Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Dark Rum description
Leave it to skincare titans (Malin + Goetz) to create a rum-based scent that is fresh, clean and approachable. There aren’t any pirates within 100 yards of this fragrance, and instead we get James Bond in a tuxedo. (Malin + Goetz) have swapped swarthiness for sophistication with Dark Rum, and it’s much better for it.
The perfume starts with a pop of bitter bergamot and plum that fade quickly into the heart of rum and leather accords.
And the heart is where Dark Rum shows its sophisticated edge. There’s more of the barbershop than the barrelhouse in this perfume. Both the rum and leather are polished and new; the liquor is not laid on too thick, or with tablespoons of sugar dumped on top. The leather smells shiny, tailored and unworn.
Dark Rum is also unique in that the leather note is the stronger of the two. The rum accord darts around the periphery in a dusting of light, rounded spice that’s amplified by the plum in the top notes. And after a few minutes, the bergamot and leather bind together and create an almost soap-like facet, that only lends more clean-cut energy to the heart of this fragrance. Everything about Dark Rum is in fact, light, carefully constructed and elegant. The only darkness might be from James Bond turning the light off in his personal, top-shelf liquor library.
The dry down is where Dark Rum gets a little roughed-up, as a sharp, herbal patchouli note springs out from behind the smooth, bespoke leather. The brand-new leather accord and spiky patchouli note square off for a few moments, but in the end, the unflappable equilibrium returns as amber and a milk accord (!) arrive to resolve the friction. Dark Rum is the ultimate in nonchalance and refinement throughout its evolution. If you think all rum scents are about crossed swords and sloshing kegs, this scent will cure you of your outdated ideas.
So whether you’re a top-secret international spy, (or just often taken for one because of your personal style), Dark Rum is the final addition to a detailed, custom-tailored profile. You’ll save the day either way.