Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
So Nude EDP description
Costume National’s So Nude is a spicy floral perfume that celebrates the sensuality and confidence of a woman’s body as it is, with no other story present – naked, awake and alive. It is an intimate scent, with cardamom and cumin in the top notes wrapped in a sachet of luminous neroli – your nose is instantly reminded of welcoming, warm, and slightly perspiring skin.
The tang of the spices doesn’t stay for long – the deep, stunning florals in the heart of So Nude immediately express themselves with soft, feminine trails of tuberose, Damask rose and ylang-ylang. Tuberose stands out among these, but the rose and ylang-ylang add bright, round and sweet, almost vanillic edges to its powdery profile.
The impact of the heart note blend is mesmerizing and instantly addictive. The addition of ylang-ylang is an inspired one – the vanilla tones drape themselves around the tuberose and take it in a very sensual, unexpected direction. The Damask rose notes float over the tuberose with an almost berry-like brightness, so the tuberose feels as if it’s being tugged in two directions – one innocent, and one very much not so. This is where the addiction creeps in and makes So Nude so mesmerizing – there are two definite paths you can go down wearing this scent and it lets you know exactly which ones they are.
So Nude also takes its sweet, tuberose-tinged time in leaving the skin, which is exactly how it should be for a fragrance celebrating the naked form. The angels and devils perched in the heart of this scent sit on your shoulders for a very long time, and when the patchouli and cedar in the drydown start to appear, they do very discreetly, almost invisibly.
But even in the drydown, So Nude entices the wearer into unexpectedly intimate decisions – the patchouli is rough, and spiked with exertion – it’s not content being a background herbal bit player. There’s also a shot of cedar in the base, tuned to its sour facets. These two base notes echo the slight perspiration hinted at in the top notes of cumin and cardamom, but in the drydown that sweat has been earned.
Costume National’s So Nude is an insanely sexy skin scent that is almost sinister in the story it wants to tell. The sensuality it slowly unwinds through warm spice and soft florals will have you spellbound before you know what’s happening. Or he does. Temptation has never been so transparent.