Sova by Slumberhouse
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Sova is a perfume by Slumberhouse for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-smoky. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Josh Lobb

Fragrance Notes

Tonka bean, Poplar bud, Hop, Hay, Vanilla, Castoreum, Amber, Beeswax, Acacia, Cocoa, Pipe tobacco, Araucaria, Sweet-clover

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (59 Ratings)

Longevity

9.1 (45 Ratings)

Sillage

7.5 (47 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (43 Ratings)
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jtd

484 Reviews
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Very helpful Review    5
2015 extrait
Slumberhouse perfumer Josh Lobb has said that he doesn’t work with topnotes. Most of his perfumes smell layered, as if materials with similar consistencies or densities were creating a ‘wall of scent.’ Materials meet each other head to head on a level playing field. The democracy of materials urges you to find your own understanding of the perfumes without being steered along a particular course. By contrast, a traditional top/heart/base has a momentum that guides your attention more explicitly. If you favor traditional perfume, Sova might seem as if it lacks movement. On the other hand, if you prefer the ‘wall of scent’ approach, a traditional pyramidal structure could seem programatic, like a theme-park ride that, for all its thrills and drama, is still a passive experience.

I have no horse in this race and think that both approaches can be effective. The issue is how successfully a perfume accomplishes its goals. Sova is an excellent example of Lobb’s method. It has no topnotes per se and questions the premise that a perfume without a top-to-bottom structure is “linear”, that is to say, static. By asking the wearer to participate in order to make sense of the perfume, Lobb’s perfumes tip the balance from observation to interpretation. The perfume is less an artifact and more the entry point to an adventure.

Sova appears gourmand at first sniff and aromas come into focus as flavors. The herbal moistness of tobacco and hay. A bitter honeycomb made from hops and clover. Cold/hot spices like clove and allspice.

If I try to chase down the specific gourmand facets, they take me somewhere vaguely inedible–woods, bitter herbs, resins. Sova’s imagery is elusive if you squint too hard to bring it into focus. To paraphrase a new age expression that used to make me apoplectic, Let Go and Let Sova. The imagery works best as a gestalt, not zooming in on the flavors, but the picture that the flavors suggest. I have a sample of the discontinued Slumberhouse Baque (also 2012), which has a similar profile to Sova. The similarity of aromas is there, but Sova suggests baked goods while Baque suggests booze.

Lobb riffs on an approach that Christopher Sheldrake honed to precision in woody Serge Lutens perfumes like Arabie, Chergui and Five O’Clock au Gingembre. Framing woods with resins and spices brings out roasted tones. Sova is far less sweet than these Lutens though, as if Lobb paraphrased the Godfather cannoli meme: Leave the syrup. Take the woods.

Sova reminds me of the most delicious part of gingerbread, the scorched edges where sweetness gives way to smokiness. Lutens might have built a gingerbread house. Slumberhouse burns it down.
1.0/10
Viburnam

18 Reviews
Viburnam
Viburnam
Unpleasant :(
I was somewhat startled when I first tried the sample. I expected this would smell fresh and "outdoorsy," but it was not that at all. I found it dry and old, like every note had turned into a bad version of itself. And unfortunately, as it dried down, it actually got worse. I don't want to smell like this :(
1.0/10
Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
Helpful Review    3
Fermenting fields
Balsamic smoky cade at a very low resolution under a sweet, rum-like, nutmeg-ish, marzipan-ish note. All seemingly at a low, strangely creamy level. This smells like something to drink, almost like a hot toddy made with nutmeg, a slight nuance of milky vanillic coffee present. Honey or propolis or labdanum sweetens this almost coffee-like infused concoction.

This sample again strikes me as an interesting and slightly wierd accord more than a complete perfume. I would describe this scent to another as an alcoholic and sweet coffee-ish liqueur. Something to drink rather than wear. There is a herbal note I cannot pinpoint, almost like a minty chocolate lavender sitting alongside a boozy coffee cocoa note, light and gentle, but very there, like an animal musk.

This dries down to powdery, damp, slightly sweet, fusty plants, almost like fermenting grass. Most fascinating but not something I would wear. More like a curious tale told. The smoky Cade aspect seems like a Slumberhouse signature note in the few I have smelled. Very, very odd but not actually unpleasant.
7.5 10.0 8.0/10
MemoryOScent

37 Reviews
MemoryOScent
MemoryOScent
Very helpful Review    4
Gingerbread box
Sova opens like another version of the gingerbread only this time less edible. It smells like the wooden box where gingerbread is kept. I can also pick up hay, one of my favourite notes in perfumes. Cedar is also there. I really loved Sova for its complexity. There are all these dark notes playing in there and this is the one I would definitely run to buy. However I already own Fougere Bengale and those two cannot fit in the same wardrobe. They are not exactly the same, Fougere Bengale is greener. Sova has no detectable lavender and it is woodier, smells more red. But it is still an amazing scent. Full of nature and warmth.
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