Weekly Roundup: Hot Commodity


Last week, I was browsing Sephora’s website (as per usual) in search of a new fragrance. I stumbled upon a relatively new brand, Commodity Goods. The first thing that caught my eye was the packaging – extremely simple and clean. The next thing that I noticed were the names of all the fragrances in this collection. As someone who has worked in the beauty industry and primarily in fragrance I am always interested in how fragrances are named, the story behind it and finally the scent.

The first thing that I learned was that the idea behind this brand is the art of scent mixing/layering. Scent mixing/layering is not a new concept in fragrance, but it has recently become increasingly more popular over the past year or so. I have always been a little afraid of mixing multiple scents for fear that I wouldn’t be able to get it right, but decided to take the leap and just try it. Commodity Goods made this easy. The fragrances are broken into two collections  – The White Collection and The Black Collection. Simple. The White Collection feature light and airy scents while The Black Collection scents are more intense. What I also like about the scents are that they are not gender specific. I chose Whiskey from The Black Collection and Tea from the White Collection. Since I was going to work, I opted to wear Tea during the day. The citrus top notes and the sandalwood base notes remind me of afternoon tea at a garden party – refreshing. Later on that evening, I was going out for drinks. By that time the Tea was wearing off but there were still some remnants of the scent. I then spritzed Whiskey from The Black Collection on top and…WHOA…definitely a night scent and rather masculine. However, once it dried down the combination of the two scents were perfect for a night on the town. It was a little grungy and a little uptown (if you’re from NYC, then you know what I mean). I received compliments throughout the night so I guess it was a win. Did I mention the packaging – so elegant.

If you want to try all the scents to see which one or ones suit your fragrance personality, Commodity Goods offers a Try at Home program, where you can sample all 10 scents and then redeem a single, a trio, or all of the scents at a reduced cost. I kind of wish I knew that before I ordered from Sephora, but whatever. Chances are I’m still going to order the Try at Home program since the scents are only available at full-price and only via Sephora’s website.

I’m a little curious – have any of you ever tried to layer scents. If so, what scents have you layered and what was your inspiration? Leave a comment below if you’d like. As always remember to SEE. TOUCH. TASTE (and smell).


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