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    Lucked out big time today and found a bottle of Sova!

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    Wearing my bottle of Vikt for the first time tonight...and I am very impressed and already love this stuff.

    Okay, maybe I don't hate you guys.

    EDIT: Adding onto this. This has been the first fragrance from Josh in a while that I've loved on first sniff. The original Zahd sample I got was that way, but before that it was Sova and the EDP of Ore. I immediately considered getting a second bottle, and this is just after one wearing. I can tell this stuff is addictive, and I really love the way the licorice/anise/fennel (whatever it is) plays with the incense and the REAL black agar and mysore sandalwood. This is really of extreme quality, and though I expect this in some ways of Josh, this is nearly on another level of sheer clarity of notes and blending from him. I love this stuff already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Wearing my bottle of Vikt for the first time tonight...and I am very impressed and already love this stuff.

    Okay, maybe I don't hate you guys.

    EDIT: Adding onto this. This has been the first fragrance from Josh in a while that I've loved on first sniff. The original Zahd sample I got was that way, but before that it was Sova and the EDP of Ore. I immediately considered getting a second bottle, and this is just after one wearing. I can tell this stuff is addictive, and I really love the way the licorice/anise/fennel (whatever it is) plays with the incense and the REAL black agar and mysore sandalwood. This is really of extreme quality, and though I expect this in some ways of Josh, this is nearly on another level of sheer clarity of notes and blending from him. I love this stuff already.
    Yup. My favorite scent of the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james1051 View Post
    Lucked out big time today and found a bottle of Sova!
    Fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Wearing my bottle of Vikt for the first time tonight...and I am very impressed and already love this stuff.

    Okay, maybe I don't hate you guys.

    EDIT: Adding onto this. This has been the first fragrance from Josh in a while that I've loved on first sniff. The original Zahd sample I got was that way, but before that it was Sova and the EDP of Ore. I immediately considered getting a second bottle, and this is just after one wearing. I can tell this stuff is addictive, and I really love the way the licorice/anise/fennel (whatever it is) plays with the incense and the REAL black agar and mysore sandalwood. This is really of extreme quality, and though I expect this in some ways of Josh, this is nearly on another level of sheer clarity of notes and blending from him. I love this stuff already.
    Wonderful to hear Octavarium. I liked it, from the sample I got recently, but it was not a **love**.
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    I'm hoping to sample Vikt shortly, your description makes it sound all the more tempting OctaVariuM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    I'm hoping to sample Vikt shortly, your description makes it sound all the more tempting OctaVariuM!
    It really is very good. I've worn it a few times now (back to back days) and I've noticed that the incense in the dry down is really fantastic. The only
    negative for me is the longevity, which lasts only about 4 or 5 hours on my skin before becoming a skin scent. It might improve if I dare to wear more than one spray, so I'll see how it goes in the future.

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    Does anyone have the note breakdown of the newest Slumberhouse Vikt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Does anyone have the note breakdown of the newest Slumberhouse Vikt?
    Well, briefly, it's anise, sweet fennel, ravensara, and toscanol for the licorice effect, then the main players are styrax, oud, sandalwood, and some different attars.

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    Thanks deadidol. I was curious as to what notes differed from the older juice. The new Vikt is so much more mellow than the old juice. I'm guessing it was the addition of sandalwood and attars. I get a lot more licorice from the new Vikt. The old juice for me was more about the black oud and styrax with hints of anise much like a metallic resinous tree sap.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Well, briefly, it's anise, sweet fennel, ravensara, and toscanol for the licorice effect, then the main players are styrax, oud, sandalwood, and some different attars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    It really is very good. I've worn it a few times now (back to back days) and I've noticed that the incense in the dry down is really fantastic. The only
    negative for me is the longevity, which lasts only about 4 or 5 hours on my skin before becoming a skin scent. It might improve if I dare to wear more than one spray, so I'll see how it goes in the future.
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    I'm wearing Rume EdP today, it's such and interesting scent. It's been well over a year since I have last worn the Rume, so I figured I'd give my revised breakdown of the scent. The top of Rume is herbal, sweet-syrupy (resinous), sharp and slightly abrasive. Clove and Bay mingle with a deep and dark labdanum note which mellows into the heart, but rides the fragrance out. Clove moves up front and center in the middle of Rume along with Myrhh, labdanum retains its presence but in the back of the other notes. At this point Rume begins to smell a little bit like an ancient mulled fruit wine with medicinal herbs and continues to get spicier through the wear. As Rume gets spicy, it somehow gets lighter and lighter and slightly dusty. This gives Rume a potpourri-like feel that simply reminds me of Christmas days as a child. Over time, I still have not dropped this connection to Christmas via a distant fragrance memory. Rume is thought-evoking, rich and ancient and I still absolute adore it!

    Side Note: The opening and development of Rume somewhat reminds me of Norma Kamali Incense. A dark picture, harsh opening lends way to a somewhat lighter interpretation of resins. Both are done totally different scents, but totally develop similarly IMO.
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    At this point Rume begins to smell a little bit like an ancient mulled fruit wine with medicinal herbs and continues to get spicier through the wear. As Rume gets spicy, it somehow gets lighter and lighter and slightly dusty.
    Completely on point. It's festive, in a brooding way I think. A darker holiday scent. Not that what I just said makes sense, but hey.

    I'm hoping for a gothic-incense fragrance, next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    Completely on point. It's festive, in a brooding way I think. A darker holiday scent. Not that what I just said makes sense, but hey.

    I'm hoping for a gothic-incense fragrance, next.
    Avignon and Bois d'Encens are both in my Top 5, but I too would love a Slumberhouse take on this. I doubt strongly he would though as he usually goes the path less travelled


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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Avignon and Bois d'Encens are both in my Top 5, but I too would love a Slumberhouse take on this. I doubt strongly he would though as he usually goes the path less travelled


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    I'm trying Vikt today and finding it to have quite lot of movement. The first hour was thick sweet with the anise. Now it's moved to something that makes me think of solvent and creosote (creosote is the scent of rain here in the desert where I live, a welcome scent indeed.). Very resinous. But the whole time smells thick like molasses. I don't think I've encountered this aspect in a fragrance before now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    I'm trying Vikt today and finding it to have quite lot of movement. The first hour was thick sweet with the anise. Now it's moved to something that makes me think of solvent and creosote (creosote is the scent of rain here in the desert where I live, a welcome scent indeed.). Very resinous. But the whole time smells thick like molasses. I don't think I've encountered this aspect in a fragrance before now.
    I don't get its praise. The licorice opening is nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    I don't get its praise. The licorice opening is nasty.
    I appreciate your comment. I was just about to order the last bottle left on Parfum1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    I appreciate your comment. I was just about to order the last bottle left on Parfum1.
    You're welcome. And I'm a huge fan of his scents, but it's just unwearable. It's medicinal black licorice, precisely. Anything else that people say about it is blind worship of his scents.

    I mean, I'll be honest - I definitely love the Slumberhouse lineup, but in reality - Norne and Sova are the ONLY two that work for me. Jeke is absurdly smokey where it's overwhelming, Pear & Olive is interesting but that's about it. Sova was gorgeous, Norne is gorgeous. Ore is an attempt at chocolate that is done much better by other houses. His more "failed" experiments (Flou, Sana, Grev) are just too off the wall for me. Rume is fantastic, but EXTREMELY limited in where you can wear it. Etc, just feel there is a lot of blind worship that CAN make Josh's artistic expression lose focus as it delves into more odd things (eg: Vikt, Zahd, etc - good, but are they PHENOMENAL? I mean, wearable should be a standard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    have you tried Messe de Minuit by Etro?
    Yes, I own a bottle. It's a very weird, unique take and very Slumberhouse-like in my opinion. Good mention!


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    To each their own, really, but I think one has to try these scents to know what they're actually like.

    I'm acquainted with the old Vikt EDP, and have to admit I was a little dismayed when I first heard about the liquorice in the new extrait version because I wasn't terribly keen on smelling like that. But I took the plunge anyway after doing a bit of homework, and guess what - it turned out to be one of the most comfortable, wearable scents on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    I don't get its praise. The licorice opening is nasty.
    Or awesome, depending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    You're welcome. And I'm a huge fan of his scents, but it's just unwearable. It's medicinal black licorice, precisely. Anything else that people say about it is blind worship of his scents.
    Thanks for putting us in place. I actually find it to be one of the best he's done (and I dislike quite a few), but at least now I know my liking it is invalid.

    I'll throw it out as soon as I get home an eagerly await your instruction as to what I can like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Thanks for putting us in place. I actually find it to be one of the best he's done (and I dislike quite a few), but at least now I know my liking it is invalid.

    I'll throw it out as soon as I get home an eagerly await your instruction as to what I can like.
    You can like Serge Lutens - consistently fantastic, in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    You can like Serge Lutens - consistently fantastic, in my eyes.

    Presumably sans vetiver

    Seriously - we all have different tastes but to say that something is 'nasty' because one doesn't enjoy a particular note is not particularly illuminating.
    It's better to say 'I don't like the liquorice note, therefore this doesn't appeal to me' than to make a blind statement that 'It's nasty' - because it may well be 'nasty' to you - but it's really not universally nasty to everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Presumably sans vetiver

    Seriously - we all have different tastes but to say that something is 'nasty' because one doesn't enjoy a particular note is not particularly illuminating.
    It's better to say 'I don't like the liquorice note, therefore this doesn't appeal to me' than to make a blind statement that 'It's nasty' - because it may well be 'nasty' to you - but it's really not universally nasty to everyone
    You're absolutely correct. I retract my original universal condescension and will leave my opinion of dissatisfaction with Vikt! And dislike of vetiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Presumably sans vetiver

    Seriously - we all have different tastes but to say that something is 'nasty' because one doesn't enjoy a particular note is not particularly illuminating.
    It's better to say 'I don't like the liquorice note, therefore this doesn't appeal to me' than to make a blind statement that 'It's nasty' - because it may well be 'nasty' to you - but it's really not universally nasty to everyone
    I am glad I caught the very steep Yin/Yang of Slumberhouse at the beginning, when I got some of the first samples. One of the scents just blew me away as one of the most original and creative fragrances I'd ever smelled, but to me it was really borderline unwearable. Before I could even post on it, others were jumping in and wearing it and buying it, and some even seemed to think that particular fragrance was among the "tamer" scents in the samples! I immediately realized that I was something of a "Slumberhouse conservative", so I just told myself to wait for the scents that would inevitably land in my corner of the yard. In the meanwhile, a lot of noses I respected were getting on the train, in ways that made sense. As soon as people started calling out Zahd as accessible, approachable, etc., I knew it was going to be my thing.

    Everybody toys with nasty because that's part of fragrance. Most of the things we love in fragrance are basically chemical defenses. On the pepper thing, I check out right above jalopeo, but my son does ghost peppers. I think the Slumberhouse scale is somewhat analogous to the Scoville scale. What surprises me is how most people are actually closer to the higher end of both of them, than I am. I have made a conscious effort to try hotter peppers and to wear challenging scents, but most people have left simply me in the dust on both of these things.
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    If you'd like, go green. I'll be the proud recipient of your new Slumberhouse recycling program :-)

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    I'll throw it out as soon as I get home
    On a serious note, I thought the new Vikt with the addition of licorice might possibly be off putting. However, I've found the new Vikt to be much smoother and more wearable than its EdP counterpart. The EdP I found to be much more metallic, sharp and abrasive to be honest. I loved the heavy dose of black oud which seems to be buried in the new blend and the overall longevity but that's it. I have found the new Vikt to be the most wearable work Josh's created to date. If it wasn't in such short run, I could see myself wearing it quite often. Different strokes for different folks...I didn't care for Zahd much at all (Seems like I'm the only lonely outcast.) Everyone's different, that's for sure...*I tried Leather Oud yesterday and wow...Yuck. But some people love it!
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    I am not at all a fan of licorice, but Vikt extrait is one of my favorite fragrances of late. I find it to be extremely comforting.

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