The mysteries of espionage-- its codes, evasions, and end-game maneuvers -- have fascinated us for centuries. Even more, we love the agents -- those dangerous, dashing figures armed with fancy gadgets and a limitless supply of savoir-faire. But the reality is less Ethan Hunt or Emma Peel and more George Smiley-- drab, inconspicuous, self-effacing to a fault. How else to hide in plain sight?
A seasoned Cold Warrior would tell you to follow the Moscow Rules. This legendary (and largely unofficial) collection of dictums serves as the playbook for covert operatives everywhere. From it, one learns to dress, speak, and behave inconspicuously in any setting, ever-mindful of those who may be watching. And someone is always watching. It's the first Rule.
So what's your story? Are you a tourist from the Twin Cities, recently retired after thirty-two years at H&R Block and "loving every minute"? Ditch the Rolex and Luger, James Bond-- you're packing bifocals, cardigans, golf shorts, and Tums for this trip. Everything right down to your shoes and brand of toothpaste must serve your non-official cover identity, or NOC.
And for god's sake, wear the right fragrance, or the enemy will sniff you out in a Moscow minute!
Jacomo de Jacomo is the ideal scent for deep camouflage. By this, I don't mean to imply that this classic 1980 aromatic fougère does not possess character. Rather, it possesses many characters-- absorbing the best features of a dozen other like-minded fougères and blending them into one very pleasant (and totally forgettable) composite. It's Everyman in a bottle, a virtual disguise kit of a fragrance, perfect for passing through checkpoints unnoticed. While you breeze through, Kouros, Antaeus, and Drakkar Noir will be summarily wrestled to the ground, while the Pour Hommes -- Chanel, Caron, and Paco Rabanne -- will be forced to bribe the guards from their very own wallets.
Relax. Blend in. Act like you belong. Don't attract attention. Memorize your legend. Vary your pattern. Always keep moving. Don't take unnecessary risks. Don't provoke the opposition. Lull them into complacency. Go with the flow.
And wear Jacomo de Jacomo. Don't NOC it until you've tried it.
Scent Elements: Bergamot, lemon, rosemary, basil, marjoram, lavender, geranium, coriander, caraway, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, cumin, galbanum, petitgrain, rosewood, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, cedar, leather, amber, musk, vanilla