The temps have turned cooler here at last, bringing along some drizzle and wind. Not cold enough to pull out the real heater-upper scents but something warm and cozy is a must. As I poked around in one of my fragrance stashes, my eye caught on a bit of Costes 2.
This is an oldie but goodie, one I fell for early on in my fall down the perfumista rabbit hole. It’s a soft, comforting scent that feels like a cashmere throw wrapped around your shoulders to ward off the evening’s chill outside on the patio. On stressful days, I’ve found it be quite calming as well. And with the holiday crush quickly bearing down on us, I’ll take all the calming and warm and cozy I can get. For those of you who celebrate it, can you believe Thanksgiving is roughly a week and a half away?
Costes 2 notes are benzoin, Turkish rose, gaiac wood, Tunisian orange blossom and Ceylon cinnamon incense.
This fragrance was popular when it debuted, but you don’t hear a lot about it or its older sibling, the original Costes, much anymore. But they are lovely scents created by the fabulous Olivia Giacobetti and made for the uber-chic Hotel Costes in Paris.
If you don’t happen to have this in your fragrance arsenal, but do have Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Pour le Soir (not the Absolue!), you’re in luck. The MFK offers a very similar effect, although it’s not QUITE as yummy on my skin as the Costes 2. Of course, YMMV.
Upon more digging about, I spy Byredo’s Gypsy Water, which fills the bill similarly, just taking a little different route with its bergamot, incense and pine needles. It’s another low-key fragrance that’s gorgeous for this time of year.
So please share with us: What’s your favorite warm and cozy scent? What’s that just-right fragrance that takes the chill off for you?