New Sibet 
Slumberhouse (2016)

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There are 12 reviews of New Sibet by Slumberhouse.

Slumberhouse fragrances are fetishized in certain parts of the community, so hardly needs no talking up by little old me. But for people who didn't jive with the original aesthetic of Slumberhouse – dense, syrupy New Gothic Americana – and thus allowed their interest to drift away from the house, might be brought back into the fold by New Sibet, a scent that marks a stylistic departure for Josh Lobb and the house.

Underneath the otherworldly chill of orris meeting the gamey funk of leather, New Sibet has a classical bone structure. The gears shift midway through its trajectory, transitioning so soundlessly from Slumberhouse weirdness to a Caronesque leathery carnation that it unnerves the wearer. The dusty coldness that permeates from head to toe gilds the scent with a silvery edge that feels like breathing in dry ice.

New Sibet is unusual in that it exhibits almost human intelligence; sometimes it is a cool-toned, ashy leather, other times it seems rather ripe, buttery, and pungent, and occasionally, it smells resolutely classical, like a beguiling mash-up of Tabac Blond and L'Air du Temps. It's gloriously weird, borderline unwearable, and absolutely beautiful.
Jun 24, 2020

What can be said that hasn't been said? After researching another scent using this same note I've found it goes way back to ancient rituals. The ram musk usually taken when the animal is in the rut produces a definite animalistic touch in this? When giving this a try be prepared to defend your doe and yourself. Its territorial for sure.
Mar 9, 2020

If you've followed Slumberhouse's evolution, you'd have seen that the perfumer, Josh Lobb, went through a phase around 2015--2018 that could be described as his "dialed-in" period. Fragrances such as Sixes and Sevens, New Sibet, LANZ, and to some extent the latest iteration of Jeke, seem very focused on singular, or at most a duo of, accords. While previous releases had many moving parts, a lot of smells and ideas circulating and bouncing off of each other at once, this new phase of fragrances pared things down, simplifying, polishing, and compressing the compositions so as to remove any extraneous parts and really hone in on a one or two specific ideas. What resulted were fragrances that seemed more tightly composed, by a defter, more skillful hand that chose polish and finely tuned calibration at the occasional expense of creativity. Simply put, these fragrances were undoubtedly better made, and showed an evolution of the perfumer, but could also be viewed as less interesting or creative in some ways (LANZ however seemed to combine the best of both worlds...and is a true masterpiece, maybe Lobb's best work to date).

Here we have New Sibet: an extremely focused, masterful rendition of the 80's powerhouse base--that unmistakable blend of civet, castoreum, musk, sandalwood, and oakmoss which gave fragrances like Antaeus and Givenchy Gentleman their distinct, manly, hairy-chested depth that pushed on and on long after the top notes wore off. It's a smell that epitomizes an era of pre-IFRA soul-bludgeoning restrictions, mustaches and leisure-suits, and truly masculine masculines. Slumberhouse nailed this classic accord in New Sibet, a scent which briefly smells like an odd, chemical putty before basking in the glory of its 80's-style base notes for the next eight or so hours. And to that end, the fragrance is a success. Anyone who craves these aromas and the memories they may recall would surely find himself satisfied by New Sibet's unapologetic pinpoint execution of its theme. It has it all down to a tee--the depth, the balance, the animalic muskiness in all its right proportions, its amplitude and pitch--nothing is amiss. At the same time, that's where it ends. This is a fragrance without top notes and, you could even argue, without mid notes. There are no pleasing distractions occurring before or during the base's arrival. There are few other sights or sounds to indulge in, off-course tangents to follow, or murky dimensions to get lost in. I've heard New Sibet described abstractly as a "bleak desert," of sorts, and while I don't think its smell reflects a desert, I have to agree that the composition itself is desert-like--flat and unrelenting, and all a similar shade of color until it's almost not a shade of color at all.

Personally, I prefer the busier Slumberhouses--the synesthesia-inducing pastoral labyrinth of Sova, or the sea of drunken red-velvet hues and sultry tones of chocolate that is Zahd, to these hyper-focused, dialed-in exercises of singular themes and accords. Actually I prefer their hybrid, as witnessed in the current version of Pear + Olive (and LANZ) which combines the best of both worlds, leaving us with a super-polished, tightly-woven composition that is ultimately fun and far-reaching as well. New Sibet sits at one end of the extreme, an artistic endeavor no doubt required for Slumberhouse to take its fragrances to the next level, but still, to some extent, a stepping-stone exercise nonetheless, and not what I would ultimately consider one of its grander, more imaginative compositions.
Jul 19, 2019

I'm giving this one a neutral strictly because it's a clone of Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens. If you haven't smelled it I'll describe it like this.... it smells like carrots, lipstick, a women's makeup case or just plain 'old' Iris... this isn't a unisex fragrance. This is a women's fragrance. Why do these perfumers continue listing these fragrances as unisex? (possibly because they like to wear women's fragrances) It's mind boggling to me... I'm convinced that Slumberhouse's darker colored fragrances are truly male frags and the lighter colored frags are definitely for women.

No originality in this one, sorry. Iris Silver mist clone. It's expensive either way. I'd go with a cheaper Iris scent if you like Iris.

If you want a nice male frag from Slumberhouse try Jeke, Norne or Sova... Ore is probably the only true two way frag.
Oct 7, 2017

One of the stranger scents I've had the pleasure of wearing. In a way, it reminds me quite a bit of a somewhat medicated Cuir Cannage. There are definite connections between the two and their overall texture seem similar, although New Sibet is even more odd and striking in its fuzzy ashiness. It fairly buzzes with a leathery iris and slightly animalic spices. Everything hums and practically radiates off the skin. It is slightly metallic, but not in a way that annoys or is cold. Instead it is a scent that feels heated and dusty, as if a soldering iron had been taken to it. Fascinating!
Sep 25, 2017

I'm a bit of a weenie when it comes to leathers. Although I can appreciate hot, meaty, and saddle skanky, I much prefer to wear the ones that smell like a softly suede-ed handbag interior, complete with a little bit of powder and some florals.

Sibet sits somewhere in the middle. I've read here and elsewhere that the perfumer behind Slumberhouse doesn't use top, bottom, and end notes, and I can see that. Still, there is a kind of evolution to this particular linearity. Sibet gets off to a bit of a brusque start, but then after about 30 minutes a gorgeous metallic iris and some spices come to the fore, and the whole thing becomes incredibly elegant, not necessarily a makeover of its initial self but a careful fine tuning, similar to how a subject's beauty often isn't fully revealed until pulled into focus through the lens of a camera.

Really well done.
May 31, 2017

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