Los Angeles-based Costamor (whose perfumes are inspired by Costa Rica) recently released Tabacca: “a sultry, feminine spin on one (of) the prized crops of Costa Rica— tobacco.” Tabacca’s listed notes are spices, apple peel, jasmine, rose tea, raw tobacco leaves, dried tobacco leaves, rare woods, and amber.
Tabacca begins with a fumy mix of citrus, jasmine and rich, sweet (and slightly musky) tobacco; I think I detect a drop of labdanum too. The tobacco notes overtake the jasmine in mid-development and are joined by vanillic amber and a “lush” apple note (this apple is not “fresh” off the tree and crisp, but smells of honeyed cider). There are also a few specks of cumin floating in the fragrance but I don’t think this cumin will bother even certified cumin-haters. As Tabacca wears down it begins to smell like newly rolled, apple-scented cigarettes, and on my skin the base notes are a tad cedar-y and “nutty.”
Tabacca is my favorite Costamor fragrance. What I don’t understand is why this perfectly unisex perfume is being marketed as a “feminine” — but if a perfume house wants to scare away paying customers before they even smell the perfumes it offers, that’s their (bad) business! (And what IS “tabacca”? When I pronounce it “American-style” I think of Pa Kettle shouting out: “Where’s my tabacca pouch, Ma?”)
Tabacca is powerful, long-lasting and sweet but I can imagine wearing this perfume in any season (applied with a light hand in warm weather, of course).
Costamor Tabacca is a bargain at $75 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum, and can be found at Luckyscent.
Note: images via Costamor website.