Sunday, March 24, 2013

Slumberhouse- Norne

Wood and smoke notes go dangerously well together. The thickness of both-- fir and fire-- in Norne by Slumberhouse, an indie perfume house from Portland, Oregon, is almost menacing as the fragrance first hits the skin. It's incredibly dark and so shockingly realistic that it makes this city girl feel lost in the forest for a few seconds.

As Norne and skin get used to each other the picture is filled with mid-tones and subtle variants. Pine joins the fir and perhaps other conifers, the smoke turns into incense and there's an incredible richness of textures: moss, needles, and crunchy leaves. Norne feels dry, yet there's that thick forest air facet that's alive and humid. But above all, this Slumberhouse creation by perfumer Josh Lobb is an evergreen and incense composition, and lovers of both will be thrilled to at least sample Norne as it's hard to find a fragrance so evocative.

It's no wonder that Norne takes you on such a wild ride into the woods. Made of 100% pure natural absolutes it's as real as it can be-- I'd say that this can be a dangerous getaway for those outdoorsy types who think they don't like perfume and prefer to hike than to go shopping. There's nothing perfumy or ornamental about Norne. It's a raw yet sophisticated fragrance that represents an emotion just as much as a location.

Norne has a very masculine appeal yet women who love these notes will enjoy it very much. I find it very attractive in the juxtaposition of solemnity and lushness, making Norne a beautiful daytime fragrance for times  one has little patience for fussiness. Or for people. Wearing this fragrance creates a serene bubble that may be the best cure for Monday mornings.

Norne by Slumberhouse ($125, 1oz) is available from as well as from Also, Indiescents still has the older style bottles priced at $75, which is an incredible deal. Samples also available for purchase.

Art: Gustav Klimt, Fir Forest I, 1901.


  1. This fragrance sounds totally amazing. And I love this painting. It makes me think of Lithuan-Brazilian painter Lasar Segall's forests, which albeit very different are equally successfull in transporting you into the woods.

  2. Been reading about this house, all their creations, and especially the current 4, sound incredible. Not many bloggers talk about them though, so thanks for giving us your view Gaia :-)

  3. Norne is a unique fragrance.All of the Slumberhouse fragrances are extremely interesting.I think Josh uses a large amount of high quality absolutes in his perfumes(Norne being composed of 100% absolutes as you mentioned) and it gives his creations a unique house feel.I'm currently enjoying Jeke which is like a smoky cade perfume,like the air of a nighttime stroll with a forest fire in the distance.Sova which i would describe as a warm clover, hay and tobacco perfume,and Pear and Olive which is as unique a scent I've ever smelled.Thanks for the review Gaia.I think you nailed Norne perfectly and I'm glad the blogosphere is finally taking notice.Josh is very talented


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