Fundamental 2015

Fundamental by Rubini
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Fundamental is a popular perfume by Rubini for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is fruity-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCalabrian bergamot, Mandarin orange, White grape
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris butter, Clary sage absolute, Lavender, Beeswax, Labdanum
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Java vetiver, Castoreum, Atlas cedar, Cocoa, Sandalwood

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Scent

7.6 (32 Ratings)

Longevity

8.9 (25 Ratings)

Sillage

7.9 (30 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (29 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 29.10.2020.
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GewoonBB

59 Reviews
GewoonBB
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Grape Goodness (NKNN)
Fundamental is a fragrance that I stumbled upon by accident. I got it as a complimentary sample and I didn't pay any attention to it. Last week I noticed that the vial was leaking, so I figured I might as well try it out on skin. The fragrance is by the house of Rubini and it's the first out of two offerings from the brand. The perfumer Cristiano Canali is the nose behind Zoologist's Bee and he does use beeswax in this as well.

Fundamental is unlike anything I've tried before. It's a fruity, leathery, cedar wood fragrance. And it's the fruits that really elevate it's uniqueness. The main note is grape, and to me it's like a grape skin, it's a bit green and tart, there's some citrus and I also get some fig or rhubarb. There's a distinct texture, a sort of fizziness, that you also get when you mix grapes or cucumber in a smoothie. And the opening has this cold, fresh, metallic vibe with a cedar base. And later in the wear, the woods come through more, a bit of leather, a powdery touch from the iris and the entire time you have this sweetness from the beeswax covering it all. I can't really compare this to anything, but I found that Etat Libre d'Orange's Tom Of Finland also had a bit of a metallic woodiness and Floraiku's Between Two Trees has a similar sparkling freshness on top of leather, although that ones much green. And neither has the fruity opening that makes this one pop. It's really versatile too, I can see this being fine for every season or occassion and it leans a little bit masculine. I'm really interested to find out what Rubini has to offer in the future.


sebjar

56 Reviews
sebjar
sebjar
Very helpful Review    3  
Rubini Fundamental Fragrance Review
This is my Rubini Fundamental Fragrance Review, a video for Fundamental by Rubini Review. Both Kara and I enjoyed Rubini’s Fundamental. If you’re curious to try this very unique take, never before experienced a fragrance like this kind of fragrance fragrance, please do take note and check it out. As this is the future of fragrance. Edgy, experimental and totally original. Please do check Fundamental by Rubini out. Please watch my review to find out all about Rubini Fundamental.


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Iranna

1 Review
Iranna
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wonderful
I love this parfume!
Courage, confidence, subtlety, innovation – what a delightfully designed palette!!
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Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
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Preserved integrity with a modern twist
What a delight this little sample turns out to be.

A bright mellow citrus with a through draft of freshness begins the nose journey. Swiftly followed by a huge undercurrent of powerful, herbal, almost resinous woods on a sea of heavy, almost indolic blossoms. Unusual and instantly captivating.

This is like wandering into an old, cool chapel room from a fresh, floral spring day. The air that was heavy with blossoms is almost oppressive initially but upon wandering into the quiet room, the fresh air returns. There is a heavily polished casket to one side. The furniture polish catching your breath slightly as you open it. Inside is a smart and old fashioned wool suit all laid out. The immaculate cut of the suit is apparent as it has been perfectly preserved by an array of cedar balls and small bunches of lavender and sage arranged carefully all around it. There are small incense beads wafting a resinous quality upon the lid opening. There is a pewter vessel of wine within the casket and you sip some expectantly. The flavour of the wine is still there but the alcohol has long gone.

Curiosity assuaged for now, you return to your thoughts and head toward the door. A smart, handsome and very familiar man is walking past wearing an immaculate wool suit. He is clutching a huge bunch of Iris's and is obviously destined for a romantic encounter. He brushes past some long, dusty, pollen loaded grasses beside the chapel to pass you. His freshly washed and familiar perfume wafts past as he smiles and winks conspiratorially. You look back inside and the suit has gone.

Mysterious, pungent and gentlemanly. Old fashioned yet thoroughly modern. Fascinating and timeless.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Very helpful Review    8  
Bravo!
Fundamental by Italian newcomer Rubini is meant to act as a tribute to an early 1900s “Italian Belle Epoque” inspiration, more specifically of the North-East of Italy where Rubini’s heritage is grounded, but with a contemporary, almost hyper-modern feel – as you can imagine by looking at the (supercool, and quite clever) packaging designed by Francesca Gotti (nu_be). This “past into the future” thing may sound as a cliché, and it sure is quite often; but it isn’t here. First of all because there is no generic “old Italian heritage” inspiration, but a specific geographical reference (Verona – which means shortly: wines and cafès); then because the composition totally reflects it, finally getting rid of, again, “old Italian heritage” clichés in perfumes. What you get at the first sniff is a surprisingly good and compelling grapes note that manages to smell fruity, bitter, fresh, kind of Mediterranean, really aromatic and slightly pungent, with a crisp wine vibe; while it isn’t overly and predictably “boozy”, it does provide instead a sort of domestic, almost “rural” but at the same time extremely sophisticated feel, also thanks to the silky and aromatic - and again, Mediterranean - note of sage that perfectly enhances the herbal fruitiness of grapes. Herbs and grapes in turn perfectly blend with a nostalgic kind of “eau de cologne” vibe (a thick, raw, almost “urinous” lavender note, woods, the bitter-astringent side of grapes) and a carnal powdery accord (iris) aimed at evoking the playful lasciviousness of brothels and dancing cafés (early 1900’s, again...). An overall smoky feel and a woody accord also comprising costus (rubbery feel) complete the blend – iris and costus will then remain quite bold on the drydown. I think I get something musky too but I am not sure if the note is there. The keys for me – meaning what I get more deeply and clearly - are however grapes, lavender, sage, iris, costus. Shortly, a kind of fresh-aromatic fruity-herbal scent with a bitter and almost animalic facet, some smokier and darker nuances, a sprinkle of powdery dust. And a ton of class. If notes don’t speak to you, here’s some images to think of; vineyards, wines, gentlemen, cafès (... and women). Not over yet, though: while some notes do clearly smell “retrò”, meaning dusty and kind of “dirty”, taking you right next to a Dannunzian gentleman and his shady businesses (the dirtier side of lavender, the powdery notes), and while others smell clearly “Italian” (herbs, lavender, grapes), there is also a distinctive sort of breezy, almost metallic and kind of wet concrete-like vein (violet leaves, maybe? I think I get some really slight similarity to Narciso for Him, to this extent) that gives Fundamental a crisp texture and a sort of polished, futuristic look – a jump forward in time, the cryogenic mummy of a dandy. Modern class with a heritage feel. I am super picky with niche novelties, but this is really good; the materials smell great as far as I can tell, the concept works, the owner (Andrea) is humble and passionate. And the composition is clever and creative. One of the niche standouts of 2015 for me so far (lucky for Rubini, niche market is so depressing these days... “easy wins are easy”).

8-8,5/10
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