I haven’t had a cocktail since my birthday trip to New Orleans last June.
Mind you, I think I had enough of them at the time to last me through quite a few months. 🙂
(I only have to make it to early/mid March.)
I’m not a big drinker to start with anyway, so I don’t miss it much, but I do have to say…I kinda miss making friends with strangers at the bar. And, weirdly, I miss the smell of cocktails.
I know; weird. But I’ve always liked to do that — sniff drinks — because some of them smell really interesting, and I bet that my super-duper pregnancy nose, which is like my normally heightened sense of smell turned up, would pick up all kinds of complex cocktail fragrance layers.
Where am I going with this…?
Excellent question, LOL! Here we go: Commodity Fragrance. They’re a niche fragrance line, and my nose steered me toward their display recently at Sephora.
They have an interesting cocktail fragrance theme — but no, not literal cocktails, as in you’re walking to the mailbox smelling like a mojito. What you do is layer their individual scents together to create your own fragrance cocktails.
The layer-able scents are divided into two different fragrance families, which they call collections. There’s the Black Collection, which has the moodier, more intense fragrances (maybe a little more masculine), and the White Collection, which has the brighter, lighter, more airy and feminine fragrances, although both the Black and White Collections are marketed for women.
The name “Commodity Fragrances” refers to the individual scents and how they’re all named after everyday commodities, like rain and books and whiskey…although some of those aren’t actually commodities, so it’s more of an evocative, interpretive thing.
The scents don’t literally smell like the things for which they’re named, so you aren’t going to literally smell like whiskey or rain or a book (seriously, though, I wish the Book scent smelled like a book).
You can wear the scents “neat,” also known as “by themselves,” or you can layer them with one or more of the other scents to create your own cocktail, like the Elderflower cocktail, which is one part Book and one part Magnolia, or the Canopy cocktail, which is two parts Moss, one part Gold and one part Book.
Yeah, it’s gimmicky, but it’s kinda neat, yeah?
I’m particular about my fragrances, but I had a good time sniffing these. I like lots of different types of scents and perfumes, but I usually lean toward modern, clean scents that aren’t too fussy or stuffy. If you’ve worn any of the Byredo perfumes, I think they’re familiar to these, like vibe-wise. These have a similar sensibility.
They’re pretty pricey (the bottles are $99 each), and some of these cocktail ideas, like the ones with the three scents, I’m like, “Hmm… I like this combo, but I’m not about to spend $300 for three bottles in one swoop!” and so if you’re not about to do that either, they also sell smaller $24 travel sprays, so you can still mix your own fragrance cocktails.
I think the travel bottles are more cost effective (and they also have some better priced sampler kits). They are eau de parfums, so even the little bottles should last a while.
I didn’t bring any of them home from the store that day, but I’m contemplating going back… I like the idea and the individual scents. I combined Book and Magnolia on my wrists, and I kept smelling myself the rest of the afternoon. 🙂
Commodity FragranceThe Black Collection
- Commodity Wool — Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple, Basil, Ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise, Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Gray Musk and Bourbon Vanilla
- Commodity Moss — Ozone, Petitigrain, Italian Bergamot, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Oak Moss, Orange Blossom, Cashmere Woods, Cedarwood, Amber and White Musk
- Commodity Whiskey — Bergamot, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sage, Ivy, Dark Musk, Amber, Cinnamon, Mahogany and American Oak
- Commodity Gin — Bergamot, Watery Nuances, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Blonde Woods, Leather, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Musk
- Commodity Book — Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Lavender, Amyris, Amber, Sandalwood, Haitian Vetiver, Balsa and GuaiacThe White Collection
- Commodity Magnolia — Water Lily, Dewy Greens, Pink Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Magnolia, Ylang Ylang, White Violet, Rose Absolute, Caramel, Labdanum, Oak Moss and Musk
- Commodity Gold — Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Camphor, Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Nubian Musk
- Commodity Mimosa — Blood Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Black Pepper, Sheer Jasmine, Geranium, Tonka Bean, Heliotrope and Ylang Ylang
- Commodity Tea — Citrus Accord, Sicilian Lemon, Bergamot, Freesia, Muguet, Jasmine Sambac, Sandalwood and White Musk
- Commodity Rain — Italian Bergamot, Lemon Verbena, Jasmine, Freesia, Lotus Blossom, Water Musk, Sheer Woods and Vetiver
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,