Scent opens creating the impression of a fresh oriental and remains in that territory while gaining a woody quality. That freshness has a more masculine presence than I'd have expected, planting the fragrance firmly in a gender-neutral area. There's a mild floral presence in the heart. The note list says it's a white hibiscus, so I'm willing to go with that. The impression is sheer and abstract, not heady.
I have a much older mini bottle of this Costume National perfume which smells even thicker and woodier than the brand new sample, but this may be due to age just as much as to a change in the raw materials. Scent becomes more ambery with a light coating of sugar. It's still bouncy enough to feel just as wearable in hot and sticky weather (it blooms nicely in the heat), and lasts well. Scent is also a compliment-getter. It's simple and just smells really really nice.
Notes: amber, jasmine tea, white hibiscus and woods.
Costume National- Scent ($75, 50ml EDP) is available from Luckyscent.
Fashion photo from costume National 2006 campaign.
White Hibiscus by Marsha Heiken.