Brand: Costume National
What I liked:
– if you love women’s scents that are quite masculine, this is for you
What I didn’t like:
– very masculine scent
– some of the notes smell dirty and sweaty
Scent by Costume National has the simplest, most to the point name a fragrance could ever have. This simplicity is also reflected in the sleek and wide glass bottle which has no particular decoration, ornament or color. Part of me likes this simple style but it’s also true that neither the name nor the packaging tell us much about the fragrance. What does it smell like? Scent is very masculine. So masculine that, the first time I wore it, I had to check if it was really suitable for women too (it is, according to the company).
Now, unlike most women, I usually like this type of scent but there is just something in Scent that doesn’t wholly convince me. The top notes are very herbal with a fresh burst of crisp cedar. They don’t smell bad, but are quite strong and dirty, almost sweaty. As the fragrance progresses, the floral notes of hibiscus and jasmine tea sweeten the scent a bit but neither note is that sweet really so the fragrance is still quite masculine, but also more subtle. The drydown is composed of woods and musks, but these are quite dirty too which may put some people off.
Because of the dirtiness/”sweatyness” of the notes, Scent is a scent that probably won’t smell nice on many women and definitely won’t appeal to those who love their fragrances to be floral, sweet and feminine. Towards the end, it also gets quite sexy and warm, and that’s the part I liked the most. I highly recommend you try it before purchasing it because this is one of those scents that you’ll either love or hate. It is slowly growing on me but then I like masculine scents, although this is not something I would wear often anyway. It’s more appropriate for the night time and, once spritzed on, it lasts for the entire day (or night).
Costume National Scent is a nice blend of cedar, hibiscus, jasmine tea, woody and musky notes that’s quite masculine, which, coupled with the dirty/sweaty feel some of the notes have, may put some people off. Most suitable to nighttime, the scent is longlasting.