Fragrance Reviews Far Out Fantasy Fragrance: La Curie's Odyssey

Far Out Fantasy Fragrance: La Curie's Odyssey

01/09/17 08:15:59 (One comment)

by: Jodi Battershell


a pile of red Pop Rocks candy pebbles

Children of the 1970s, do you recognize those little red crystals?

Why, they're Pop Rocks, of course—a sweet fruity-flavored treat that popped, crackled and fizzed as it dissolved in your mouth. They were a gimmicky and popular candy product from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, when they went out of production in the United States for many years. (Contrary to urban legend, it was due to low sales and NOT due to the fact that they were supposedly lethal if you ate them while drinking a soda, though such a rumor probably didn't help their sales...) A quick check on Amazon shows they're back in production again but I don't know if they resonate as deeply with the children of the 21st century. Candy fads have moved on and I have a hunch it's us 70s and early 80s kids, now middle aged adults, who are actually buying this product for nostalgia's sake.

Pop Rocks may seem like an odd topic to discuss on a fragrance site, but we perfumistas like to indulge in a little nostalgia every now and then. Especially when it's sparked by a fragrance.

Case in point: I SWEAR there's an aroma of Pop Rocks circa 1978 in La Curie's newest fragrance, Odyssey

(As if I hadn't already been cast back to the 1970s by the scent of white vinyl in the perfume...)

two astronauts reaching their hands out towards each other

With official notes of liquidambar (which is another name for styrax, an essential oil with a sweet and resinous amber aroma), plus "astroid sap, purified air, white vinyl, nostalgia, candied comet dust and Utopian dreams," it's clear that Odyssey will offer a fantasy fragrance experience. It's more lighthearted than the other La Curie fragrances I have tried, which is not to say it is not a serious perfume. Certainly, it is. But it goes in a completely new direction from other La Curie scents like smoky Faunus and Incendo, gothic Ossuary or the distinctly Southwestern flavor of Larrea.

All La Curie scents are fully unisex, by anyone's definition, so men need not worry that the fragrance is going to be too sweet. In addition to the Pop Rocks aroma, there's a hint of cinnamon in the opening, accompanied by a strange but enticing chemical aroma, sort of a "new plastic" smell.

Vinyl garments, shoes and handbags have a distinctive aroma and it's captured beautifully in Odyssey, fully blooming about 15 minutes after application. I don't know that "white" vinyl smells any different than "red" or "blue" or any other color, but the mood of Odyssey is embodied best by white vinyl. In this fragrance, it's the scent of space suits and spaceship upholstery and Barbarella's fabulous boots.

print of Barbarella movie posterprint of the Barbarella movie poster, available from

As the fragrance dries down, the cinnamon and candy notes fade and we're left with a clean, slightly ozonic, slightly musky fragrance that smells of the recycled and purified air of a sterilized space. Perhaps this is our spaceship, freshly sanitized and awaiting its crew to board and begin the next journey. Odyssey stays close to the skin after the first hour or so but lasts a good six hours. (My sample is a dabber and I have a feeling an atomizer will provide better sillage and longevity.)

Having smelled so many perfumes over the years, I doubt there is anything used in Odyssey we haven't encountered before, but its creative combination of notes is a testament to perfumer Lesli Wood Peterson's talent and vision. Peterson thoroughly marries the concept of the fragrance and its execution, and the result is a fun fragrance with a pleasant "newness" and a touch of glamour to it.

A bottle of La Curie Odyssey perfume

La Curie's brand info explicitly names Pink Floyd as an influence. I like Pink Floyd, and that influence makes sense on some level here, but this fragrance brings to mind a different musician for me. In particular, it conjures one of the many stage personas he adopted over the course of his lengthy career.

It's the scent of David Bowie, in his Ziggy Stardust incarnation, freaking out in a moonage daydream.

Thank you to La Curie for the opportunity to try Odyssey! 

Odyssey is available as a sample vial for $5 (and as part of the Discovery Set for $20), in a 0.25 oz. travel size and a 50 ml atomizer, all on the official La Curie website. International customers may purchase La Curie fragrances via


Jodi Battershell (NebraskaLovesScent or "NLS") is a lifelong Nebraskan who transplanted herself to Philadelphia after a lifetime on the Great Plains. An appreciator of fine fragrances since childhood, she tried her hand at natural perfumery and fragrance-mixing for a number of years, ultimately concluding she was better suited to appreciating the fragrance creations of others. She is pleased to finally be putting her English degree to use as a writer and editor for



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Once again your article hooked me Jodi. I just ordered the sample pack. Can't wait, I especially am looking forward to Odyssey. I love the concept and hey I loved pop rocks and still pick them up at Cracker Barrel from time to time along with Zotz candies. I will give my opinions when I receive my samples.


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