I had a sample of Cozé for some time and it languished ignored among its peers, as I read a post on Vanessa’s blog Bonkers about Perfume where she describes a talk given by Pierre Guillaume at Les Senteurs in London recently.
She tells us how Pierre demonstrated Cozé and proceeded to lick it off his own wrist to show the spiciness that is apparently as tasty as it smells good.
A mad scramble for that sample ensued on my side. I sprayed, I licked and here we are…
Created by Pierre Guillaume, Cozé includes notes of canapa sativa seed oil, pepper, pimento, coffee, ebony wood, chocolate and bourbon vanilla pods.
More on the masculine side of the spectrum, Cozé is a spicy, peppery wood scent that features hemp oil. According to Luckyscent, PG has the patent on the particular method of extraction used for this oil.
I don’t love to wear overly masculine leaning scents usually, but I have no problem whatsoever wearing this. I would unhesitatingly classify this as unisex and recommend it to the most feminine of women.
Cozé opens with a lively shot of pepper and pimento and then becomes smoother, warmer and softer as the hemp makes itself known. It smells green, leafy with a “dark-brown” (synesthetically speaking) undercurrent of sweetness. This sweetness is picked up by chocolate and vanilla notes in the drydown, but this is by no means a full on gourmand, the herbal quality of the hemp and the spiciness that stays throughout the development take care of that.
So how does it taste?
Apparently PG’s intention was to demonstrate the “pepper in the throat”, the spiciness of Cozé that is also apparent when tasted and his licking was the “most sensual demostration of perfume” Vanessa has ever witnessed. Sadly, very, very sadly, I did not witness this, but the image in my head is quite sufficient.
Cozé tastes hot, peppery and sharply green, that much I can say, although the gesture is what counts rather than the experience of taste.
I will happily wear Cozé now, for it has an incredible image attached in my mind.
Also, I predict a run for Cozé, get your bottle before it sells out.