10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como is one of my absolute favorite perfumes. The notes include sandalwood, frankincense, musk, vetiver, geranium, rose, and Malay oud. Developed in 1999 by Olivier Gillotin for the Carla Sozzani’s brand, this fragrance has inspired somewhat of a cult following. I find it to be sexy, extremely sensual, and slightly off-kilter because of its strangeness. It opens with a woody sweetness juxtaposed with an herbal sour note. It’s balmy sandalwood that’s been pickled. Simultaneously, it is rich woods with dry medicinal bursts. The rose and geranium make their debut about halfway through and it evolves into a more feminine scent, albeit only for a short while. The geranium, in second-long bursts, gives off an almost fecal quality, which adds to the curious masterpiece that is 10 Corso Como. Vetiver and musk keep the transformation earthy and grounded. The base on me is all wood, musk, oud, and sharp dryness. The oud provides an otherworldly aspect to this wonderful concoction. This fragrance would be the perfect complement to a brooding Italian fashionista who wears all black and enormous circular black shades everywhere she goes; whether it be to work, having wine at a sexy café in the evening, or to an underground Venetian-style masquerade à la Eyes Wide Shut.
10 Corso Como, all in all is a bizarre, musky, woody sandalwood. It’s a lovely date scent for you weirdos as it isn’t too overpowering and sits very close to the skin. A perfect lure for leaning in closer.