Evoking a sense of the post-Gold Rush American West, the sweet leathery musk inside this 24k gold-plated bottle is a playful balance of rough and refined. Atelier has mixed together a high concentrate of pure essential oils with base notes of Texas cedarwood, leather, and oud (a resin of the Southeast Asian Aquilaria tree that smells like an earthy, wet wood), along with top notes of Jamaican rum (ideal for schmoozers) and heart notes of Indian davana – the fruity, liqueurlike herb that Hindus offer to the god Shiva. The mix comes off like champagne in a log cabin. Or maybe what a cowboy would wear to the ball. [$195 for 3.4 oz; ateliercologne.com]
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