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Platinum Collection : Orris (2017)
by Commodity

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Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Platinum Collection : Orris

Platinum Collection : Orris is a shared / unisex perfume by Commodity. The scent was launched in 2017

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Commodity is a fragrance house that likes to name its creations after either single notes, items, colors, or substances. This is a quirk they no doubt have in common with niche operations like Le Labo, but unlike the latter, they don't really bank on the science gimmick with packaging and presentation which resembles test samples from a laboratory. The kind of super-minimalist perfume in both packaging and olfactory theme Commodity employs clearly has an audience, as Commodity has been doing well since their formation in 2013 by entrepreneurs Konstantin Glasmacher and Ash Huzenlaub through a Kickstarter campaign. Now distributed brick and mortar through LVMH or online by their own eCommerce operation, Commodity try to make boring seem interesting, and how the fragrance community which mostly consumes these kind of high-concept niche goodies perceives this goal has been mixed to say the least. Orris (2017) is themed after the tuber itself, but soapiness usually associated with orris root is actually quite restrained here, since this is built up quite differently than one might expect a fragrance sporting orris as its main note. Commodity in general doesn't seem to get a whole lot of talk outside your local Sephora sales reps, who always try to push the stuff because it is an exclusive brand in their stores, and I can sort of see why. The enforced drab aesthetic of the grand might appeal to hipsters looking to be as intentionally misunderstood and unapproachable as possible, but anyone with a more balanced outlook will shake their head at a brand that deliberately reduces themselves to a "commodity".

Commodity Orris comes out the gate quietly when sprayed, and presents itself as a very dry, citric and sharp scent thanks to bergamot, coriander, and pink peppercorn. One might almost mistake this for Tom Ford Grey Vetiver (2009), until one realizes that the vetiver is but a distant recollection here compared to the Tom Ford fragrance, making Orris feel more like a niche precursor to Dolce & Gabbana The One Grey (2018), which I was not too fond of myself. Commodity makes mention of carrot seed being in this, but God only knows what that smells like in this greyed-out opening, so I'm going to assume it's there. The middle of cedar and dry patchouli is quite clear after the citrus and dry spy settle down, with wisps of the orris already starting to appear. There is something a black tea note here which reminds me of Bvlgari Black (1998) without the rubbery aspects, but it is pretty brief and flanked by some nondescript white florals that act as connective tissues to the orris in the base. vanilla and vetiver act as both angel and devil on the shoulder for the orris base, since one smooths and sweetens Commodity Orris into something approachable, while the other keeps the overall feel very erudite and stoic, like a perfume made for a librarian or wise sage from times lost to history. Combined, the effect is a bit ambiguous and depending on the way the air catches Orris, you might get the amiable side, or the standoffish side, with a straight face either way. Wear time is mediocre as is sillage, which is the one big let down for Commodity scents in general, but with Orris being relatively stiff and business-like anyway, it might make the perfect in-the-background work fragrance for any gender.

Orris is part of the Platinum Collection, which consists entirely of commonly-used top or base notes in traditional perfume, whilst other series focus on mood or impressions of things instead of going for soliflore-like interpretations. Commodity encourages their scents being "wardrobed" by customers, which is their fancy way of saying layered with each other, so perhaps Orris might go well with something that has a bit more pep in its step from within the Commodity lines or elsewhere. On it's own, Orris isn't really the greatest example of a scent built around the note, not that many are in the first place since Orris never got the kind of oakmoss did before restriction (which got its own homage scent from Commodity in 2013), nor popularity of something like oud or amber, neither of which have any shortage of perfumes themed after them. Semi-clean, semi-dry, and relatively simple in development despite its many ingredients, Commodity Orris won't impress, and as the olfactive equivalent of MTV's Daria, it's no wonder that nobody really talks about it. Still, I do like orris as it is often featured in aromatic fougères and traditional colognes, so I can't find fault per se in Orris but neither do I find any favor, since Commodity has proved with their execution that orris root is not really interesting enough on its own to have a scent built around it like sandalwood or even lavender. This is an easy neutral for me, and since neutral tones are what the brand seems to be all about, it's an appropriate reaction. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to take a nap.
27th January, 2019

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