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    Quote Originally Posted by Linsul View Post
    Just got my Slumberhouse sample pack last night, I'm amazed. My husband has stolen them. His favorite is Pear + Olive and mine is Norne. Lemme tell ya (what most here already know) something about Norne: It smells like a fairy tale. Castle in a enchanted forest where snow falls like pixie dust sprinkles and a bad witch waits and plots has a smell. It's Norne. It's about the the most amazing thing the 'ol nose holes have been put to.

    Edit* I've smelled a lot of earthy, natural scents. This is grander and edgier without losing its roots or tryharding so much for mystery that it becomes too esoteric to identify reliably. Excellent, amazing fragrance.

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    I'm with you. I think Norne is ground breaking and amazing and I'm still dumbfounded how it doesn't get more praise. From first sniff, I was a goner. The scent itself is everything I've been searching for in a forest for years and years. It also last forever, the only slight criticism I do have is I wished it projected a bit more. I would say on my skin, it has average projection.


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    It's always seemed very 'green' to me (not a criticism - it reminds me of lovely dark, mossy, forested places) - must dig it out again!
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    The beautifully realistic facets of Norne are what made it a little too hard for me to wear. I'm speaking of the old EDP concentration, however. The newer releases seem toned down quite a bit from the descriptions on here and definitely on the more wearable side. Although still challenging for the average fragrance wearer. The only one I can speak of is the new Vikt which is a completely different animal...less oud and an amped up sandalwood base which makes it more smooth/licorice/woodsy than metallic/baslamic/oud/licorice. Maybe I'll order a sample set in a few months to try the newer extraits, hopefully after Josh releases some new stuff?!?!?! (can only dream right)

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    I'd settle for another batch of Mare

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    I'd settle for another batch of Mare
    SWEET! Another Mare fan…


    Right on, dude!

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    Cool - love the green!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    I'm with you. I think Norne is ground breaking and amazing and I'm still dumbfounded how it doesn't get more praise. From first sniff, I was a goner. The scent itself is everything I've been searching for in a forest for years and years. It also last forever, the only slight criticism I do have is I wished it projected a bit more. I would say on my skin, it has average projection.


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    Norne fairy tale regality is probably safer kept close for the sake of all the damsels haha

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    The beautifully realistic facets of Norne are what made it a little too hard for me to wear. I'm speaking of the old EDP concentration, however. The newer releases seem toned down quite a bit from the descriptions on here and definitely on the more wearable side. Although still challenging for the average fragrance wearer. The only one I can speak of is the new Vikt which is a completely different animal...less oud and an amped up sandalwood base which makes it more smooth/licorice/woodsy than metallic/baslamic/oud/licorice. Maybe I'll order a sample set in a few months to try the newer extraits, hopefully after Josh releases some new stuff?!?!?! (can only dream right)
    I totally agree on the hard to wear part. I'm firmly in the camp of "wear what you like" but for me the 4 I got scream masculine too loudly to ignore. My intro to Slumberhouse has me thinking they're less about crowd pleasing and unabashedly forcing anyone with firing synapses into a imaginative place through scent alone. I'm really impressed by that. Also though it does lend itself to the image of an average person on an average day strutting in Haute Couture to get the mail. Some people can pull this off though absolutely. I can't praise the samples I got enough but yes I can see the challenging side.

    On that note My daughter asked to go put on some perfume and I told her to go for it. She skipped right past Diptyque, random Sephora bottles, and House of Matriarch and went for Slumberhouse. Ore. It was comically disturbing on a 10yr old girl but she loved it. My husband said after smelling it linked to her he associates it with angry stepfathers, so she may just get it all to herself!

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    The current Norne (extrait) has apparently been tamed a little, but anyone who has worn attars should not find the line too challenging imo.
    They are certainly less challenging for girls than ouds, for example - in fact, when my first Slumberhouse (Jeke) arrived it made me think that it was a direction of quality ad innovation that I'd been seeking having found many oud-based attars too strong to wear outside the house.
    My wardrobe includes some very 'girly' stuff indeed (Amouage Gold, anyone?) but a variety of choices is cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    The current Norne (extrait) has apparently been tamed a little, but anyone who has worn attars should not find the line too challenging imo.
    They are certainly less challenging for girls than ouds, for example - in fact, when my first Slumberhouse (Jeke) arrived it made me think that it was a direction of quality ad innovation that I'd been seeking having found many oud-based attars too strong to wear outside the house.
    My wardrobe includes some very 'girly' stuff indeed (Amouage Gold, anyone?) but a variety of choices is cool.
    I hope everyone wears Norne at some point, tamed or untamed it's an experience, wow. Totally agree on ouds being more of a challenge, and love Jeke as well. I already had coco blanc on today but got some Jeke on my hands and keep going back to it for a sniff. Slumberhouse is really a mind=blown discovery for me. It's going to be a process here, intense imagery stage is where I'm at and when I'm less dazzled (lookin at you Norne) I'll probably be able to figure out what I want to do with them more. If they aren't gone by the time I'm done figuring out what I like! Variety is indeed cool!

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    Personally, I'm a huge fan of oud and I don't find it challenging in the slightest. Also, I found Slumberhouse Rume to be among my favorite in the line, still do to this day...several people weren't too keen on the boozy fruitcake mixed with bay and potpourri vibe, but I love it. I guess that shows that tastes vary greatly!

    I'm still crossing my fingers, hoping Josh does a monster woody/warm/spicy/amber/incense fragrance. I would love to see his take on the genre, even though it's been done so many times. I think he could blow them all out of the water and create the be all end all holy grail. But, maybe I'm getting too optimistic :-) It will be interesting to see what he comes out with next, I'm assuming something new is coming relatively soon with new Vikt and Sova, Mare and Zahd coming and going within the last year and a current lineup of only 4 fragrances, but who knows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    I think Norne is ground breaking and amazing and I'm still dumbfounded how it doesn't get more praise.
    Honestly, I do think it's recognized as such—but it'll never have mainstream appeal as it's too well-done and naturalistic. It's the best forest-floor scent of the last ten years, and and probably one the best period. No one's doing anything even remotely close to what he's doing—both in the insane materials and blending. Not to sound cliche, but this stuff's quite a bit ahead of it's time, so it's not surprising to me that there are still a number of skeptics out there. It's not stuff that your average fragrance fan is going to appreciate as it totally upends industry norms while pulling the rug out from the notion of "professional" training and Grasse. And yes, it really is an aesthetic experience rather than something to smell pretty with, so that puts people off his stuff, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Personally, I'm a huge fan of oud and I don't find it challenging in the slightest.
    Have you tried much proper oud though? It's very hard to come by, profoundly expensive, and smells more than a little like old cheese. What passes for oud in modern perfumery has almost nothing to do with oud and everything to do with nagarmotha. Try Phoenecia's Realoud for a sense of what oud is supposed to smell like -- it's got the brutal cheesey opening, but an incredible grassy drydown.
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    I've smelled Black Oud oil, the old Vikt smells a lot like this. Also smelled some sharper oud attars which were extremely sharp and pungent blends, somewhat animalic like rotting wood and leather...I think this was Indian Oud. However, I haven't had the chance to smell oud wood itself or 100% pure unadulterated Cambodian (seyoofi?) the expensive raw oil. Can't afford to, probably never will be able to :-(


    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Have you tried much proper oud though? It's very hard to come by, profoundly expensive, and smells more than a little like old cheese. What passes for oud in modern perfumery has almost nothing to do with oud and everything to do with nagarmotha. Try Phoenecia's Realoud for a sense of what oud is supposed to smell like -- it's got the brutal cheesey opening, but an incredible grassy drydown.

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    @rynegne - if you were a female of a certain age living where I do, oud might scare people a bit. I have worn the tamer Cambodis or Thais outside but would definitely not wear any of the Hindis that I've tried if expecting visitors!
    A person in the village shop once complained (loudly) about a strange smell.
    It was an early version of Homage....

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    Haha. The Hindis are pretty amazing, I love using them in some of my own compositions. I usually find most oud extremely subtle when used in fragrances...but the Hindi Oud screams, I'm here in a very loud obtrusive way...

    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    @rynegne - if you were a female of a certain age living where I do, oud might scare people a bit. I have worn the tamer Cambodis or Thais outside but would definitely not wear any of the Hindis that I've tried if expecting visitors!
    A person in the village shop once complained (loudly) about a strange smell.
    It was an early version of Homage....
    Does anyone know if Josh re-worked Flou, if so, how was it? I had an old edp sample I sniffed the other day and Wow this stuff was interesting. Grape/honey mostly, but done in Slumberhouse fashion. The best way for me to describe it is very medicinal, more so than Grev for me (I never got that vibe from Grev, but I know most did)...the smell reminds me of fluoride that is applied to the teeth while at the dentist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I've smelled Black Oud oil, the old Vikt smells a lot like this. Also smelled some sharper oud attars which were extremely sharp and pungent blends, somewhat animalic like rotting wood and leather...I think this was Indian Oud. However, I haven't had the chance to smell oud wood itself or 100% pure unadulterated Cambodian (seyoofi?) the expensive raw oil. Can't afford to, probably never will be able to :-(
    You can sample Kritsana Pa from Agar Aura for $27 shipped. You could get 7-10 wearings out of it. It's a gorgeous oil. Slightly floral, slightly fruity, with a fuzzy warmth to it. Oh...and at $260 for a full bottle, it'll blow ANY French perfume for the same price out of the water.
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    Thanks for the tip cwill, I'll have to try KP out!

    Quote Originally Posted by cwill View Post
    You can sample Kritsana Pa from Agar Aura for $27 shipped. You could get 7-10 wearings out of it. It's a gorgeous oil. Slightly floral, slightly fruity, with a fuzzy warmth to it. Oh...and at $260 for a full bottle, it'll blow ANY French perfume for the same price out of the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Thanks for the tip cwill, I'll have to try KP out!
    Not a problem.

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    Am I understanding correctly that Vikt extrait, to which I was steered by this thread some months ago and has become a personal favorite this winter, is merely OOS at slumberhouse.com, but is NOT discontinued? IOW, do I need to be looking for backup, or is more VIKT extrait in the works? hope its the latter. Deadidol, do you know? thanks!

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    I am pretty sure Vikt is disco'd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I am pretty sure Vikt is disco'd.
    Oh no!
    So that leaves Ore, Jeke, P+O, and Norne?

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    There's some recent info. re. Vikt in this thread, James1051.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/314...mberhouse-Kere

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    The new Vikt was "limited" according to the site and literature. If you want a backup, there appears to be a bottle on eBay...Perfume1 and Indiescents have stock as well. As soon as they're gone I'm guessing we will not see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    There's some recent info. re. Vikt in this thread, James1051.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/314...mberhouse-Kere
    thanks!

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    Wearing my 'new' sample of Vikt today & yeah I can totally see why you guys are raving about this.

    It's really nice. Has that warm, sugary, molasses-like vibe to the licorice yet it's also incredibly woody. So it pulses back and forth between licorice (with a rich anise depth), molasses, wood, something salty, something dusty. It manages to smell like licorice but not in a 'flavor' way, rather in a savory, ink-like way. Very hard to describe. It's also not as radiant as Sova so it stays nice & close.

    I don't LOVE it, but it's definitely got my attention & it's much more my speed than Kere is.
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    Darn. I was interested in Vikt but I didn't want to blind buy it given my sample is one of the older Esprit de Parfum's. Eh, I guess I am destined to miss out on a couple.

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    The last of the Vikt was bought up by the online retailers and Twisted Lily should have some in stock too. I wouldn't hesitate though if you're considering it. And for those of you patiently waiting for your Zahd order, keep an eye on your mailboxes next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    The last of the Vikt was bought up by the online retailers and Twisted Lily should have some in stock too. I wouldn't hesitate though if you're considering it. And for those of you patiently waiting for your Zahd order, keep an eye on your mailboxes next week
    Would it be fair to say that if I like the Esprit version of Vikt I'd like the new version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Would it be fair to say that if I like the Esprit version of Vikt I'd like the new version?
    I think so. I don't think that you will dislike it in any way. It's not as hard edged as the EdP and it loses the vegetal aspect as well as anything metallic for me.

    Honestly, if you dig most of Josh's stuff, especially his extraits,I think that you will be fine with Vikt.

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    I think it's a lot more wearable now though, that much I'll say. The only aspect of the old stuff that remains is the licorice wheel accord and a much more restrained oud. The old Vikt had a blast of black agar on top, the new one has a nice smooth sandalwood base that the old Vikt didn't have. I'd say it's a shell of the older Esprit, so if you like the old stuff...grab a bottle before this goes away if you can.

    Quote Originally Posted by evogel View Post
    I think so. I don't think that you will dislike it in any way. It's not as hard edged as the EdP and it loses the vegetal aspect as well as anything metallic for me.

    Honestly, if you dig most of Josh's stuff, especially his extraits,I think that you will be fine with Vikt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Would it be fair to say that if I like the Esprit version of Vikt I'd like the new version?
    The new version's far more polished and rounded. While the old one had some charm in its roughness and weird vegetal metallics, this has a massive mysore / attar base that totally sanded out the roughness. The original is very much present, as opposed to Ore which was quite a drastic reworking. In this version, the anise / fennel is more upfront.

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