The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Itasca by Lubin


I was really excited to sample Lubin’s Itasca, the scent that was designed to represent the North American Forest.  Itasca is named after Lake Itasca in Minnesota, my home state.  My father was actually born not far from Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi River gives birth.  So as a native son, I was trying to see if this scent represented what I think of Minnesota.  Unlike my last review of 1828 by Histoires de Parfums where I loved the opening of the scent, but did not like the dry down; this is pretty much the opposite.  The dry down is lovely and the opening is nice, but considering the fact that with most scents you live with the dry down for the most part, I couldn’t have been happier.  Itasca opens with a fresh blast of grapefruit and pine.  It’s fresh, green and clean. It’s also very soothing and smooth.  Pine can sometimes get sharp, this does not.  In the end, Itasca evens out into what I would say is a floral scent, with just a hint of powder.  Itasca overall is a cool, clean and refreshing scent.  I think Lubin did a wonderful job of representing my home state.

From the Lubin website:

Top Notes:  neroli, marigold, mandarin, juniper berry, grapefruit

Middle Notes:  clove, tonka bean, clary sage, nutmeg, geranium flower

Base Notes:  Itasca Red Pine, Java Vetiver, Texas Cedar, Partak Incense, Ethiopian Myrrh, amber, Canadian Fir Balsam

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $110 for 75ml, EDT

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

5 thoughts on “Itasca by Lubin

  1. With so much wood it gets usually very dry. Is it?


    • Surprisingly not. In the dry down, the floral really comes out and the woods mellow. It becomes slightly powdery, but never becomes too dry. It is nice, I am looking forward to sampling it again… maybe on a really hot day to see how it wears.


  2. I hope I’ll be able to try it at the Esxence.


    • I still am incredibly jealous that you are going to Esxence. I can only imagine the number of goodies that you will be coming home with. I may have to bribe you to pick up a 2nd set of everything and I’ll pay you to have it shipped over…I can send you my remaining Profumo 🙂


      • It is very hard to get samples if you are not store owner. Some newcomers would like to give them, but can’t afford it, some most expensive producers with most expensive perfumes don’t even look at you if you are not someone very important but there is not all black or white at this area. Maybe some samples will come with the post…hopefully. I will share my discoveries in following posts so keep reading there will be some draws.
        And I tried Itasca it is just you’ve described. I liked it.


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