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Imagine yourself in a room with a low ceiling, and lower lighting. In the corner, a group of jazz musicians in perfectly tailored suits have their heads down, concentrating on their sound. There are red and black leather banquettes near the stage, each one filled with men and women immersed in the music. The light from a candlelit table catches the edge of a diamond necklace or the polished brass of the saxophone.
Fragrances are nothing without their ambiance, their stories and inspirations. Each perfume originally begins as an idea, a memory, or an imaginary journey the perfumer-as-artist guides us through while we wear their art.
Perfumer Guillaume Flavigny wants to have the energy and spirit of a live jazz show come through in his work on Commodity Good’s Platinum Tonka.
As he says, “Rhythm and music inspire and help me create perfumes and play with sustainable raw materials to bring something different and meaningful to a fragrance. I love to play the piano, and the melodic, syncopated rhythmic patterns of jazz awaken my very personal and provocative style.”
Pierre’s love of unexpected rhythm in music and in perfume comes through in Platinum Tonka from the very start. There is a decadently sweet almond and cardamom pairing that lingers for a long, long time before the floral notes emerge from the heart.
The bite from the cardamom adds just enough spice to keep the almond oil from getting too candy-like, and without it you wouldn’t enjoy the heart in Platinum Tonka as much when it arrives – the floral notes of lotus and magnolia would have nowhere to land.
But when they do, it’s feels like a luxury jet taking off for Europe. The perfume soars from sweet, to light and airy in an instant. The lotus and magnolia keep the warmth of the almond intact – the effect is so soothing it’s as if someone just lowered your aching head into an overstuffed down pillow in First Class.
The rhythm in Platinum Tonka is in perfect time as it moves between the top and heart notes. This scent creates its own intimate music, just like in jazz, when the musicians and audience become one, inseparable in sound.
The drydown is cultured elegance – there are notes of leather, smoke and caramel that bring Platinum Tonka out of the atmosphere and down to Earth for dessert.
This perfume doesn’t rush itself off stage, but winds down in an extended solo of gourmand notes that make room for you to savor the scent for as long as you like.The night is young, the music’s hot, and you don’t need to be anywhere but here.