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Timbre (2019)
by Chris Rusak


Timbre information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

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HouseChris Rusak
PerfumerChris Rusak

About Timbre

The company say:

Fresh acidity. A greyscale of bitterness. Bright dryness. Timbre exists on the sharper, harder edges of the woody-citrus genre. Fresh yuzu, pithy mandarin, and myrrh burst immediately and hang from an electric thread of real Vietnamese oud that acts as a linchpin throughout the composition. The woody twig snap of petitgrain and thumping green of galbanum follow, then lain upon a plank of kiln-dried cedar lumber, baking in the sun. A zippy, dry minerality persists into the drydown, with a quiet, citric, resinous end note that holds a frayed-edge hologram of the earlier oud.

Reviews of Timbre

Perfect gender neutral fragrance with a woody/pencil shaving predominant note. It is calming and subtle and has a clarifying and edifying presence on skin. I would charcterize this in the category of a sauna/woods/buddhist scent, something that would be appropriate in rural Finland or in a Japanese guest house.
18th August, 2020
Described as a woody-citrus, it’s mineral and ephemeral in the opening. There’s myrrh, a very bitter yuzu note, backed by a cedar and pencil shavings note. Very fresh in the heat, and somewhat linear, but it has the fantastic quality of meandering in and out of my attention, popping up at unexpected times. I’m not sure if there’s ISO Super E here, but it definitely has that same effect. Tenacious, but not cloying, a couple of hours in it’s an elegant cedar and galbanum skin scent of great character.

Currently sold out, but if you ever get the chance to snag a bottle, do so.
16th August, 2019
don’t know where I first discovered Chris Rusak’s perfumes—maybe on Instagram, late at night, suggested by another fragrance enthusiast out there. I ordered a sampler along with two sets of his Studio Series, which include sketches of things he’s working on or materials he’s interested in. The four scents of Chris’s main collection are all very good, though none captivated me as much as two of these sketches—the Chypre project (which, if it ever comes out, promises to be glorious), and the Wood/Yuzu project.

Timbre is said to be the “first” perfume to come out of his Wood/Yuzu sketches (and let’s hope there are more). It’s bracingly fresh—petitgrain, bitter yuzu, and juicy orange—tempered by a light cedar and sparkling mineral notes. He added a small amount of oud sometime after the last sketch I smelled, and it’s the better for it—just enough to give the blend a deeper and darker edge without overpowering. I’m not a citrus or cologne lover, but this one is perfect. It’s not butch, nor astringent, just well-balanced and fresh. Chris says it’s designed to be worn by the end of the summer so that the top notes remain pure, but I could see this working during any season, for any reason. It’s a limited edition, but as I write this in July 2019, the last bottles still remain. There’s hope for you.

It bears a resemblance to Comme des Garçons x Artek’s Standard (a perfume I have long had and loved). Where that one feels to excel in the chill of Scandinavian Modern, Timbre has more grain, more nuance, more hand. It’s exceptional.
11th July, 2019

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