21 de abr. de 2020

Lubin Aristia Gajah Mada and Sinbad - Fragrance Reviews



In general, Lubin disappoints a lot with the Aristia collection. When trying to position itself as a high perfumery brand with a collection of extracts, Lubin sounds false and opportunistic with perfumes that do not differ as extracts and that merely gain a more exclusive presentation and a narrative that exalts a preciousness that most of the time does not come. It is a pity because there were interesting stories to be told that are wasted here by pure opportunism.

If I did not have access to the narrative told by the brand and only knew the name and the aroma, I would swear that Gajah Mada was inspired by some Indian or perhaps Arab figure. However here again Lubin creates a perfume that does not connect with the figure of the Javanese general who inspires the fragrance. Theoretically, the warriors who are honored here brought flowers and fruit to the temple, balms to the altar along with incense.

In practice in Gajah Madah this ends up being an excuse for Lubin to create a perfume that is nothing more than another variation of an aroma rich in patchouli and resins. It is as if Lubin had been inspired by Coromandel and made some changes in the dynamics, but without changing the general resinous, hot and bitter chocolate aura. The powdery aspect is removed and nuances of flowers and fruits are added, but they are not great protagonists in the composition. This one ends up performing better than others in the collection, but nothing that really positions it as an extract.

Of the 5 perfumes reviewws,the only one that really stands out is the only creation that  sounds like a stranger in the narrative of great generals and army figures. In telling the story of Sinbad and his bravery during his voyages through the seas the brand creates an exotic, rich and multifaceted perfume.

Sinbad at first has an opening that reminds me of cheap perfume, a floral citrus that makes me think of the orange blossom aroma in  Avon's Far Away. This quickly changes and the more adventurous and exotic side of the composition appears, with the warm aspect of cinnamon creating a contrast with the spicy, dry and fruity aroma of pink pepper. In the background the perfume creates a white and sweet floral aura that divides space with an aroma of incense and is led to a sweet, creamy and slightly woody base. Sinbad really looks like a saga of olfactory adventures and the only one that really seems to translate Aristia's supposed excellence into something interesting to smell.