01 Sunda 01 Nomad 2009

01 Sunda / 01 Nomad by Odin New York
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01 Sunda is a popular perfume by Odin New York for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.
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Kevin Verspoor, Drom

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Himalaya cedar leaf, Juniper berry
Heart Notes Heart NotesHeliotrope, Palmarosa, Black pepper
Base Notes Base NotesGrey musk, Tonka bean,

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (108 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (84 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (81 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (82 Ratings)
Submitted by TVC15, last update on 10.11.2020.
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
   1  
Meh...
A warm, sweetish, powdery feel of “baked bread” as in L’Artisan’s Bois Farine or a couple of Lutens’ I don’t remember at the moment, really plushy and dusty, basically all revolving around the spicy almond note of tonka, the peculiar “pollen-dusty” note of heliotrope and the sweet woodiness of sandalwood, all made even more dry and dusty thanks to a bold “greyish” base note of musk. That’s quite all about that. Kind of soapy, not that sweet, and really dry. I’m quite sure that if they sold a tonka-musk bath soap, this would be the smell of your skin after a bath. A sweeter, drier, more “bready” and more boring version of Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum; or if you want, a dustier, saltier, muskier version of any sandalwood-centered scent – say, Santal Noble. The opening is intriguing, but it soon reduces to a dusty-woody scent with a soapy feel, which smells really linear and kind of plain, a bit cheap too.And that feel of bread – I don’t know how to call that – is just annoying. Finally after a couple of hours it’s all about plain ambroxan, that “grey amber” feel, just vaguely reminiscent of the sweet powdery muskiness of the previous stages. Not sure what to think of this, do you know when something leaves you completely indifferent? It happens with perfumes too to me. It’s not bad, not good, maybe nice, maybe not, I think I need a nap now...

5,5-6/10
5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
10
Bottle
Tar

261 Reviews
Tar
Tar
   1  
True or false question
I would like to use 01 NOMAD for name, since I do not know the meaning of SUNDA, and Nomad really fits to this fragrance: Two really controversial type of scents are bottled in it, like a real nomad person, who can be really friendly, and sometimes really rejective and difficult to approach.

First component is powdery, smooth and friendly, second one is sour and fresh (almost like fresh lemon). It is really discouraging for me, that I was unable to find any harmony between them. These balanced scents are mingling till that extent as water and oil: not at all.
The base is the kindness itself: tonka bean, so enjoy wearing it, but it can not make me forget the disharmony experienced in the first hours.
4
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    7  
Seductively boring
I have a theory why the name of this fragrance was changed from Nomad to Sunda. If correct, it provides a more fitting description for the fragrance. Unfortunately, renaming it was the only thing the house of Odin managed set straight with this scent. The noses at Odin should have also taken the opportunity to give Sunda's personality a bit more balance. More on that in a moment.

My guess is that the name change was geographically inspired. Sunda refers to -thanks, Wikipedia- the region of southeast Asia which includes the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Java. I imagine those tropical islands as a paradise of serene, coconut palm lined beaches. That brings my name change theory full circle to Sunda's fragrant heart which is a musky, coconut-like base accord.

Now, as far as I know, there is no coconut essence in Sunda. But the combination of heliotrope, musk and vanilla rich tonka bean comes across to my nose as a thick, creamy coconut. When the sandalwood blooms it not only lends much needed contrast to the monotone of the coconut creaminess, its sharpness also combines with the anamalic qualities of the musk to create a sensual, sweaty accord.

At this point you may find Sunda alluring and seductive. I must admit, I was initially mesmerized by this visceral aspect of the fragrance. But that's as far as the scent develops. It doesn’t take long before its lush qualities simply become thick, heavy and tiresome.

Imagine you’ve met someone -hmm, lets call her “Sunda”- who seems to possess a sultry, alluring beauty. You're immediately beguiled by the ease with which she carries herself and you're drawn to her. But as you spend time with Sunda it dawns on you; you find her languorous personality boring which completely undermines her physical beauty. And when Sunda’s sandalwood and heliotrope charms fade and she’s droning on and on, saying nothing in her musky monotone, you’ll be relieved this relationship didn't go any further.
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