Idole de Lubin (2011) Eau de Parfum

Idole de Lubin (Eau de Parfum) by Lubin
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Idole de Lubin (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Lubin for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orange peel, Rum absolute, Saffron, Black cumin
Heart Notes Heart NotesSmoked ebony wood, Doum palmwood, Frankincense, Sugar cane
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Cistus, Leather, Red sandalwood

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Scent

8.2 (236 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (178 Ratings)

Sillage

6.9 (182 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (178 Ratings)
Submitted by Palonera, last update on 05.11.2019
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Profumo

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Greatly helpful Review    17
Olivia Giacobetti's iconic fragrance
On the perfume market, which has been completely overheated for many years, it rarely happens that a new launch receives longer attention than, say, 1-2 months. Especially when the fragrance does not come from one of the established houses, but is the first work of an initially small niche company that has, however, secured itself a once great name: Lubin.

Idole de Lubin is such a fragrance.

Several factors helped to give 'Idole de Lubin' unusually great attention:

- an established, highly respected perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti
- a grandiose bottle, Serge Mansau
- a very, very good fragrance, together with nice sources of inspiration
- a connection, even if only by name, with the old 'Idole de Lubin' of 1962 (whom, however, hardly anyone should know more), as a bridge to the heritage of the house.

In 2005 it was launched on the market, described by the manufacturer and in the relevant forums as men's fragrance, but this was already at that time somewhat nonsense, since it can and will be worn by both women and men alike.
He was not really innovative: Fragrances in which rum, spicy and fruity notes, as well as exotic woods played a role, were already abundant in the past. But he had something the least perfumed: Character, or New English: 'Personality'.

Since then, 'Idole de Lubin' has become a kind of iconic fragrance, a fragrance that many more people know than it wears, and which has almost become a founding myth for 'Lubin'. Without 'Idols', 'Lubin' is unthinkable today.
The first EdT version of the fragrance disappeared a few years after its introduction and shortly after an EdP version came onto the market. The reasons for this were not quite clear, but I suspect that one or the other ingredient of the IFRA's spell beam hit and 'Lubin' felt compelled to revise the fragrance according to the new guidelines. Fortunately, Olivia Giacobetti went to work herself. The result was a slightly revised, but all in all quite identical version of its earlier fragrance.
Also other and far bigger houses, like for example 'Chanel', were confronted with the same challenges during this time, so that many, many fragrances formerly developed as Eau de Toilette mutated to Eau de Parfums, without losing any quality - at least concerning 'Chanel', but also the fragrances of Patricia de Nicolaï, 'Etro', or 'Lubin'.

I still have a small sample of the original fragrance published in 2005, but like it is with aged fragrance remnants: they only give an unreliable impression of the former fragrance experience.
I remember, though, that I wasn't so enthusiastic at the time. Rum spice scents, his Caribbean style, or located in East Indian climes, did not appeal to me at all, and basically do not do so today, although my preferences have become more varied.
Recently, however, the old 'Idole' sample fell back into my hand and I sprayed some of the rest onto my hands. Somehow it smelled like 'idols', but changed in such a way that it was clear to me: because of these pitiful remnants an evaluation of the scent was impossible.
A little later I bought the wonderful 'Galaad' and asked the saleswoman to bottle me something of 'Idole'. Arriving at home I tested the bottling and immediately thought: yes, this is 'idols' as I knew them, as I remember them.

Differences to the old EdT may be discovered by those who still have a bottle with a halfway intact content of the original. Unfortunately, I only have my sample remains, and they are simply unusable.
The EdP version of today is one thing in any case: it is absolutely committed to the character of the old EdT and has the same aura. Some say that the fragrance is rounder, softer, others complain about that and miss the corners and edges.
Sycomore' reports similar things again and again, but in the case of the Chanel scent I can say that the new one is not worse than the old one - a little bit changed, also softer and rounder, but that's it.
If the new 'idol' behaves qualitatively to the old as the new 'Sycomore' EdP does to the old EdT (which I suppose!), I can only say: Chapeau, the work was worth it! The EdP has a good endurance and the fruity, alcoholic, woody, smoky notes, as well as the bitter spice are wonderfully interwoven.

Unfortunately 'Idole' is no longer in the great old bottle, which was inspired by African mask art, but in the almost as beautiful new one, which the fragrance now shares with some others like 'Korrigan', or 'Akkad', and which always reminds me of a tapped male walking forward.
Both bottles were modelled by Serge Mansau, perhaps the greatest flalkon designer the industry has ever seen.

But one thing irritates me again: as much as the labeling of the old EdT as men's fragrance was nonsense, the current designation of the EdP as women's fragrance is as incomprehensible. I could imagine, however, that 'idols' are still worn more by men than women, no matter in which version, but that doesn't mean that the fragrance tends more towards 'masculine'. No, very similar to other unisex icons like 'Bandit', 'Eau Sauvage' or the already mentioned 'Sycomore', 'Idols' elude any gender drawer. Only when it comes to woods, bitter aromatic spices (saffron, cumin & Co.) and high-percentage schnapps, the gentlemen of creation are likely to be a jag faster.

Just a hunch. The perfumery saleswoman, after turning the bottle over to decipher the most important notes listed on a small handwritten sticker on the underside, called it a men's fragrance. I negated and let him pack me yet.

Today I like 'Idole de Lubin' more than ever before, and a little bottle adorns my already overcrowded shelf...

Have I already said that few perfumes manage to become a fragrance icon?
I did.
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Stanze

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Greatly helpful Review    26
At the altar of the Amanirenas
We are in Napata (today in Sudan) in the year 20 B.C. in the Nubian Kingdom of Kush. Queen Amanirenas is worshipped like a goddess. According to the official reading it is related to Amun, the god of wind and fertility of the ancient Egyptian religion. So she's a goddess. Amanirenas hasn't had it easy lately. The Romans killed their husband Teriteqas. Therefore, she now rules alone over the kingdom of Kush. There was a war with Rome from 27 to 22 BC. In battle, Amanirenas has lost an eye. She was then not very amused, penetrated with her troops far into the southern Egyptian territory of the Romans, took prisoners, symbolically cut off the head of a large statue of Augustus and brought the head as spoils of war to the city of Meroe, where she had it buried under the threshold of the palace, so that everyone who crossed her threshold stepped on Augustus head. (Much later the head would be found by archaeologists.)

Although Amanirenas and her troops fought like lions, the fighting queen had to sign a peace treaty with the hated Romans in the year 21 BC. The border was much too close for their taste but at least the Nubians didn't have to pay any tribute anymore. Her people worshipped the queen because she had brought them peace and prosperity. Tribute was also paid to her divinity on the household altars. There were women's statues made of ebony and ceramics as well as sacrificial bowls with spices. Incense was burned. Parties were held in her honor. People danced and drank intoxicating drinks. (Rum did not exist until the 17th century.) The warlike queen ruled until the year 10 BC. It's about time someone gave her a perfume. According to Lubin's website, Idole de Lubin is the sacred image of a Nubian deity. Yeah, that fits.

I particularly like the ebony note or what I think is ebony. Idole de Lubin is not a loud scent, the Sillage is not very strong. Perhaps Idole de Lubin is also suitable for work. However, I would rather wear it in my spare time (walking along the Nilterrassen), in the evening or at events (celebrations in honour of various gods such as Amun). Idole de Lubin is more of a serious fragrance. In the base the perfume becomes sweet and soft, but before that there is nothing to laugh about. Idole de Lubin may be unisex. We can all pay homage to the god queen.
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Windspiel

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Despair, comfort and sensuality
Lubin Paris, founded in 1798, is one of the most traditional houses in the world of fragrances. Despite its glorious history, it is almost completely unknown and therefore doomed to slow demise. Lubin perfumes were the first to be shipped from Paris to the United States in 1830. The name stood for elegance, class and style, but today it is hardly marketed any more and only ekes out a niche existence.

This is completely unjustified, because the few Lubin fragrances on offer today are still pearls of the perfume trade. Akkad, for example, is a straightforward, cuddly amber creation, Upper Ten projects a sovereign, unagitated, creamy spiciness. However, my star is by far an idol, which I have had for almost a year now and which so beguiles me that I have never found the right words to express my feelings about this fragrance, because he sends my feelings every time on a roller coaster.

I wear the scent on my own. A spray on my left arm, plenty for me to enjoy the drydown for hours. It is a fragrance that I would like to embrace, that satisfies my most intimate feelings in a subtle way, that comforts me and at the same time invites me to an adventure. Just to say that he makes me happy does not do justice to the complexity he triggers in me. In my world of thoughts a charismatic, almost infinitely strong woman manifests herself in Idole, with an external beauty that is perfect in her imperfection. Her dark eyes are as deep as the oceans and only the bravest can keep eye contact with her without despairing. A woman who doesn't need many words, who didn't break up from the intense, sometimes traumatic experiences she had to have in her life, but grew from them - and she grew up and still grows. She stands above things and does not want to be conquered because she simply does not need it. She likes long walks in the most beautiful places in the world, but one will be careful not to take her by the hand. She alone shows the way. She dislikes affairs, she has no time for banalities, and even the courageous conqueror who dares to kidnap her into the night will break her strength and say goodbye humbly. She is, exactly, an idol of our time, a martyr, a muse. Desirable and unattainable.

Back to the perfume: The start is spicy, almost medicinal with a strong rum note. The scent announces itself loudly, and is so tipsy that some say goodbye with a headache. Do not wash it off, but let yourself be seduced by the further course. I smell the noblest spice, saffron, and a light leather note joins the round. The orange, bitter and by no means sweet, accompanies the fragrance throughout its course. The incense now also cries out for attention and after a while, finally, the gentle Amber knocks on the door, who now wants to take the lead. After one hour, the components sit in perfect harmony at a table made of exquisite woods. The strong rum now gives way to a noble drop, the spices fill the room with sensual aromas, the bitter orange shines in its most beautiful colour and the leather gradually begins to retreat. What remains is a symbiosis of wood, orange, rum and sweet amber.

It is the only fragrance in my collection that I wear myself and I rarely wear it. It doesn't deserve to experience the everyday. This fragrance belongs neither in the office, nor in the trendy clubs of the city. He should bewitch precisely those people who are profound and grown-up. Those who appreciate aesthetics, who dress stylishly and do not equate passion with fast sex.

Idole is my favourite fragrance and will probably always be so.
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Pepdal

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Idole EDP
For me the house of Lubin is like a fragrant treasure trove where at every sniff, a new jewell is discovered. This one is the first thing I found in the Aladdin's cave .


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Vawallpa

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Helpful Review    4
A lubin masterpiece!
This truly is a masterpiece. I smell rum, orange and saffron are prominent in the opening. This then dries down incense-leathery base. It smells exactly as if Gucci Envy & Yves Rocher's Hoggar had a love child! gathering the best elements from both and blending a truly exquisite perfume. I feel this is slightly more on the masculine side. It probably deserves the £105 price tag as it is well-crafted and has decent longevity and sillage to boot. The bottle design is rather good and definitely has a place amongst a collection of creeds or bonds. 4.5/5
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Drseid

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A Superb Spicy Fragrance With An Equally Superb Bottle...
The Eau de Parfum version of Idol de Lubin is a truly outstanding effort from the parfumier Giacobetti. The scent opens with a gorgeous semi-sweet rum accord along with a strong saffron note mixed with hints of orange. The scent quickly turns its attention to a very mild mannered, but outstanding ebony and incense heart before drying down to a sublime amber and sandalwood base with just a touch of sweetness that may be the best part of the scent. Idole de Lubin edp is not a sillage monster by any means and its longevity is average to maybe even a hair below average. What it *is,* is a stunning concoction that is entirely unisex, and would smell incredible on just about anyone. Also of note is the bottle housing the juice is one of the most artistically beautiful containers I have seen to date, and the scent inside is well deserving of it. Absolute must buy IMO, for lovers of spicy incense scents (and just about everyone else, for that matter). 4.5 stars out of 5.

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