Akkad 2012

Akkad by Lubin
Bottle Design Serge Mansau
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Akkad is a popular perfume by Lubin for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-resinous. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Clary sageClary sage
Heart Notes Heart NotesElemi resinElemi resin
CardamomCardamom
StyraxStyrax
FrankincenseFrankincense
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
LabdanumLabdanum
PatchouliPatchouli
VanillaVanilla

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8.3471 Ratings

Longevity

8.3389 Ratings

Sillage

7.2398 Ratings

Bottle

8.1363 Ratings

Value for money

7.449 Ratings
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Carlitos01

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Carlitos01
Carlitos01
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By the power of Ishtar
[short review]

Akkad or Akkadia was the capital of the Akkadian Empire. It was the dominant ruling power in ancient Mesopotamia for a century and a half. It was all started more than 4200 years ago when the Akkadians took over the Sumerians. Its exact location is not known, although the location by the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, is the most likely. Its existence is known both from cuneiform writings and from the Bible ancient old testament texts. This empire prospered under the leadership of King Sargon and his successors. Stories of the power of Sargon may have influenced the body of local folklore texts and certainly, some episodes were later incorporated into the Bible. The main deity of Akkad was Ishtar, also called "Astarte" and "Aštar-annunîtum" meaning "warrior Ishtar". Ishtar was the "luminously blinding" goddess, the tutelary deity of the morning and evening stars, goddess of war and love. Her strength certainly inspires this Akkad perfume because it envelops us, comforts us and fills us with self-confidence.

According to the marketing information imagined by the House of Lubin, King Sargon would describe this perfume as: "The essence of Akkad is a gift from the beautiful Ishtar, who loves and protects me. It contains all the most precious ointments from Punt, and also those from the islands of the great sea, and others from still further afield. This amber is the light that shines on my kingdom. It is my empire's most precious treasure."
Akkad is a velvety oriental scent with a resinous and spicy profile. In the opening I remark a peppery cloud of sage, with the tiniest hint of sweet orange. Then the dominant note is amber. Resins are prominent but without ever losing elegance, and in which the final picture is adorned with mysterious spices. In the heart, warm bitter cardamom and fresh balsamic frankincense notes are easily perceptible. At the base I notice other soft contributions that have origin from a lightly animalistic leather accord, some smoke, labdanum resin, and hints of vanilla and patchouli.
The overall quality of the perfume is very high, easily realising that the House of Lubin has not cut costs with the raw materials. The responsible nose has been Delphine Thierry, who created another Amber masterpiece 20 years ago, the memorable Ambre Eau de Toilette.
In Akkad, I find familiar traces of Tauer's Au Coeur du Désert, of Annick Goutal's Ambre Fétiche Eau de Parfum, and of Annette Neufler's Per Fumum: Ambra Luminosa.
The Bottle Design was commissioned to Serge Mansau, a true perfumery sculptor who has designed some of the most beautiful flasks of this industry. From his creations, I highlight the Mesopotamian inspiration of the beautiful Montana Parfum d'Homme Eau de Toilette, Parfum de Peau Parfum and Montana Parfum d'Elle (2002), as well as the flowing lines of Organza Eau de Parfum. For Lubin he designed a bottle with a somewhat cubist flow, and extremely appealing.
As is traditional with amber perfumes, this fragrance stands out best with cool or even very cold temperatures. Its projection is moderate for an amber quality fragrance. However, longevity is appreciable. Three sprays last more than ten hours, though only as skin scent from the fifth hour onwards.

The fragrance delivers a distinctive and sophisticated aura to those who wear it. Lovers of oriental perfumes quickly elect it as a very seductive one. Closing our eyes we can travel in time through Sumerian, Acadian, Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms, through warm deserts and evergreen oasis, floating in sacred oils and precious spices scents. On our skin, we can feel the voluptuousness of amber that mingles with golden sunsets, to finally end the dream voyage entering triumphantly through the eighth door of the city of Babylon, the door of Ishtar.

Music: Sting & Cheb Mami - "Desert Rose"
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Top Review    32  
My Amber No. 40
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Akkad the Hawk .
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Uncapped. From the peg, from the distant realm. From the realm of the dazzling peacock throne and dark, evil cassocks, the falcon swoops over the wet land, over Eden, Paradise, with primordial-animalism poignant. From Mesopotamia drastic to the Levant.
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Assaults me, shows me claws and talons, and with sharp beak whistling rips notes, almost medicinal, into the air and under my skin. Over finely cut bergamot and tangerine into my feathers. A scent like a plunge onto prey, a nip in the neck and a lasting mark.
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With the chamsin my hawk rises. Feathered with elemi and styrax. Up over dusty cardamom, to airy, shimmering heights. Over Syrian strains, powdery and resinous into the incense skies of the mighty, the warriors, the merchants, and the downtrodden peoples. Draws high circles in the clouds and settles on the heights of Lebanon, on wood, on soft needles of great firs, on clary sage, on the cinnamon in the meadows of blood, on flowery vanilla and mysterious, reconciling labdanum.
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He finds his long rest on the incense roads, from Yemen to Medina, from Petra to sunken Ebla. Even to long-forgotten Haran. Where Abraham searched. My falcon brings the frankincense over the land.
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Gracious incense. Divine incense. Peace of the Levant.
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Akkad the dove.
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Melaniemel
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The smallest details..
Delphine Thierry, the wonderful perfumer of this wonderful fragrance, probably always starts with the idea of a new fragrance by opening her ears, opening her eyes and being open to all the emotions that surround her. Because a fragrance, she says, is born from the smallest little things. What are the smallest little things? The rustling of leaves in the cool breeze of an autumn morning? The sound of the first thick drops on the hot asphalt on an August evening? But also the tear that runs down your cheek as it unloads from your saturated eye when you finally blink...
Lubin is exactly like that. The fragrance starts low, despite its bergamot and manderine top notes. There's no time for shallow superficialities here. The resin is there quickly and stays until the end. Frankincense, amber and patchouli surround a deep vanilla. This fragrance is a masterpiece. It envelops, comforts and protects. It gives the wearer a comforting feeling that life is made up of the smallest little things.
I will be wearing this perfume to a funeral tomorrow. A funeral of a person I held very dear. Remembering a time when it was all about the smallest little things in life. It was about the song we hadn't heard in years. It was about coffee together on the patio with the first rays of sunshine. It was about conversations that hadn't been had in years. About memories. About laughing no matter what tomorrow brings. Laughing today!!! We are alive. We are as close as we probably were the last time we did things together as young girls. Today. Today we eat chocolate again. My dear soul - sister, I am honored to wear this scent on your farewell tomorrow. Not for the sake of mourning. No, for the sake of the little things we've finally come to appreciate these past few months together
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Kevinoud69

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Kevinoud69
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The best Ambre
Lubin is one of the oldest Parisian perfume brand and today has a small boutique in the heart of Paris. Akkad is one of my favorites, a gourmet Amber I would say (according to my definition) with hints of sage. The perfume has a very good hold and what I like. The bottle is also very original
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Scharlih82
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It was once around 2330 BC.
The guards stepped back in awe, clearing the way as their ruler walked quickly toward the gate. Sargon! His whole appearance left hardly anyone in doubt of his power. He strode through the great halls lit by torches straight to the women's chambers, pushed open the door and looked around the dim room. Everywhere the most beautiful bodies were lolling among the velvet and silk, and a beguiling fragrance lingered in the air. In a thunderous voice he said, "Where is she?" One of the women walked up to him and wrapped her arms around his neck. Her skin was warm and amber. She was draped in chains and otherwise wore only a silken veil around her waist. "She is gone my ruler" si whispered in his ear. He looked at her and asked "when did she leave and where did she go?" she raised her shoulders and said "we don't know" "no we don't know" the other women around joined in"
He looked around and took a deep breath "she can't have been gone long" he said turning and storming out of the room.
Beauty grabbed the jug of wine and poured herself a large cup. "When are we going to tell him?" she asked the other harem ladies. "Never" said one "He wouldn't survive it"...

Sargon and Ishtar a love story. You can well imagine the scent that surrounded him if you have smelled this creation. Here, in any case, the story, the bottle and the fragrance match perfectly. A small work of art.

Only can you wear this fragrance then also in everyday life? If you do not have a long dark beard and no cape wears under the muscular, tanned arms look out?

That is up to each person!
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Writerhof
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Earth, sweat and cow dung....
...this is how I imagine the "scent" of an average man in the fertile crescent in the early Bronze Age. To this may be added a brackish water accord from the marshes of the watery rivers of the Euphrates and Tigris. Akkad bears none of this mixture, which is more of a stench than a fragrance, but perhaps rather describes the opposite of the reality of life for the arable farmers and cattle breeders in Mesopotamia. The fragrance, created by Delphine Thierry together with Lubin's Gilles Thévenin, is dedicated to the legendary King Sargon of Akkad. He was the son of a gardener, cupbearer to King Kiš and later the goddess Ištar loved him and made him the ruler of Akkad. Such a divine ruler also seems appropriate to the fragrance creation of Lubin.

En-hedu-Ana, Sargon's daughter, became a priestess and invoked the goddess Ištar as follows: " My lady, beloved of An, of all your fury I will proclaim! // The coals I have heaped up, the purification rites to them I have prepared." Incense and other noble resins were slowly burned in the temple as part of the purification ceremony, and their fragrance must have spread far beyond the temple boundaries as well. Like his daughter, Sargon must have smelled of incense. His scent of frankincense, elemi, styrax, and patchouli, however, unlike his daughter's, is not a sacred one: instead, the cold, resinous scent hangs within the cooling stone walls of his palace, which he had built in his newly chosen royal city of Akkad. The smoke is very present, but always remains mild and never pungent, as befits a king. Sargon probably also mixed a little of the spices into his sweet wine - a technique he had learned as cupbearer - and thus also sweetly overlays the incense aroma, as it were.

The ambergris (and the vanillic and tonka notes he might not have known at the time apart from ambergris) that cuddles the fragrance towards the end could easily have been procured by him, who had an empire situated between both seas - the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf - on the northern and southern borders of his empire.

For me, one of the most refined and interesting fragrances I have. That's why it dufte for my second comment. A ruler can certainly wear it while portraying himself in monumental architecture. Today I see it more on the type of "intellectual" who wears a lot of black or a jacket with a turtleneck underneath, if I may be allowed such clichéd simplifications. Really an inspiring fragrance that doesn't bring across a brute masculinity as you might expect from an early bronze age king. It brings a subtle, intelligent kind of masculinity to its wearer, but is as unisex to wear due to its sweetness as it is marketed and apparently (if you believe the statistics here) worn. My introduction to niche fragrances and I have not regretted my purchase to date!
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Salander
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In doubt for doubt
What do Roja Dove, Sylvaine Delacourte and Gilles Thévenin have in common? Who knows the answer? Right, Guerlain. This traditional company employs the most talented perfumers and merchants, some of whom later become independent. Roja Dove and Sylvaine Delacourte are now launching perfume under their own names, not so Gilles Thévenin. To him, but even more so, let's first take a little trip back in time.

We are in the 18th century in France. Pierre-François Lubin is only 10 years old and lives with his parents near the Parisian studio of a famous perfumer. His name is Jean-Louis Fargeon and with him he makes an apprenticeship. He awakens the love of Pierre-François already in his childhood for fragrance essences. The boy Lubin is 18 when he leaves his patron and with him the capital, which has been shaken by the revolution. In Grasse he continues his education, and with Master Tombarelli he learns the "Italian method". When the political waves slowly smoothed, he returned to Paris and completed his knowledge with his old patron. Lubin becomes not only an outstanding perfumer, but also an extremely skilful businessman. He opens his first maison called "Au Bouquet de Roses" in Paris. Lubin expands and exports his creations - as the first fragrance house ever - to America. His clientele includes Empress Joséphine - the wife of Napoleon - the English King George IV and Tsar Alexander I. He achieved a lot, fame, honour and fortune paved his way through life. Only one thing is not granted to him, there is no male heir, no one to take over his manufactory from the family.

Felix Prot, his former apprentice and loyal employee, continues the business. Lubin becomes a successful company professionally run by several generations of the Plot family. What follows in the middle of the twentieth century sounds extremely promising at first. But neither at Henkel, nor at 4711 Fabrikanten Muehlens, nor at Wella did Lubin become a hit. The brand leads a shadowy existence, is miserably lost among the many beauty products.

Salvation came in 2004, when Gilles Thévenin, who had been Guerlain's creative director and head of marketing at Rochas, made a momentous decision, literally pushing himself to the very limits of his comfort zone and even beyond. He sells all his belongings. His prestigious house, his cars and his antiques will soon be enjoyed by new owners. In his own words he describes this time as follows: "My grandmother cried. When I was 45, I was alone in a room, a former servant's quarters. But I was happy. It was almost like getting married. I knew I would dedicate myself to this company. I want to keep this quality perfumery alive".

At the beginning he mainly works with two well-known "noses", with Delphine Thierry and with Thomas Fontaine. Thomas is the architect and also the Indiana Jones of fragrances. He systematically assembles his creations, fragrance building block by fragrance building block, and thus builds "cathedrals". He is also the master of reformulation. Delphine Thierry takes a completely different approach; she is the poet among perfumers, conveys feelings, moods, tells stories. She is also the creator of Akkad.

In many comments and on the website of Lubin it is said that Akkad was created in the style of the Mesopotamian rulers of Akkad - Sargon. "The essence of Akkad is the gift of the beautiful Ishtar, who loved and protected me. It contains the most precious ointments of Pound and the islands of the great sea and those much further away. This amber is like the light that illuminates my kingdom, the most precious treasure of my kingdom". (Quote www.lubin.eu) But that is only half the truth. The first inspiration for Akkad comes from Provance, where Delphine Thierry has been living with her family for a few years. From her house in a small village a stone path leads to the river. Walking along the same path on a summer's day, she thought about the fact that stones have a subtle smell. She enjoyed the scent of spices like thyme, oregano and rockrose. This "glowing area", the sweaty skin, a bath in the river at the end of a hot August day, the exuberant and happy feeling, sensuality, the descending sun were the true emotional sources for Akkad. The fantasy worlds around the later fragrance were later created by Gilles Thévenin. He accompanies every fragrance development, which may well last a year, until the creation is balanced and in harmony with name, bottle and history.

Please forgive the long introduction. I am often as fascinated by the people behind the scenes as I am by their compositions and I find their inspirations stimulating.

To cut a long story short, Thévenin already liked the first fragrance creation by Delphine Thierry very much. The connection between sun, nature, stone and sensuality appealed to him. And indeed, the fleeting beauty of the top note carries the sun in its heart. This light-footed, facing nature, the minimal citric, the fresh herbs and the warm, sensual, slightly human labdanum also took me by storm.

The mineral element is immediately apparent. Gilles Thévenin associates this direction with a temple. At his suggestion, the incense content of the fragrance was increased to emphasize the sacred aspect. Through balsamic notes such as resin, styrax and benzoin and also through amber, Akkad later becomes "physically tangible".

The pyramid suggests a dark scent and, to be honest, does not appeal to me at all. I was completely surprised that although Akkad "Noire" comes from there, the scent shines amazingly bright. To achieve this ambivalence comes close to squaring the circle and gives an idea of the extraordinary talent of Delphine Thierry.

At this point, I would write in other comments about the fact that lovers of incense scents absolutely must test. That all those who love NU from Yves Saint Laurent and Coco or Coco Noire should go straight to the souk and buy a bottling as soon as possible. But I do not do that. Because Akkad is niche perfume in the best sense of the word, a craft of great emotions. Everyone should be able to enjoy it at some point, because few fragrances have as much personality and natural aura as this perfume. The fact that Akkad cannot be worn by everyone is not decisive.

My conclusion: Explore the limits of your comfort zone from time to time, because that's where the adventure begins. And also test against your preferences. When in doubt for the doubt.
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Parfümlein
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The scent of the cathedrals
It would be ridiculous to write yet another comment on this wonderful fragrance - in my opinion, everything that can be said has been said to convince even the last doubter: Akkad simply has to be tried.
I am currently reading a light but exciting novel, "Fresh Snow" by Lucy Foley, in which one of the female characters, a hip, successful Londoner, is characterized as follows: "Every now and then I get a cloud of her perfume, heavy and smoky. Only she can afford such a thing" (p. 21), "Every time she turned to him to talk to him, he got a gush of her heavy, smoky perfume" (p. 29), and finally: "While he walks behind her, he smells the scent of her perfume again. It has a smoky note that reminds one of a church" (p. 102). But also a male figure is described in this way, and even more fittingly, because here the fragrance is not described as "heavy": "Nick smells like lemon and a touch of incense as always" (p. 75). Neither can be Akkad - Akkad is not heavy like the female figure and the incense is not just a touch like the male figure. Nevertheless I imagine Akkad and variations of Akkad all the time. In any case, the fragrance is not only beautiful, but apparently quite modern. Frankincense, the main note in Akkad, is simply a gigantically beautiful, sacredly evocative fragrance which - if you like it, provided you like it - can put you into deepest relaxation. The multiple associations it provides, the reminiscences of historical events, the sensitive opening it creates, make it an exceptional fragrance for me. In Akkad, this fragrant jewel is perfectly composed with amber, patchouli and vanilla notes to create a harmonious whole. This fragrance is by no means suitable for everyday life, but rather for the sacred moments in life: a visit to an old church, attending Holy Mass, a walk along the Way of St. James, a meditation session.

You should give this fragrance an unrestricted chance if the pyramid appeals to you at first. I personally would be attracted by the fresh top note - but it fades quickly and gives way to the fantastic spice mixture, which gives an impression of deep fullness. In the absolute center of attention is the incense, and it seems to me impossible not to immediately feel a sacred atmosphere here - like most others. Still remembering the Epiphany of yesterday, I see the travellers from the Orient before me, their camels laden with gold, frankincense and myrrh, moving out of the desert on a cool night to approach a stable. I hear their crackling traveling garments, the steady trot of animals, and a verse of a song by Loreena McKennitt comes to my mind, "Caravanserai":

We woke that morning at the onward call / Our camels bridled up, our howdahs full
The sun was rising in the eastern sky / Just as we set out to the desert's cry

These travelers would have worn Akkad.
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Shahram1361

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Shahram1361
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Charming alluring ancestors.
one of the best amber base sent.
spices and resins polish the amber to not the sweetness of amber be cloying .then vanilla give it more passionate oriental vibe .Akkad is really a high-quality scent.
sophisticated seductive oriental.totally a masterpiece.
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When Europe was still in the Stone Age, Sargon ruled over the kingdom of Akkad. His father was a gardener and he himself was only the king's cupbearer. Until one day he met Ishtar (Inanna), the androgynous supreme goddess of the Assyrians, responsible for light, war, political power and much more. Sargon had just brought mandarins and bergamot fruits and had a wreath of clary sage blossoms on his uncrowned head. Ishtar, on the other hand, was mysteriously surrounded by incense swivels of both sexes. We don't know exactly what they were talking about, but Ishtar gave the boy a clay pot of resinous oil. Later Sargon anointed himself with the substance that smelled of cardamom, various resins and vanilla. So he entered the throne room and the old king sank dead from the throne with envy. That's how good Sargon smelled. All the courtiers then fell to the ground in front of Sargon and tried to kiss his feet and, if possible, smear themselves with a grain of the mysterious substance. Sargon was then appointed king, of course.

Sargon wore his divine ointment all year round, but whether we want it or not, we have to find out for ourselves. He only had to rub it in once a day, it held and held. Sargon thus went to war (this can certainly be considered a sport), went to dance events, to the temple of Ishtar and dictated cuneiform texts. The women found the fragrant Sargon very attractive and so he had many descendants. And if they didn't die, they still spray themselves with Akkad from Lubin today.
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 9 months ago
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After a brief bright spicy opening, this gently smoky, yet dry oriental spicy-resinous Fall fragrance, settles to warm resinous-woody base
MRothMRoth 3 years ago
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Unisex frankincense backed by aromatics. Softer, more wearable compared to monolithic TF Sahara Noir. Dries down to a gourmand amber.

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