Friday, January 27, 2006

REVIEW: Idole de Lubin

Notes: Rum absolute, saffron, bitter orange peel, black cumin, Doum palm, smoked ebony, sugar cane, leather, red sandalwood.

Pros: Interesting bottle by Serge Mansau. Effervescent, sweet topnotes, like cola, set against a similar woody base.

Cons: Not entirely original composition, reminds me of CDG Sequoia (or is it Palisander), though a bit more boozey. Also slightly reminiscent of DK Chaos (that's right, you heard me, I said Chaos...well, I didn't say it, but I wrote it)

Bottleworthy? If you're a bottle collector, yes. Personally, I'll pass.

Where can I buy it? 75ml edt $85 Beautyhabit.com

The Bottom Line: With nods to D'Orsay's Le Dandy, an interesting release from the long silent house of Lubin. Better than average composition with moderate longevity. The overall effect on my skin is a bit Dr. Pepper-ish. Perfect if woody and sweet are your thing.

Rating (out of 10): 7

Can you think of any other scents with an African theme?

8 comments:

slave2love said...

Have never smelled this...but 'Chunga' by Weil?

katiedid said...

Oh yes - and Weil's Gri-Gri, too has that theme, or at least the old advertisements TOTALLY did.

marlen said...

S2L, K - Weil had lots of "exotic" themes, huh? Antelope, Weil, Bambou...

Oh, I thought of another one - VC&A Zanzibar!

Cait Shortell said...

L'Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu

marchlion said...

Ralph Lauren Safari. ::giggle:: Ralph in his Isak Denisen phase. That nubile gal in the ultrasuede bikini, ready for a hard day on the savannah.

marlen said...

March - yes, of course! Safari!

colombina said...

Ah, I am so happy. Someone else smells Chaos in Idole! :-)

African theme...How about L'Air du Desrt Marocain and Le Maroc POur Elle by Andy Tauer?

marlen said...

C - Yes, I totally get Chaos from Idole. It took me a while to figure it out, but when I did I was pretty intrigued. and yes, Andy's scents definitely have the African theme...and they are WONDERFUL.