Friday, January 22, 2010
Costume National Scent Intense EDP
The amber is apparent in Scent Intense from the very beginning, but doesn't completely dominate the accords until the others have had their say. There is an underlying woody characteristic since it is amberish and as it unfolds, it morphs into a resinous note. It starts out much smoother and leaving room for a very subtle jasmin and tea accord, it co-exists along with habiscus.
Scent Intense is an amber dominate floral-tea fragrance and is actually quite pleasant as long as you enjoy this note. I found the scent acceptable and the amber in its drydown was reminiscent of Zara's rendition. Because of this, I did a side-by-side with Scent Intense and Zara Amber and found that Scent Intense was a bit more passive and slightly more diverse. Zara was more resinous and completely amber dominate, yet for Zara's EDC strength, it had more gusto than the EDP formula of Costume National. Go figure....... and their drydowns were extremely similar with Zara having the upper hand on depth.