Parfumerie Generale rocked my world the minute I heard about the line earlier this year, and the rocking continues as I revisit some of the scents. The line was founded by Pierre Guillaume, a French chemist/perfumer, and consists of two installments or chapters (the Chapitre II was talked about earlier). Since it’s just recently become available in the U.S. through the lovely Luckyscent, I got curious to play with some of the scents from the Chapitre I. Curiosity killed the cat, as they say, and, even though it’s hardly had a dramatic effect on me (quite the opposite, actually), it has caused a certain amount of uneasiness over not being able to buy up the entire line immediately. So, here I am today, with a new lemming – Cozé.
Cozé is the most dynamic incense scent I’ve yet encountered. Even though incense isn’t even the official note, that’s what I smell. The official notes are canapa sativa seed oil (hemp), pepper, pimento, coffee, ebony wood, chocolate, bourbon vanilla. It has a forceful, astringent, dark opening. It’s dirty and fiery incense simultaneously. Its rather wicked top notes get quickly subdued into an innocent, vanillic woody goodness. Neither coffee nor chocolate are prominent, more like just a trace. Once again, a scent made for men that I’ll happily scoff at – not the scent itself or men, for that matter, but the gender-specific notion. It will be a sure companion for my all-black outfits.
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