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The smell of an antique book (or any book, really) is one of the greatest pleasures of reading. It’s as if the smell of the paper were part of the plot, and the story is incomprehensible without the book smelling the way it does.
But if you don’t live near a library, Commodity Goods has a fragrance entitled Book that is the next best thing to browsing the dust-covered shelves in the Rare Editions Room.
Book starts out with a splinter-dry shot of cedar wood and eucalyptus that smells so ancient that a little puff of mummified dust might pop out when you first spray it. This is a good thing. Indiana Jones would wear this as he researches his next daring expedition. Book is a scent with a hidden history waiting to be discovered as it dries down.
The heart displays a delightfully strange mix of cypress and amber. As the ancient top notes dissipate, this perfume begins to smell exactly like a brand-new hardcover book.
There’s a temperature difference between the cypress and amber that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who likes smelling a crisply laid-out title page. All that’s missing is the delicious crackling sound of the cover being opened for the first time.
The drydown is minimal, and there are no loose ends remaining as this Book ends. There’s some light musk that echoes the cedar in the top, layered with a velvet accord. But these base notes are mostly just the perfumer’s way of writing “THE END” in big, looping script, so you know you’ve finished the scent.
Commodity Good’s Book is a joyful, clever and comforting perfume. Especially for anyone who loves a good book, and certainly for those who may need to smell one to know how good it truly is.