Simple Pleasures – Review: Odin 01 Sunda (formerly Nomad)

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.

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12 Responses to Simple Pleasures – Review: Odin 01 Sunda (formerly Nomad)

  1. Tarleisio says:

    I very much look forward to trying all the Odin NYs – except for 04 – Petrana, which was so good I now own a decant – because I was so impressed with it. Perfectly elegant, deceptively simple and yet so complex. There aren’t ten gazillion other perfumes like it on the market, that’s for certain!

    So I can completely relate. If Sunda is as good as you say it is, B – and you have yet to let me down in that respect! 😉 – then sign me up!

    Simple pleasures are pleasures, too! 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I have a sample of 04 Petrana as well, but I have not worn it yet, just from testing I was impressed. It is a nice little line, there is a new one out soon, 06 (they skipped 05 for obvious reasons) I am curious about that one as well. And you are right of course, simple pleasures need to be treasured too! 🙂

  2. I LOVE Nomad. I still call it Nomad because all my samples say that. What possible trademark issues could there be with Nomad? It’s a… word. 🙂

    It is pretty much all sandalwood with a peppery twist on me, like you said– very simple but so smooth and delicious.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I knew you would, Carrie! It is totally you. I don’t know what is up with the name change, maybe Nomad is somehow politically incorrect these days? Whatever the name, it is a good scent in any case.

      • I suppose it could be P.I., maybe more so in Europe than in the U.S. or Middle East. Americans love the word, makes us think of freedom and ancestors.

        I really do like Nomad/Sunda (whatever), but it is too familiar to me. Seriously reminds me of a men’s fragrance, mainstream, maybe by Kenneth Cole. Not that it is bad, it’s just one of those that I wear and it drives me crazy because it reminds me of something else but I don’t know what. I won’t be able to ever enjoy Nomad/Sunda until I figure this out 😉 Until then, my husband has been wearing and enjoying this one.

        • Olfactoria says:

          I’m sure it great on a man as well. I know the feeling when a perfume reminds me of something and I can’t figure it out, very distracting.
          Just today I finally got the similarity of Love, Chloé with Equistrius. A success after months of futile guessing. 🙂

  3. lady jane grey says:

    Sunda01 sounds yummy and wanders into the “to be tried” box. And the cats look yummy too (I have a real one at home).

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  5. Undina says:

    I didn’t like bottles for this brand so I wasn’t trying to get to try any of them. But since I like your review I will probably try to test at least this one.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I have tried three of the four available and all were a lot better than expected. I can highly recommend checking out the line! There is a fifth (N°6 though, they skip 5 for obvious reasons) coming out soon.

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