Are there ever brands that you must sort of miss, even though there is so much buzz around them? Yeah, me here with Slumberhouse.
They seem to have disappeared maybe during the pandemic or for a while before that? Not sure, wasn’t keeping up on it. Then Luckyscent recently got in some stock for three of their perfumes, Jeke, Ore and Sova. So I snagged them because why not? It’s summer, new releases will start petering out for the next month or so. Well, except Dolly Parton! That is coming in July.
I had time to play with these.
Well, I loved all three for different reasons, but Sova’s list of notes – Sweet clover, beeswax, poplar, genet flower, golden grains, hops, hay, tobacco – is everything I love in a perfume.
It opens like a boozy hops and hay fist in your face. This open reminds me of some nights and early mornings in my misspent youth, an overwhelming smell of booze and abandon. Then you pause, just enjoying that crazy open, and this amazing hay-like gingerbread shows up bit by bit as the boozy smell starts peeling off. It is not like a gingerbread I’ve smelled before.
As I googled more information, I found this review on Basenotes – “Sova reminds me of the most delicious part of gingerbread, the scorched edges where sweetness gives way to smokiness. Lutens might have built a gingerbread house. Slumberhouse burns it down.”
That’s exactly it – and it would have taken me 250 more words to say that. Josh lit that gingerbread house on fire and turned it into smoking, beautiful ginger ashes. There is this gentle sweetness, very soft, like a little sweet thread running through it, and then this curling smoky hay roughens it. When I was growing up, the favorite cake my mom ever made – and we couldn’t talk her into it except once a year at most and only when my Aunt Nelda came and sweet-talked her – was a burnt sugar cake. She had to toast the sugar and get it exactly right, not too burnt, but it had to be turning brown. Then the same for the burnt sugar caramel frosting on top. She never messed it up – or I never ate a screw-up since she probably threw those away. It was always just right – sweet and slightly roasted sugar. This is that, but with my mom baking gingerbread and roasting some hay as a side dish.
There aren’t a lot of perfumes that immediately hit my special “I need to make sure I keep this in my collection as long as I can,”, but this is it. I ordered a second bottle! I’m not sure summer is the right time to wear it, but I’m thinking it could be a snuggle up in bed fragrance.
Now, I also loved Ore and Jeke, the other two that seem to be available again. I hope this is a signal that Slumberhouse will be back with more older fragrances released and some new ones. I feel the need to smell Kiste. How did I sleep on these and this whole line?
Have you ever done that? So I’ll do a drawing for one sample set of the three Slumberhouses I have – Jeke, Ore and Sova. Just comment to be entered!
Oh, I waited until this morning to post so I could get a picture of the stone flower boxes in front of the house. You all will look at them and scratch your head wondering how I could have missed this, but my ability to be oblivious is never to be underestimated – ask all of my ex-husbands. Ignore the extra plants in front, I’ve got two climbing hydrangea that I’m trying to figure out where to put, but it’s been raining solid for almost a week, so very few plants have gone in the ground. On the right are a bunch of hardy succulents I’m going to put in as ground cover. This week for planting! Oh, and in the door barking at me to come back in is Louis! And that’s the Mad Hatter wreath on the door.