Earlier this fall, I finally bought a fragrance that I had been wanting for a really, really long time. It wasn’t cheap, but fragrances are an investment. Really, anything is an investment as long as you call it “an investment.” See how easy that is?! Besides, you shouldn’t apologize for spending money on yourself. You shouldn’t apologize for anything!
So I was wearing my new scent for a couple of weeks, feeling like that bitch. I felt so good, like I had found the best scent on earth, the one scent that I would be wearing for the rest of my life.
That is, until I discovered Odin. Now, it’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.
Odin is a collection of 11 unisex fragrances that are made up of some of the most unique and unconventional notes I’ve come across in the fragrance world, and I’ve smelled everything. The thing that really sets Odin apart from the rest is their expert use of notes that you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. The first time I read about the line and really looked into, I was intrigued. The scents look good on paper, but that’s nothing compared to how they smell on your skin.
Cut to me, smelling myself, all day. Again.
Let’s start with the newest addition to the collection, Odin 11 Semma, $165.
I was about to rush out my door on a Saturday night a week or two ago, when I realized I had yet to spray on a fragrance. I busted this one out, sprayed it on my pulse points, took a whiff and was like “OK.”
Semma opens up with myrrh and FRESH CHILI PEPPER (!!!). The pepper really stands out, especially at the beginning, with a brightness that you’d get from lime or bergamot, but without the accompanying sweetness. Kind of a genius move on Odin’s part.
In the middle, it’s got cinnamon bark and clove, which pair gorgeously to give the fragrance depth and longevity, making it wear well all day long. The only sweetness you’ll find in Semma is in the base notes, including tobacco, tonka bean, and sandalwood. It starts off bright, remains deep and spicy all day, and is anchored by a mellow sweetness at the base. The spiciness is balanced perfectly so it doesn’t get too overbearing or stale by the end of the day.
This may be my new favorite fragrance. Stop the presses, etc.
But that is not all.
Another stand out is Odin 10 Roam, $135.
Roam is a lighter, crisp scent that has a bit of natural sweetness. The top of the fragrance consists of the dry, herby coupling of bittersweet saffron and pepper leaf. Hanging out in the middle, ginger lily and wild coffee flower provide a subtle floral addition that is a welcome change from the typical florals that tend to dominate most fragrances. My favorite part of Roam is the base, where we find coconut milk, ebony wood, and incense resin.
Roam is an awesome combination of notes that could be subtle on their own, but when put together, they complement each other beautifully to make a fresh, engaging, multidimensional fragrance.
Last, we have Odin 02 Owari, $125.
Owari is a juicy, tangy fragrance that is incredibly fresh. The first time I put it on, the top notes burst off my skin like I had just pulled the rind off of an orange. TOO GOOD.
The citrusy trio of Owari mandarin, bergamot, and grapefruit greet you at the top, so fresh you’ll be wondering if you’ve suddenly found yourself in an orchard, or something. (Do oranges have orchards, or is that just apples? "Orange orchard" is kind of a mouthful.) The middle boasts neroli, amyris wood, and cubeb pepper, which is similar to black pepper, used for medicinal purposes as well as in the kitchen, and in some of the booze that we drink today, like Bombay Sapphire! Cedarwood, amber, and musk lock it all down at the base.
Owari obviously has a very bright, citrusy start. Throughout the day, it reveals the notes that balance it out, the wood and pepper especially. I’ve been wearing it all day and it’s still well-balanced scent that is great for warm weather, while still reminding me a little bit of summer.
I don't even care, these fragrances are so good that I'm just standing there, subtly sniffing myself all day.
Or not so subtly, whatever.
Have you tried Odin? You have to, you'll love it. What are you wearing right now? What should I check out? Let's talk fragrances in the comments!
Tynan is sniffing himself on Twitter @TynanBuck.