Spicy rum and smoky incense are the first impressions left when applying Idole. The scent is intoxicating in the way it wraps itself around you. That initial opening then starts turning towards the bitter orange. It still a bit boozy, but it now has more of a bite. Still intoxicating. Sometimes, scents with rum as an ingredient can get too thick and will overtake all of the notes. Not in the case of Idole, it accentuates the spices and makes them pop. The real interesting part of this fragrance is that it stays in this boozy, spicy state for a long time, but then hours after wearing it, it does fade and the leather notes are what you are left with. Usually you’ll notice the leather in the scent much earlier, but in this case you don’t find it until the end. And in that end, the leather is soft and warm and very pleasing. So far, this is my second entree’ into the world of Lubin scents and I’m happily surprised. And from the pictures I’ve seen, the bottle is a work of art.
Rum absolute, saffron, black cumin, bitter orange peel, Doum palm, rock rose, smoked ebony, frankincense, sugar cane, leather, red sandalwood, amber
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent Type: Oriental – Spicy
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $160 for 100ml EDP
May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm
I really liked this perfume when I tested it but I’m boycotting Lubin because of last year’s incident at Olfactoria’s Travels so I won’t be buying it. But I agree, it’s good.
May 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm
What happened last year??!
May 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm
I do not think everybody else should avoid this brand, but it’s my personal response to that story.
May 9, 2012 at 5:29 am
I’ve only given this a quick sniff on paper, I just remember it as a boozy, spicy amber, very pleasant. Will have to give it a proper wearing 🙂
May 9, 2012 at 5:47 am
Please do. I was worried about the rum. Maybe I’m just used to those bay rum type of fragrances that are “George Washington wore this in 1820”. I need to stop my thinking about past experiences, because I am constantly surprised!
May 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm
I actually own a bottle of EdT which is still sealed. I bought it last year in Milano for me not for my husband or let’s say for both of us. But I still have a sample and so much other perfumes to test so the bottle stays in the corner waiting for better times. I like it very much and EdP I’ve tried at the Esxence this year is even better. It reminds me of Cuba (pleasant distant memories, uh), more than Habanita ;-).
May 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Would love to go to Cuba! But hard going there from here. As for a full bottle just waiting to be cracked. I don’t know how you can do that. I don’t have the willpower to stay away!!!
May 12, 2012 at 2:31 am
I put it in the back of the drawer so I can rarely see it ;-). Far from eyes far from heart…