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Breathe in the Fresh Sea Breeze with Ocean Odyssey
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May 17, 2020

What are Ocean-Inspired Perfumes?

Ocean wave.

We all love beach holidays. The sun, the delicacies caught from the depths of the oceans, endless laughter, and of course the SEA! Views of the sea, with the sun balancing on its surface, the body-shivers that you get, as you step further into the sea; and of course, the aquatic taste and the salty fresh scent that envelopes you from head to toe.

Exclusively to Maison 21G, this unique and tantalising scent has been translated directly into a bottle, that is ready for your custom perfume adventure! OCEAN ODYSSEY: a capsule of the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Mediterranean; we have left that for your imagination to explore….

Although we could boastfully take credit for capturing the nostalgic scent of the seaside air from your beach walk, the main component of the composition is in fact Calone.

A Little History

Light reflecting off the ocean.

Following the similar footsteps of unintentional discoveries, such as that of musk, Sucralose, and dare we say Viagra; Calone was too, an example of how often in chemistry, when searching, for one thing, another is discovered.

Calone is a synthetic note found in 1951 by chemists at the Pfizer laboratory, who had originally been working as part of a big research project with cyclic Ketones, to find an affordable tranquilliser. In the end, they synthesised it, to then market it as benzodiazepine diazepam, or Valium, as we know it.

The molecule evoked an unusual odourant, and thus starting from 1980 when it was first used in the perfumery, it was further developed and composed to reproduce a light, airy, and aqueous scent-ambiance of the sea breeze.

Calone’s initial form is a white crystalline, and only after being diluted to a great degree, do they generate a beautiful signature oceanic scent!

From Lab To Top Ingredient

Big ocean wave.

Shortly becoming a victim of its own success, Calone has been popularly utilised in marine and aquatic fragrance compositions, playing a role in defining a new trend for perfumery. The very first ozonic fragrance, which overdosed with Calone, was New West by Aramis.

A fragrance that quite certainly turned heads, yet for different reasons. Unique and perplex in its composition, people would commonly comment that it performed the smell of oysters upon spray onto the skin!

After the first polarizing formula, Calone found its right balance, and won its way into the hearts of iconic perfumes, for both sexes. Fragrances following Aramis, were bolder in blending other ingredients with Calone, commonly combining it with floral, aromatic, fruity, or woody notes.

By the 90s' there was an overwhelming flow of Calone best-sellers, including Aqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani, Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake, Kenzo pour Homme by Kenzo, Invinctus by Paco Rabanne only to name a few!

Calone still remains a popular ingredient in modern perfumery, with a global production estimated at 30 tons per year. It is a powerful molecule, with a very high detection threshold.

To put into perspective, it would only require the amount equivalent to a grain of salt, to scent a whole Olympic pool full of water! In addition to perfumery, a high consumption of Calone is used in other fragranced products, including laundry, gels, and cleaning products.

What Does It Smell Like?

Man's face half-submerged in the ocean.

To describe the smell of this ingredient, it is most suitable to transfer yourself onto the sandy fronts, facing the ocean waves, as Calone collectively incorporates aspects of the seaside all into one!

From the fresh, ozonic accords of the breeze, to the marine notes, mixed with sea salt, reminiscent to ocean droplets. To then the facets of anise, metal hues, something almost reminiscent to a milky oyster or even egg whites.

Calone also reveals slight sweetness, some floralcy, similar to coconut water, with very faint undertones of fruit, specifically the watermelon.

In consideration of this, Calone is commonly referred to as ‘Watermelon Ketone’; although it is falsely deceived, as the melon aspect is not the fruit's flesh, yet more the watery rind, with only a slight tease of fruity undertones.

How to Mix Ocean Odyssey

Maison 21G's Ocean Odyssey Perfume Bottle on a white background.

Easily cooperating with all, the use of our OCEAN ODYSSEY perfume at Maison21G will bring character, and will creatively add an ozonic freshness, whilst inspiring your mind to become enthralled in the blue addiction!

OCEAN ODYSSEY and the scent of SAGE SUPREME will be the uppermost duo to collaborate for a head-turning, SEXY freshness. Vivid and long-lasting, you will be pleasantly surprised by the hidden wonders of this fragrance, as it protects you from any stress throughout the day!

Amber

Following on, OCEAN ODYSSEY and our AMBER AFFAIR fragrance. Although rather contrasting scents, this bliss elixir will create a refreshing, pure yet sensual intoxication!

Moreover, the freshness of OCEAN ODYSSEY equally compliments with and elevates your favourite facets of our suave wood, our beautiful perfume: SLEEK SANDALWOOD. A forceful yet easily worn composition, that will enhance sensuality and warmth, with an overtone of freshness.

Finally, for those who need a fragrance to shine and boost their charisma, then the bold combo of our TUBEROSE TRIBUTE perfume and OCEAN ODYSSEY is the partner in crime for you! The daringness of the tuberose will feel more open and lighter, with the right dosage of Calone, making it a perfect eau de parfum to wear for your everyday!

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