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.