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A walk in the woods can be a magical experience, whether you’re a Nature Nugget or just taking your lunch hour in a tree-lined enclosure at an office park. There’s something about the roughness of the tree bark, or the barely-heard whisper of bent branches overhead that helps to clear our minds and center us.
Perhaps most of all, it’s the smell of a forest that does it – we don’t just want to walk on the earth, we need to inhale it – to make it a part of us on the inside.
But if you don’t have the time to go for the great outdoors, a well-made perfume will guide you on a virtual forest trail until you can hike it in real life.
“Green” scents are great for this kind of thing, and they’re versatile enough so that you can imagine almost any outdoorsy experience through scent.
NYC-based fragrance house Commodity Goods has created a perfume called Moss as part of their Black Collection that is like rolling down a steep meadow at the height of Spring, complete with fresh dew on the grass and wildflowers. There’s also a delicious, hidden drowsiness to it that begs for a picnic basket and some shade.
Perfumer Donna Ramanauskus brings an idyllic memory of the Perfect Meadow into the texture of this fragrance, infusing it with a serenity only found in natural environments.
She sets the stage by combining tart grapefruit and petitgrain with cool elemi and an ozone accord in the top notes. These notes instantly conjure up a deep, green field of damp clover and grass, with a welcome wind of pure fresh air blowing through.
The heart notes of eucalyptus and orange blossom take a bit of time to develop, but they match the temperature of the elemi and citrus in the top wonderfully – the orange blossom alone will make you thirsty enough to see what that imaginary picnic basket might have inside.
The elemi and eucalyptus with their natural cool, calming scents is where the drowsiness begins – your eyelids will almost start to droop in a yummy, “Yay, naptime!” kind of way after wearing this perfume for awhile.
But the drydown arrives in the nick of time to keep you awake, with bracing cedar and musk layered with a tinge of oakmoss and a comfy soft cashmere wood accord.
Commodity Goods Moss is the best way to experience nature if you can only see the tops of the trees from your office window, and the air you’re breathing smells like it came from a can. This perfume will be able to instantly transport you to the best hiking trails available – the ones that begin in your mind.