Is this turning into the best American fragrance house?
Daniel, you made a good choice. Their compositins are absolutely affordable even when full priced. If you will enjoy Rume you can buy the others whenever you want....
Last edited by alfarom; 13th December 2011 at 09:17 AM.
Is this turning into the best American fragrance house?
My Rume and Jeke arrived today. Five days from order to mailbox at this time of year is lightning fast. Plus, I ordered the bottles separately after deciding I might as well get Jeke at such a great price, and they refunded the shipping charge for it and combined the shipment. One of my favorite things about a lot of niche and indie perfumers is how accessible the perfumers are; Josh at Slumberhouse and Laurie at Sonoma Scent Studio, for example, are really approachable, and Neil Morris has even participated here on Basenotes.
Oh, and a good way to keep an eye on what's happening at Slumberhouse is to look at their twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/slumberhouse If I'd looked earlier, I would have known what the unlabeled sample vial was. Oh well.
Last edited by blacksun; 16th December 2011 at 08:14 PM.
Just broke into my sample of Brosse : Some big strong stuff alright. A little dab'll do yah.
Not sure I can name all the notes, but it's impressive alright. Odd smoke in the opening then spice as time passes. I put it on around noon, and it seems like one of those things I may still be smelling tomorrow morning.
Josh said he got monster results as a result of his sale, and so I suspect the idea that this thing has legs is rapidly growing in his mind.
Pretty darned cool for us Oregonians as well.
I got my package of 8 samples in the mail on Saturday (Vikt, Flou, Rume, Grev, Brosse, Jeke, Ore, Sana) .. and am feeling overwhelmed.. I think I like every single one of them. I am going to take my time and experience each one.
I am kicking myself for missing the sale last weekend.. though I would have probably splurged and bought the entire line
Maybe they ran out of sample packs, because I ordered one along with my bottles of Jeke and Rume, but instead I got a small bottle of Ore (maybe the perfume oil version? I haven't tested it yet), as well as the unlabeled sample. I should email him and ask.
Matildaben the unlabeled sample is their 3rd amber, they mentioned that in their twitter.
Sampled Sana tonight. This stuff is unique and interesting. I'm smelling the notes listed in the description. Definitely get a honeyed raspberry note and a floral thistle smell.
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I also took advantage of the sale at Slumberhouse. Was excited to see the package arrive today. I ordered Vikt (mostly on the strength of alfarom's recs) and Ore. Sprayed on some Vikt and it's quite intense and very sappy indeed. I think I like it... Sprayed some of the Ore on a buddy of mine and I really like that one. The cocoa and the whiskey play off each other very well, I'm excited to give it a full wearing myself. Also included was a nice sample package. Love the hand-labeled bottles and low-key styling. I'm excited to get to know this house!
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Last edited by SoGent; 21st December 2011 at 11:25 AM.
Ahem.....on with the show.
I had the chance to sample Grev today.
Frankly this is not the kind of juice to wear around women. It p*sses all over Black Aoud, and is the sort of stuff you might wear if you were going into the sketchy part of town and didn't want to get messed with. Kind of like what I picture the guys in the Mad Max movies wearing, if they wanted to get dressy.
It's strong and interesting in a way that I suspect few commercial frags would ever dare to be, and in a way where you smell it, but where it also feels like it's burning a hole in your wrist if you don't watch it with application.
I'm willing to give it another chance when it's colder than hell outside, and I'm off on my boards in the woods. It has an "out in the woods" kind of smell, but the sort where, once you reach the heart, you might smell if a recent and massive blow-down event had happened which had smashed all the pine and fir trees, trunks needles and all, to smithereens. Guys in the Northwest who cut wood for their wood stoves will know what I mean, but stronger than that, and more like when you are walking around in the slash. Not cheerful and refreshing, but somewhat violent.
It's not from France, is what I mean.
And with cloves.
Edit ( about a year later ) As I understand there's been several batches of Grev, the first one ( which I believe I had a sample of ) which was fairly of over the top. Apparently the recent batches of Grev are considerably more civilized than what the above review might imply.
Last edited by Birdboy48; 16th November 2012 at 05:16 PM. Reason: More info on Grev.
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Josh makes no bones about his stuff coming from a certain urban sensibility, and I can see guys wearing Grev in certain situations like that as well.
But to my nose it's not a date frag in the conventional sense, nor do I suspect it's intended to be.
I've had good interactions with Slumberhouse. The first time I ordered a sample set of their offerings, it took a bit long to receive. So I contacted them via email. I got a note right away and they apologized for the delay. To make the extra wait bearable they included a few extra samples which I appreciated. I wound up ordering a couple bottles, Jeke & Rume.
On twitter I started following @slumberhouse and was surprised to win a bottle of Grev just by tweeting an answer to one of the questions they posted.
All in all I am impressed. It feels like an extremely small perfume operation, but that's one of the benefits of ordering from them. They aren't so big that they don't care.
i didn't find it so 'skanky' that it had to be relegated to alone time in the bush but I completely understand how it could go there, particularly @ the top end. i would lean toward Sana in the outback, what do you think - am i off base with that ?
Last edited by SoGent; 22nd December 2011 at 12:05 PM.
From what I gather from Josh's twitters, he's more than willing to tweak the formulations of new batches in order to bring them closer to his intentions. There was a note about Grev getting that same treatment, so the sample I have may have been from an earlier batch. The stuff I have is pretty "assertive", in what feels to me like an aggressive sort of way. And lives in the realm of conifer and clove (rather than within the confines of IFRA regulations, I suspect).i didn't find it so 'skanky' that it had to be relegated to alone time in the bush but I completely understand how it could go there, particularly @ the top end
I was gifted a bottle of Sana, but have not yet had the chance to give it a wear. I'm at my sister's house for the holiday, and brought it along, and the two of us will give it a try and report back soon.i would lean toward Sana in the outback, what do you think - am i off base with that ?
We are literally just a couple of miles from where this stuff was made (Josh is "up in Northwest" on 21st, for those who know the Portland area) and what better place to try it than under the environmental conditions the maker has been influenced by.
I jumped all over the sale and yesterday received jeke, ore, vikt, rume... and mr. slumberhouse tossed in a full bottle of sona and a vial of the amber (i'm guessing, per above) for kicks and grins.
Today it was jeke. I'll bet $20 its maker knows piper nigrum, appreciating all its spiciness and not just the black pepper, and kolnisch juchten as well for its burning myrrh resin approach to leather. Right up my alley. Bravo.
Anxious to get to the others but I can tell now that I'll pay a visit after the holidays with miel and brosse inquiries. mr. slumberhouse must've been busy.
Last edited by DuNezDeBuzier; 22nd December 2011 at 11:49 PM.
I like Brosse a lot, too, but the one I'm saving up for is Miel. Amazing honey dominant with perfect "freshly opened pack of cigarettes accord" and leather. It was a super limited edition over the spring/summer but I've heard that it may be back late January. Can't wait.
I got a sample set but it didn't have Sana in it. I'm bummed because I wanted to try that one.
Do they ship internationally and for how much? I sent them an e-mail yesterday, but haven't got a response (yes, I know I should wait for another day or two).
According to Twitter, they are closed until 12/29 - it's just one guy, so he probably wants to spend some time doing holiday stuff.