Orbitone softens edges, appeases tensions between musk, woody and floral notes, and makes perfume blends cloud-light. Since the early 1990s, “transparent woody-ambery odor of Iso E Super has shaped and defined modern perfumery like hardly any other material,” writes the fragrance chemist Philip Kraft. Orbitone offers a sophisticated, surprisingly textured version of the indispensable Iso E super. Woods orbit one another, suspended at the perfect degree between momentum and gravity. In orb_ital, Patricia Choux brilliantly balances the star qualities of this molecule, thereby rearranging the fragrant lights that illuminate this scented planet. Violet and rhubarb add a dash of buoyant, spicy sweetness while pepper and cedar are the dry, cool antithesis to the truculent richness of roast coffee. Tobacco is the dulcet predecessor to thick, elemental smoke, like the sulfurous waft of a struck match. Of the many facets traversing Orbitone’s circumference, Choux hones in on pepper as the main point of opposition and attraction. The spice’s cool-hot burn exerts a pull over every note in orb_ital, counterbalancing the sumptuous mien of a creamy sandalwood compound, Takasago’s Hindinol. Anchored by sacred olibanum, orb_ital is a fragrance of such potency and abundance yet it simultaneously appears effervescent and invisible. A magical evocation of the principle of opposites attract, orb_ital promises indulges without overloading. A fantastic feat of fragrant rewiring.