Olisbos Lupercalia 2010, 2011, 2013
Posted 11 February 2010 - 04:27 PM
Old leather (!!!!!), aka Dead Man's Hand style leather, some sort of delicious fruity-tart-citrusy note, and a deep wood note - oak, or mahogany, or maybe a sandalwood, or a mixture? Definitely smells polished. But instead of olive oil, I'm getting some sort of delicious fruit. Not that I'm complaining!
Ohhhhh myyy godddddd I missed you so, old delicious worn leather. *rolls around like a cat with catnip* Still that delicious citrusy note, though it's somewhat smothered by the leather which is first and foremost - I think it's got to be sweet orange. Yes. This is like Dead Man's Hand layered over Gaiman's Orange with an extra jolt of fresh squeezed OJ. Which may sound strange but it is DELICIOUS. The wood is much lighter on my skin, and sort of musky, so I'm guessing it's either sandalwood or oak, as those are the nicest, sexiest woods on my skin. Still no olive oil, unless it's super fruity oiive oil!
Not much morphing here - maybe a little fading of the OJ, but otherwise not much. This has fantastic throw (much like Dead Man's Hand) and I'm really surprised by how faint (and thus unidentifiable) the wood is. I'm leaning towards white sandalwood because it's so light and because this has a musky sort of feel to me, as white sandalwood often does. I completely took a random chance on this bottle and it was a brilliant risk. I am huffing my arm here!
Yeah, this is really not a morpher. After a couple hours it's Dead Man's Hand with hints of orange juice and musky sandalwood. All which I adore so it's pretty much a slightly feminized, even more delicious DMH. I am over the moon! Great throw, but it does fade fairly quickly.
I have now tried 6 Lupers, and all but one have been fabulous. :thud:
Posted 15 February 2010 - 05:08 AM
Posted 18 February 2010 - 01:18 AM
On me: Oh man, this is good already. I can pick out the olive oil, but it doesn't go cloying on me like it did in Hanerot Halalu. After a few moments the wood comes out and blends smoooothly with the leather.
After awhile: Leather is definitely the primary note in here, and its great. I'd say this blend is gender neutral and FABULOUS. I generally like the lab's leather note even more after it has had some time to settle, so I'll probably be buying another bottle of this to age. This might knock Western Diamondback into second place on my list favorite leather blends
Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:24 AM
Wet: At first, Olisbos is sunny fresh orange juice spilled on well-worn leather. Blasphemy, true, but kind of fun.
Drydown: As it dries, the leather asserts itself. Oh, swoon, it does smell like a citrusy Dead Man's Hand, but the throw is far less. The olive oil peeps in a little bit, but it hangs out in the background.
Dry: Very faint, but definitely a leather-clad optimist. Olisbos will definitely give you a spanking and smile cheerily all the while.
Overall: I knew I would love this. My only qualm is that it is so faint that I feel like I might bathe in it.
Posted 21 February 2010 - 08:18 PM
Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:03 AM
Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:22 PM
Very light, dry leather with a backdrop of light wood that's been well-oiled (polished), just like the description. Yes, a high-end furniture store smell, as others said. Clean scent, light throw, very long-lasting on me. If you don't like heavy leathers, you might give this one a try.
Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:41 PM
After about half an hour on me, though, the oiled polish and wood fade and the leather seems to be all that remains. It's still a lovely, lovely leather scent, but since I managed to get my hands on Dead Man's Hand this past summer, I think I will skip a bottle. Damn, this is pretty though! *sits on hands to keep from adding it to the list*
Posted 24 February 2010 - 02:09 AM
Um. This isn't a dry leather or a dry wood. I suppose it is the olive oil, but, it smells, shall I say, wet? Smooth and wet leather and wood.
Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:49 AM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 10:31 AM
Sadly, not my thing. Would be nice for a man though I think.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:50 PM
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:13 AM
WET: Oh, yeah, this is leather and furniture polish. Ugh. It's no longer "almost metallic" now, it's almost like biting into a sheet of foil. Did I mention that metal notes give me a headache? Yeah.
DRY: Oh, hey, there's the olive oil. It's mixed with the furniture polish and gone rancid. Good times. Yeah, I'm gonna go wash this off now.
Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:12 PM
Wet: The citrus note dominates but I can still smell wood. There's a local store called "The Village Merchant" that sells all sorts of trinkets but it is a beautiful historic home with wood floors. The wood smells like this store-I guess aged wood?
Dry: the citrus backs down and now I'm sitting in a comfy old leather recliner in the old house and all the wood is freshly polished. This is an oddly cozy scent considering the symbology. I'd say this one is very unisex.
I like it
Posted 11 March 2010 - 03:49 AM
Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:40 PM
This turned out to be the most wonderful fruity (?!?!?!) leather on me with a light woody background. The leather was not that uber-masculine leather at all as opposed to De Sade; it was actually the muted type of leather you find in U; more of a black leather than U's brown leather but still really melow and "well-loved" as the description states. I also sense a slight bit of spice? This could possibly be from the wood itself (sandalwood possibly? Other pleasant woods that aren't cedar?) or from the "polished" note--I don't know what they used to polish wood back then but probably some really great-smelling oils if I'm going by what's in here. I'm thinking possibly orange oil because there seems to be a cirtus touch to the fruitiness. Whatever it is, what seemed like a melange of wrong turned out so right on me...I need a bottle.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 10:20 PM
Olisbos wasn't what I expected it to be, but it sure jogged a wonderful memory, and I'll be keeping my decant for that reason alone.
Posted 12 March 2010 - 09:10 AM
In bottle/wet: Funky. Smells like something well-used in a biological sense.
Dry: Fainter, quiets down to something not so bad as the wet smell but still makes me think I need a shower everytime I catch it.
Posted 13 March 2010 - 05:20 AM
The citrus was strongest wet but it stays when dry.
Good enough to keep for me, but I doubt I'll get a bottle because the new leather is very sharp and I'll only occasionally wear it. I may kick myself if aging softens the leather up but ah, well. That's life.
Posted 13 March 2010 - 02:14 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 03:53 AM
Wet on Skin: sweeter than I expected
While Drying: This is a very odd smell. At this phase (this time around) it smells like my friend's brand new leather couch.
After a Little While: This has some major throw. There is an odd combination of impressions - old leather wallet, furniture store, warming olive oil in a pan, sitting on a brand new leather couch…
Later: Not much change from earlier phases. Throw is still very strong. A long time later, this calms down to a more easygoing oiled leather scent.
Final Thoughts: I think this is a bit much on me. I preferred it on The Boy. It is interesting conceptually, but not something I want to wear as a personal scent. This is better than leather scents usually are on my skin, but still a bit much.
Olisbos earns a 3/5 on my skin.
ETA: Time did not increase my opinion of this blend. I have several friends who were quite entranced with Olisbos, and they ended up with my stock. I asked for the empty bottle back because I loved the artwork, but even opening the box where it was stored was enough to put me off. I ended up giving away the empty recently. I think it was the olive oil that hit me the wrong way. (It turns out that I am not a huge fan of leather either, even when it agrees with my skin chemistry). Ah well, more for those who love it.
This post has been edited by Rocza: 22 January 2011 - 06:50 AM
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:50 PM