The Nue Co Forest Lungs

The Nue Co Forest Lungs was one of those perfumes that you just giggle at the copy. Well, I do because I’m horribly immature.  It says “A unisex anti-stress fragrance supplement that delivers the healing effects of nature on the body using olfactory chemistry and patented technology to bring the outside in. 96% felt less stressed after using FOREST LUNGS.  Woody and smoky, with clean resin and tart citrus notes. Vetiver, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Pine, Patchouli + Bergamot.”

Here is what I expected – super green, nice, but ultimately close to unwearable, and I’d just wish it were a room spray or diffuser oil.

Spray it on and, whoa!!!  Who dumped the cumin in the  well-being happy forest?  Am guessing this is just a cedary cumin artifact, but it sure smells borderline cumin and in the best way. It’s a little bit smutty, but a prim smutty, like a bit of dew on a lip in summer – Musette’s bodice ripper post is contagious apparently.

Drydown is more woody with a little pepper in there. What pine is in there is a soft pine, not room freshener pine.  This is just blended beautifully between the woods, green and incense, and it has been the most surprising thing I’ve smelled in a while. Not just because it was quite a bit off from what I expected but because it is just gorgeous.

I ran round testing this on everyone around – in pandemic times for a person that works from home, this is a fairly small test group, but one who has been exposed to lot so fragrances! – and they all had the same reaction.  Wow!  that is just… addictively beautiful.  One of those scents you just keep smelling because it is cozy and does make you feel good.  Maybe that ad copy is right!  But really, really pretty too!

Now, The Nue Co ways that my stress levels would be lower after using Forest Lungs for 30 days.  Well, sure, I smell great, and that diminishes my stress immediately. I think what they were going for just inadvertently made a really great scent.

And isn’t that the happiest of accidents?  And the price is $95 for 50 mls or you can subscribe for a monthly shipment?????? for $76.   Well, anything sub-100 these days almost feels free.  This is my layback sleeper hit of the year so far.

Bird update – hummers were transitory so far. Not sure if the stayers have shown up yet and  I’ve only seen the migratory ones. But!  I’ve finally got this oriole thing down. Oranges and jelly everywhere, but they are weird little beauties.  I have one of those jelly things where it has four little small cups for jelly and some little sharp things to put the oranges on, but my orioles will ONLY eat out of one side and just empty it, ignoring the other three jelly bins. So twice a day I go check them and move them around so the full containers are on the right-hand side furthest from the house.   They are shy, cautious little things, so I think they just don’t want to get too close to the :::: shudder ::: people.  I understand them for sure.

I also ordered this bluebird suet ball concoction that people swear by to get the little bluebirds in.  I am NOT ordering live mealy worms for them, even if that is all they want.  This has got the nuts and things they want part of the year. AND AND I saw my first red headed woodpecker going after my feeder. It was upside down and just attacking what it wanted from inside. I do a mix of bird seed/peanuts in there, so am guessing it was going for a peanut. Beautiful, beautiful bird, I want more!

So I’ll do two samples in a giveaway for the Nue Co Forest Lungs samples. Just drop a comment to be entered.  How is your spring weather going? We had almost summer here, got in the pool last weekend, but now we are in cooler 60s for a while.

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  • March says:

    This sounds absolutely lovely! Don’t enter me in the draw, though. I love your bird and yard reports. My dad was an amazing backyard birder, put food out, etc. I wish I’d paid more attention.

    • Patty says:

      But you are going to have a whole different kind of birds to learn about soon, and that’s enough time to get started. I just did, so it’s never too late to form some birdie friendships. 🙂

  • Jennifer S says:

    I was on the porch the other day, battling wasps, when I saw a hummingbird pause just feet away from me, as if in greeting, letting me know it was time to put the feeders out. I was so happy to catch sight of it, they’re so darned fast. We have lots of beautiful red headed woodpeckers here and it’s funny to see them inch down the tree, like they are going down a ladder, to get to the peanut butter I put there.
    Our spring is rainy and cool right now. Waiting on the nice warm days to come!

    • Patty says:

      They are so bold! I did see some around today. the Orioles are borrowing their feeders too, since they aren’t using them as much. 🙂 I needs some woodpeckers. Do you just put peanut butter right on the tree or on some kind of feeder? I have peanut butter suet out, which they are eating, but I do have bark butter (peanutty) that I was thinking of just putting on the tree. I know they are in there!

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    My tween daughter has discovered birding and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of hummingbirds. I’ve never seen one where we live but short of giant landing pad and bullhorn, we have put out every attractant we can think of. She has been getting downy woodpeckers at her feeders, but even they are intimidated by aggressive grackles–any tips for deterring those? We are in a severe drought here so expecting the blooming season/butterfly population to be affected.

    • Patty says:

      Grackels are, well, aggressive. So are starlings. Some of them scare easier, but then you wind up scaring off the one you want! So I’m not sure how to siphon out the more aggressive birds at all. I keep hearing be patient on the hummers. I did see them going through on the migration, but I’m not sure if I’ll wind up on the line or not this year, but I will keep trying!

      • Musette says:

        Safflower oil seed will deter them. They don’t like it.
        Cardinals, etc love it, though. Woodies, too.


  • Queen-Cupcake says:

    Here in Eastern Massachusetts we are having a long, quite cool Spring with plenty of rain. I prefer it this way. Usually, we have a few nice days in April and then go right toward hot & humid. My garlic bed is doing fantastically well. Heard our dear little Carolina Wren the other day. We have a pretty good assortment of birds in our area, and my neighbor has chickens. Do you have the BirdNet app for your phone? It can listen to a bird song and identify. This Nue Co Forest Lungs sounds very interesting so I would love to win! Thanks!

    • Patty says:

      I google bird songs whenever I’m not sure. I finally figured out that is the best way to see what you have. I whistle back at them in the early morning too. They are so sweet with all their singing and chirping. I’m trying to figure out why I never paid close enough attention to birds for so long! i love them, just never quite caught my attention! Garlic sounds lovely. I’ve got my melon plants and some broccoli starts I grew from seeds that need to go in a bed soon! I’m thinking tomorrow is the day or early Saturday, they are outgrowing their little cow dung pots and need room to roll.

  • Dina C. says:

    Our weather is similar to yours: we had a week of summer-like weather, but now it’s back to cool and rainy. My front lawn is looking nice and green. Loved the update on your birds! yay Patty’s bird sanctuary! The Forest Lungs sounds very refreshing and good. Is it at all similar to SL Fille en Aiguilles? That also has pine, green woods, and incense. I’d love to sniff and compare the two.

    • Patty says:

      Nope, not even close, I don’t think. I may go compare just to make sure my mind isn’t playing tricks on me. It has that weird drawing in addictive thing going, like BR540 and Byredo Gypsy, where you want to just keep inhaling it. So it is like some things, but different. It’s maybe between that and one of the CDG incense, though I’ll need to sniff to figure out which one it is closest to.

  • Musette says:

    color me STUNNED! I would’ve thought that was going to smell AWFUL! Apparently not.
    It’s way too early for your stayer hummingbirds (and you may not get stayers this year, since.. this is your first year setting out feeders, right? You’re not quite yet on a permanent trapline, yet)

    Lmk if you get bluebirds – I’m between you and a friend in WI (who gets them). I haven’t tried because I’m lazy (and afraid they won’t like my place). Orioles are just stupid-beautiful, aren’t they? I get them, every now and again, and am simply shocked by their beauty.


    • Patty says:

      Same, same, same. Was thinking it would be a nose wrinkler, but interesting!

      I’ve set out feeders before, but not been consistent in keeping them filled. The other birds seem to like them too, especially the ones with the flowers at the bottom where it is easy for them to get a little sip of sugar water. So I’ll keep trying! I don’t think I’m on the perm trapline, no, but I will be, I swear it!

      Hoping for bluebirds so much, not sure when they show up. I did some reading, and apparently they have some troubles with nesting, so people are installing bluebird nest boxes, which is helping (I’m getting some of those!). So their population is growing about 2% year over year for the Eastern bluebirds. They have started nesting as of march, so I may be too late this year to get some nests, but they can nest as late as August.

      Only 70% reach their first birthday. 🙁 They almost went down to nothing. Wild Birds Unlimited has a lot of information and approved blubbird boxes and a pole system to get them about where they need to be (5-7 feet in the air with a racoon repeller thingie). Anyway, I’ve got a couple of bluebird houses coming, I have the suet with nuts and dried meal worms (gag), so we are ready!

    • Patty says:

      Oh, an Orioles, completely agree. Every time I see them, that dark with the stunning orange and their graceful beaks and beautiful heads just takes my breath away. And they are so shy, they land on the chain for the feeder first, head down, then slowly make their way down, ready to fly away quickly if something happens that better not. But now I’ve got them coming every morning and evening, and I am darn sure there is jelly in there!

      • Musette says:

        I’m jelly 😉 over your Orioles!

        It takes a year or two before you’re on the trapline – just keep the feeders filled (I fill to half, so I can rinse and replenish often)!


  • Cinnamon says:

    Well … that sounds lovely. Will have to look around for it.

    Weather is … trying. Supposed to turn to proper spring from weekend. But report said that several weeks ago too and we ended up with cold, rain and gales. Fingers crossed. Birds don’t seem to care much. They are charging around the rose and jasmine bushes and looking for worms in the grass.

    • Patty says:

      Birds do seem to not really care about the weather, except on beautiful days, in the early morning when I take the dogs out for the morning whiz, they sing like crazy. 🙂

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    It’s been cold and wet in my area. Nothing but rain and Temps in the 50’s. Rarely am I seeing Temps past 65.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, well, it will clear off soon and warm up, I hope! Spring that just murphs around and won’t turn into a proper spring kind of sucks.

  • Rina says:

    Sounds amazing! I love me a good cumin bomb but it all sounds divine! Our hummers are dive-bombers with their high-pitched sonic zzzzzzing! So happy we have them year-round in So. Cal. Thanks for the add?

    • Patty says:

      It’s more skanky cedar than cumin, but I always just screech cumin when I smell it.

      I would love the year-round hummers, and you guys get more varieties too. We only get the ruby throated here, and they are very territorial!

  • Sarah says:

    Fascinating. Put my name in the pot. Love the birds …… but where are the puppies?

    • Patty says:

      The puppies are being the puppies! They are always the same – sweet, annoying, and my pals. Anya is doing great, though I worry about her all the time and watch her like a hawk for any sign of anything. She escaped from the yard today and ran up the stairs, which resulted in me having to go clear around the deck like two times before she finally went in the door I held open for her. She’s a pip, they all are. And Louis HATES the squirrels. He just goes insane when one shows up on his deck picking up the leftover bird seed.

  • shiva-woman says:

    The lungs on the bottle are not exactly de-stressing for someone who has bad lungs and who survived the dreaded C-19. I wish it had a tree or something on the front. And the copy is ridiculous– but the scent is right up my alley. I’m in Cali-crazy hot weather; we go from Winter to Fire Season (it’s an actual season now), but it’s not too bad yet; the hubs and I get up at 5:00am sharp and do our morning chores ASAP (2 hours of watering and brush removal) and then onto our real jobs. So far it’s been pretty temperate.
    I would love to get my hands on a sample of this–thank you for the giveaway. On another note, I have just tried two scents by Floral Street (they probably have a lot of synthetic aromachemicals in them because the perfumes have SILAGE and LONGEVITY)–but I LIKE them (especially Floral Chypre which is a POAL dupe). That’s how my spring is going. We’re getting more bird feeders up, compliments of Duncraft (two are so pretty but require the hubs to drill down deep and secure them). The hummingbirds required my driving to Costco to get a bag of sugar–a BIG bag (25 pounds) of sugar; they belly up to the bar every day, sometimes 8-12 at a feeder (we have two). They fly at the window–and at us–when they feel we are remiss in serving them.

    • Patty says:

      OMG, I bet. It’s a weird choice they made, but it looks like they are health company and make like protein powders too? Which cracks me up even more than they wound up making this slightly skanky lung forest scent accidentally.

      I had not heard of Floral Street. Where did you pick those up? You are so lucky with your hummers. I had a pair for a while that stayed, but I didn’t get stuff out in time for them last year, and they just aren’t here, but I leave the feeders out s till, the other birds like the sugar concoction. I even got a ginormous plastic tub of sugar this year because I was so ready. I think I overshot the target, but least some stopped by. I’ll keep trying!

      • Musette says:

        P – don’t fill the feeders all the way and change them every other day or so (I make a sugar syrup that I keep in the fridge and mix it with a bit of water – during the migration I do 50/50, then I cut the sugar to 35% once everybody gets settled in (around late June).

        Don’t worry – they’ll put your house on their trapline and will show up on the regular – it just takes a bit of time.


      • Shiva-woman says:

        I found it at Sephora, and I’m a snob. I like my indie/niche fragrances, but I’ll still throw down a few bucks for something interesting there. What I noticed: reviewers kept describing the scents as strong, silage long-lasting, and rich. I got the Ylang which I like as a coffee gourmand floral (much better than Cafe Tuberosa), but it’s the Chypre Sublime that I wound up truly enjoying. It’s a woman-owned UK relatively new shop using Jerome Eponette. I ordered another small travel-sized Black Lotus. We’ll see how that goes. Reasonably priced scents that do not disappear. And I think she’s developing a kind of base “patchoulinade”? The patch is present in both.

    • Musette says:


      SO glad to know you survived the ‘rona!!!!


  • Jane says:

    How wonderful to learn that Forest Lung resulted in a pleasant surprise! Your description of the cumin juxtaposition being like a sweaty water-beaded upper lip is so descriptive. Such a bizarre name – perhaps it’s meant to invoke the feelings of well-being advocated by the Japanese concept of “forest bathing”. I’d love to try a sample.
    I live on Maryland’s eastern shore which is mainly forested with pine trees. I love walking in the cool undergrowth, inhaling the pininess on sweltering days in July & August. Right now everything is blooming & gorgeous. Hummers have discovered our feeders & are already bickering about who gets to drink first!

    • Patty says:

      I’m not sure. I ready through some of the copy on their website, and my eyes glazed over. I mean, I do believe in aromatherapy in terms of helping your mood, but the name is offputting. Sounds lovely there, and I’m jealous of all the hummers who have found homes with you. I’ll get my colony one day! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just aim to be Oriole Central. I love those pretty babies so much.

  • carlene says:

    I’d love a sample! I keep seeing ads on social media for this (I guess the algorithm finally figured me out, and I am okay with that).

    Also, I think we’re having 3rd winter here (Chicago burbs).

    • Patty says:

      Really, they are doing ads? They are a weird company to be doing perfume. Then I’m thinking I might want to go back and try their first scent, which wasn’t really a perfume, but neither is this one!

  • daisyloo82 says:

    Orioles laugh at me. No, really…it’s true. Every year on some mysterious date known only amongst oriole-kind, one will show up within the visual range of my kitchen window to stare at me mockingly. Naturally, I squeal in excitement and start slapping grape jelly on feeding stations! By now the Oriole has left but surely he’ll be back! Especially now that there are feeders out there just for him! And that will be the only sighting of the season. Every year. Every. damn. year. I have grape jelly….and I’m ready for my annual mocking. The hubs just called out the first hummingbird sighting a few moments ago…not sure if these are my regulars or ones on their way to Canada…but they are surely welcome to stop for a snack. No live meal worms…not gonna happen. Freeze dried ones are fine for Koi treats…but they aren’t getting live wigglers either. Ew. I repeat: Ew.
    Let’s move on to perfume….I admit to at first imagining (and shuddering about) the pine scented bathroom spray my Grandpa favored that fooled no one about what was going on in that room. So your review has left me stunned , though clearly not speechless. 😉 I question the cumin in this happy forest…however, I do love tacos and I do love forests…I could see me being pretty darned happy eating tacos in a forest….so I’m willing to roll with this! I’m off to see where this is available…is it even available yet?
    Love the review…happy spring!

    • Jane says:

      I laughed about you eating tacos in a forest. Who wouldn’t enjoy doing that! Good luck with your orioles this year. This kind of hopefulness is wonderful.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry! They are so odd. My house is situated in a way that works. I used to try and get them in the front yard, which is too noisy and not enough big trees. Because the back yard drops in elevation so much, on the sides and back of my house, I am eye level with most of the trees, so I think that really works for them, they aren’t coming down from somewhere, and we have big oaks and maples, which are prime for them to nest in. So I’m hoping I get to see them stick around and mate, etc. I have dried meal worms ready to sub in as we get to hotter weather and when they will be looking for a more substantial diet when they have the babies.

      I have to admit, I did price out live meal worms. Lord, they are expensive! But i am never doing a colony, so er, no. I had a bag of dried ones a couple of years ago, never was able to open them, and finally threw them away, They sat in front of my house, I never brought them in!

      I still think the cumin is actually cedar, it just reads a sweaty and cuming. But it’s really amazing, shockingly so! It is available, Lucky has it, and I think you can get it on their website. Beyond that, I don’t know who else carries it. Happy spring to you, I hope you get your Orioles one day!

  • Tiara says:

    I often turn to YouTube for a live stream of a bird feeder in PA. They include a small dish of meal worms and I’m amazed at the birds that flock to it, bluebirds included. But I’m with you, yuk on touching them. Forest Lungs….strange name but it sounds rather nice.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, yeah, there are a lot of birds that are there for the meal worms. Orioles love them later on, once they have young. Bluebirds. I just can’t do it! I want to, but I can’t. Maybe I could get a live meal worm delivery service that would put them in the little feeder thingie for me?

  • taxi says:

    Sounds divine! I’d love to try it.