Almost Transparent Blue
Almost Transparent Blue by A Lab on Fire takes the classic elements of cologne and tweaks them to create a futuristic urban citrus, with hints of pavement and ink. The yuzu and lime in the opening are beautifully crystalline and sharply realistic, and the citrus stays crisp and sparkling as the scent evolves. A brisk, hyper-real soap note emerges, with subtle hints of something industrial underneath.
This has the stark feel of an abandoned city – a landscape carved in glass and steel, spare and stripped clean and angular, with empty monorail tracks slicing through the sky. The chilly aldehydes are countered by warm cedar and the dry and clarifying scent of hinoki, the prized cypress that grows only in Japan. Hinoki wood is used to make the finest soaking baths and it has a distinctive, incense-like scent – airy, but haunting.