Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
We all recognize the color of money, but what about the smell? What does massive wealth and luxury actually smell like?
Perfumer Donna Rasmauskas takes on this challenge with Commodity Good’s Gold, a perfume inspired by the allure of untold wealth, luxury, and all the sensual distractions that come with it, to bring us the ultimate bank heist in gourmands.
And for such an opulent backstory, Gold actually starts out with a little perfumer’s joke: it smells just like a newly minted copper penny. The bergamot, juniper and camphor in the top notes are tuned way down, so the dry amber and benzoin in the heart can leap up and take center stage. The result is a shiny new copper coin accord, a gleaming, almost metallic facet that is both humorous and unexpected.
But the rest of Gold is pure professional cat burglary. This perfume takes no time at all to blast through the iron vault hiding the huge score - a delirious windfall of dessert notes spilling out suddenly from the heart of this fragrance. Vanilla, amber and benzoin tumble over each other in a decadent rush that will light up your senses faster than hitting every Jackpot in Vegas all at once.
The soft, breezy camphor from the top notes lifts up all this raw deliciousness so it can soar without limit, because the only thing a true thief loves better than sudden wealth is more and more of it.
The drydown is gentle and minimal – there is a slight trail of oakmoss winding around the base of sandalwood and vanilla, but the crazy money’s already been made in the heart of this fragrance. The base notes are just there to luxuriate in afterwards, like falling into a enormous pile of gold coins glittering in the hallway light leading the way back to the drowsy bank teller’s cage.