I wore a sample of this to a dinner party last night and was seated next to my first husband, a man of great distinction and prodigious appetites who correctly pronounced it "lickable". I strongly disagree with the "masculine" designation of Korrigan. It is crazy/sexy feminine. Imagine cognac, caramels, and tobacco by the fireside, along with a bowl of whipped cream and some age-approppriate leather; yes, you DO want to taste it. Perfect bottle to hold a genie. Korrigan is seriously magical.
Korrigan by Lubin, 2012
Rated #5351 in Fragrances
Korrigan is a restrained yet well designed take on the now popular gourmand-ish boozy-ambery combo. Opens with a whiskey-caramel accord to then evolve into a creamy-ambery-woody drydown which shows a pretty good balance. Lavender provides slightly aromatic undertones while a subtle leather note serves as a nice refinement. I'm not particularly fond of these type of fragrances but Korrigan could make a good option for those who appreciate a more "sophisticated" take on a popular theme. If you like L'Instant Pour Homme, Van Cleef Midnight In Paris and sweetish balmy fragrances, give this a chance. Beatiful bottle.
Korrigan opens with a splash of warmed cognac liquor before transitioning quickly to its very strong lavender-laced ambrette heart. The lavender adds a soft powder sheen to the musk-like sweet ambrette that is rather overpowering at times and has a slight makeup-like undertone to it. During the dry-down the powdery lavender fades but the ambrette remains with a suede-like leather joining the party but always taking a back seat to that relatively sweet booze-laced musky-makeup vibe that dominates most of the scent's development. Projection is above average and longevity is exceptional. I really thought I would like Korrigan based on the published notes but I just don't. While it has incredible longevity and quite good projection, the ambrette used is just so strong and cloying that it overpowers most of the rest of the notes in the scent, save the powdery lavender (a note I generally dislike when it comes off as powder) only adding to my dismay. I expected a more cedar wood and vetiver driven scent given the base notes, but instead I'm finding Korrigan a more warm boozy and somewhat sweet powdery musk-like scent with a poorly implemented iris-like waxy undertone. In short, I just outright dislike the implementation of the notes used in the $180 retail priced Korrigan and can't recommend it despite its great performance awarding it a below average 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5.
Welp, I got a promo email from Luckyscent to find that Lubin has released three new frags...I have never been a fan of Lubin in the past; I did not like Idole EDP or EDT; but for some reason, I decided to check out the summaries and notes of their new frags. Korrigan caught my eye because of the Juniper berry and Lavender, which I thought would make a good combo. I received it today; at first it kind of took me off guard; some fragrances that I currently own that it made me think of are 24 Gold and YSL Body Kouros; in fact I think it's pretty much a perfect cross between the two. The leather note in this is great...it's really my type of leather -- toned down a LOT, but always there, in the background, making its way to your nose :) So, in conclusion -- I get vanilla cookies, mixed with spices and amber, mixed with leather. I don't regret the blind buy but I think the price is a bit excessive -- as all of Lubin's offerings are though.
Korrigan by Lubin, 2012
|Top Notes||juniper berry, saffron, cognac|
|Middle Notes||lavender, ambrette, whisky|
|Base Notes||cedar, oud, leather, vetiver, musk|
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