Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Korrigan by Lubin

Juniper Berry, Saffron, Cognac, Lavender, Ambrette, Whiskey, Cedar, Oud, Leather, Vetiver, Musk.

Is Korrigan an Oud fragrance? I open the review with this statement since that particular note can dominate an entire composition if tuned for that result. Korrigan, at least on me, is certainly not what the fragrance community has come to expect from Oud being listed in the accord.

Even the Saffron is implemented in a shy fashion. Saffron and Oud seem to be partners in crime over the past few years as Oud has slowly but surely become more mainstream to western noses. On one hand, I'm glad that Oud isn't front and center, but I do enjoy a well played Saffron and it simply never realizes on my skin. What does come to fruition is Ambrette, but along with it materializes a soft spoken play-dough note.

Korrigan opens with a spicy woods and the suggestion of "booze". To be honest, the listed Cognac and Whiskey are anything but realistic. The accord still smells good, so that's all that matters. The Ambrette is supported by Musk and and creates an earthy sensuality with a floral component. The play-dough quality is evident on my skin throughout the life of the wearings, but in this case, it's not a drawback. If anything, it's interesting and subdued.

Leather and Vetiver perform as accent players and lend body as opposed to  unraveling individually. These notes lend a certain animalic aspect where the Musk is concerned. It's not overt, but subtle and as stated earlier, more sensual than distracting.

Sillage is acceptable and longevity is approximately 5 hours or a little better on me. Thumbs up from Aromi for Korrigan by Lubin. In this case, a sample wear is strongly recommended.

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