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Daylight Savings Time returns this month, and with the extra hours of sunlight, it’s always tempting to start a search for new spots to enjoy your favorite adult beverages.
And in the same way, a cool way to search for perfume is finding scents that mimic classic cocktails – there are wearable whiskies, the classic Bay Rum scent for men, and even fragrances that smell just like a well-made G&T.
Gin and Tonic perfumes are usually based around a prominent juniper berry note – one that can be almost aspirin-like in its bitterness, but when paired with citrus or spices can turn wonderfully light and airy on the skin.
A recent cocktail-style scent of note is called Gin, which is part of the Black Collection from the Commodity Goods line.
It starts out with a brightly astringent combination of juniper, grapefruit and lime that will have you immediately looking for the rocks glass you’ll swear it came from. The citrus against the juniper is absolutely mouth-watering - it pops and sparkles in a very inviting and effervescent way.
After the initial bright acidity burns off, Gin settles into a slightly spicy, slightly floral heart. Freesia and labdanum are paired with ginger leaf, and the effect is sharp and a bit sweet, but with the ginger still continuing to offer the astringency that Gin starts with. Both the freesia and labdanum notes offer an alluring and subdued, almost suede-like texture after all the neon-light citrus zest at the top.
The slightly puckered feel here makes Gin a top candidate also for layering with another one of Commodity’s scents to round it out a little, or with the scent of your choice.
Either way, Gin works perfectly well by itself, or you can have all sorts of adventures experimenting with how it plays with earthier or sweeter tones.
The drydown turns away from the bitterness and into more herbal territory with patchouli and a “smoky oak” accord blended with musk. There might possibly be a touch of burnt firewood in the base here, but not to a “wild beach party” level of smoke.
But even as the perfume begins its descent, the musk and patchouli continue with that slightly nose-wrinkling, back of the throat tickle that makes Gin such a unusual pleasure to experience.
Consider Gin as maybe what in the scented world might be a fantastic bartender on a great night out – a fragrance that always seems to know what you need just before you do.
It’s a strong scent, but with very tempered sillage – you won’t smell like you walked home on a broken heel after a cheap bar crawl wearing this. Gin is classy, top-shelf fun in a bottle and far too easy to keep reaching for, so please enjoy it responsibly and get home safely.