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New Sibet (2016)
by Slumberhouse

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New Sibet information

Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 29 votes)

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HouseSlumberhouse
PerfumerJosh Lobb

About New Sibet

New Sibet is a shared / unisex perfume by Slumberhouse. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Josh Lobb

New Sibet fragrance notes

Reviews of New Sibet

If you've followed Slumberhouse's evolution, you'd have seen that the perfumer, Josh Lobb, went through a phase around 2015--2018 that could be described as his "dialed-in" period. Fragrances such as Sixes and Sevens, New Sibet, LANZ, and to some extent the latest iteration of Jeke, seem very focused on singular, or at most a duo of, accords. While previous releases had many moving parts, a lot of smells and ideas circulating and bouncing off of each other at once, this new phase of fragrances pared things down, simplifying, polishing, and compressing the compositions so as to remove any extraneous parts and really hone in on a one or two specific ideas. What resulted were fragrances that seemed more tightly composed, by a defter, more skillful hand that chose polish and finely tuned calibration at the occasional expense of creativity. Simply put, these fragrances were undoubtedly better made, and showed an evolution of the perfumer, but could also be viewed as less interesting or creative in some ways (LANZ however seemed to combine the best of both worlds...and is a true masterpiece, maybe Lobb's best work to date).

Here we have New Sibet: an extremely focused, masterful rendition of the 80's powerhouse base--that unmistakable blend of civet, castoreum, musk, sandalwood, and oakmoss which gave fragrances like Antaeus and Givenchy Gentleman their distinct, manly, hairy-chested depth that pushed on and on long after the top notes wore off. It's a smell that epitomizes an era of pre-IFRA soul-bludgeoning restrictions, mustaches and leisure-suits, and truly masculine masculines. Slumberhouse nailed this classic accord in New Sibet, a scent which briefly smells like an odd, chemical putty before basking in the glory of its 80's-style base notes for the next eight or so hours. And to that end, the fragrance is a success. Anyone who craves these aromas and the memories they may recall would surely find himself satisfied by New Sibet's unapologetic pinpoint execution of its theme. It has it all down to a tee--the depth, the balance, the animalic muskiness in all its right proportions, its amplitude and pitch--nothing is amiss. At the same time, that's where it ends. This is a fragrance without top notes and, you could even argue, without mid notes. There are no pleasing distractions occurring before or during the base's arrival. There are few other sights or sounds to indulge in, off-course tangents to follow, or murky dimensions to get lost in. I've heard New Sibet described abstractly as a "bleak desert," of sorts, and while I don't think its smell reflects a desert, I have to agree that the composition itself is desert-like--flat and unrelenting, and all a similar shade of color until it's almost not a shade of color at all.

Personally, I prefer the busier Slumberhouses--the synesthesia-inducing pastoral labyrinth of Sova, or the sea of drunken red-velvet hues and sultry tones of chocolate that is Zahd, to these hyper-focused, dialed-in exercises of singular themes and accords. Actually I prefer their hybrid, as witnessed in the current version of Pear + Olive (and LANZ) which combines the best of both worlds, leaving us with a super-polished, tightly-woven composition that is ultimately fun and far-reaching as well. New Sibet sits at one end of the extreme, an artistic endeavor no doubt required for Slumberhouse to take its fragrances to the next level, but still, to some extent, a stepping-stone exercise nonetheless, and not what I would ultimately consider one of its grander, more imaginative compositions.
19th July, 2019
I'm giving this one a neutral strictly because it's a clone of Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens. If you haven't smelled it I'll describe it like this.... it smells like carrots, lipstick, a women's makeup case or just plain 'old' Iris... this isn't a unisex fragrance. This is a women's fragrance. Why do these perfumers continue listing these fragrances as unisex? (possibly because they like to wear women's fragrances) It's mind boggling to me... I'm convinced that Slumberhouse's darker colored fragrances are truly male frags and the lighter colored frags are definitely for women.

No originality in this one, sorry. Iris Silver mist clone. It's expensive either way. I'd go with a cheaper Iris scent if you like Iris.

If you want a nice male frag from Slumberhouse try Jeke, Norne or Sova... Ore is probably the only true two way frag.
07th October, 2017
One of the stranger scents I've had the pleasure of wearing. In a way, it reminds me quite a bit of a somewhat medicated Cuir Cannage. There are definite connections between the two and their overall texture seem similar, although New Sibet is even more odd and striking in its fuzzy ashiness. It fairly buzzes with a leathery iris and slightly animalic spices. Everything hums and practically radiates off the skin. It is slightly metallic, but not in a way that annoys or is cold. Instead it is a scent that feels heated and dusty, as if a soldering iron had been taken to it. Fascinating!
25th September, 2017 (last edited: 10th May, 2018)
I’m a bit of a weenie when it comes to leathers. Although I can appreciate hot, meaty, and saddle skanky, I much prefer to wear the ones that smell like a softly suede-ed handbag interior, complete with a little bit of powder and some florals.

Sibet sits somewhere in the middle. I’ve read here and elsewhere that the perfumer behind Slumberhouse doesn’t use top, bottom, and end notes, and I can see that. Still, there is a kind of evolution to this particular linearity. Sibet gets off to a bit of a brusque start, but then after about 30 minutes a gorgeous metallic iris and some spices come to the fore, and the whole thing becomes incredibly elegant, not necessarily a makeover of its initial self but a careful fine tuning, similar to how a subject’s beauty often isn’t fully revealed until pulled into focus through the lens of a camera.

Really well done.
31st May, 2017
Updated Review:

Okay, I've now worn New Sibet several more times and have additional thoughts about it. One of the first thoughts is that I'm hopefully maturing in my olfactory opinions. While I still don't love the goat fur note, I do appreciate the overall fragrance much more. This wears something like Serge Lutens Arabie, but with the animalic goat fur presence. I actually enjoyed the full day wearing New Sibet after letting myself get to know it better and give it a chance. I may go "fur" a full bottle at some point.

I love many of Josh Lobb's fragrances. Norne is one of my top three favorite fragrances of all time, so I'm definitely fond of his work.

I'm giving New Sibet a thumbs up, but I would definitely recommend sampling this one before investing in a full bottle. It's a strange frag. But I applaud Josh's unique creative sense once again!
27th January, 2017 (last edited: 22nd September, 2017)
Like other Slumberhouse perfumes, New Sibet feels deliberate. As if the perfume I'm smelling is the thousandth mod. The one that got the dynamics, tones and balances just the way the perfumer intended. The attention to detail is apparent, but most Slumberhouse perfumes favor ecstatic imbalance over caution. New Sibet is focussed and edited differently, though, and it's quite a change from the recent sweet, syrupy directness of Kiste and Sadanne.

Still, it's not a return to the good-old/bad-old viscous Slumber-style that many have been publicly hankering for. Better yet, it's something new. New Sibet is an unexpected iris. It balances the notoriously finicky note and succeeds in creating a distinctive, durable iris root. It turns iris root's signature powder to dust and ash, keeping the focus on a grey horizon. Iris's leathery/paper side gives the perfume a stiff, upright posture.

Independent and artisanal perfumers have been re-examining traditional forms. Chypres, animalics, fougères. If Lobb has been deciphering vintage genres, his approach is the furthest thing from recreating an old-school sensibility. New Sibet doesn't reach for a vintage, nostalgic vibe but it does have the tailored rigidity of the classic floral/animalic chypres and the snubbed-cigarette severity of the old leather chypres. The olfactory qualities are there, but the haughtiness, the 'grand-dame' character of those retired chypres don't apply.

Lobb famously doesn't work with topnotes, but with New Sibet he plays with the evolution of the perfume and materials in a new way. The opening set of notes reduces over the course of an hour or so--like a striptease--revealing the core of the perfume. The notes then continue to rotate through different configurations through the drydown. Different facets appear and recede, emphasizing different angles of the central woody floral. Spice, resin, animalic tones, sweetness. This changing geometry of notes is a style Lobb has explored over the course of his career but in New Sibet he polishes the technique even further.

(from scenthurdle.com)
24th January, 2017

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