I'll tell you all, I really wish I had Ore. Someone messaged me about it yesterday saying they have a bottle, but only want to swap it and I don't have anything to offer. I can't seem to ever find it or get my hands on it, so I suppose I'm doomed to live without it until Josh can get the expensive materials to make it again.
Also, I'll have to give Baque another play. I thought it was too much like Sova, but others are saying differently.
So thrilled - my bottles of P&O, Jeke and Sova arrived today.
I'm also happy that, contrary to what I'd read on Josh's blog, they're being shipped with lids.
So now I wait, hoping that Baque is rereleased to become my sixth bottle.....
So maybe let's not write them off when they've only been announced by Octavarium, Grrrr.
A fragrance of course is far more than the sum of its materials, so that is just one aspect of "value." Ultimately, it always come back to how much you love it and these degrees of emotional attachment (or aversion) tend to make us totally irrational with respect to any formulaic way of defining value.
Just got my bottle of Baque and Rume in the mail today. And I got a free 15ml bottle of Grev, plus samples! He may not be much of a businessman, but Josh is one hell of a nice guy!
"How do I smell? I smell good!"
Whoo hoo! Got my sample pack yesterday. I've been really interested in trying these scents out. So far I've tried Sova and Norne. My first reaction of Sova was that it might be too sweet for me. It is interesting, but perhaps it is the maple that is turning me off. I'll definitely give this a few more wearings to see if this changes for me.
Norne I really liked. Definitely like a dark pine forest. Very strong, and just a very full pine. There are lots of pine scents that I don't care for because they seem to light on me, but Norne is not that type of scent. I'm not really great at describing smells, but I am really digging this one.
Looking forward to trying the next two this weekend.
Jeke might be to your liking. It's smokey, has a hint of tobacco, light spice and slightly woody.
I tried Jeke yesterday, and you're right, this is my favorite of the bunch. It reminded me a lot of Sonoma Scent Studio's winterwoods, but with some tobacco added in and much longer lasting. I'm really surprised that one spray is literally all it takes, and it lasts all day long.
Luckily these 2 ml samples will last a long time because I'm excited to try each of these a few more times to better wrap my head around them.
I never drew similarities between Winter Woods and Jeke. However, I just gave Winter Woods a sniff out of the bottle right now and can sweet what you're referring to. Winter Woods is much more mellow, whereas Jeke is the hyperactive younger, stronger, attention-seeking brother.
I'm so excited! One of my sample packs just arrived and among them were all the Slumberhouse samples I ordered. About to sample them all for the first time =)
I still wish I could sniff some of the discontinued ones like Baque, Iska, Sana, Mori, Flou and Kote. But better than nothing at all.
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With how many discontinued fragrances this brand has, does anyone worry about getting hooked on one of them just to have it discontinued a few years down the road? I'm mainly asking this as a BNer seeking a signature fragrance rather than a serial wearer.
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Oh, and unrelated to that, I wore my sample of Jeke extrait on Saturday night and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I need a bottle, but I am definitely enjoying my sample. I like it a good bit more than the old esprit version (fun fact, "esprit" means "mind" in French).
Speaking as a fellow signature fragrance person -- oh yeah.
On the other hand... while I would consider myself to have a signature clothing style in the larger sense, I don't expect to be wearing the exact same pieces of clothing, for the most part, in three or four years time. So in this particular case, since I find myself so universally appreciating what I've smelled of Josh's work, I find myself hoping that his dedication to a continued artistic fragrance evolution might remain in line with my taste, so that while I might not be wearing Sova in 2018, I might still be wearing something of his which I like as much or more.
Further, I sense he changes his formulas mainly because he's trying to improve them, not to cut costs. If only more companies were like this.
Given these considerations and Slumberhouse's small size, I am okay with the reality that a scent might be discontinued.
Speaking of Slumberhouse -- in the last couple of days, I've been revisiting one of my "difficult" samples, Kere. And I think I like this, too, now. I do have to spray it well down on my body and away from my face to keep the bitter root factor from oppressing my brain in the weird way it does, but with that done, I now find the scent fascinating.
I'm not sure that this one would get any public acclaim from friends and random huggers, though. It remains much more medicinal than fragrant, but there's an dry, earthy, grounded, edgy quality to it that I could come to really like.
I know... it doesn't match any descriptions of the scent anywhere online either. But I have two samples of it now, and both of them are these big herbal whammies. I know sometimes my nose is weird, but I don't think it could be that weird... so I'm not sure what version I've got, or why it's so different from all the others.
Could these be two entirely different fragrances? Surrender to Chance does after all list a version of Kere that they stress is "not the Kere that was released in 2011".
I just did a little surfing, and I wonder if I'm extra-sensitive to immortelle as a note. That seems to be what I'm smelling: a powerful bitter fenugreek-like smell.
There were two separate Kere pilots and they are dramatically different. One was immortelle-forward and one was apple/maple/saffron. I don't know whether the former saw a limited release outside of samples. The latter did not.
so cool to have a house like this in the US. Oregon has best run commercial company in Nike and best perfume house in Slumberhouse.
I've sampled SOVA and love it.
I sampled Rume. not a fan. I do have vikt to try, will let you know.
Huge fan of this house. I own Norne, Sova, and Baque, and love them all. I've also enjoyed Rume, Kere, Eke and a number of his others from a while back. The only ones that I struggled with were Grev and Vikt, but even then it was clear that they were great scents. I've even had people ask me if I've been drinking after wearing Sova.
I have to reiterate that Josh is one hell of a nice guy and can be extraordinarily personable and generous.
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I don't know Josh personally but he lives in the same town as I. His fragrances are a changing palette. Good for him! And good for those of us that wear his scents too. A perfumer is an artist and Josh is definately avant guard. Love them or hate them, there is no denying the artistry. I am a photographer and studied under Ansel Adams. His famous photograph "Moonrise ove Hernandez" looked very much different when he first printed it just after he image was exposed and in later years when his technique and style matured and progressed. I see Josh doing the same sort of thing artistically. Some scents are retired because he becomes bored with them while others are tweaked and improved to represent the artist's vision. You may well prefer an earlier interpritation but I respect that an artist can and does change his baby to represent a more mature representation of his creation. Art can be static or it can evolve to something more. Most houses will make xerox copies that sort of look like the original but lack that certain something. I support an artist that wants his art to evolve...not devolve into mediocrity. GO JOSH!!!
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6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
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Anyone saw Josh's tweets on a potential new frag?
Last month I created an insane coffee amber using nothing but resins in coffee concrete. Mixed it in a bottle 1/10th full of Jack DanielsI hadn't thought of it before but it makes absolute sense - I'd really like to see Slumberhouse take on coffee! Love the smell of it, only that lots of so-called coffee frags out there are either so sweet (New "maple syrup" Haarlem I'm looking at you) or weak they may as well not call themselves coffee.Perils include redness/odd sensation upon application spot, stickier than sap, and lasts about 4-5 days. Dilution/aging now follows
I see he's also updated the Slumberhouse website with Sova, P&O, Norne & Jeke in their handsome new bottles.
In other news I just took delivery of a new decant of Norne (esprit de parfum, not the new extrait as far as I'm aware) and guess what - I think I finally get the scent. (Or maybe I still don't, but I have one more Slumberhouse favourite on my shopping list anyway). The sample I got from Josh was all green, herbal pine needles - it didn't do all that much for me and even though I kept revisiting it, I admit I wore it out of the house only once. With this one, the greenness is less intrusive and I get all the wood and incense and resins that people were talking about as well. Now I keep wanting to smell more of it. I suspect it will be tomorrow's SOTD.
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well, looking at that tweet it would be coffee AND whiskey. Could be quite interesting if Josh follows through on it.
Could also possibly get you arrested on suspicion of DUI as well if it reeks of whiskey, haha
Summer 2013 Top 10 :
1. Creed Aventus
2. Dior Homme Sport (2012)
3. L'Eau Bleue D'Issey
4. Bleu de Chanel
5. Acqua dio Gio Essenza
6. Strange Invisible Perfumes - Peloponnesian
7. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
8. Diesel Green Masculine
9. Terre d'Hermes
10. Guerlain Homme
Josh's take on coffee, amber, and whiskey sounds great to me. I hope it turns out well! That must not be one of the "lighter" ones he's supposedly been working on.
I don't see them listed on the site, anyone else?
Also, coffee/amber/whiskey sounds awesome to me. I need a sample...now.
We can ask together, a focus group of two. I don't do well with sweet either. Coffee, though.... I am all about the coffee although given my daily consumption I don't know if wearing it as a fragrance as well might not be superfluous.
I was happy to see that Slumberhouse took the 2012 Basenotes' "New House of the Year" award .
Yet another Oregonian says "Go Josh! ".
Im still disappointed that he won't bring Basque back, sounded great.
Just landed some Sova myself, first wearing wasn't too impressed but im warming too it. Based off the notes on the website I was expecting something different but now that my expectations have settled I think its a nice enough fragrance. Should go well in the cooler weather as a very woody slightly smokey scent.
"Geez, when are the 'We love Aventus' T-shirts coming out?"
Aside from Norne, I find that you have to sort of warm to a number of his scents as they're as challenging as they are likable. I think that's what gives them a more aesthetic quality that can actually affect your mood / day as opposed to simply augmenting it. His scents can be somewhat of an imposition.
Speaking of which, I wonder if he reads this thread. (He sure isn't answering my emails about buying his frags, but I expect he is one busy man.)
I would also love to try a coffee scent from this house... I'm sure it would be done right. I also would prefer to tone down the sweetness though, a dry coffee would be awesome. I liked New Haarlem at one time but then the maple syrup became overwhelming at a certain point and I can't stand it anymore.
As the saying "All for those who wait" i urge more BN to try Rume, the dry down IMO & experience takes abt 5-6 hrs to kick in, but its so beautiful once it starts...So far I own FB's of Grev, Norne, Sova, Rume & Jeke (Baque & Vikt ordered and on the way).
Still hunting for Ore and other discontinued frags from this wonderful house & eagerly awaiting the new ones that may be released this year...
On a related note, he emailed me because my order had not shipped yet. It had been two weeks since I ordered, but there was a problem with his new packaging for samples being too small to get the right customs forms on and also the lag time from his vacation. He seemed genuinely distressed about this and said he'd throw in an extra sample to compensate me.
Hopefully this info is helpful for anyone else waiting on sample packages or email replies.
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My samples have finally arrived! I got Jeke, Pear + Olive, Norne, Sova, and Kere. There was also a mini of Baque and a hand written note from Josh apologizing for the delay. This is quite exciting and I hardly even know where to start...
Start with the Baque. I think you'll really enjoy it. It is up there as one of my favorite scents. It embodies a rustic fall...smoke...drying tobacco harvest with a side of Kentucky whiskey. Baque reminds me of a trip to the Marker's Mark distillery right outside of Louisville in the golden hills of Kentucky.
Oh...one more thing. I hope you enjoy your journey through the Slumberhouse line as much as I did. It's a truly artistic line created by a genuinely great personality in Josh. Enjoy!
Anyone wants to sell their Baque or Vikt? any amount..
Anyone wants to sell their Ore? That's the one missing Slumberhouse in my collection and the thought's killing me...
Never hurts to email Josh, hes one hell of a nice guy, kind of cool he takes the time to reply in detail too, I enquired about Baque and he sold me one, can't wait to get a hold of it.
That being said....now I've noticed Ore...dont think Josh would help with that one seems very rare, I see a few members trying to get it and there searches don't seem to be going too well, that being said if anyone comes across a bottle a heads up would be nice, those ebay prices seem reasonable but none left there now.
"Geez, when are the 'We love Aventus' T-shirts coming out?"
I started my journey through the sample pack with Baque, which I have worn for the last two days. It is quite different in structure and evolution than any other fragrance I've worn, but it is beautiful and not at all challenging or weird.
This stuff is seriously strong, almost thick smelling. One drop on my chest straight from the bottle lasted until my next shower (17 hours), while two drops was verging on being too much and might well have been if the weather was hotter. It projected well for the first 4-5 hours, but even 20 hours later was still teasing me with whiffs.
Baque is listed as "a warm amber tobacco flower perfume" and this is very accurate. It does, however, have other notes that develop around that amber tobacco core over the course of its prodigious longevity. I definitely get the bourbon references other people have made.
As per Josh Lobb's design, there isn't much in the way of top notes, though the apricot smells freshest for the first hour or two before becoming more smoky/dried and there is a bit of booziness at the start as well. The cedar joins the chorus several hours in and gradually replaces the apricot. After 8 hours or so the cedar gives way to vanilla and a bit of very dry straw.
I love how there is some sweetness to the apricot, amber, and vanilla, but that it is never overpowering, which is key for me because I don't like syrupy or candy-like fragrances. Overall, this is really high quality, well-designed stuff and I'm pretty sure my little mini will last quite a long time!
Today I'm wearing Norne...
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I'm glad the thread didn't steer you wrong with Baque. I respectfully disagree with some that say there's no reason to have Baque with Sova. I find the two completely different, especially with Josh's newest reformulation of Sova that is extremely potent. I find Sova to be much darker and dramatically more complex. Baque, IMO, is the easiest in the line to wear. The reason I strongly prefer Baque is really the animalaic undertones found in Sova. To me there's just one note that really bothers me in Sova, and it really kills it for me...I'm guessing that note is castoreum.