The company say:
Odoon is the hyperwood. It's a Platonic ideal of wood that connects at one end to the sky with a structure that is airy and floral. It connects at the other end to the Earth with dank root smells of vetiver and resin. It opens in the middle, a twisting forever of heartwood and, as it develops, a humanity. A clean mid-section emerges, like a tree shaved of bark or a torso casting off a t-shirt. This is a basic and unadorned perfume, a fundamental layer so to speak. Its complexity is simplicity. It grows as a tree might grow, without pretense and almost without awareness.
Odoon fragrance notes
- Ash, cedar, guaiac wood, musk, oak, pepper, pine, resins, sandalwood, vanilla
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Latest Reviews of Odoon
This is certainly my favorite of the line so far (I still need to try two others in the discovery set of 5 that I bought from Luckyscent, however), a cool weather gem that performs well, also. Like the rest of the line, Odoon is priced at $165 for 50ml, in extrait concentration, and is sold in the US at Luckyscent and a few other boutiques like ZGO. I think the value is very good here, as Odoon could be worn frequently or occasionally and has that quality of being a potentially everyday scent that also smells special, something I feel that stems from Creed Spice and Wood, perhaps a lighter, less complex comp, even, while we’re on the subject.
8 out of 10
Other facets of this very nice development is a fairly constant spiciness, variable in prominence and net very strong. Additionally, especially in the second half, the otherwise dry woodsiness is accompanied by a dark but fairly unobtrusive resinous undertone, but I get neither a waxy nor a powdery undertone.
The sillage is moderate, the projection excellent and the longevity on my skin is seven hours.
A wood-lovers' autumnal delight, well structured and nicely blended. 3.25/5.
Etro Sandalo. Basically it seems Odoon could be standing in the middle between a subtle woody-floral status and a more robust type of resinous-smokey woodiness. Dry down is solid, discreet, fine, warm and virile, something really rich of nuances (spices, leather, roots, floral notes).
So when I smell Odoon, I am not smelling and evaluating just a wood perfume, but rather the finished outcome of a thought process that kind of goes like this:
I have smelled all the great woods perfumes there are to smell. Some of them are great, some of them are almost-great, and some of them are missing a lot. Here's my answer to all of that. This is MY wood. This is what I think wood should smell like in a perfume.
That kind of confidence could go either way, frankly. Because either my vision of what a great wood scent smells like lines up with his, or it doesn't. Thankfully, it does. Actually, it's the exact shape of the perfect wood scent I've been carrying around in my head for a while.
I am kind of amazed because this Omer Pekji has managed to create not only an Ur- woods for me (Odoon) but also an ur-Smoke/Leather (Cuir6). Given that I only like maybe one sample out of twenty, and even that one sample not necessarily making it onto my must-buy list, this is a weirdly phenomenal success rate. I guess I should just hand him my credit card and be done with it.
Anyway, Odoon. I don't know what the name means, but every time I say it, I think of Brigadoon. I only vaguely remember the movie, but there were small people living in a forest and it looked like everyone was on acid. I broke my sample vial of Odoon and the liquid evaporated down into an attar-like sludge at the bottom, but I can tell you that it's been ages since I smelled something that smelled this good.
It opens on a crisp note of wood smoke. It's dry wood but there's a slight sweetness to it, like little droplets of maple syrup caught inside the wood going pop, pop, pop when the log is put on the fire to burn. It is not at all acrid or ashy. It smells clean and sweet, like the start of the burn, not the end.
There's a good brown, rich sandalwood here performing its deep bass thrum in the background, but its creamy, lactic pungency is kept nicely out of the picture, allowing the clean cedar to shine. Balancing out the clean, creamy side of things is a wet, green, rooty vetiver note, just bitter enough to keep things in perfect balance.
It smells rich and clean and sweet in that natural way a wood log does when it's freshly split open. Nothing more and nothing less. I like it because it smells like wood without any unnecessary upholstery, and yet is not in any way blunt or raw. To me, it is the most perfect lullaby of woods ever, and relaxes me in a way I thought Tam Dao would (but doesn't). It is a restful, beautiful perfume, and an example of what happens when a perfumer has utter confidence in what he's doing.