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Friday, May 27, 2011


By Marina

Does it happen to you once in a while that you stumble upon a perfume you smelled a while back, and go, what was I thinking? how come don't I own a vat of this gorgeousness?! This is what I cried out when I smelled Costes the other day. Why did I forget that it was so beautiful?!

With all those spices, cloves, pepper and bay leaves on the smoldering yet trademark-Giacobetti-transparent woody background, it smells like the most stylish, most modern potpourri you'd ever own. The lavender note in the top makes it smell cool, in both meanings of the word. And yet...there is something ancient, age-less, mysteriously deep in its rose paired with incense...It is centering, it is contemplative, it is Ecclesiastic. It, for the third time this week, makes me quote Pablo Neruda:

Ode To the Smell of Wood 

Late, with the stars
open in the cold
I open the door.
The sea
in the night.

Like a hand
from the dark house
came the intense
of firewood in the pile.

The aroma was visible
if the tree
were alive.
As if it still breathed.

like a garment.

like a broken branch.

I walked
the house
by that balsam-flavored
the points
in the sky sparkled
like magnetic stones
and the smell of the wood

my heart
like some fingers,
like jasmine,
like certain memories.

It wasn't the sharp smell
of the pines,
it wasn't
the break in the skin
of the eucalyptus,
neither was it
the green perfumes
of the grapevine stalk,
something more secret,
because that fragrance
only one
only one
time existed,
and there, of all I have seen in the world
in my own house at night, next to the winter sea,
was waiting for me
the smell
of the deepest rose,
the heart cut from the earth,
something that invaded me like a wave
breaking loose
from time
and it lost itself in me
when I opened the door
of the night.

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Blogger Jarvis said...

Gorgeous stuff. I think the Costes room spray is even more gorgeous.

12:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Very nice! I think I had better smell this soon! Love the poem too, Neruda's ephemeral words are perfect when paired with perfume.

12:28 AM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

Seconding Jarvis. I love Costes and the room spray is even better than the 'fume.

12:47 AM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

Oh, and the candle is pretty great, too.

12:51 AM EDT  
Blogger lovethescents said...

I haven't sniffed Costes for ages, although I own and love Costes 2....I think I need to retry Costes!

8:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Really? Do you wear it as a perfume?

9:06 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I think you'll like it. And Neruda is sooo quotable )

9:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

worn as a perfume? I need to try...

9:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

mmm, I can only imagine the gorgeousness of the candle

9:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am not familiar with Costes 2, what's it like?

9:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

The perfume force is with you this week, dear M!

9:13 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

LOL Yoda? :)

9:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Jarvis said...

I have worn the room spray occasionally, Marina. My skin hasn't melted... yet... It's darker and woodier, less soapy, less lavender.

9:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, good to know!

10:08 AM EDT  
Blogger acrossbee said...

I always enjoy your poetic references! You made my day with this one!

11:21 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

thank you, I am so glad to hear that!

11:31 AM EDT  
Blogger JoAnne Bassett said...

I am not familiar with Costes but really enjoyed the Neruda poem. Thank you.

12:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am so glad, JoAnne!

2:47 PM EDT  
Blogger sara said...

I love Costes! Havent tried the candle yet but I bet it is good. Wow Marina, you look so beautiful in your avatar.

3:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are very kind!

4:07 PM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

Marina, yes, I do wear the room scent as personal fragrance. It's drier and more linear than the regular scent, which is probably why I tend to wear it more often. When worn as a perfume, the room scent is also a great deal at 100 mls for $75.

I wear the EdT more in the winter, when I want a warm, rosy incense, and I adore the soapy quality it has.

Both are brilliant, really, and it's basically just a question of mood.

11:05 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does remind me a lot of another Giacobetti scent, Idole Lubin. Same richness and warmth of ingredients in a transparent composition. Idole lasts longer though.

3:45 AM EDT  

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