Through the miracle that is decanting and sharing, I have a portion of the new 10 Corso Como Uomo. That would be 10 Corso Como for Men, you know. Though when you read through the release materials, there seems to be a little back and forth, dithering, playing both sides, on whether this is "for men" or "the 'next' Corso Como."
I'd call it "10 Corso Como for those of you who find the original too sweet."
Personally, I'm doing a little happy dance. I have to be in Just The Right Mood to handle syrupy sweetness in my perfume, and I've a tendency to be willing to interpret "sweet" as "syrupy sweet." Not immortelle maple syrup sweet (though that would be a sub-category of what I'm talking about). No, I mean sweet that has body, like simple syrup, that stuff I'm always cooking up for the bar. And recipes in general, of course. That stuff that you make by boiling water and sugar. Go heavy on the sugar, and add a touch of corn syrup for viscosity. THAT's what can happen to the "sweet" in perfume for me. Heck, I sometimes find that in DK Black Cashmere. So I'm going to guess that I'm a sweetness amplifier.
No matter. 10 Corso Como Uomo can handle that. Sort it out to the farther reaches, with YSL Nu, but not quite THAT dry.
And color me happy.
I've run it through paces twice so far. First day was warm, summer warm with lots o' humidity. And I must have been doing my sweet amp thing, because I found a pleasant underlying tone of sweet, like you get when you slap sandalwood and make it shimmy a bit. (You know how sandalwood is; that gorgeous element of sweetness is there all along, and it seems like all you have to do is agitate it bit to bring it right to the fore.) Today, it's cooler, low 70's, and rainy, and it is drier, playing all like cedarwood. I can only find the sense of sweetness if I snarfle with my nose assertively pressed to my skin. Which, okay, I admit I've done a few times, and just did again, because hey, that's nice, too.
That's your Uomo for you.
In the aisles at Target, I found a shower gel in the men's aisle. Brand name, Everyman Jack. (Sense a knock off here?) They had two options on the shelf: citrus, and cedarwood.
I'm telling you, the cedarwood is more than serviceable.
And would be a logical layering option to reinforce the 10 CC Uomo. So go buy a bottle. $5. Now, with the money you've saved, buy some more perfume.
See? I provide service to readers and the general economy alike.
image from the 10 Corso Como website, which will also give you the notes in top/middle/bottom form.