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    Default Any of you tried Commodity fragrances yet?

    I got a sampler pack of 10 scents, I've only sprayed the Oak one on me so far. I like it, maybe kind of seems/seemed like Pour Monsieur EdTC and LIDG so far, .

    Thoughts?

    The types I received may be.. Cloth, Moss, Cane, Wool, Gold, Whiskey, Paper, Gin, Book, and Oak.

    Edit: I put on a little of Whiskey, and it kind of smells like.. (white floral?) Pure Malt-ish smell and a leather note(s) so far? Though that leather or something smell may seem to be dominating soon after putting on with the PM-ish smell lingering behind it.

    Though, I'm not an expert and I'm not (that) good at picking out and identifying notes, and I also have a hookah session up.. so.. .

    Edit: Oak has seemed to be/become kind of sweet. Whiskey kind of reminds me of lotion/suntan lotion (and/or sunscreen) with perhaps similarity to another fragrance .. "F" by Ferragamo pour Homme Black?
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    Default Re: Any of you tried Commodity fragrances yet?

    Never heard of them. Where did you purchase?
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    Default Re: Any of you tried Commodity fragrances yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Never heard of them. Where did you purchase?
    From their official website. $9 total that I paid, .

    https://www.commoditygoods.com/fitting-kit
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    I got my fitting kit in May but after spraying a few a single time on my wrist I wasn't impressed and put them away for later. I've since gone back and tried some in detail.

    First, not a fan of the sprayers - they're hard to push and a few popped out of my hands. Not a huge deal. But a bigger disappointment was the tiny sample size. Of all the ones I've tried so far I've gotten only 2-4 small sprays out of each before they ran out. The vials are taller than most sample vials, but it looks like they're all filled with something like 0.2 mL of fragrance. Their site advertises each sample as providing enough wear for a week so you can make a decision later, so it's surprising they're even less generous than your average designer carded sample.

    First, I have no idea where the note pyramids come from because they all smell much different to me. I'm still a relative beginner at fragrance but this is by far the most perplexed I've ever been when reading note pyramids.

    Cane indeed brought to mind sugar cane and syrupy rum, so I could see how someone would like it. I'm not a fan of sweet scents, though, so my nose is even more limited here. Notes are supposedly: Cardamom, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Cedar Leaf, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Leather. I got none of those (and am terrible with ID'ing flowes), so no idea where this sugarcane from. I guess it'd have to be the tuberose and ylang ylang.

    Gold is another sweet one I didn't like. Ends up being a generic vanilla bomb. Notes are Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Camphor, Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Nubian Musk. As in Cane, I got none of the greener notes and mostly smelled the vanilla-like combo of the benzoin, sandalwood, tonka, and amber accord.

    Wool was weird one. Overall a woody, slightly sweet, slightly green scent, nothing special - but one of the opening notes for me smelled exactly like towel mildew. My wife disagreed, but just to make sure it wasn't my own towel, I sprayed some more on my arm and got it again. No clue what it was. Was that the lavandin? Maybe, but I love my lavender flowers at home. The Armoise? I actually love absinthe. Who knoes. Notes are Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple, Basil, Fresh Ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise, Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Gray Musk, Bourbon Vanilla.

    Book was my one and only good experience so far, but it was GREAT. A few reviews I've seen were puzzled, but it opened with a bit of paprika-like woody spice, like a restrained version of all the spices in L'Artisan's Timbuktu. Then the "paper" note came in, which is a blend of Iso-E Super and some warmer amber and cedar that actually smells like a musty, woody, delicious old BOOK. I really liked it, it was unique, and my wife liked it as well. I love Iso-E Super so haters of it may not like it, but it was proudly synthetic without being fake. Gold was much faker, reminding me of generic women's perfumes at Sephora. While this made no claim of being natural, it just smelled great. Notes are: Iso-E Super, Smooth Woody Amber, Cedarwood, but I swear I smelled more spice to it, so I wonder what is in the accord. The spice left rather quickly (after 1-2 hours) but longetivity was average for the rest. A wonderful subtle scent for the office, but certainly far more interesting or off the beaten path - definitely not boring.

    Moss was disappointing - smelled like another sweet woody floral women's perfume. My wife got honeysuckle out of it and asked for the sample since it'd fit a woman much better, but like the rest, after 3 sprays it was done. I got no moss or anything resembling the forest out of this. Take your pick of notes: Ozone, Petitgrain, Italian Bergamot, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Oak Moss, Orange Blossom, Cashmere Woods, Cedarwood, White Musks, Amber. I smelled a bit of citrus but after that I guess it was orange blossom and something else vaguely sweet. Perhaps the cashmere. I don't know, it was boring, and certainly not the niche price they command IMO.

    I'll report with more later. A few definite misses, and one huge hit.

    Another note: When I first got the samples, I tried a single spray of one and I swear it was just Iso-E-Super in alcohol. I'll see which one it is. I think it was Rain.
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    Default Re: Any of you tried Commodity fragrances yet?

    First time hearing about this company.
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    Default Re: Any of you tried Commodity fragrances yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post

    Edit: I put on a little of Whiskey, and it kind of smells like.. (white floral?) Pure Malt-ish smell and a leather note(s) so far? Though that leather or something smell may seem to be dominating soon after putting on with the PM-ish smell lingering behind it.

    Though, I'm not an expert and I'm not (that) good at picking out and identifying notes, and I also have a hookah session up.. so.. .

    Edit: Oak has seemed to be/become kind of sweet. Whiskey kind of reminds me of lotion/suntan lotion (and/or sunscreen) with perhaps similarity to another fragrance .. "F" by Ferragamo pour Homme Black?
    Yeah, I was also weirded out by how floral the Whiskey selection was--it sort of made me question if the designer was very familiar with whiskey as a substance. (Even if the mark here was to emulate the experience of a sweeter whiskey varietal without the offensive/overpowering stench of ethanol that people associate with 'smelling like booze' in the bad sense, I think the designer missed the mark.)

    Whiskey is a food product. On a chemical basis, it's simply beer that is put through the distillation process rather than the brewing process. And beer is basically liquid bread. Due to that, I really think they should have been aiming for more of a gourmand vibe than a floral one.

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    Eh ... I had high hopes, but wasn't very impressed with the offerings.

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    I'm about a third of the way through the fitting kit for men. At this point, its two misses and a big hit for me.

    Whiskey and Gold are the two misses. On the former, I had this to say earlier:

    Yeah, I was also weirded out by how floral the Whiskey selection was--it sort of made me question if the designer was very familiar with whiskey as a substance. (Even if the mark here was to emulate the experience of a sweeter whiskey varietal without the offensive/overpowering stench of ethanol that people associate with 'smelling like booze' in the bad sense, I think the designer missed the mark.)

    Whiskey is a food product. On a chemical basis, it's simply beer that is put through the distillation process rather than the brewing process. And beer is basically liquid bread. Due to that, I really think they should have been aiming for more of a gourmand vibe than a floral one.


    What they both have in common is they smell like what most people think of when they think of cheap perfume, i.e. the middle and base notes blend together into this weird talcum powder-like scent for most of the time you wear it.

    It is hard to critique Gold independently--the top notes come and go quickly and that talcum scent gets going almost immediately. It was kind of a disappointment in that the reviews I had read of the kits had singled Gold out as one of the highlights of the line and described its scent in what I now consider hyperbolic terms. (Commodity itself kind of oversells this as a luxury item, not only through the name but also the suggestion that you only wear it for special occasions. If that's a weirdly elaborate euphemism for diaper changes, sure.)

    For Book, however, I would plunk down the cash for a full bottle. It literally smells like how an aged text in well-loved/historic research institution smells and it carries that scent through, in slightly different iterations--for the life of the scent, which is several hours on me. It is the one of the three, so far, that actually puts forward a case for Commodity being the designer perfume house it is presenting itself as being.

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    Book is different and unique. I love it and use it in the office. It does smell like old books but it still manages to be a fresh modern scent. Almost everyday someone asks me what scent I am wearing. At its base is a resinous woody scent that doesnt smell like anything else I have smelled. At the top there is something similar to creed aventus. The smell of book is classy and rich. An administrative assistant at my office told me I smelled like sexy, which is really not what I am going for in the work place. I was going for the, " I am a super intellectual and should be running a section " vibe. Lots of guys seem to like it too. One of my fellow associates said I smelled like a cool pine or cedar forest when I walked into the room. Not sure where he got that from, but any way. It is a very cool and unique scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfgang Mazrin View Post
    Book is different and unique. I love it and use it in the office. It does smell like old books but it still manages to be a fresh modern scent. Almost everyday someone asks me what scent I am wearing. At its base is a resinous woody scent that doesnt smell like anything else I have smelled. At the top there is something similar to creed aventus. The smell of book is classy and rich. An administrative assistant at my office told me I smelled like sexy, which is really not what I am going for in the work place. I was going for the, " I am a super intellectual and should be running a section " vibe. Lots of guys seem to like it too. One of my fellow associates said I smelled like a cool pine or cedar forest when I walked into the room. Not sure where he got that from, but any way. It is a very cool and unique scent.
    What kind of longevity/projection do you get from it?
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    After midday I can only catch wiffs of the scent but I have received comments on it after I have gotten off of work. My wife says she can smell it on me when I get home at night so I would say it lasts 8 hrs plus. The projection monsters from Commodity seem to be Cane and Oak. I have worn Oak and I can still smell it strong late at night. I like Book because it is not a projection monster but leaves a very pleasant woody trail all day long.




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