[³Li] Lithium 2012

[³Li] Lithium by One of those / nu_be
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[³Li] Lithium is a perfume by One of those / nu_be for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

SpicesSpices IrisIris FlintstoneFlintstone LeatherLeather MuskMusk PatchouliPatchouli RoseRose SaffronSaffron CedarwoodCedarwood

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Scent

7.258 Ratings

Longevity

7.146 Ratings

Sillage

6.346 Ratings

Bottle

6.043 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 02.03.2022.
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5
Longevity
5
Sillage
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Bottle
10
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Elysium

592 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
   5  
The Untold Story Of The Magic Mineral
As far as cosmologists know, there were only three elements present when the universe first formed about 13.8 billion years ago: hydrogen, helium, and lithium. As one of the original three elements, we find lithium throughout our atmosphere. The sun, stars, and meteorites burn intensely with the flame of this highly reactive element. On land, lithium remains a vital mineral component of granite rock and lingers in significant quantities in seawater, mineral springs, and soil. Lithium has also found its way into the batteries of our cell phones, electric cars, and holiday fireworks. Every organ and tissue in the human body contains the mineral lithium, which is essential for brain health. Lithium [³Li] by Nu Be is an aromatic and spicy fragrance created by Nicholas Bonneville’s nose. The bouquet features notes of mineral, woody, earthy, spicy, leathery, and floral accords.

I do not know how Mr. Bonneville composed this fragrance, as Lithium [³Li] interprets a metal translated through cedar and iris, with an almost mineral density. On my skin, the scent greets me with an explosion of hot cumin, with that something reminiscent of body sweat and rather pungent, unmistakable, and dominant saffron. But after a few minutes, it calms down, becomes pleasant and wearable. Cumin is still present but has a pleasing aroma. Acidity, bitterness, plump, moist, strange fruity, spicy, and liqueur are soon accompanied by a sweet warmth that reminds me of gummy saffron candies kissed by salt, melted by heat, and placed in some stone fireplace. The metallic effect came from Saffron, Cumin and an “iron” effect from Patchouli.

The finesse of the dusty rose, and the intensity of the iris give life to the heart. Rosewater extinguishes and moistens, enhancing soft and delicate waves of smoke, refreshed by the flowers. A sort of masculine pink, on the darker side, with a hint of gourmand quality. The primordial smell of flint and leather blends with saffron’s soft warmth and the ephemeral freshness of the rose. There is also a subtly creamy, powdery note that smells like feminine cosmetics, like a cream. It is a light and soft, warm scent with great versatility. Warm and sultry rose and cold geranium form a link between the metallic opening and the mineral dry-down. They blend very well with saffron.

The dryness is a harmony of contrasts with the persistent presence of woods, cedarwood, patchouli, and the softness of musk in antithesis with the spicy opening. The musk is immaculate, almost leathery and metallic on my skin, taking it to a whole new level of dark saffron-pink scents. Iris and cedarwood accord create such a dry, sharp, and mineral effect.

Lithium [³Li] is an exceptionally well-made perfume, saffron is almost suffocating, and the rose is deadly cold, patchouli and spices enhance the rose’s cold and dryness, making this perfume incredibly dark and gothic. I smell my pulse and remember why I love the rose note so much; it is versatile, and Lithium [³Li] is another perfume that proves it. Lasting potency and sillage are both moderate. The spicy and leathery theme makes it preferable for the cold evenings of the early autumn months. If you like all the pink-saffron genres, you might as well try it. The combination of rose with spice in the fragrance is nothing revolutionary, but here it is done with finesse and ease that is worth trying.

This review is based upon a 100ml bottle I own since March 2021, which I ordered here www.parfimo.it and paid €19.50.

-Elysium
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7.5
Longevity
7.5
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2.5
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Drseid

818 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5  
Dirty Cumin and Waxy Iris Equal An Elementary Failure...
Lithium opens with a slightly fruit-laced rose before quickly transitioning to its heart accord. As the composition reaches its early heart, the rose remains though quite faint, giving way to the starring waxy iris and dirty cumin tandem additionally supported by vague sharp cedarwood and soft leather. During the late dry down the iris and cumin spice slowly recede, revealing a strong patchouli base note that takes over as star, supported by relatively tame musk and remnants of the earlier cedar and soft leather. Projection is average and longevity excellent at 10-11 hours on skin.

After Lithium's top notes burned off within ten seconds, the first thing that came to mind was I've smelled this before... Cumin spice mixed with waxy iris reveals a very heavy Cartier Declaration influence. In the case of this reviewer that is *not* a good thing as I disliked that Jean-Claude Ellena composition considerably. Yes, Lithium adds a bit of a leathery undertone to the mix, but there is not much daylight between the two compositions' heart accords. The late dry-down is where the two similar compositions go separate ways as Lithium becomes more tolerable. That said, the patchouli and musk driven late dry-down is far from exceptional and has been done better by countless other compositions. The bottom line is the $150 per 100ml bottle Lithium is a disappointing outing from nu_be that shows little innovation, failing the smell test to boot earning a "poor" 2 stars out of 5 and an avoid recommendation unless you are a fan of Declaration and have money to burn.
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ElysiumElysium 1 year ago
9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
It interprets a metal translated through cedar and iris, with an almost mineral density. An explosion of hot cumin, and dominant saffron.
MRothMRoth 4 years ago
8
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Surprisingly sweet, featuring a jammy stone fruit accord not listed in its pyramid. Pleasant top notes, but the drydown is hardly unique.

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