Pierre Guillaume Paris - PG02 - Cozé
Family: Tobacco, spicy, oriental woody
Coze, perhaps one of Pierre Guillaume Paris's most well-known and loved fragrances, was created when Pierre Guillaume was just 25 years old. It was the first fragrance ever to be based on the aroma of Canapa - sativa seed - more commonly known as cannabis.
But have no fear - this is no simple, hippy, headshop creation. It is a complex woody oriental fragrance that uses the sweet resin-y qualities of cannabis as a starting point, and builds around it with almost gourmand notes such as dark cocoa powder, spicy pimiento, and bourbon vanilla. The result is a refined, woodsy, semi-gourmand perfume that has stood the test of time as being utterly unique in its strange beauty. Luca Turin loves it too, and awarded it 4 stars in The Guide!
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE
Canapa, or sativa seed oil, is what lends Coze its extraordinarily complex, rich flavor profile - this oil smells herbal, sweet, resinous, leafy, and waxy, all at the same time. The cannabis note is amplified by a series of complimentary notes, such as roasted coffee beans to emphasize the note's woodiness, red pimiento to accentuate its red hot spiciness, hemp to emphasize the dopey herbal greenness, and patchouli to suggest a deep, rich chocolate fond.
If Coze was a colour, it would be ebony black with streaks of brilliant green in it (and perhaps a few flecks of red chili pepper). The whole scent glows - a spicy, heaving mass of dark elements - somehow alive and humorful on the skin.