BUEN CAMINO EXTRAIT DE PARFUM
A LIMITED-EDITION, 100% ALL-NATURAL REFORMULATION OF CHRONOTOPE’S STANDOUT AUDIENCE FAVORITE
A PERFUME ABOUT CONTINUITY
Pilgrims walking Camino rely on depictions of the concha to guide them across Spain to their destination in Santiago de Compostela. My favorite vEdison of it is its most contemporary iteration, a slightly abstracted, Modernist rendering made of various bold lines that meet at a shared point before parting ways again. I have a tattoo of it on the leg that was least-injured when I returned home from my walk. The concha has long been associated with pilgrims, who’ve worn it to identify themselves at a glance to lawmen, townspeople, and each other. I love this particular version of it because unlike more traditional depictions, it does away with form’s outer edges and suggests that the various paths pilgrims take to Santiago may in fact extend outward forever, into the infinite, as if it’s implying pilgrimage has neither a finite beginning or end. It’s a graphic sentiment that rings so true to my affective experience of the Camino, a walk that it feels like I’ve never really come home from. As if a pilgrimage isn’t just something you do, but rather something you live.
For a while after launching Chrontope, as Buen Camino EdP became the audience favorite by a longshot, I expressed I was tired of it because I was. I’d spent eight years on it & needed a break from it. But it was inevitable that I’d return to it eventually. And I’ve spent the bulk of this entire year reworking it into this new form. Buen Camino Extrait de Parfum offers the same experience & effect, with the same list of notes, as its eau de parfum counterpart. But this time, its formula is 100% all-natural, and it centered around oud and frankincense, two materials that do not appear in the original version of the fragrance but that many who enjoy it claim to smell. This extrait also features a petitgrain-orange blossom-neroli complex representing the shared agriculture of Spain and my current home, Florida, in addition to San candle, a real vanilla extract, hyrax, sandalwood, fenugreek, tonka bean, eucalyptus, and flouve.
There isn’t a single shared ingredient between the eau de parfum and this extrait; if I used clary sage essential oil in the other, here it’s an absolute. But as the concha attests to the many paths pilgrims take to go to Santiago, there are also various ways a perfumer can arrive at a scent…even if the perfumer only uses naturals.
Thank you for embracing Buen Camino (and me) as warmly as you have. I hope you enjoy this walk to Santiago as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.
*Buen Camino Extrait de Parfum is available as a limited-edition offering of 65 30mL bottles & 100 1.75mL samples. More samples may be made from bottles that remain in stock if all 100 sell. First-come first-serve. Shipments begin on or before December 9, 2022.