 star out of 5 rating and a tepid recommendation. Those looking for this kind of composition should also sample Saville by Keiko Mecheri that occupies a similar space but was one I personally preferred.

    23 March, 2014

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    This house drives me crazy. The diversity of their offerings, the blends, their concepts, aesthetic, quality...everything. From the notes list, I was honestly ready to dismiss it but I've to say Helium is another winner. A somewhat familiar oriental which while sharing similarities with several other fragrances, it's still able to mesmerize for its weightless character. Yes, comparisons with Ambre Narguile are probably right but Helium is way less sweet, not honeyed and overall spicier. There's also some of the woody-cinnamon combo already found in the original Comme Des Garcons EDP from 1994, the warm resinous spiciness of Noel Au Balcon and even *distant* echoes of Songe D'Un Bois D'Ete (minus the skank). The best part, though, is that such a potentially cloying theme, is handled with much sophistication and elegance to never result heavy, overwhelming or derivative. On the other hand, given the packaging, who is expecting something over the top or avant-garde, be ready for a major disappointment. Helium is a modern revisitation on a classic theme.

    For those who care, sillage is great as well as projection.

    Now, put this stuff in whatever *fancy* niche bottle, add a bunch of *luxury-clichè*, and it will immediately become the next hype.

    16 December, 2013

    Darvant's avatar

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    Powdery/spicy and slightly resinous.

    By soon you can detect for a while the ephemeral humid (almost boozy in effect) fruitiness from the hesperides immediately followed by a denser (but never honeyed) misty/powdery/eliotropic cloud of spicy/ambery balsams, powdery iris, resinous elements and "smokey" tonka. The note of cinnamon is soon notable in Helium, being flanked in my opinion by a minimal touch of pepper and a well appointed olibanum's dosage. I feel for sure the typical styrax's consistence (resinous, slightly vanillic, herbal/floral, dusty and leathery) and can't deny to feel in the air the almost minty support coming from a bunch of aromatic elements (a touch of lavender, sage, coriander?). I detect also something remotely camphoraceous and mouldy along the evolution, something vaguely conjuring the aroma of wet earth and humid concrete. I catch in the aroma the Ambre Narguile's  association (and over all the similarities with Haram Brecourt) since the dry down (which is anyway less sweet) is also here "talky/ambresque", spicy, slightly sticky and with a touch of final tobacco. The basic note of benzoin is prominent in the dry down and is supported by dust of woods and may be  by hints of ambergris. Frankly i hardly detect the rose (despite a final touch of undeniable soapiness) while i catch the final (dark and royal) patchouli and some woods. The dry down is on my skin less powdery while more organic, warm, musky and sensual because of the influence from spices, resinous balsams, (ambergris?) and tobacco leaves. I have to say anyway that the juice keeps on basically to be powdery, incensey and boise, turning never out too much sticky or honeyed. Attractive and comforting. Close to the skin.[COLOR=blue][/COLOR]

    Pros: "Organic" balsams, warm spices and powder.
    Cons: Lack of uniquess."

    21st September, 2013

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