[¹H] Hydrogen 2012

[¹H] Hydrogen by One of those / nu_be
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[¹H] Hydrogen is a perfume by One of those / nu_be for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is fresh-green. It is still available to purchase.
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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Fragrance Notes

AldehydesAldehydes
BasilBasil
OakmossOakmoss
LichenLichen
SpicesSpices
WoodsWoods
JasmineJasmine
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
MelonMelon
MuskMusk
VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

6.637 Ratings

Longevity

6.226 Ratings

Sillage

4.928 Ratings

Bottle

6.231 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 18.03.2021.
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9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
10
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Elysium

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Elysium
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The Lightest Element On Earth
First of all, I must say that Hydrogen [1H] was a revelation; when I blindly ordered the six available pieces from the “One Of Those” collection, I knew I was buying something disruptive, almost niche and concept. All the collection's pieces are presented inside a dark grey polystyrene box similar to a concrete block, which must be opened by twisting the top and bottom; however, I found a hood hidden behind the label glued to the bottom. Anyone who has studied chemistry knows that Hydrogen is the first element of the periodic table. With atomic number 1, it is one of the three first primordial elements and the most abundant element in the universe. I don’t know what the smell of pure Hydrogen might be, but Hydrogen [1H] captures the vaporous and ethereal quality of what one would expect to feel like the lightest element on Earth.
Hydrogen [1H] by Nu Be is an aromatic and citrus fragrance created by the nose Antoine Lie. I own some of his creations, including Essence by Cerruti, Cyber Garden by Costume National, and Elizabeth Arden’s Beauty. It contains musky, woody, aldehydic, and hesperidate accords.

As soon as it is sprayed, it welcomes me with an explosion of essential elements. The first thing that comes to my nose is the scorched, ozonic, and almost metallic accord of the aldehydes, transparent but incisive, soon reached by an alcoholic, bitter and authentic mandarin. The alcoholic smell is a liqueur, almost dense and rich in citrus peel placed to dry on a heat source, which spread its scent throughout the house in winter. Even if I firmly get the fruity and sour tone, I hardly perceive the watery melon; instead, I get the faint salty tones of the sea breeze. As the aldehydes subside, the cold and acidic metallic agreement increases, accompanied by a significant ozone layer. The initial phase is so surprising, sparkling, far too citrusy, a little spicy, and burnt. The aldehydes give it this really invigorating smell at first, and they never go away anyway, but they remain present in the background. This juice is fresh, fruity, and feels exceptionally pure from the first whiff.

As Hydrogen [1H] moves towards the heart, a mixture of earthy and mossy lichen and greenish basil tries to tame the burnt mandarin that moves into the background but does not want to fade. I barely get the indole notes of jasmine, which is not an essential note in this blend. However, the diminishing notes of jasmine and musk help stabilize this otherwise too effervescent creation. In this intermediate phase, the fragrance has already reduced its sillage and its projection, almost disappointing with EDP concentration. But the spirit of the fragrance is still alive, a little spicy and a little floral.

After a promising ozonic opening and a dangerous alcoholic phase, it quickly settles on a rather conventional fruity, musky vanillic base found in many niche fragrances. Shades of musk, woods, a light touch of vanilla, and oakmoss accords herald the impending dryness, which is the most voluptuous and intimate side of the perfume. It feels soft and pure, silky, almost as if you’re wearing nothing but the radiant freshness, with a hint of sweetness from a mix of vanilla with brown sugar and a touch of musk sticking out.

In conclusion, Hydrogen [1H] is as dry as an ice pick or vodka with ice. I think this is a discreet fragrance for the office and a good perfume to wear for spring and summer. If you get the chance, try it. I’m sure you will be amazed too. It doesn’t project much, but it lasts for many hours next to the skin. If you are like me, you know that I tend to avoid gender classification; however, Hydrogen [1H] is more strictly masculine, in my humble opinion.

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
5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle
Drseid

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Hydrogen opens with an ozonic aldehyde-laced boozy orange resembling Cointreau liqueur. As the composition enters its early heart the boozy facets disappear with the orange developing into a moderately sweet mandarin and melon starring tandem with an underlying fine powdery sheen. During the late dry-down the mandarin and melon combo dissipates, revealing a prominent vague woody base, supported by just a touch of powdery oakmoss. Projection is below average and longevity is very good at 8-10 hours on skin.

Hydrogen opens nicely with its very fine approximation of Cointreau liqueur, but that is really the highlight of its development. The mandarin and melon tandem that dominates most of the mid-section is slightly cloying, resembling a syrupy orange cough medicine. While the vague woody base notes actually smell pretty good, there is absolutely nothing distinguishing them from many other far less expensive compositions, and the powdery oakmoss is used so sparingly that it is barely noticeable. The bottom line is the $150 per 100ml bottle Hydrogen by Antoine Lie is a competent composition, but nothing distinguishes it from many others for a lot less money earning it an "average" rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 outright, and an "avoid" when you take its relatively poor value into account.
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ElysiumElysium 10 months ago
9
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
This juice is fresh, fruity, mossy, and feels exceptionally pure from the first whiff. Ozonic and boozy, a little spicy and a little floral.

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