Amuse Gueule – Review: Parfumerie Générale Cozé

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. ;)

It is not my intention to reduce PG to his physicality - but it is right there for all to see, alongside his creativity and talent.

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. ;)

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61 Responses to Amuse Gueule – Review: Parfumerie Générale Cozé

  1. Georgy says:

    This picture of pg licking his wrist certainly enlightens my day, thank you very much!

  2. Alexandra says:

    Perfume, must concentrate on the perfume…

    My memory of Coze definitely errs on the more masculine side, but I might not have let it get much past the opening notes, must re-visit.

    This morning I am happily wearing my first completely successful completely blind buy – Labdanum 18 – woo hoo.

    • Olfactoria says:

      The opening is qite masculine leaning, I agree, but it evens out nicely and feels quite comfortably neutral to me.

      Congratulations on the Le Labo! Labdanum 18 is so cuddly.

    • tara says:

      That’s great about Labdanum 18, Alexandra! That is one pricey blind buy, so I’m pleased it worked out so well.

      • Alexandra says:

        I adore Shalimar and have just reached the end of my Musc Ravageur decant, the 15ml Le Labo bottle just fitted too perfectly into the gap! Hurrah for 15mls!

  3. lady jane grey says:

    O.K., O.K., we got the picture of the naked devil, then the taste of peppered hempseed oil and the drydown of chocolatey vanilla – that’s quite the best possible start of a long and most probably rather unsatisfying workday.

    And though I’d eat whichever of his parfumes PG would offer to me, admittedly, I’d never ever lick the parfumes of Fracis Kurkdjian, after reading his interview on another blog …

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m glad that post gave a good start to your day.

      I won’t lick anything but PG’s perfumes, even if nicely asked (which certainly won’t ever happen with M. Kurkdjian). ;)

  4. deeHowe says:

    “I sprayed, I licked and here we are…”

    ROTFL, I *cannot* believe you licked! I’m overcome with the giggles! :)

    I have a sample of this, but since I cannot remember what it smells like, will definitely wear it today. You are a far braver soul than I, dear B, and I can assure you, I will not be licking!

    I also love how you seamlessly intertwine a serious perfume review with sexy pictures of PG. ;)

  5. the husband says:

    Not to be judgmental, but PG is quite asymmetrical! A little too much to be good looking in my opinion. But I guess it doesn’t matter too much if you take in enough of the weed-extract. Don’t eat all my chocolate when you have the munchies, though! ; )

  6. lady jane grey says:

    Symmetry is boring and overrated ;-)

  7. tara says:

    I had only just managed to cleanse my mind of the PG hand licking incident and now it’s back! LOL I think you’ve cheered a lot of us up today. Your experiment in the name of science is much appreciated also.

    As per usual I gave away my sample of Coze, thinking it wasn’t for me (too dry/herbal perhaps?) but I’m wishing I had it now to re-test, and be reminded of that image… :)

  8. flittersniffer says:

    Hilarious post – with a cracking review of this unusual scent at its heart! Now clearly The Husband knows of what he speaks when he mentions asymmetry, but I would never have noticed had he not drawn our attention to the less than perfect proportions of pin-up perfumer Pierre and his pulse-quickening pecs.

    Now hold on a minute…I have just reinspected the photo and I only see asymmetry in his right eyebrow – which may simply be raised in inquiry? : – )

    • flittersniffer says:

      PS Thanks for the mention! I wish you could all have been there to witness this remarkable stunt first hand…And I *wish* I had been quicker off the mark with my camera. I only captured him in post-lick throat tapping mode. : – (

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you! :)
      The asymmetry that professionally irks the dear Husband is to be found in the jaw.

  9. andreawilko says:

    Don’t care what the perfume smells like but I would have happily liked it off his arm should he have needed any volunteers.
    Can’t think of anything else to say as I keep scrolling up to check the photo out again. :-)

  10. Suzanne says:

    LMAO!! You sure know how to keep it interesting here on Olfactoria’s Travels, B. I’m voting this the best perfume review of the week (and feel I can safely make that wager, even though it’s only Tuesday). ;)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you! :D
      Let’s hope the rest of the week is not too much of a letdown. I can say one thing though – tomorrow an even prettier guy will be featured prominently here on OT. (And no, it is not my husband. ;) )

  11. lady jane grey says:

    Now B., seriously, would you have ever thought what a sexist bunch you have here ???!!!

  12. Charles says:

    One question – Do your thoughts of the forementioned perfume change
    if you invision Danny Devito in stead of PG? Nice to see Beauty, Brawn and Brains still exist.
    Asymetery – Hell, I just wish I had his problem – I would be very happy FOREVER with his asymetery.

  13. chris says:

    This is an outstanding scent. It is a real shame that he seems to have put the parfumerie generale line on the backburner. On his website, He has just released an ultra- feminine version of CORPS ET AMES, but i believe that will be the only PG release this year. The Huitieme Art’s are very nice, but they are all way too sweet

    • Olfactoria says:

      I agree, I vastly prefer the PG line to the Huitième Art collection.
      Personally I’m glad that there is not such a fast pace with releasing new scents on the PG line. All the better to anticipate them, when they do get released…

  14. I’m going to try and not fawn all over PG….nope, I can’t do it, the guy is a total stud! That said, there is a new guy in town, have you seen Carlos Huber from Arquiste? My oh my that man is a dreamboat!

    This lickable perfume certainly has me intrigued and whilst most of PG’s creations make my pancreas ache I think I shall have to give it a go next time I’m at Les Senteurs. It sounds most interesting.

  15. Natalie says:

    I want to respond, but I am laughing too hard at all of the other responses!

    Also, I must echo what the Candy Perfume Boy says. I believe Carlos Huber can give PG a run for his money!

  16. Civava says:

    I personally wouldn’t have any problem with licking perfume of this gorgeous body ;-).

  17. Parfumesse says:

    Dear god! I just sold my bottle as I found it too masculine,I do like a tad of sweetness to my frags but seeing Mr PG makes me want it back. :-D

  18. Just a few days ago I was leafing through my copy of Frédéric Malle’s book, “On Perfume Making.” I couldn’t help but notice how old and crusty most of the perfumers were, as though their age and experience made for a better perfume. How French! Monsieur Guillaume throws all of that out the window–young, sexy, and oh so yummy! Now we just need a woman who is just as hot as PG to really make the perfume world interesting.

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