Like I said in my video review, Costume National Homme is a fragrance that gets me compliments. And I like that. This is a fragrance that I love to wear. It’s soft and comforting, very long-wearing and one of my go-to fragrances for when I want to smell good.
Costume National Homme opens as citrus and a cardamom. By definition, it should be zesty and energetic. It’s zesty but not so energetic. It manages to be mellow and perfectly blended. The fragrance is very dry and spicy. The cardamom reminds me of wood…the spices remind me of cedar bark. With time, the perfume becomes even more “chai like”. The other spices amplify making the perfect chai tea, imagine a milky base too. It wears like this and then out of nowhere I get peach pie! But, I love it. It’s a chai and peach pie. There’s spiced stewed peaches and a buttery, flaky crust. Delicious but not totally edible because there is a woodiness, like I said, the spices verge on bark. Eventually the dry-down happens and it is boozy. It’s a spiced butter rum. I love this base. Imagine a spiced rum, melted butter and woods. Perfectly blended and easy to wear.
The fragrance is incredibly long-wearing. It attaches itself to scarves, coats, etc. One spray lasts me all day. Because this fragrance is warm and comforting, I tend to like to wear it in the autumn and winter. And it attaches itself to scarves, making it the perfect cold weather scent. This one is in heavy rotation for me in the cooler months.
Notes listed include: grapefruit, cardamom, bergamot, cinnamon, thyme, cloves, patchouli, sandalwood, and labdanum. PERFUMER – Dominique Ropion
This fragrance is labeled “Homme” but I find it easily unisex. The only thing that makes it not “femme” is that it lacks florals. I recommend this fragrance for those that like spicy-woodsy fragrances, comforting spicy gourmands or fragrances like Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme, Bvlgari Omnia, Guerlain Voyage Collection New York, Michael Kors for Men and/or Lacoste Pour Femme.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Chai meets peach pie meets spiced butter rum. An ultimate comfort scent for me that warms me up in cool weather. It isn’t an intellectual fragrance but I sure think it smells good.
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*I re-sniffed this in November 2014 and here’s my thoughts.