Today I'm testing Lubins.
Right hand is Inedite, left is Itasca.
they are 2 out of a set of 4 frags newly released that are somewhat meant to benefit from the legacy of lubin, hence resemblance both in style and bottle design but distinct enough to stand alone.
More Info at the Scented Salamander here.
I'm not sure whether they are gender labelled but two come off as feminine, two as masculine.
Top notes: Neroli, marigold, mandarin, juniper berry and grapefruit.
Middle notes: Clove, tonka bean, clary sage, nutmeg, geranium flower.
Base notes: Itasca red pine (pinus resinosa), Java vetiver and Texan cedar, Partak incense, Ethiopian myrrh, amber and Canadian fir balsam.
This one starts off quite pungent. The citrus/fruity side may be present but it's overruled by neroli, cole and clary sage.
After a while the sharpness mellows and vetiver and what I assume to be the geranium become prominent factors. This is actually nice enough for me to go ahead and order some geranium frags (a note I have little to no expertise with).
By now the scent is drifting towards the herbal/aromatic woody base. Pine and fire balsam set the frame, nicely balanced with the rest.
Overall I'm not immensely impressed but that's probably due to my taste. It's certainly well structured and executed and I very much recommend to try it if you care for vetiver or balsamic scents as this is a combo that works.
Top notes: Sicilian mandarin, bergamot, pink peppercorns from Mexico.
Middle notes: Russian coriander and cinnamon, Javanese cloves, heliotrope and lilac, nectarine, Damask rose and cabbage rose.
Base notes: Vanilla, iris, patchouli, Kashmir cedar, white musk.
Wow, what a tough beginning to stand through. Heliotrope and lilac are there right from the start, busted up with some overly sweet citrusses. As the sweetness thats almost candylike fades it becomes more approachable, rose and cinnamon being way better counterparts to the florals than citrus. This scent takes longer to develop than Itasca but I'm looking forward to the base, Iris, Patchouly and cedar promise a heck of a finish.
Overall however, this is too girly for me and I'm not one to hesitate at gernder labels.