Created in honor of the 21st anniversary of Costume National, 21 pays homage to the luxurious simplicity that can be found in the hypermodern and timeless creations of this Italian fashion house. 21, an alluring blend of understatement and sensuality, captures 21 favorite scents of the designer Ennio Capasa. The intriguing list of notes features milk and orange blossom, saffron and cumin, royal jelly and oud, moss and vanilla. Creamy, dreamy, enveloping, 21 is an olfactory vision in white. The tender floral top notes dissolve into the soft spiciness of the heart, where saffron mixes with patchouli, oud and olibanum in an accord of astounding depth and opulence. The sweet darkness of the base notes of tonka bean, vanilla and musk is the very epitome of comfort. At once astonishingly sensual and beautifully tranquil, 21 is destined to become a new cult favorite.There is no world in which I can actually smell 21 different things in this. I doubt there will ever be a time I can actually smell 21 different things at once, period. That said, I have been wearing 21 all day long and for the life of me, I still can't figure it out. Immediately out of the vial it's medicinal, like camphor, but shifts into a tabacco/vanilla/cinnamon (probably the amber and sandalwood), and then settles into a sweet woody scent that occasionally kicks me in the nose. There's a bite there -- I don't know what it is, but it's sharp to the point of inciting a tangy feeling, similar to when you inhale chlorinated water. Or maybe when you accidentally inhale pepper?
21 notes: bergamot, milk, orange blossoms, saffron, cumin, pepper, cashmere wood, royal jelly, moss, clary sage, patchouli, olibanum, amber, sandalwood, oudh wood, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, tonka bean, vanilla and musk
Whatever it is, I enjoy it. A lot of the warm scents I tend toward might start off sharp, but wear down to something sweet, powdery, feathery. This, whatever it is, stings me all the way through, and that dirty musky note is...well, hot. It's just hot. Sexy enough that I might even sport it during the summer heat with the right little black dress.
For additional rumination on 21, check out Robin's review over at Now Smell This!.