CODE DECO

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Created by Sin­ga­porean Gauri Gar­o­dia, Code Deco’s Jazz Col­lec­tion is in­spired by the pioneering jazz mu­sic and re­bel­lious spirit of Pro­hi­bi­tion-era New Or­leans in the 1930s. The range, which in­cludes the spirit-ac­cented fra­grances A Mi­nor, B Mi­nor and Kokomo, brings to mind boozy ac­cords, dark woods, smoky to­bacco and leather, part of an ef­fort to cap­ture the glam­our and deca­dence of an iconic era.

A Mi­nor has “dark­ness and depth”, says Gar­o­dia, of her intense, gen­der-neu­tral fra­grance. Bright juicy cit­rus, bur­gundy liquors like Co­gnac and sharp spices high­light the com­plex and moody ac­cord, while bit­ter­sweet ve­tiver and trans­par­ent san­dal­wood im­part a lux­u­ri­ous and in­ti­mate fin­ish.

“In B Mi­nor, the dark smoky ac­cords are jux­ta­posed against the bright, sharp, and fresh play­ful­ness of gin,” says Gar­o­dia. “With Kokomo it’s a pairing of rum and vanilla as I wanted to evoke a more laid-back reg­gae riff on the orig­i­nal base. Jazz rep­re­sents im­pro­vi­sa­tion, com­plex­ity and a cer­tain free-spirit­ed­ness, which all of these boozy notes in­voke and sug­gest in a very subtle and so­phis­ti­cated man­ner,” she adds.

Un­like Jones, Gar­o­dia doesn’t advocate wear­ing fra­grances (or eat­ing flavour­ful foods like gar­lic) prior to wine tast­ings, but agrees one should wear, rather than be worn, by their per­fume. “There is no right or wrong with per­fume and there are no rules,” she says.

Gar­o­dia says she’s in­spired by “fan­tasy land­scapes, moods and colours” when creat­ing her fra­grances.

Dis­tin­guished with a tinge of melan­choly, A Mi­nor ex­udes depth and mas­culin­ity with top notes of pink pomelo and plum, mid­dle notes of Mada­gas­can clove, cin­na­mon and Co­gnac, be­fore fin­ish­ing with Haitian ve­tiver, am­ber and san­dal­wood.

B Mi­nor opens with a lively gin and cit­rus top note that dom­i­nates a heart of sweet car­damom and clove, but eventually re­veals a dark, so­phis­ti­cated core of warm am­ber, earthy ve­tiver and musk.

Gar­o­dia de­scribes Kokomo as a “rum-fu­elled beach hol­i­day”: it starts off crisp and fresh with cit­rus and mint, then slowly melts into de­li­cious rum and creamy vanilla.

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