Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Lubin Idole Eau de Parfum
Upon hearing of Lubin's planned release of an Eau de Parfum version of Idole, I was anxious to try it. I truly enjoy the EDT and also admire Olivia Giocabetti. I assumed I would like this rendition......and I was correct.
The first impressions of Idole EDP is balance and blending. This is very smooth and stays true to the original. Normally, I'll do a side by side comparison, but I felt that it was unnecessary in this case. This is Idole through and through, with some of the brightness removed from the opening accord. In that respect, it's similar to Guerlain's Heritage EDP in that it moves quickly to the heart and maintains a bit more density.
Do I like the EDP better? Actually, I like them the same. I also think it would be redundant to own both. If you have the EDT, I recommend that you be satisfied with it and forgo the EDP. If you have neither, sample both and then choose which one pleases you more.
The opening of Idole EDP is the boozy saffron accentuated by a deftly used orange. Both versions have this booziness, but it's not over the top. It hints at booziness more than anything else. These 3 notes are what makes the magic. The peel gives the perfect accent to the rummy saffron and the result is very satisfying.
Once the base arrives, Idole becomes a bit leathery. This isn't a conventional leather nor is it a very obvious one. Like the EDT, it's perfectly suited for the scent itself. The drydown affords the wearer hints of resinous amber that lean toward the dry side.
The sillage is respectable and longevity is better than that on me. There's no doubt that the EDP version of Lubin Idole gets a thumbs up from Aromi. Kudos to Olivia for keeping this rendition extremely close to the original release.