Tuesday, February 21, 2006

REVIEW: Costes

Notes: lavender, bay-tree, coriander, white pepper, rose, incense, woods and light musc

Pros: Spicy but light, with a wonderful combo of lavender & rose.

Cons: Fades rather quickly, leaving only a faint trail of the initial grandeur

Reminds me of: Well, it's reminiscent of Villoresi's Incensi, but this would be Incensi Ultra-light.

Longevity, development and sillage: After an hour it was all but gone, with the lavender fading out and stronger wood notes taking its place. I put A LOT on, and my roommate couldn't detect it, though I suppose in warmer weather, this one might turn out to be a sultry summer scent.

Bottleworthy? Hmmm.....YES!

Where can I buy it? $65 for a 50ml edt spray; $129 for a 125ml splash at Luckyscent.com

The Bottom Line: Created for the trendy Paris hotel by none other than Giacobetti, this (masculine) oriental is stunning. I love the pairing of the very soft and straightforward rose (more of a fresh, petal note, not at all heady or strong) and creamy lavender with the background of white pepper and though I feel like there's cinnamon in there somewhere, it's not listed. There's definitely a spicy incense note though I'm beginning to wonder what exactly "incense" means. Costes is great, and I could definitely see myself wearing this quite often - could easily become my summer spice. My eyes are open for decants...

Rating (out of 10): 8

Have you tried Costes?

17 comments:

marchlion said...

This was delicious. Figures Giacobetti created it. It's not esp. masculine on me, a real shape-shifter.

Rue said...

Ooh! I'm delighted you reviewed this one today. Although I can kind of smell it on the tip of my brain from reading the notes, I was curious about it because of the lavender/rose combination which I never fail to find charming. Maybe the ambiguous 'incense' note is liquid smoke, as in the variety used in cooking. (wild guess)

Victoria said...

Love Costes! One of my faves. You should have seen me trying to track it down before it was available here in USA. Not a pretty sight. (I have decants)
:O)
Victoria O

marlen said...

march - ya know, I really thought about that masculine comment, but figured it might compel a few guys to give it a try and not shy away from the rose!

marlen said...

rue - whenever I think of liquid smoke in a scent I think of Diptyque's Essence of John Galliano! Unbelievable scent!

marlen said...

V - what I wanna know is this: Does Costes put this out in each room in the hotel for guests to use?

marchlion said...

Okay, how 'bout -- "this rose fragrance is so butch you'll practically clank when you walk." How do you feel about Rosine Rose d'Homme anyway? I keep wondering if the word "rose" scares 99% of men off, which is so unfair. I mean, women wear any leathery thing they want, you know?

Rue said...

Diptyque's Essence of John Galliano, oh God yes! Then again I'm a little biased for two reasons, I love smoke and Diptyque.

marlen said...

March - I am a HUGE fan of Rosine fragrances, especially Rose d'Homme, but sadly don't have a bottle yet. I have to hand it to L'Artisan for helping me open my mind to rose (and patchouli, and myrrh).

marlen said...

Rue - how do you feel about Opone? I love Agent Provocateur, Voleur de Roses, Costes, Rose d'Homme, Caron Or et Noir, Iquitos, etc...Do you think there are any similarities?

Mark said...

I have become a recent fan of rose too, I got a sample of The Different Co. Rose Poivree and bought it within a week. And then after that I bought L'ombre dans L'eau by Diptyque. I really want FdTRB by Creed, but perhaps it's too feminine? I could layer it with something to darken it but then part of me would almost feel guilty for not wearing it in all of it's glory. Does anyone ever feel guilt when you stifle a perfect fragrance??

marlen said...

Mark - I NEVER layer...period. If the scent doesn't work by itself, I can't be bothered trying to get creative...I want to wear a scent in its completion or not at all...

Rue said...

Mark- I've tried the 'layering' thing, and it was fun, for about a few minutes. Then it felt like I was forcing a failing relationship work. Know what I mean?

Marls: I only had the pleasure of trying a little 'snootful' sample of Opone, and I did indeed love it. :) As far as Agent Provocateur goes, I didn't care for it on me but I did appreciate its blatant vulgarity. As far as the similarities go I think it's that 'raspy' or 'scratchy' note added to those that beef up the rose and make it, for lack of a better simile "like a sexy smoker's voice". (okay, now I'm sounding like a total frootloop...)

marlen said...

Rue - I like that, a scratchy/smoky rose...perhaps it's the vetiver that creates this effect in AP?

Rue said...

I don't think so. I think it is the coriander. Although I love coriander, both the seeds ground up as well as the herb in food, it absolutely hates my skin and ends up drying down to eau de dirty ash tray. I learned this the hard way when for years I tried to wear Coriandre de Jean Couturier and it just reeked on me. :(

Vetiver on the other hand is elusive. I love it and it loves me. Even classic vetiver fragrances, like my favourite Guerlain vetiver, capture what we think vetiver smells like, but it really doesn't. Years ago I bought dried vetiver to get a good whiff of the real thing, and well....

marlen said...

Ah...Coriander...one of my least favorite notes...I shoulda known.

Rue said...

"Voleur de Roses, Costes, Rose d'Homme, Caron Or et Noir, Iquitos, etc...Do you think there are any similarities?"

I think it is the rose/lavender combo.