I love Commodity fragrances and was so devastated when they shut down a few years ago. Last year, they reopened in a limited fashion and now, they have totally relaunched and revamped their lineup of fragrances (read reviews here). They have come up with a new concept called The Scent Space and each of their fragrances has three scent projections. Commodity sent me two of their fragrances for review purposes, cult classic Paper and a new fragrance Milk, with a trio of the Milk Scent Space Collection.
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What is Scent Space? It is the projection of your fragrance, how much space your scent takes up and who experiences your scent. Think of it like Eau de Toilette vs Eau de Parfum, only not so ambiguous. Each Commodity fragrance has three different scent space classifications
Personal: A softer, more intimate fragrance that only you and those who are very close to you. These fragrances have a memory of the Expressive version, embodying the concept of less is more. Personal fragrances are housed in a clear glass bottle with white label and silver lettering.
Expressive: This is the original Commodity fragrance scent, a perfect mix of longevity and projection ~ they won’t overpower any space, but you will be noticed. Expressive fragrances are housed in an opaque black bottle with black labels and white lettering.
Bold: Kick it up a notch with Bold ~ with more exotic notes, these are ramped and amped up Expressive fragrances. These are not for the fainthearted ~ you want to be KNOWN when you walk into a room. Bold fragrances are housed in an opaque black bottle with black labels and gold lettering.
The packaging is now longer the squat cylinder shape, but a tall cylinder shape, made of heavy glass. The caps are very heavy and once you put the cap on, it STAYS on. It has a nice snug fit. I love the black glass too ~ in the sunlight, it comes out to a blackish-brown, reminding me of obsidian.
Launched in 2013, Paper is a cult classic and was not available for a while. It is back in the 3 scent spaces and I received the Expressive (original) version. This has 3 notes
- Top: 50% Iso E Super
- Middle: 15% Cedarwood
- Bottom: 35% Sandalwood
“My inspiration for Paper comes from writing a letter to a loved one. Deep in thought, remembering the memories, the heartfelt scent of Paper was created by a combination of rich cedarwood, sandalwood and amber enhancing that warm and cozy feeling while writing.” Donna Ramanauskas, Master Perfumer
I am not that familiar with Iso E Super so I looked it up and it is a dry, woody fragrance booster that smells like cedar, amber, patchouli and vetiver. This makes sense as Paper is an amber woody fragrance. The first burst is a blast of vetiver and amber, followed by a sharp pencil shaving scent of cedarwood, then drying down to creamy sandalwood. Paper? Reminds me of back to school days, with notepads and pencils. I would LOVE to try the Bold version of this as it the vetiver and woods scents are much stronger. I can see why this is a cult classic and anyone can wear this fragrance!
Milk is the latest “new” fragrance ~ I put “new” in quotes as each of the older fragrances has 2 new scents associated with them, Personal and Bold. However, Milk is totally new and I not only received the full size Expressive version, but a sampler set of the Milk Scent Space Collection. The notes are more complex than Paper
- Top: 25% Cold Milk
- Middle: 40% Skin Musk + Warm Marshmallow
- Bottom: 35% Mahogany Wood + Tonka Bean
“In creating Milk, I was inspired by the memory of a family vacation in the Fall, when we spent hours around hot wood-fires, telling stories and making s’mores. I wanted to capture the intimate nostalgia of this moment in a fragrance. Milk is a balance of sweet, milky, marshmallow elements contrasted with a firewood accord. Smoked Mahogany wood, cold milk and Siam benzoin are also all essential olfactive facets in this memory of mine.” Christelle Laprade, Master Perfumer
The first note is SWEET and cooling ~ milk? I don’t smell milk, I smell sweet cookies. The musk and additional sweetness of marshmallows kick in followed by a dry, warm woody scent. Overall, this is a sweet, musky woodsy fragrance. Just beautiful and fun ~ it is very playful and innocent. I think this is more of a feminine fragrance, but there is enough woodsy elements that make it unisex.
Milk Scent Space Collection ~ you can actually purchase the Scent Space Collections for all of the fragrances, packaged in various ways in 2 mL vials ~ Exploration Kit contains all 6 of the Commodity fragrances in 3 strengths, so 18 vials in total: Book, Gold, Milk, Moss, Velvet and Paper. There are Discovery Kits ~ Personal Discovery, Expressive Discovery and Bold Discovery, where you get all six of the fragrances in that strength. You can also target the scent you want and get the trio, like I have here with the Milk perfume
Milk Personal: Contains Skin Musk and White Cedar. This is very powdery, light and I smell more musk in the beginning and dries down to a light powdery blond wood. This is not as sweet as Expressive and for some reason, this one makes me sneeze!
- Top: 30% Skin Musk + Cashmere Woods
- Middle: 45% Amber
- Bottom: 25% Mahogany Wood + White Cedar
Milk Bold: Commodity added notes of smoky firewood and sweet amber. This opens up very musky as well, followed by warm semi sweet scent and then bam, the firewood accord hits big time with the amber. I LOVE the firewood accord in here quite a bit. It is very different from Expressive, almost a whole new fragrance!
- Top: 30% Cashmere Woods + Skin Musk
- Middle: 30% Tonka Bean + Marshmallow
- Bottom: 40% Amber, Firewood Accord
Where to Purchase
You can purchase Commodity Fragrances at their online store. For a 100 mL bottle, the prices range based on the Scent Space you choose ~ Personal is $105.00, Expressive is $125.00 and Bold is $145.00. All prices in USD
- Paper 100 mL
- Milk 100 mL
- Discovery Sets ~ range from $12.00 for the Individual Scent Space Kits, $22.00 to $26.00 for the Discovery Kits and $38.00 for the complete range of scents with the Exploration Kit.
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3 thoughts on “Relaunched & Revamped Commodity Perfumes”
My word! They all sound divine. Do they have physical shop locations over in the US?
Sadly, over here in Korea, as a woman, you’ll only ever get sweet florals. Anything else is outside the norm and requires looking out for speciality shops. Lush is nice but oh so expensive! I’d love for Commodity to be available locally. You really have a way of describing fragrances. 👏👏👏
no, they currently don’t have physical stores here (at least not in my area). They do ship internationally – the fee is 25.00 and I would recommend getting the explorer kit as that has all 18 scents in it and you can try out all of the scents, plus a 15% coupon for a full size perfume.
you might see about having friends or family in the USA order that for you & send it to you as I am sure they can ship it for less – take it out of the box, as it is just 18 2 mL plastic vials
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$25 is not too bad actually! Thanks for the info xxxx
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