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Launched in 2014 by Canoe Goods, Skive, is the winner of the 2015 Art and Olfaction Award in the Independent Category. An exceptional, unisex fragrance that is beautiful to wear.

Canoe Goods is a modern leather studio launched by designer/artist Natalie Davis in 2009. Based in Austin Texas, Ms. Davis specializes in handmade leather-tooled home goods, accessories and art.

In 2014 Ms. Davis teamed up with nose Jessica Hannah, of J. Hannah Co., who creates small batch hand-bottled natural fragrances in her studio in San Francisco, and created Skive. Named for the process of thinning the backside of leather strips by planing off thin layers with a knife, Skive, according to the Canoe website, was inspired by “The musky amber-rich scent captures the essence of Canoe’s sun-drenched studio, animalistic with hints of freshly brewed tea. Skive includes ancient oils with aromatic qualities of fresh turned earth, campfires, old wooden cabinets, and dried tea leaves.”

Skive opens campfire smoky, sweet and woody from pungent choya loban, which is a distillation of Indian frankincense. It’s used in natural perfumery in Russian leather fragrances and in creating leather accords. Here it morphs into the smell of soft, worn leather.
I. Am. In. Love.
Ambrette and castroium make it animalic, while clary sage and myrrh give it a dry bitterness. Atlas cedarwood heightens the woodiness and the sweetness. Ms. Davis is tea lover and there is a whiff of lapsang souchong here. Nutmeg makes it warm while saffron adds an earthy dimension that is picked up by vetiver. A note of tobacco rounds it out with its rich, warm and sweet facets. I smell all of these notes but experience the fragrance as a whole because it is blended in such a way that the notes seem to slouch into each other instead of playing of each other.

I don’t have a scent reference for a sun-drenched leather design studio but I know a great fragrance when I smell one and Skive is a real winner.

Notes: ambrette (botanical musk), Atlas cedarwood, castorium, choya loban, clary sage, myrrh, nutmeg, saffron, tobacco, vetiver.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Jessica Hannah

Price: $9.00