A scent as comforting as snuggling up in your coziest blanket while rain trickles down your bedroom window as you slowly turn the pages of your favorite book is what makes up the fragrance we call Novel.
Subtly sweet, dry, and warmly atmospheric. The wood notes and the pepper (which is mild) combine to evoke that smell of old paper and binding glue. Meanwhile, the dusty vanilla is the beautiful fiction of this Novel that although is not sweet. It’s the fantasy itself that is; the fantasy of whiling away the hours in some old-world library full of secluded nooks, lamps, and coziness.
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I love this perfume! I love how unisex and long-lasting it is, and the scent makes me feel like I am the mysterious person in the library or in class. I can’t wait until the weather gets cooler so I can wear it more often! I definitely get a bit more of the pepper notes, but I don’t mind it at all
I feel like it smells too bitter for me. I like the smell of books, but there’s another note in there that will give me a headache if I do apply it while I’m walking away.
This smells amazing! I get compliments on it frequently.
Honestly this perfume smells a bit like old lady with must and undertones of chocolate. Not what I expected
This to me is a perfect example of a “gender neutral” scent. It’s the only one in the replica bundle that didn’t lean way masculine to me. I was worried because “whispers in the library” isn’t a very popular scent, and I couldn’t even find it in a makeup or department store to see if I’d like it. Because of that, I can’t speak to how similar it is, but I can say it’s by far my favorite fragrance that I’ve ordered from Alt. Definitely more fall vibes, as one could assume, but it may be my new signature scent.
Novel is a wonderful fragrance with just the perfect blend of sweet, woodsy, and bookish! I am a primary school librarian and it is my new signature scent. I get many compliments of the wonderful aroma. Just like a song or a line from a favorite book, the scent takes you right to that special place and memory immediately! Wonderful! The shipping time, packaging, and price were all great as well. I will definitely be making a repeat purchase.
This is pretty close to Whispers in the Library. It's not 100%, but still nice.
I first got a sample of Novel in the Replica Sample bundle- from first sniff I was hooked., I bought a full size bottle immediately! I have another review on this scent that goes into detail on how I feel about this it. It really does smell like an old book and it transports me instantly to rainy college days spent in my favorite second hand bookshop. I reach for this scent almost every day, no matter the weather. I even like to use it on the weekends when I am hanging out at home, because it smells so good! It especially makes me happy to use it on a dreary day- really brings home the feeling of curling up with a book or watching an cartoon while rain splatters the windows. This scent is very nostalgic for me and I will certainly buy more when I run out.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in is that my little sample vial seemed to have much longer staying power- about 8 hours on the skin- and my full size bottle tends to fade much quicker... I would say it settles into a very intimate skin scent within about 4 hours. Although, it's possible the formula got a little wonky in transit as it was pretty cold where I live when it was shipped to me. Speaking of, shipping was very fast and there were no leakages in transit.
All in all, I love this scent and at a cool $45 per bottle, I don't mind reapplying throughout the day. Thank you ALT!
i got this after seeing a recommendation on tiktok. i will say i felt it smelled sweeter and more vanilla-like than books at first, but as the scent settles it’s super long-lasting and i can smell the undertones of books better. it’s not overpowering either. i like to layer this scent with spicebomb from victor and rolfe and it makes me feel like i’m living my mysterious dark academia dream lol. overall it’s my new favourite perfume and i will be repurchasing ❤️
I was looking for a great androgynous scent and this was exactly the one I needed.