Sometimes something that simply smells good is all I want and all I need.
There is a time and a place for complicated perfumes, fragrances that demand attention, that make you work at guessing notes, paying attention to their development or forcing you to arrange yourself with hard to take notes to be rewarded with a to-die-for drydown (or not).
But then there is a time for simple, uncomplicated and good. I have a floral that fits that category (Hermès Kelly Calèche), I have an oriental that fits that category (Teo Cabanel Alahine), I have a gourmand that fits that category (Jo Malone Sweet Milk) and now I found this.
Created as the first in the lineup of four for the New York boutique Odin by perfumer Kevin Verspoor, Sunda 01 is the new name of the former Nomad 01 (there were probably trademark issues over the name) and it includes notes of juniper berries, cedarwood, bergamot, palmarosa, black pepper, heliotrope, tonka bean, West Indian sandalwood and grey musk.
Sunda 01 is quite linear, it is all about tonka and sandalwood and it smells quietly, but tenaciously good. It is perfectly genderless and would make most people happy I think. It is worksafe, longwearing, and it has a pretty bottle too.
Sunda 01 starts out with tonka reigning dominant, accompanied by light spiciness and a little kick of bergamot, in the dry down the woody notes are more prominent, sandal wood and cedar balancing the sweetness of tonka and heliotrope. The latter is a mere dusting, not a full blown heliotrope note, which I often find overwhelming, but not here.
If you are looking for exitement, look elsewhere, but if you are in the market for a reliable fragrance that simply smells good without any capricious extras, Sunda 01 is for you.
It smells incredibly familiar, but not in a “I have smelled this a thousand times before and am bored out of my mind!” way, it is rather like “This smells good, this smells like I always should.”
Sunda 01 is one of those perfumes I would love a full bottle of if I didn’t have a cabinet full of others. It is not a Perfumista’s fragrance in all probability, but I bet it would make an excellent spouse-of-the-Perfumista-scent, or a Mother-of-the-Perfumista-scent at that.
For now I will cherish and nurse my sample and keep it in mind for the days of lesser fragrant promiscuity, which certainly lie in my future sometime as well.