Fragrance Friday: CoSTUME National Secret Woods

Welcome to Fragrance Friday, the place every week we’ll be conserving you abreast of the latest and most iconic releases within the dynamic world of males’s fragrances. Born out of the need to showcase some of the neglected, but versatile, parts of any discerning man’s model this weekly column will aid you finesse your individual signature scent.
It’s been just a few weeks since we dipped into a brand new perfume. Owing to the vacation chaos, the final perfume I spotlighted was in early December with the very soap-like Santa Maria Novella Melograno. Now is nearly as good a time as any to reboot this deep-dive into solely the most effective males’s perfumes – ones we ourselves have been having fun with on the BH workplace and assume may add one thing substantial to your private model.
Earlier on within the lifetime of this column, I took a have a look at what remains to be certainly one of my private favourites, that being CoSTUME National HOMME Parfum – a really enticing, summery concoction topped principally by moreish glowing grapefruit. The fruity, citrus-led parfum remains to be a stunner, whilst summer season begins to die down.

Although, it’s removed from the one males’s perfume from the famed Italian style home that I’ve been overenthusiastically spritzing just lately.
Representing one thing fully totally different from HOMME Parfum is CoSTUME National Secret Woods, a fougere-oriental Eau de Parfum with a severe hit of spice. The nostril behind that is the reliable Julien Rasquinet, who’s clearly tapping into his love of Middle Eastern perfumery by transferring CoStume National in the direction of the spice-heavy markets the area is thought for. This is illustrated primarily by means of bergamot, nutmeg, and saffron within the first half of this perfume’s fascinating life, seamlessly linked with the leathery notes within the base.
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The fragrance sits in a beautiful clear deep blue inexperienced that’s properly aligned with the model’s different bottles, the hues mirroring the concept of forests, woods, and vegetation. Something extra grounded in pure notes is clearly one thing Rasquinet needed to speak, working with artist Ennio Capsasa for the elegant vessel. Albeit, it’s not as ostentatious because the bottles that signify some Middle Eastern homes (Amouage involves thoughts), however what’s contained in the bottle is unmistakably leaning nearer to Dubai than the Mediterranean – which is just about the dichotomy most perfumes work into lately.
Saffron and leather-based appear to be the 2 largest notes CoSTUME National are advertising and marketing Secrets Woods on. That’s cheap, however I discover the fragile Balkan juniper on the highest to be probably the most attention-grabbing, gluing collectively grapefruit (slight) and bergamot accord (sturdy) for a surprising opening present.
The coronary heart comes by first with nutmeg and saffron, after which with styrax within the again. It’s a good way to maintain that house spice vibe alive and supply one thing fantastically distinctive for individuals who like a little bit of a peppery hit with their fragrances. The energy, which appears to lack the projection of HOMME Parfum, is appropriate for any season.
Those woody nuances begin to seem within the dry-down with a base of sandalwood, patchouli, leather-based, and vetiver. All very normal right here, besides the interplay the bottom notes have with the lingering coronary heart is extremely strong and will simply make Secret Woods a little bit of a weapon with regards to creating presence. The earthy energy of vetiver is very potent right here, however it might possible be too dry if it wasn’t for the extra complicated, creamy patchouli doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Thankfully, traces of the nutmeg appears to stay round to assist spherical out a luxurious profile.

Top notes: Grapefruit, bergamot accord, Balkan juniper.Middle notes: Nutmeg, saffron, styrax.Base notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, leather-based, vetiver for all times LMR.
CoSTUME National Secret Woods is now obtainable in Australia at $199 for a 100ml bottle.

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