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This crisp, woody fragrance tips its hat to the Hemingways and Fitzgeralds of the world, conjuring the warmth of a quiet moment curled up with a good book. Its complex blend of sparkling bergamot, spicy cypress and creamy sandalwood results in an unexpectedly fresh scent.
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3.1 out of 5
It smells bad.
I like this cologne very much. Its more of a Spring-time scent for me, rather than a Fall scent, like when I ordered. It is different and unique.
Not my style
I love perfume and I am very open minded to all different kinds but this was truly awful.
Doesn't smell like books, but...
It does smell like the super-hot intellectual guy you'd meet in the book section of an antique shop might. I can't say I would describe this as especially feminine (there's just too much leather for that), but is soft and has enough amber, lavender, and sandalwood for a woman to wear. I like to layer it with a vanilla- or sandalwood-based fragrance to sweeten it just a little bit. Has great staying power!
I wanted to like it.
I really wanted to like it but I ended up hating it. It just smelled like celery to me.
Average, but wouldn't recommend
Great dupe for Santal 33. Not enough sillage or longevity. Tends to die down in a couple hours and becomes untraceable on skin or clothing. I love the scent, but not enough to respray every 2 hours.
Love it! Not a crowd favorite but it's my joint
My wife enjoys this cologne ,but I feel it had a strong dust smell. Although a little does go a long way.
Great for fall and winter!
Its a great fragrance for the fall and winter months! just the right balance between warm and cozy!
Smells Like Pepper?
Really thought I would love this scent, but for some reason it smells like pepper and makes me sneeze every time it is sprayed.
I did like this scent. It has a pleasant smell. However I just don’t know if it’s me. I do think it’s a good everyday scent. It’s light enough to not be overpowering. Overall I was happy with it, I just wasn’t blown away.
I didn't really know what to expect with this one. I knew it would be different but just didn't know how. The opening is very unique. It actually smells like an old book to me. But that doesn't mean that it's bad, just nothing that I've smelled before. The dry down is nice though, therefore I can say, overall, it's a nice scent. Don't know if I'll reach for it often, but when I want something that doesn't smell like anything else, then I will wear it.
Better when layered
I found Book to be a little too woody for my tastes on its own. I tend to prefer sweeter scents. However, Commodity has designed their fragrances to be worn alone or layered together, so I took Rain (which I found too light for me) and layered them together in equal parts. The combination is intoxicating!
Musky or Dusty?
My initial "sniff" on my skin of Book was "hey, this is different". As usual I asked my spouse her opinion and it was "yes, that is really musky". I usually default to spicy and sweet scents so this was a bit of a change. Sadly as the day went on it settled to a fragrance that was a little like old pickles. It smells old, but not like old books sadly.
Smells like books
I love to read and I love the smell of a real book (I don’t do ebooks). I decided to try this and to my surprise I actually think it smells like an old book. Not something I would wear everyday but definitely fun, different and very creative on Commodity’s part
Not for me
Not for me. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.
I enjoyed the colonge alot. It smells great.
It really does smell like a book
It is very accurate in its description. Like smelling the warm pages of an old book in the sun. Not musty in any way. The sandalwood is very prominent. My wife wasn’t a fan, so maybe not very mass appealing, but it’s a very pleasant scent. I’ve not been disappointed by any of the Commodity scents I’ve tried.
For occasional use
This one reminds me of Fahrenheit. It is a little intense but does smell good. It does last a long time, I could smell it the next day on my clothes. I haven't used it though as I only can stand it for a little while. It is definitely for fall and winter in my opinion.
I love this!
It smells like, well.... Old books. It's musty and dusty but that's what I was hoping for. I love layering it with other perfumes, not so much as a stand alone. It pairs great with Rain!
My favorite cologne ever. Smells so musky and rich. It feels like you cracked open an old book in a cabin deep in the winter woods.
Love this on my boyfriend smells so sexy on him
This scent did nothing for me. I honestly hated it which is pretty strong. It’s a powerful and unpleasant sent. Reminded me nothing of books 😂
This is like a fresh box of mothballs got opened in a musty old attic. It's so strong as to be overpowering with just one spray, and lasts almost all day.
This scent is unreal
This has to be my new favorite scent . It’s so versatile my husband uses it too ! It smells a bit differently on me but it lasts and lasts and reminds me of reading an old book by the fire with a cup of tea ! Sounds weird but I love this scent !
spicy woods and chocolate
it has such a creamy scent, a little spicy like old paper, and a woody scent. This is another scent that would work on anyone (he, she, they...) It's comforting and smells like being perched on a couch with a blanket and a good book.
I loved this unique scent unlike anything I've ever had!
The pine smell was incredibly overpowering and did not smell good on my skin. My friend tried it however, and it smelled amazing on her. I think it just takes a special person to wear this scent.
In my Mind I expected a more gender neutral- Library esque scent - but was disappointed by what seemed to be a very “pine tree-ish” camp fire smell that was more pungent than delightful. Not an enjoyable scent to wear. Perhaps as a candle.
This spicy and almost a little too masculine for me. I'm sure I'll wear it, just not for summer.
Dry, pervasive musk
Not pleasant at all, lingers like a dry gin, but much more musky. Tried it once, and it was in the garbage can by the end of the day. Very strong and persistent.
The garbage?! Seruously? After one try? At least resale it or give it away.
It doesn't really smell like books or cigars as all the other reviews had me thinking. It smells more like a sandalwood incense burner. I like it a lot, however my fiance does not.
Wanted to love it
I wanted to love this scent so much. I have spent countless days in a library as a kid reading and reading and literally having my nose in books. The cypress is a real killer for me. way to much cypress... Once the cypress wears off its a very warm almost like a cigar box is warm and woody.
I was looking for a woody sent and this just wasn’t it. It just has an awkward smell. Just too much of a lemon scent. I personally didn’t like it but it doesn’t mean the next person won’t.
One of my new favorites!
This one is a little strong for me. Very strong wood scent. Almost has a tobacco hint to it. I don't hate it, but probably won't get it again.
This is exactly the kind of scent I like. Woody & spicy
Hemingway’s library in Key West
I adore this scent, it smells like pages in from a favorite novel in library somewhere, it smells like first editions and old news print, cigar smoke and leather with a little fresh air blown in from outside
really to much
way to much cypress and bergamot comes off heavy
Smells like mints and cigarettes left in a dirty pocket
I was completely confused as to what I was experiencing. And then the pictures of menthol cigarette butts and altoid mints left in a dirty pocket came to mind. My grandpas dirty laundry is basically the scent.
A little strong
This was a little strong for me for daily office wear. I was muskier than I expected, and didn't remind me much of books.
My favorite scent
I love this perfume so much. I get so many compliments. Its a complex scent that takes a minute to develop, lots of staying power. Ive bought one bottle already and will likely buy another before the year is out.
Delicate and sensitive
At first, when I used it I found that I couldn't get a clear sense of the pieces used to make it. After a few moments of letting it settle, I realized how calm it was and how it seemed to sit around and gain strength. This is a scent that leaves an afterimage that you have to allow to show up. I now spray it lightly over the things I want to carry its scent and often find myself surprised at its strength even a few days later. Give this cologne time to impart itself onto the things you wear, it will make a grand impression.
Not My Cup of Tea
Unfortunately I didn’t like this.
I would love to bathe in this fragrance. It has such a romantic, light scent to it, and Book also reminds me of my school days. I get a ton of compliments on this scent, and I love to spray my scarves so I can breathe it in all day.
Not something that I usually go for. Reminds me of an old library
Then it seems the name "Book" would be apt... :)
So wonderfully different
This is a nice fresh leathery cucumber smell that I have been complimented on daily by people. It's strange at first, but definitely a Spring early Summer fragrance. Office friendly and an early/evening fragrance.
Not for me
Too odd smelling, cedar and earthy but too sweet at the same time.
I love this scent so much. It is earthy and warm, like a comfort food on a cold day. I wish it wasn't god awful expensive because this would be my every day scent.
Man scent not women's
I'm not pleased with this scent. Smells now like smoothing a man should wear.
It stinks! Don't like it at all. Threw it away.
Worst smelling cologne. Get rid of it. I wish I could send this back.
Definitely not a smell I liked.
Smelled like a fruity woman's cologne. Interesting for sure. Disliked this one with a passion.
It's... interesting. It did remind me of a very old book, or a musty library. I was certainly impressed with that. It doesn't function very well as a personal scent, though.
Doesn't necessarily remind me of books, but it is a nice fragrance. It's a fairly light - it might be a little too masculine if it were any stronger 0 and the cucumber isn't too strong (thankfully) so this is mostly a woody scent for me. Nice for office wear.
Worst smelling scent I've gotten
Worst smelling scent I've gotten
It smells like pickles and dries too sweet? Not a fan of this scent.
Really loved this scent. It can be overpowering if you spray too much though so keep it to one spray. It was a really interesting scent. In love with it.
Amazing! Love it!
I have to agree this is for the evening going out on a date. Strong cologne... I would suggest to use very little as it last a long time. Should you put more on it could be very very over powering... Will ware this cologne mostly in my special date nights.
Not fan. I thought it would smell like a book and it doesn't. It has a weird smell that I wasn't a fan of and neither was anyone else that smelled it.
Was an okay scent. Smelled too much like pickles.
I am an avid book lover and this scent just wasn't for me. I found it to be quite repulsive and the smell made me want to puke.
Love! LOVE!! LOVE this one !!!
This scent is terrible! Wore it a couple times. Threw out the bottle.
With a description like that, I was excited for this scent but it just smells like the litter you use in guinea pig cages.
Not a fan. Don't waste your time. It wears very strong and isn't appealing.
Very strong, smells exactly like pine trees. Don't like it too much, but Ill probably end up using it at some point. One good thing I can say is that it keeps its scent.
This is a great scent. I do not like most floral or anything "powdery", but this scent is subtle, interesting, and makes you come closer for another whiff. The cucumber keeps it light while the ceader keeps it interesting and woody. I will be buying a full bottle.
This is a scent that is unisex. It is strong and reminds me of very strong baby powder. It does have great staying power but not a scent that I enjoyed. It smells nothing like a book, library or even a kindle.
This one is really refreshing. It's different from all the other colognes I wear because of how strong it is. But it is not my favorite. This is something I'd wear to a dinner date for sure
smells like straight up pine trees
Scentbird got this description and scent right! The cucumber smell is a bit too overpowering and the woody undertones are not really there. If you want to smell like cucumber, this one is for yo!
I really do like this, I swear, it's really exciting and sort of fantastical when you first spray it, but (and I know I'm not the first to make this complaint) that cucumber note really tends to come out pickle-y. Unfortunately, I can't quite get that notion out of my head and it sort of harshes my vibe a little. Definitely leans to the masculine, which I typically like, but man... that pickle thing. Like imagine a really hot sophisticated guy, he's smart and cool and you really REALLY want to like him, but... he won't stop eating pickles and his breath and fingers constantly smell like it. Sorry sexy pickle guy, I gonna have to give you a pass.
Absolutely horrible. Smells nothing like books old or otherwise. Smells like wet wood and moldy citrus. I have another perfume called Paperback from another company that smells exactly like walking into an old used book store down to the dusty shelves. That perfume is heaven this one is just disgusting.
Love, love and love. New twist on lime verbana, woodsy. U have to love woodsy to appreciate this layering set. It is sold as a set on Sephora website. That way u can create your own unique smell by layering. I would get this scent again
not good at all.
You guys are the best couldn't have done it without you
Had a weird vibe to it. Smelled like dill pickles and magazines. Re-gifted the sample I had.
I feel like this is one of those scents you love or you hate with no in between. This is, as advertised, a pretty "woodsy" smell; however, it's more of the cedar/cashmere variety and not very earthy/nutty/piney. As soon as I put this bad boy on, I realized I had made a huge mistake and thanked God I never replaced my chinchilla, Roxie, who died when I was 8 because I smelled like something she'd love to sleep and piss in. I was running late for work and didn't have time to change clothes and scents, which ended up not mattering much because my coworker disliked it so much, she made me go home to change and come back as the scent was giving her a headache. While there are definitely folks who would find something like this to be right up their alley, I do not qualify as such a being.
This is my favorite so far. Light and airy, yet still keeps the scent. Clean and woody at the same time.
I really enjoyed this scent. I like the intensity of it and that with time it settles in lighter.
An interesting scent that grows on you. I'm not fond of it when first sprayed. It takes about an hour or so before it starts to smell good.
Sorry to say that I didn't care for this scent; I tried hard to like it. The top notes were a mismatch; it was also very strong on me. This is defiantly a scent for someone who really loves ALL of the top notes. I thought it would be more woodsy and not so old attic smelling.
Sorry to say that I didn't care for this scent. It was too powerful for me; I didn't think that the notes went well together. Defiantly a scent for a someone who specifically looks for certain notes; not for the masses.
Absolute favorite! Not just out of the scents I've tried through scentbird, but in general! I LOVE this scent, it really does smell exactly like an old book! It's unique, lasted on me all day, and draws lots of compliments. No one else will smell like you, everyone will ask you what it is and tell you how wonderful you smell. As a book lover, it's a comforting scent, very heady and sensual, truly one of a kind! I will definitely be purchasing full size bottles!
It's one of my favorite so far. Love it!
This is the scent that reminds me of the original Commodity idea, which is to blend these fragrances into "cocktails." Nest, Atelier, Derek Lam, and Maison Margiela all came out with this same idea at once, and some of the discrete scents were more successful than others. "Book" is an idea, not a perfume. Its top notes scream at you (very unlike books!), and ts bottom notes are not just lingering but incessant. That said, it actually does blend well with other Commodities. I like it with Moss and Gin.
Not for me. To be honest, it gave me a headache. I really wanted to like it--that good, old book smell in a bottle--but it's not that. It's all just preference, but I think it would work better on men too.
Did not like this scent. It was a little over powering when I put it on and my wife did not like it either. Plus the scent didn't last very long.
This was not quite what I expected it to be but it has grown on me a little. At first I smelled the faint aroma of pickles but then it turns into more of a fresh, green scent. Not super complex but nice. The wood notes play well with the green notes but I wish the eucalyptus was more toned down or absent. All in all, it's a decent scent.
This is a very crisp scent, very layed back.