[⁶C] Carbon 2012

[⁶C] Carbon by One of those / nu_be
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[⁶C] Carbon is a perfume by One of those / nu_be for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

ResinsResins
GingerGinger
IrisIris
CardamomCardamom
HerbsHerbs
Pepper blossom
SandalwoodSandalwood
Black pepperBlack pepper

Ratings

Scent

7.147 Ratings

Longevity

6.644 Ratings

Sillage

6.144 Ratings

Bottle

6.741 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 08.07.2021.
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9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
10
Pricing
Elysium

553 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
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A Dive Into The Roots Of Life
By the way, do you know that carbon atoms can bond together in different ways, giving rise to various carbon allotropes? The best-known allotropes are graphite and diamond, the former being opaque, black, and soft enough to form a streak on paper, while diamond is highly transparent and is the hardest known natural material. Incredibly, two sides to the same coin! Carbon [⁶C] by Nu Be is an oriental woody fragrance, and the nose behind this fragrance is Françoise Caron. I have some of her creations, including Azzaro’s Onyx-Silver Black which I love. Carbon [⁶C] features floral, powdery, resinous, aromatic, and woody-spicy accords, and was designed to capture the mysterious beginning of life.

The opening invests me with dark and cold aromas like graphite. Carbon [⁶C] starts as one of the most amazing things I’ve tried, with ginger, black pepper, and cardamom that arrive lickety-split and tickle my nostrils right away. I’m talking about the aroma of frozen ginger root, pungent cardamom, and tons of black peppercorns that remind me of Comme des Garçons Black Pepper. But there is not only pepper, because the spiciness seems to include hints of clove pods or better cinnamon bark, and a hint of nutmeg, like freshly grated powder over an Alexander cocktail; I feel it almost strongly. The dominant combination of the above notes creates this realistic bitter citrus and the alcoholic scent of overripe bloody orange, the pungent odor emanating from the peel of a fruit left for many days at room temperature. I’m not saying it’s disgusting, I’m just telling you my feeling of something reminiscent of a pomander ball, citrusy and spicy. I like the initial phase, so unusual and very niche.

When the soft and feathery heart arrives, it announces carnal notes of peppercorn flowers, which I first heard mentioned as a scented note, followed by powdery iris and a blend of aromatic herbs. The iris root in here has some violet leaf-like vibes, sharing the same green, moist dustiness. Also, the spiciness doesn’t end in the upper part, because I can feel sweaty cumin in the middle phase. I appreciate the body odor that some spices give off, but only when they stay in a safe and pleasant area.

The deep and creamy aroma of freshly carved sandalwood gives a formidable persistence and new nuances to the dry-down, soon joined by a handful of sticky and sensual resins, and a hint of white musk, not at all animal and quite clean and laundered. I love how the smooth and radiant woody sandal blends perfectly with the dusty, matte iris.

What can I say, I like it in all its phases, and especially in the end. So far, Carbon [⁶C] is one of the strongest nu_be scents I’ve tested, even though it’s much warmer and creamier. Performance is excellent. Both longevity and sillage are moderate, at least with my skin chemistry. I feel it is suitable for an autumn climate, both for the day and for the colder evenings. If you love a conceptual perfume, you better try it.

This review is based upon a 100ml bottle I own since March 2021 (27Y901 batch code), which I ordered here www.parfimo.it and paid €19.50.

-Elysium
6
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle
Drseid

809 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Not Carbon... Curry!...
Carbon opens with a cinnamon-like ginger tandem before quickly transitioning to its early heart. As the composition enters its early heart phase the ginger remains, joining a starring fiery red and black pepper tandem with dirty cumin-like cardamom spice, supported by dry sandalwood rising from the base. During the late dry-down the ginger and black pepper fade as remnants of the red pepper remain through the finish with the dry sandalwood base note now taking center stage. Projection is average to slightly above average and longevity average at 8 hours on skin.

Carbon is a bit of an enigma. The composition (that never resembles carbon in any way) starts off nicely with its fresh ginger but goes south quickly with its prominent use of cardamom in an implementation that reminds one of curry powder. When the cardamom couples with the fiery pepper and ginger its dirty aspects are somewhat overwhelming and less pleasant than one would expect though not wholly without merit. One really needs to wait for the late dry-down though to get Carbon's payoff, as the composition improves significantly when the dry sandalwood that peeped into the background earlier takes over as star now unchained from the dirty spice assault. The late dry-down may be a bit simplistic but it does indeed smell quite good. The bottom line is the $150 per 100ml bottle Carbon is far from the success I had hoped and expected, but it does smell good with an even better late payoff earning a "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 star out of 5 rating and a modest recommendation to spicy woody fans in particular.

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