Thread: Slumberhouse Discussion
Anyone got a recommendation as to whether Norne would be a good fragrance for summer? With spring approaching, I'm trying to prepare. I love my winter fragrances and really don't look forward to hot weather.
My gut says piney green would work well in heat, but Norne is such an anamoly and a sincere embodiment of a winter forest that it might seem out of place. Thoughts?
Last edited by throwbookatface; 6th February 2014 at 07:29 PM.
I found Norne perfectly suitable during the summer, but everyone's different!
Did anyone get their Zahd yet? I would really like to see a picture of the new packaging. I passed on the buy as it wasn't really for me, but I'm loving Vikt, it's right up there with Rume as my favorite from this house.
I'm recommending we create a special "ZAHD: Spoiler Alert" thread in the GD forum.
I know a lot of us have been anticipating its arrival for some time now, and some would prefer to see the bottle and make impressions for ourselves before seeing or hearing anything from anybody else.
Since this is a general Slumberhouse discussion thread, it will be easy to mistakenly stumble across pictures and reviews once the Zahd bottles start rolling in. And maybe you just want to talk about Ore or Norne or something, without taking that risk. Or maybe you just want to "anticipate" Zahd with others.
If we create a separate thread, "ZAHD: Spoiler Alert," then we won't have to worry about any of that stuff happening, and it works for both sides. And since Zahd's going to be a huge discussion very soon, it wouldn't hurt to have a separate thread anyway.
I've had this idea for a few weeks. It's not a response to the link naylor posted above (I don't know what's in that link….and I'm not clicking on it!). But at least this way, people who have received their bottles of Zahd can go talk about it openly and share pics and whatnot, and those who haven't can mingle in the regular Slumberhouse discussion until the time is right.
Just an idea.
What do you guys think?
Last edited by Buysblind; 9th February 2014 at 04:55 PM.
Buysblind, and everyone else, I really think you should click on that link, you know you want to.... I did and it's absolutely incredible, thank you so much naylor, I mean, WOW!!!!
Is it just me or is this thread a pale shadow of it's former self?
Sorry all, I didn't intent to spoil the new design or get people Rick Roll'ed lol. If anyone doesn't mind, I'd like to see the new designs if you care to share just send me a pm!
No worries from me - am keen to see them too!
I haven't received Zahd yet, but I hear rumors that the bottle looks exactly like this:
… but less smokey.
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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Last edited by Linsul; 11th February 2014 at 08:16 PM.
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!
Last edited by lpp; 11th February 2014 at 08:43 PM.
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'd settle for another batch of Mare
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!
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.
Last edited by lpp; 12th February 2014 at 12:05 AM.
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!
Last edited by deadidol; 12th February 2014 at 02:23 AM.
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 :-(
@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....
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...
Last edited by cwill; 12th February 2014 at 02:14 PM.
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!
I am pretty sure Vikt is disco'd.
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There's some recent info. re. Vikt in this thread, James1051.
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.
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.
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
Honestly, if you dig most of Josh's stuff, especially his extraits,I think that you will be fine with Vikt.
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.