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.