Norne by Slumberhouse
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Norne is a popular perfume by Slumberhouse for men and was released in 2012. The scent is resinous-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Perfumer

Josh Lobb

Fragrance Notes

Pine needle, Lichen, Fern, Moss, Hemlock, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (199 Ratings)

Longevity

8.9 (163 Ratings)

Sillage

7.9 (161 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (137 Ratings)
Submitted by Formicula, last update on 18.09.2020.
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Chizza
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Chizza
Very helpful Review    11  
Fate is everything
Lonely I fought my way through the wilderness of this land, as the only survivor of the Fallen Battle. The gods were supposed to bring us victory, but we were ambushed by the Saxons! Since we had not expected this and were rushing wildly towards the enemy, this was our downfall. I myself was wounded, dragged unobserved into the woods.

There it smelled for me strange and wonderful at the same time. The spruces intensively exhaled their ethereal and pleasant scent, which reached me together with the smoke clouds of resin. This melange was strangely calming, the animals of the forest were silent, the idyll was deceptive. I didn't know where I had gotten into, but this intensive smell, which caresses you, which wants to win you over with its woody-etheric aura...

As a spider builds its finely woven web, so I received the signals of the forest; the sticky dew of the spruce I perceived spicily and saw the sticky and viscous liquid on the bark of the firs already before me. I felt as if I could feel the pulsating moss on the trunks of the coniferous trees, as if I could perceive the moss in this way. There! A young fox cut through the ferns lining the path. So there were animals here after all, only no sounds to be heard.

More and more the pictures blurred before my eyes. A dark premonition killed me and so I looked at the plant, which I touched unintentionally when I fell once at the beginning of the forest and partly absorbed in me in an unexplainable moment. It was the hemlock...something suddenly tore me out of my trance and I looked towards the clearing.

Now I saw her clearly, the female being responsible for all this. A being where there was no escape, the gods already knew that. I had escaped the battle, but not my destiny. So she stood before me as one of the three sisters; destiny is everything; now she moved: the Norn.
Explanatory if the scent has not become clear: Norne is very intense and woody in a way that is unparalleled. Here, you don't necessarily feel like you're on a journey through woods, here you feel more like you're part of the woods. The wood smells like freshly cut or as if it was cut in single wounded places and is very well carried by the incense. This provides the wood with a glowing olfactory background and you can well imagine how the spruces release their honeydew or the insects responsible for it. Dark brown and tough, it is symbolic of the imaginary colour of norne. The moss is the reason why the fragrance does not lose its balance. It is very intense, durability and even more sillage are incredibly strong. Here Norne walks on a narrow ridge, but thanks to the calming moss it doesn't lose its balance. Probably some perfumes will be disturbed by an intensely pungent undertone, which is difficult to describe for me and maybe has its origin in the crushed hemlock.
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9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Floyd
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Floyd
Top Review    30  
At the roots of the world ash tree
By the Phaidon, the hemlock, it must have been the spotted hemlock that had hit me like a curare arrow, paralyzing my steps as if I had been sitting in the laburnum and eating too many betel nuts. Now lichens and mosses made their way through the room in time lapse, let ferns sprout in the shade of gigantic pines, everything was warm, moist jungle soil, soft and dark green iridescent and rotten in the ethereal resinous breath of the needles of the colossal conifers. I remained on my hands and knees in amazement as the forest began to pass me by, the bitter-fresh mist of needles rolling over earthy mouldy mosses, projecting vague images of tree sap, iridescent emerald green and dark brown.
Soon the pines began to boil like forests after heavy rain, weaving softly like warm cotton wool threads of incense over the ground, sweetening the musty mosses like sugar, balsamic refining the essential needles. In the warm wafting wads of cotton wool at the roots of the world ash tree sat Urd, Verdandi and Skuld, the three Norns, spinning the fates of the worlds. Urd stood for the past, this forest and the access to the journey, Verdandi was here the present and the question what would become of it. In the black shadow of a dark hood lay the face of the future, the Skuld, when the last remnants of the Norns are used up, the entrance to the forest disappears. Thus the desire increases, drops become treasures, a strange bond begins, letters remain only to describe the forest, ... for Norne legend formation.

(With thanks to Mermaid and Verbena)
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Hendrikmainz
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Helpful Review    5  
Norne, a rare orchid
As the headline says, the Norne is one of the rarest European orchids ever, unfortunately threatened with extinction.
What's that got to do with this smell, you might ask?!

Well, even this one is for one thing every now and then! Lucky are those who have got hold of it!

Why the association with this orchid?
It grows primarily in the boreal coniferous forest, which is primarily populated with spruce! Here it is a rare jewel, which outshines everything with its beauty, but still does not attract all eyes! You have to be careful & attentive!
But here she is the little star!
And as it is with the orchid, so it is with the fragrance!
The orchid shoots a small green leaf after the winter, covered under spruces! That's exactly how this fragrance starts! Coniferous wood, resinous, hemlock (fungus) I do not hear, but what great resinous, natural! At some point the orchid develops a bud & the scent develops something more sweet, delicate, slightly sweetish!

Here the fragrance is almost suitable for everyday use, a little tame. The aspect of all pleases everyone! The point where the orchid starts to bloom! Yes, she is pink & still masculine! (Not that I consider color genderbending), but not cottoncandypink!

The Slumberhouse DNA is present! A wonderful scent, which may be a little daunting at first, or makes it seem inconspicuous, like the single leaf of the norne! But then!!!!

People who have it, cherish it!!!
8
Scent
Viburnam

18 Reviews
Viburnam
Viburnam
Helpful Review    3  
The Best Slumberhouse!
Oh, yes -- this does invoke memories as tdwctdwc states below. For me it is from my childhood in Ontario -- conifers, dank moss, smokey cottage. And yet, there is a slight freshness that lifts the wonderful blend to a happy but still cozy place that makes me smile. Seriously considering a full bottle.
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Very helpful Review    7  
Inky Green
I was pleased to receive a sample of Norne in a purchase I made some time ago. I would never have actively sought this fragrance out but I am really happy that I've had the opportunity of sampling it … it smells like an Enchanted Forest!

The sample I have proclaims this fragrance as being Unisex, but it leans well toward the masculine end of the spectrum for me. This is probably due to inherent memories of flipping through magazines in the 70's and 80's and being bombarded with images of ruggedly handsome men in cable knit sweaters advertising frags like Pino Sylvestre and Agua Brava. Pine forests (think lumberjacks) and hiking in the Alps are traditionally masculine pursuits, so while this fragrance conjures these images I can't help flights of Elven fancy (a la Legolas of the Woodland Realm) while smelling this concoction.
There is absolutely no doubt that this fragrance is beautiful … it just occupies a niche within a niche of the fragrance world. Pine, unfortunately, comes coupled with images of not-so-clean taxi cabs and bathroom disinfectant … thankfully Norne is so beautifully blended that these ideas are never reached. I first thought that the glass containing this frag was black. To my surprise, as I emptied half the contents to the back of my left hand it became clear (or so to speak)! When held up to the light, Norne is a deep, inky green … reminiscent of what one would imagine the light to be like in a deep forest clearing.
A mentholated blast in the opening of green Pine needles is soon followed by muted, dark tones … reminiscent of wet undergrowth. The Moss in this fragrance is prevalent throughout and a definite, 'felled timber' feeling also. I have no idea what Hemlock smells like, but I think that the mention of this note is what inspires the idea of mystery here … like having Gandalf looking over one's shoulder :). As I draw my hand away from my nose I also get a faint touch of cannabis … probably from the combination of green stuff and resiny Frankincense.

I have been known to wear the odd coniferous scent in my fragrant past. Perhaps the time has come to re-visit these fumes. Be that as it may, Norne by Slumberhouse is a brilliant rendition of the coniferous genre … a 'must try' imho!

Update:

Dang and Blast!! Just a few hours in and Norne has me entranced under its intoxicating spell!! At £95 per 30ml my wallet just gave an involuntary groan … but on the upside I'm wearing the contents of what looks like a 1ml sample and filling my car with sillage, so it ought to last a while. One truly just needs a drop … this is definitely produced in true extrait formulation. It looks as if I will have to sample the other fragrant wares from Slumberhouse!!
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8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

742 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Top Review    8  
Forest Green Lovers Take Note...
Norne is very fine release from Slumberhouse. On me it is all about a deep, dark coniferous forest. It immediately gets down to business with its dark resinous fir, coupled with supporting notes of moss, nutmeg and clove spice. Definitely the resinous fir is the dominant accord to my nose. There really is not much in the way of development, with the scent staying pretty linear. That said, it accomplishes the artistic deep forest vision of the parfumier quite effectively, IMO, and is quite easy to wear. I think that Norne will primarily appeal to folks who enjoy coniferous scents like Polo and others, but want something with a distinctively different take on things that only a house with a personal touch like Slumberhouse can provide effectively.

Norne is created 100% from forest absolutes, so it is quite concentrated and requires only one spray to get the job done for most folks. It goes on almost oil-like with a very dark black color (so be careful with allowing it to dry a bit on your skin before putting on clothing, as stains can and will occur if used carelessly). Projection and longevity are both above average.

I definitely like Norne a lot, and bought a bottle after my positive experience sampling it. It is nice to see a small house offering superior scents with personal attention to creativity, value and customer service. Norne is an excellent release from an even better house, earning 4 stars out of 5.

Statements

MrFumejunkieMrFumejunkie 3 years ago
10
Scent
10
Bottle
wearing norne feels like walking through a deep dark forest & being tightly hugged by a grizzly bear with anger management issues. At once.
HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
7
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Gloomy balsamic resinous pine forest. It's hard to create somethig darker!

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