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on 3/11/2005 4:51:00 AM
More reviews by DunandaFalls
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Costesis a highly woody fragrance with a smoky incense accord. It has somelovely spice notes, including strong coriander and white pepper whichalong with a very pleasant rose note makes up that soapy accord somehere of the reviews are mentioning. I am one that likes this soapyaccord, which separates Costes from the rest of the incense fragrancepack. I also find that it balances Costes out nicely. Costes is somuch better than Diptyques LEau and shares very littlesimilarity with it besides rose and spices. And Costes is much lesscloying and harsh than LEau. The musk note in the dry down isalso very noticeable and pleasant. It does reminds me a little of amuch more wearable version of Diptyques Essence of JohnGalliano. Another mentioned its similarity to Comme des GarconsJaisalmer, but I find that its different enough to warrantowning both. The only problems I can find with Costes is that itdoesnt have the projection that I usually prefer in anincense-based fragrance, and it could last a little longer, but itslasting power is still pretty good. I like it. Notes: coriander seed, white pepper, laurel, oriental woods, incense, musk, rose, sandalwood continued >>
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on 2/26/2005 10:44:00 AM
More reviews by dreamstorm
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I tested Costes ages ago, and never thought it was particularly special. It opens with a strong iris-soap like accord, which besides being simply antithetical to this gourmand girl, was also rather generic to my nose, as I was sure I had experienced it in some other scent, only done slightly better. Of course, I simply washed it off then without really waiting past 15 minutes for the dry down. I recieved a large decant from a dear friend of mine a few months later however, and as how she was raving about how much she loved it, I thought I would give it another go. And I'm so glad I did -- give this half an hour or so to dry down, and it turns into something quite lovely and unique. The iris accord fades away, and while the soapy aspect is still there, it is joined by a melange of gentle spices and cozy sandalwood, creating a lovely, soft, intriguing, enrapturing and mysterious aura. I usually don't like scents that have even a trace of soap in them, but this is very, very gorgeous. continued >>
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on 1/7/2005 6:33:00 PM
More reviews by raspberryswirlgirl
Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Costes seems to smell differently on everyone from sandalwood to soap. For me, it's a very clean incensey fragrance...almost fresh. I'm sure it will be the summer's answer to my winter incense addiction. I didn't care for this one at first, but it somehow grew on me. And is still growing.Edited to add another star. This is definitely a 4 star scent. I wore this in the dead of winter and the hottest, most humid day of the day...it is *just right* every time.Notes: coriander seeds, white pepper, laurel, oriental woods, incense, musk, and hints of rose.
on 3/9/2004 8:03:00 PM
More reviews by rosie00000
First Review: I think this is a fragrance for those who like baby powder scents.Second Review: On second testing of this scent, a very fresh sample from Aedes, I like it. There is a touch of Ivory soap in the drydown, about 1/2 hr. in, like others have said, but overall, I find this a very sexy, complex spice and think it would be absolutely lovely for the winter holidays!
on 11/19/2012 7:38:00 PM
More reviews by Silverchair
Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I LOVE this scent and I am not attracted to woodsy scents at all. I received this in a gift bag from a friend and I have no idea where to purchase it and I don't know how much it costs. At first application it has a heavy cinnamon and spice scent to it. I read a review where someone described it as a chai latte scent. It dries down to what I can only describe as something that reminds me of the woods and ocean. An "aqua woodsy" scent perhaps?I'm not good at describing scents but this is definitely different and definitely unisex--perhaps more on the masculine side and I love that. This is definitely a fall/winter scent and would be overbearing in the summer.
on 2/4/2010 4:12:00 PM
More reviews by malika
Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure
This along with tam dao are my all time favorite winter scents. It is woodsy and "cinnaminY"- perfect for cold and blustery days. This is not your average scent and is quite costly, but if you like great aromatics, this is great to try!
on 10/25/2009 9:59:00 PM
More reviews by Jill70
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I love this scent, but I already own it in a 10 Corso Como bottle.
on 4/20/2009 7:24:00 PM
More reviews by Melloney
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
2012 : I love this scent now - I didn't like it in 2009 . Spicey , aromatic yet cleanish and soapy ,ambient and quite soothing. Lasting power is mediocre but the scent is uber chic .
on 5/13/2008 12:45:00 PM
More reviews by cclayten
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I've been wearing Costes by Hôtel Costes for about week now--I can't seem to get enough of it. It reminds me of 10CC (which I also love), but the bay and lavender rounds it out. I spritz this stuff pretty heavily and it lasts all day without ever becoming overbearing. It's unique, comforting, and very wearable. Edit: I am in love with everything Costes.
on 11/12/2007 9:04:00 AM
More reviews by dollface6
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
I am really enjoying this delicious subtle scent. If you enjoy aromatics, this will please. I see it being compared to several incense scents, and yes I can smell a similarity to 10 Corso Como which I love. But Costes is more subtle and smooth than 10CC. The opening is warmer than the drydown but I enjoy the entire ride. This has a comforting "home" smell to it,I would call Costes a "soul scent". I will definitely repurchase and may even buy a back up now!
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