Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to talk to Tyriek McDaniel, owner and nose behind a new fragrance house, Anaxus Perfumes. I encourage you to read that interview here.
Since that interview, Anaxus Perfumes now has three fragrances available, .JS, V2, and RO. Today I’ll be reviewing .JS, but first, a little background. Tyriek is self-taught, and this gentleman does NOT shy away from trying to tackle challenging notes. No, I’m not talking about oud, or animalics like civet and castoreum. I’m talking those notes that everyone knows the smell of and can pick out a “synthetic” version blindfolded.
In RO, his latest creation, he takes on peach and apricot. In .JS, he takes on the dreaded “bread” note. The challenge many creators can run into when trying to incorporate scents of readily recognizable smells is that, well, we KNOW what they’re supposed to smell like. We know that intimately. It’s why if you aren’t careful, you can come out with fragrances that customers think belong more on scratch n’ sniff stickers than in a bottle of perfume.
So how does Tyriek approach, of all things, bread? He makes it nostalgic, prioritizes authenticity, and surrounds it with complimenting notes to set a scene. Speaking of notes, lets take a look.
Brown bread, vanilla, coffee, leather, resins, and sandalwood
Have you ever walked into a mom and pop bakery that sells bread, desserts, and coffee? Or do you remember visiting one as a kid, with the high counters and display cases that lured you in with their siren’s smell of all things sweet and shiny? That’s what .JS nails. A warm and cozy place of respite from the harshness of the outdoors, where you’re surrounded by comfort food and drink. With .JS, you’re going to smell like you’ve spent hours either sitting and studying or even working behind the counter, marinating in all the scents coming together.
That said, I must warn you. There are beast mode fragrances, and then there is Anaxus Perfumes. This is an extrait level concentration, so be aware that a very, very little of this goes a long, long way. Even for an extrait. If you’re a person who highly values longevity, this is definitely a house you’re going to want to check out.
This goes for projection as well, for at least the first 20 minutes, you’re going to have an in your face blast. If you’re going to work, or any other place that requires close quarters, spray this on a little bit before you leave home and give it some time to settle. Otherwise, mask or no mask (but seriously, wear a damned mask!) you will gas someone out.
You can pick up a 2 mL sample of .JS for $6 on Anaxus’ website. Also available is a 15 mL bottle for $37, or a 30 mL bottle for $72 as of the time of this article’s publishing, thanks to a sale Anaxus is currently running. You can also follow Anaxus on Instagram.
For fans of realistically interpreted “everyday” scents, Anaxus is going to be right up your alley, with a very respectable price tag. Just be aware that these are extrait concentrations, so if you’re going to wear them, you’re committing to smelling like a bakery all day. Which, in our opinion, sounds pretty darned swell.
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