El Cosmico


The desert airs of Marfa, cosmic axis of West Texas. Creosote shrubs and sumac primed with Chihuahuan mesa woods–mesquite, oak, and pinyon pine. Created for our friends at the El Cosmico hotel in Marfa.

Top Notes

  • desert shrubs
  • desert pepper
  • pinyon pine

Heart Notes

  • creosote
  • oak

Base Notes

  • dry sand accord
  • khella
  • shrub wax

Marfa, Texas is a not-so-secret place far from anywhere else. Since Donald Judd brought his art (and then artists) to this crossroads in the high plains desert, people have flocked from all over the world to experience its magic. Something is in the air. UFO-like lights dot the horizon. (I saw them with my own eyes!) A confluence of cultures leads to a very free-spirited ethos. Liz Lambert started El Cosmico, her boutique campground, she says as an oasis for “nomads.”

Bands, artists, and seekers of all type travel out of their way to soak in the Spirit of the arid land. There is vibrancy and newness in Marfa that contrasts with something old timeless and spiritual. For this scent, I made a study of the plants surrounding the town in the Chihuahuan desert. Many of these desert plants have oils with strong aromas that they produce presumably to ward off predators, protect from the harsh wind and sun or to retain moisture. For the perfume that would take you there, I placed desert pepper and sumac, with the landscape dominant creosote (that smells of oily desert rain), over a sand accord with dry mesquite wood.

The scent is otherworldly like the area. I don’t think it smells like anything else. It is white smoke, the magic of aldehydes, and strange alien plants in the desert.-D.S.



Alcohol denat, parfum (fragrance), aqua (water), geraniol, eugenol, isoeugenol, farnesol


Listen to El Cosmico

Nomadic music heard from a sacred point in the West Texas desert.


  • When our fume master David creates our fragrances, he sees them in color. The throw of a particular aroma can be described in the colors it implies in the mind of one with synethesia. Vetyer can smell straw like yellow, patchouli, deep red, and so on. David is very enthusiastic about translating an idea from one discipline to another—so music, words, and ultimately color become aromas to wear on skin and in sanctuary.

  • A common desert shrub that smells oily green and a bit like gasoline. Also smells like desert rain—a sinewy shrubby petrichor over hot sand.

  • A desert pine whose amber is used in traditional incense. Distilled needles have a delicate orange frankincense tone that smells very southwest sacred.

  • A very early discovery of fragrance chemists, aldehydes recall a deco world when used as the main thrust of a fragrance. More often we employ aldehydes to lift heavy hearts, recall fresh breezes/air around flowers, or to push the boundaries of space in forward thinking compositions. Aldehydes generally have a stratospherically fresh aroma, with shades of metal, citrus, green, or ozone.