Slumberhouse Mond Extrait de Parfum is warm, dark apple cider with a generous spoonful of warm, wintery spices sweetened with honey and poured over smoky, aromatic woods. It was a fragrance that developed and shifted throughout the first several hours of wear, though perhaps less dramatically compared to other Slumberhouse fragrances (that is neither a good or bad thing!).
It’s supposed to reflect an “autumnal palette” that has notes of: “honey, rubescent spices, morello cherry and sapwood, quarender apple peel, accords of mavrodaphne and marchpane, chicory, pipe tobacco casing tincture (amaretto, plum, vanilla), balsam incarnadine, pillowy amber notes, sandalwood, raspberry, guaiacwood, foin coupe bordeaux accord, and pumpkin and cream.”
It opened with warm, winter spices and reddish apple–slightly sweet and crisp–with dribbles of honey and just-chopped, drier, slightly sawdusty woods. It did evoke an “autumnal palette” as desired; it was hot, apple cider, heavily spiced, with crunchy leaves and bare trees all around. Over the first 15 minutes, the apple turned fruitier, more like a mix of apple, berries, and cherries with a stewed quality. Mond managed to be dry, yet crisp; bright and spicy yet smooth.
The changes were small and ever-shifting throughout the first two hours of wear; sometimes, Mond appeared sweeter, fruitier, and other times, it was slightly smoky, woody, and more balsamic with wood resins. There were other moments where it had a cherry-almond creaminess coupled with dry, aromatic woods and tobacco. The one aspect that was most present throughout these small shifts was the “rubescent spices,” which smelled of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg to me.
The next shift occurred around the four and a half hour mark, which was when Mond grew woodier and yielded a drydown that smelled of smoked apple-wood with soft, light tobacco and smooth sandalwood. This was sprinkled with a lingering sense of warming spices.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. This arm was moisturized with unscented moisturizer about a half hour prior to applying perfume.
I purchased my sample in January 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.
It lasted for eight hours until it was a skin-scent and about 14 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with projection dropping after three hours.
It was a beautiful scent, and had I not recently fallen in love with Slumberhouse’s Ore 2022, it might be in contention, but it’s not quite as intoxicating as Ore was for me. I found following the notes and seeing how they shifted and transformed over time to be so enjoyable, though.
- 50ml for $260
- 0.7ml sample for $6