I’m not into scents much, but lately, I’ve been trying on different ones to see which I like the best. So far, my scent preferences have differed a lot from when I was a kid (I used to wear perfume and cologne more before), so it’s been a challenge looking for something that suits me personally. I’ve got a post on fragrances in the works, but allow me to talk a bit more about a recent discovery.
I first found out about Commodity Goods from my new favorite beauty website, xoVain. One of the writers was sampling a perfume brand through “Fitting Kits,” little tester vials of the scents they offered. Priced at $9 each with free shipping, a fitting kit (one for Women and one for Men) had 10 scents you can trial before committing to a big bottle.
I’m personally pretty picky with scents. I don’t get on with a lot of cult favorites like Chloe and Prada Candy, for example. I don’t know. My nose is weird.
Commodity, a small company based in California, started out as a Kickstarter Project last year, and I missed out on it like a doofus, but wow. I’m so happy that it got funded.
So, the kits. I got both, so I was met with 10 scents. There are actually duplicates (Moss, Paper, Gold), but you still get to test A LOT. They come in these little individual plastic packets that are so cute, I had a hard time cutting them open.
And now the scents:
Oooh! Aaah! I felt so overwhelmed and yet so excited at the same time. The Fitting Kits come with little cards where you can rate the scents, too. Mighty helpful if you’ve got a “forgetful nose.”
As you can see, I’ve written on the cards, instead of just rating them using the hearts. My nose is particularly forgetful, but I clearly remember the scents that stood out to me, so there’s that. My favorite ones are Moss, Cloth, and Mimosa. Close seconds are Paper, Book, Gin, Rain, and Tea.
I store my samples in an old tea tin from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I store them because they’re good for a few spritzes before coming up empty, which is a great thing because you can sort of play around and layer scents before deciding which ones to get.
The bigger sizes come in 10ml ($24) and 100ml ($108) bottles. They’re actually having a huge-ass sale right now which ends in a few days, so I’m trying to wrap up this post, which I was thinking of publishing later, in case any of you lovely ladies in the USA can get your hands on a fitting kit ASAP and find a shade you like fast enough. I mean, 50% is huge.
The website is also pretty helpful, stating the top, middle, and base notes of each scent. Here’s the one for Moss:
And then the elephant in the room that I haven’t spoken about thus far: the exquisite branding. I love minimal design, and Commodity’s is just so great. They have such a great aesthetic (copper/warm peach and white for women and black and white for men), and a really great online presence and identity. Check out their Instagram for proof.
I ended up not liking a lot of them, but I think that speaks of how much variance they have as a perfume company. You can probably find something you like on there. I’ve been enjoying combining Ivy and Whiskey, for example, even if I don’t enjoy them on their own as much as I do the other scents I’ve mentioned.
The downside to this, for international customers like myself, is that they have only worked out shipping within the US. Let’s just say that I have my ways.
What do you think of this sampler scheme? What’s your favorite type of fragrance?