Wode by Boudicca: "Eccentric" Molecules

Perfumer Geza Schoen has become quite popular for his strongly synthetic and avant-garde line Escentric Molecules. When he first launched the line it was quite surprising as it was, both conceptually and aesthetically, very distant from his previous works for the unbearably pompous and uber-classic brand Clive Christian. 

That said, whether you like him or not, he has been responsible of some of the best selling niche fragrances of the last five years: Molecule 01 and Escentric 01. Wode it's just another polarizing composition from this much discussed perfumer. 

If you're into experimental fragrances this is surely something worth checking out. An interesting rendition of leather which takes the distance from other fragrances in the same vein by achieving a luxury vibe via non-conventional languages. In this context, Wode is similar to what Comme Des Garcons or, let's say, Martin Margiela have done with their clothes collections. High-end luxury goods with a remarkable avant-garde/punk attitude. 

Wode it's just lie that. It's a punk leather jacket wore on a chiffon white shirt or, if you prefer, it's like going to an S&M party wearing a Rick Owens' leather courset. 

How it smells like? Non-animalic yet incredibly realistic raw leather, dark green vegetals and spices blended together in a petrol-like magma that's overall crude yet quite compelling. Both projection and lasting power are average.

The fragrance is available in two different editions: Scent and Paint (both of them coming in a aluminum paint-like can). The former it's stronger and comes as a traditionally transparent liquid while the latter is an actual cobalt-blue paint that when sprayed on clothes and/or body,  magically disappears after a few minutes...Scary.

Caution: The typical fragrance that makes perfume purists horrifying.

Rating: 7.5/10

1 comment:

  1. This and biehl gs02 are my favourite creations by geza schoen and kinski is just fantastic. Even Clive Christian's X for men is a fairly good fragrance-completely ruined by cc's ludicrous po-faced presentation.