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Platinum Collection : Leather (2017)
by Commodity

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Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseCommodity
PerfumerRodrigo Flores-Roux

About Platinum Collection : Leather

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This rich composition shuns the usage of real leather but utilizes the best natural raw materials. The fragrance evokes the supple texture and raw sexiness inherent to new leather with an aromatic blend of balsamic labdanum, an animalic black leather accord, and a spicy, woody Akigalawood accord.

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I'm going to be up front here, Commodity is a house unloved by perfumistas and colognoisseurs, misunderstood by the general public, and ultimately failed to serve its purpose because it frankly didn't have a credible one to begin with, which shows where the state of the industry is in the niche segment. Therefore, this review of Platinum Collection: Leather (2017) feels sort of more like a postmortem report than anything else, since depending on how long it is after the house being shuttered when you finally read this, most if not all of the Commodity line will have been cleared out of the Sephora stores where they were once exclusively sold outside the website and hocked on eBay for two to four times the original MSRP, which at $135USD means astronomical gouging in death as a nouveau-riche hipster cred trophy for a scent by a house nobody liked in life. With that having been said, the Leather entry to the Platinum Collection does feel a bit more complex and fleshed-out than many of the painfully boring "blended one-note homages" this house became infamous for, so it at least may be worth a sample for educational purposes.

Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the name behind the scent of this leather hot take from Commodity, and as a perfumer more associated with John Varvatos than any other house, it is unsurprising that he takes a slightly old-school masculine direction with this leather scent, since that is the path he typically walks with Varvatos. The leather note here is totally implied rather than photorealistic like modern leather perfumes, achieved by a bit of isobutyl quinoline and styrax on a labdanum base. There are no tannery aldehydes in the opening, but instead juniper and some herbs before leading into the heart. Myrrh and akigalawood (a synthetic) form this heart, which reminds you of the lacking oakmoss in modern leather creations and automatically rules this out for vintage sticklers. The base is the place for the promised animalic styrax and labdanum with dry woods and a bit of sourness from the isobutyl quinoline mixed in. Hermés Bel Ami (1986) this ain't, but it's pretty good for what it tries to be. As with any leather not using a ton of bright citrus or aldehydes, this Commodity take is best in cooler temperatures. If Flores-Roux had made this for Varvatos, it could easily be a flanker to John Varvatos Oud (2014), just with styrax and a leather note switched in for the synthetic oud, since they both have a similar dark and quiet finish.

Also, if this had been released by Varvatos and not the ill-fated Commodity line, I'd also recommend running out and getting your hands on some as a nice semi-virile romantic leather option, but being potentially irreplaceable in the future from supply exhaustion or prices launching into orbit faster than a Tesla car strapped to a Space-X rocket, I'd be hesitant for anyone to fall in love with it just to become heartbroken later, especially considering the variety of quality leathers in this vein (new and old) that are more easily-had. I guess it doesn't matter how nice your leather perfume is when it wears the same drab colors as the rest of the minimalist high-concept hogwash that Commodity shoved into stores, because it ultimately dies on the same hill when facing off against other potentially inferior but better-marketed competitors. Thumbs up for being a decent semi-throwback leather scent, but I am still very disappointed in the failed brand behind Platinum Collection: Leather by Commodity, more so now that I know something good and curiously against the former company's grain is getting dragged into the gray-labeled abyss along with the rest of its dreck.
13th May, 2019

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