a stick of cardamom incense stirred into a cup of cardamom tea, sweetened it with cardamom and brown sugar
Oddity from Rag & Bone was referred to me a few months ago, and a quick search at that time revealed that it had been discontinued. I grabbed an overpriced sample from eBay and promptly fell in love. Would I consider it an "oddity"? Hm. Well, for a perfume to be so beautifully cardamom forward is a rarity, I suppose. But the real peculiarity is that there is no cardamom included in the notes! I'm no chemist or perfumer, so I am not sure which amongst the oud, incense, amber, neroli, bergamot, or rose notes listed is combining to give this fragrance that distinctive that piney-woody-floral cardamom aroma, but it's absolutely enchanting and I love it. It's as if someone took a stick of cardamom incense and stirred a cup of cardamom tea with it and then sweetened it with cardamom and brown sugar, and then you breathed in deeply as cardamom-scented smoke and steam rose from the cup. As much as I love this, I am hesitant to purchase a full bottle. It's again available on the Rag & Bone site and I'm hearing whisperings that this is a reformulation. (EDIT: now it's gone again!) And I don't always get sucked into to the nay-sayers and hand-wringers and pearl-clutchers when it comes to reformulations, but... if this doesn't smell exactly like the strange, smoky cardamom magics emanating from this sample vial, then I am not interested. Also, I have an entire wardrobe --a literal wooden wardrobe!-- bursting with bottles of perfume, and I do not have room for a full bottle of Oddity if it is not a thing of utter perfection and beauty.