21, everyone that has been reading my post about my tattoos knows that this is a special number for me. It’s not a surprise that this scent got my attention somehow when I saw it on the Skins website a while ago. After reading some pretty good reviews I decided to buy it blindly and I am happy I did! (for the first time ever).
The scent 21 is created to celebrate the 21h birthday of Costume National. Launched in 2007, by IFF. The perfume contains soft ingredients like milk, saffron, orange blossom, vanilla, amber and cedar wood.
The packaging is clean and reminds me for some reason of CK one. The same clean vibe, I expected something to smell a little bit like fresh laundry. But … not at all.
The top notes are all orange blossom, amber, milk, cashmere wood and saffron, followed by Labdanum, Oakmoss, bergamot and some pepper. The basenotes are tonka bean, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver, cedar and musk. (so my favorite notes in a row) anyway, this scent is in the same range as the Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris.
Very soft and gentle. Also, unisex like Van Cleef & Arpels but this one is a little more on the spicy side because of the pepper.
I think it’s funny how packaging can trick people into thinking something different. For example … I expected Cartiers le panthere to smell soft and womanly, but I ended up disliking it a lot because it was so sharp and … not friendly or womanly at all. *IMO.
I ordered the small bottle but the large one is prettier and I will definitely purchase when this one is empty.
While writing this I realized I kinda get the white and clean packaging. This scent is so soft and basic it represents the colour white. Do not expect something very fresh or floral, this is al about cream and soft musk.
Also, for a niche brand this isn’t that expensive. I ordered mine at the Dutch website Skins for €40. Worth a try if you love these type of scents. Also this kinda reminds me of Tom Ford’s white patchouli … anyone else agree on that?