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5 perfumes: wood pudding

Peterman Round Bowls, wood

As a way of classifying perfumes, fragrance families are useful, and most of them have enough of an “official” status that we understand what they imply. Fragrance families don’t tell the whole story, but they help us understand a bit better what a perfume might smell like, or more to the point around here probably, they help us to understand if we can be bothered to try something at all. If I tell you a perfume with berries, jasmine and patchouli is a fruity floral, which of course it could be, you might imagine a certain kind of smell, quite different than if I told you it was an oriental, or a chypre, or a green floral, or an aldehydic floral. What you imagine, of course, could be quite wrong, but it never hurts to know how Michael Edwards classified something after he smelled it.1

Many perfumistas, of course, have their own categories or subcategories, like creamsicle or skank or booze, or we might classify by specific notes we’re interested in, from mimosa to ylang ylang. Wood pudding™ is one of my own favorite personal / unofficial categories, especially in deep winter. A decent wood pudding fragrance is spicy and creamy, and comforting, but the relatively heavy woods temper the sweetness enough to keep the fragrance from falling into a more general gourmand or foody category. Here are 5 of my favorites, and do add your own in the comments!

Givenchy Organza Indecence very nearly defines the category…

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Costume National Soul ~ new fragrance

Costume National Soul

Italian house Costume National has launched Soul, a new ambery woods fragrance…

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Parfum d’Empire Corsica Furiosa ~ fragrance review, with an aside on Costume National Cyber Garden

Corsica

Corsica Furiosa is the latest from French niche line Parfum d’Empire, and it centers around mastic, native to the island of Corsica, where perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato spent part of his childhood (he was born in Morocco and spent part of his childhood there as well). It is perfectly named; the PR materials refer to a “a verdant blast” and that’s exactly what Corsica Furiosa is all about.

The “verdant blast” starts off with plenty of lime-y citrus. It’s resolutely, unapologetically green and smells strongly of the outdoors, untamed, in high summer: there are grassy notes and an overdose of tomato leaf, some almost-sneezy black pepper, flashes of peppermint and other green herbs, crushed pine needles and plant sap (the listed notes include mastic, eau de vie, wild mint, tomato leaf, pepper, honey, hay, cistus and oakmoss). And yes, pretty much all at once…

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Costume National Cologne by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Men

Costume National Cologne by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Men Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National Cologne by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for MenIntroduced In 2009 By The Creative Design House Of … Continue reading

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Costume National Scent Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women

Costume National Scent Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National Scent Perfume by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women. Released To The World In 2002, … Continue reading

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Costume National Scent Sheer Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau Fraiche Spray for Women

Costume National Scent Sheer Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau Fraiche Spray for Women Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National Scent Sheer Perfume by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau Fraiche Spray for Women. Launched In 2003 By The Design … Continue reading

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Costume National Scent Intense Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women

Costume National Scent Intense Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National Scent Intense Perfume by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women. Introduced By The Design … Continue reading

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Costume National Scent Gloss Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women

Costume National Scent Gloss Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National Scent Gloss Perfume by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women. Released By Costume National … Continue reading

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Costume National 21 Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women

Costume National 21 Perfume by Costume National, 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Costume National 21 Perfume by Costume National 3.4 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women. Launched In 2007 By The Design … Continue reading

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Scent Intense Shower Cream 6.7 oz by Costume National

Scent Intense Shower Cream 6.7 oz Manufacturer: Costume National Description: Women’s 6.7 oz Shower Cream. Featured in a sleek black bottle with a curved backside. Scent Intense by Costume National is sophisticated in its effect and subtle in its structure. … Continue reading

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