Humiecki & Graef Skarb EDT Perfume Review

Humiecki & Graef Skarb

My perfume loves range from the tried and trued classics from heritage brands like Guerlain and Caron to ultra-modern-synth-robot stuff from brands like CdG and CB I Hate Perfume. One of my favorite houses in the “ultra-mod” genre is Humieck & Graef because they go there. I’ve always thought if I were to start a brand it would be ridiculous. I’d be like: this is inspired by “puberty” and this one is inspired “existentialist angst and Jell-O molds. Come over here and smell my perfume inspired by I Want Those Buns!/Buns of Steel VCR tapes”. Humiecki and Graef does that. Well, with less camp than I would, but they “go there” in their own way.

Skarb is a perfume inspired by melancholy. Yes, melancholy. Malaise! It’s like I’ve made the brief for this. And then it goes on to say it’s inspired by Slavic man tears. I’ve made a few Slavic men cry in my day and it wasn’t a beautiful thing like Skarb. It was just awkward.

Skarb opens with fresh apple-like chamomile flowers with uncooked barley. Fennel and fresh wormwood. Skarb is an odd one, in a good way. There’s an aquatic muskmelon over crushed greens and cozy woods. The rest is rather mellow but not melancholy, maybe consolatory but not melancholy. For most of the wear, it wears as a fresh, acrid incense over ambery woods. There’s brightness and darkness within Skarb.

Tadeusz Lomnicki

Notes listed include absinthe, Roman chamomile, barley, frankincense, myrrh and musk. Launch 2007. PERFUMER – Christophe Laudamiel

Give Skarb a try if you like “fresh incense” perfumes. Or fragrances like aroma M Geisha Green, Ormonde Jayne Woman, By Kilian A Taste of Heaven, Nasomatto Absinth, Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline and/or CdG Incense Series Avignon. Skarb is unisex but it does lean more masculine.

Skarb has above average projection and longevity…for an EDP and it’s labeled EDT Concentree (whatever that means). I get 12+ hours of wear. It’s something that I want to wear on a sunny autumn day.

The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $220 at Luckyscent. 

Victoria’s FInal EauPINIONChamomile tea, barley and spices over ambery woods and acrid incense. Brightness with darkness that is more consolatory than melancholy. I really like it and I’m enjoying exploring this house.

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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Luckyscent. Tadeusz Łomnicki pic from IMdB.

14 thoughts on “Humiecki & Graef Skarb EDT Perfume Review

    1. Do you guys say cantaloupe? I can’t remember because we always called them muskmelons.
      Give Trader Joe’s a few weeks and you’ll see it in their flyer.

  1. Dear Victoria
    Oh please… do start a perfume line, or at least art direct one, I love the sound of your briefs!!
    As to the matter in hand, it sounds rather intriguing, though not perhaps up to the for once fine hyperbole of the PR fluff.
    I’m off to smell some uncooked barley now, for the sake of reference.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy
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    1. Their marketing/PR is fluff but at least it gives us something to talk about!

      The overall fragrance is wearable. I like it more than I should and it really is because of that uncooked barley accord. Barley is a nostalgic scent for me. Rice works well in perfume too 🙂

  2. Slavic man tears! Just when I thought I’d seen everything in perfume descriptions. That does intrigue me, although chamomile usually carries associations of sick days for me (herbal tea and all). But I do love the ideas of your inspirations. I greatly hope you make those someday, or at least that someone makes them for you.

    1. I mean I sort of added Slavic man tears but they did suggest it. “Melancholy” is the official inspiration.

      I get that. That was my issue The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest, smelled just like a “sick day” to me.

      Buns of Steel needs to happen – Top notes of despair. Bottom notes of defeat.

    1. I’m currently exploring the brand. It’s funny because I’ll get stuck on one. I’ve had a sample of Askew and I’ve yet to try it. I’m still stuck on Bosque.

  3. LOL at “I’ve made a few Slavic men cry in my day”.
    I don’t know if I’d like melon notes in a fragrance.

    1. Melon is one of those polarizing notes. I used to think that I hated it but that was until I tried the Hermes Jardin fragrances. Ellena showed me that magic of melon 😉

      I do think if you already know that melon irks you in perfume, that you would probably not like Skarb. It’s not an Ellena-ish use of melon.

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