[¹⁶S] Sulphur 2013

[¹⁶S] Sulphur by One of those / nu_be
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[¹⁶S] Sulphur is a perfume by One of those / nu_be for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still available to purchase.
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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

GrapefruitGrapefruit
PimentoPimento
CinnamonCinnamon
AngelicaAngelica
VetiverVetiver
PatchouliPatchouli
MossMoss
CostusCostus
CastoreumCastoreum
OpoponaxOpoponax
MyrrhMyrrh

Ratings

Scent

7.130 Ratings

Longevity

7.022 Ratings

Sillage

6.722 Ratings

Bottle

6.823 Ratings
Submitted by Franfan20, last update on 20.03.2021.
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9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
10
Pricing
Elysium

554 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
   1  
Lucifer: The Enchanter Of The Senses
What is that horrible smell? If you’ve never smelled Sulfur, it’s hard to describe how awful it is. Most of those who have it describe it as a rotten egg smell, and so do I. That smell is probably hydrogen sulfide, commonly called Sulfur. The latter is a mineral that exists in nature and is widely found in water reserves. As long as sufficient oxygen is present, it exists in a combined form with oxygen and presents no odor problems. However, in the absence of oxygen, there may be conditions that convert the combined form of oxygen to a mixed format with hydrogen, i.e., hydrogen sulfide, which creates a compound with a distinctive rotten egg odor. While this odor is annoying, the water is safe for consumption. There are healing spas where you drink water rich in Sulfur. Oh man, you must wonder what Sulfur [¹⁶S] smells like.
I hope the rotten eggs smell of Sulfur not inspired perfumer Antoine Lie, who’s the nose behind Hydrogen and Oxygen. Keep calm and read on. Happily, it does not smell of Sulfur at all, despite the telling name. I sensed almost complete denial of what the perfume name and chemical character of Sulfur could suggest. Sulfur [¹⁶S] features a contrast between spices and woods with balmy, aromatic, resinous, leathery, mossy, and woody accords and represents the satanic spirit. A juice from the shadow, the gloomy afterlife where the shadows walk, a satanic elixir. Nothing is pure; instead, it evokes infernal potions, it’s fire and darkness.

Sulfur [¹⁶S] welcomes me with an explosion of aromatic and citrusy accords. The Hesperides are present in the very first moments. The bitterness of the grapefruit peel feels good, with its natural sulfur sort. Still, as soon as it recedes, it gives way to a piquant black pepper that lasts just a while before a tremendous aromatic scent, really tremendous, pops in, rich in mentholated and balsamic rosemary drowned in boozy grapefruit juice. A minty facet might come from the black angelica, reminiscent of wool cloth and mothballs, and sometimes akin to the Vicks VapoRub ointment, while the spicy aspect results in cold and dark. Indeed, a curl of warmth comes from the cinnamon bark. The dustiness from cinnamon and angelica acts as exciting accents. Together they create a dusty sound. The initial stage is smothering, stiff, slightly boozy, and intoxicates the senses. Something quite elementary emerges, a tiny mineral and a tad earthy.

Now that the initial blast has cleared the ground, a new dance begins. The rhythm changes, and Sulfur [¹⁶S] releases its more animal notes, costus, and castoreum that wrap themselves in a sensual embrace and add their indisputably warm muskiness, leatheriness, and wet presence, supported by the sweetness of opoponax and myrrh. The latter adds a deeply resinous touch to the heart, almost touching an oriental profile.

The dry-down is smoother, simple, but very refined and extremely well blended. Smoky and tart cedar and guaiac woods simmer with heady balms, softened by salty oakmoss and naughty patchouli. The woods are steamy and heat like the one inside a sauna. The resulting concoction brings the scent down to the deepest earth. I also get the earthy vetiver, not yet listed here but mentioned in some perfume’s magazines.

The body surrenders to the breath of the inner soul. All in all, it is a perfume that doesn’t smell like Sulfur but has sulfur properties hidden in its soul. Sulfur [¹⁶S] is very masculine, indeed manly. It is a pleasant, safe, discreet warm weather scent with great versatility. A well-crafted fresh scent with tangible spicy notes. Ozone freshness and cut grass, wet salt, and spilled pepper. To acknowledge Sulfur [¹⁶S] and all the other One of Those elements, you required an unconventional and brave approach, a free and open-minded spirit.

This review was based on a 100ml bottle I own since March 2021.

-Elysium
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Drseid

809 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Where The Rubber Meets The Road...
Sulphur opens opens with a fresh slightly tart grapefruit and mild peppery angelica tandem before transitioning to its early heart. During the early heart the grapefruit and angelica remain briefly before giving way to a growing leathery castoreum and latex rubber-like costus starring tandem with cinnamon spice acting as key support. During the late dry-down a very natural smelling cedar takes over the focal role, mixing with remnants of the cinnamon, castoreum and costus that all remain, now in support. Projection is very good and longevity excellent to outstanding at over 12 hours on skin.

Sulphur is one of those scents that first impressions can prove quite deceptive. When first sprayed on paper for an early read all that stood out was "burnt tire rubber" and that was not a good sign. Indeed, even early when sprayed on skin as one sniffs their wrist up close to evaluate the composition it still comes off in similar fashion. It would be easy to see many dismissing the composition if that is the way the fragrance is solely evaluated. Where Sulphur begins to win the wearer over is in its sillage. When smelled from the scent trail perspective the nuances of the composition are revealed. What comes off as tire rubber up close, shows as smoky latex-like costus in the sillage flanked by dry hardcore leathery castoreum. That is surely a step in the right direction, but what really won *this* reviewer over was the cinnamon that completely makes the composition even though it never is the focus. The cinnamon balances the "bite" of the rubbery facets with additional support from some well-concealed ingredient in the heart adding just the slightest amount of sweetness to the mix. The dry-down is also quite pleasant smelling; as cedar is utilized quite well, melding perfectly with the sulfur-like asphalt remnants from the early heart. The bottom line is Sulphur is not the kind of composition that is super-easily likable, but if one gives this 3.5 star out of 5 "very good" rated composition a chance it may very well win you over. Recommended.

Statements

ElysiumElysium 11 months ago
9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
A well-crafted fresh scent with tangible piquancy. Ozone freshness, cut grass, wet salt, and spilled pepper. Animal and mineral, as required.

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