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Cipher

Cipher

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A deep oud accord and sweet raspberry suffuse their way up through the middle notes of clean, transparent jasmine and top notes of fresh lime peel accord. There's something comforting, something addictive and something otherworldly in this.

Descriptors: fruit, sweet, wood, heady

Ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, fragrance

About: Way back in 1998 or 1999, I started working in a book store. Not long after I started, an unusual book cover caught my eye. A woman's face surrounded by leaves, scratched out white space, a grungey typewriter font. This was 100% my aesthetic! I read the first story or two on my lunch break that day, bought the book and devoured it (or maybe it infected me). Extremities by Kathe Koja. In turns horrific, weird, and unnerving, sparsely dotted with cold constellations of optimism. This fragrance is named after her first book, but based on her entire body of work.

"Maddeningly beautiful, and faint as an insect choir, like standing in the dark and glimpsing - the barest peripheral, an image beyond your eyelids -- the passing of your one desire, close enough to nuzzle if you could only fix its motion, see it all the way."

- Kathe Koja, The Cipher

Notes in a perfume are single aspects of the scent. This is similar to how musical notes combine to make a chord.

Notes are not always indicative of a specific ingredient, just the single aspect of the overall scent.

 

  • Accord - A balanced blend of notes that adds up to more than just the sum of its parts
  • Agrestic - denotes herbal and/or rustic family of notes
  • Allspice - cinnaminic, clove, spices, wood
  • Amber - an accord of incense-related notes, usually some (or all!) of the following: vanilla, labdanum, benzoin (styrax).
  • Ambergris - oceanic, animalic, musk
  • Amyris - deep, earthy, wood, animalic
  • Animalic - aroma ingredients that were originally sourced from living animals, almost all of these are now synthetic
  • Apricot - fruity, extremely sweet, juicy, jam, honey
  • Beeswax - earthy, mild, waxy, resinous
  • Birch Leaf - spicy, green, forest, eucalyptus-like without the camphor, refreshing
  • Black Agar (synthetic aloeswood) - extremely deep and smoky, incense, dark wood
  • Black Leather - sharper and cleaner than Leather
  • Blond Wood - light, transparent wood notes
  • Cardamom - heady, spicy, warm, often used in tea
  • Cashmeran - warm, soft, clean fur-like musk, spicy
  • Cedar - deep, wood, sharp, almost animalic
  • Cherry Blossom - transparent, sweet, green, fruity
  • Cinnamon - bright, spice, sweet, dominant top note unless composed carefully
  • Clary Sage – clean, green, diffusive, smokey, salty used to create some synthetic ambergris
  • Clove - sharp, spicy, pepper, wood
  • Clover - soft, sweet, green, bright, grass
  • Coumarin - cherry, almonds, hay, not to be confused with the medication Coumadin
  • Dark Rum - deep, smoky, booze
  • Fig – warm, juicy, honey, wood, fruit, cinnaminic
  • Fir Needles – forest, green, juicy, jam, camphor, Christmas tree
  • Frankincense - warm, sharp, resinous, incense
  • Freesia - clean, white, floral, peppery
  • Geranium - leafy, floral, rose-like
  • Iso E Super – warm, transparent, wood, skin enhancer, amber
  • Juniper - spicy, gin, green, forest
  • Kephalis - warm, transparent, wood, incense, amber
  • Labdanum - resinous, amber, incense
  • Leather - sharp, deep, earthy, also see Black Leather
  • Myrrh - deep, resinous, earthy, sweet, dry, leathery
  • Neroli - citrus, green, floral, wood
  • Oak Moss - deep, earthy, moss, forest
  • Ozone/Air - reminiscent of clean, odorless air, meant to invoke a sensation rather than a specific odor
  • Patchouli - earthy, sweet, oily, herbal
  • Pear - sweet, juicy, fruity, wood
  • Plumeria (Frangipani) - fruity, floral,
  • Rose - deep, floral, fruity, jam, spicy
  • Rum - sweet, booze, vanillic
  • Sandalwood - warm, wood, deep, may have a smoke-like aspect to it
  • Styrax - resinous, incense, warm, vanillic, cinnaminic, amber
  • Thyme - herbal, agrestic, spicy
  • Tomato Leaf - green, earthy, sharp, astringent
  • Tulip - floral, white musk, peppery
  • Vanilla - Full, warm, resinous, sweet
  • Vetiver - earthy, sharp, deep, grass
  • Violet Leaf - green, leafy, earthy, powdery
  • White Musk - a plant-based musk, cleaner and brighter than animalic musks, can mimic clean skin, can enhance the scent of the wearer's own skin as well

 


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