WHAT I SMELL: Sweet cherry pipe tobacco, covered in syrup. It’s sweet and slightly gourmand. Quickly, a light leather emerges in the background which evens out the sweetness of the opening. Tabacca continues to mellow and becomes a bit dryer. The tobacco remains coated with a light apple and rose which is pretty and surprisingly muted. After this point, Tabacca stays in this woody, slightly sweet tobacco haze tinged with just a hint of amber. It’s not strong and it’s not weak and I fear that I really like it, but that over time I would probably get tired of it if I wore it too often.
From the Costamor website:
The evening sun paints the sky crimson and periwinkle; an intoxicating breeze blows through, beckoning you deeper into the night…
A sultry, feminine spin on one the prized crops of Costa Rica – tobacco. Grown in the volcanic highlands and cured with the care of fine winemakers, this is tobacco destined for excellent cigars. Tobacca uses both the raw leaves (green, fresh and sweetened with a subtle hint of apple) and the richly aromatic dried tobacco and blends them with a deeply romantic rose tea. Velvety amber and soft precious woods add luxurious, cashmere-like warmth to this hypnotic, seductive fragrance.
tabacca notes – aromatic spices, apple peel, jasmine, rose tea, raw tobacco leaves, dried tobacco leaves, rare woods, amber
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The remnants of sweet pipe tobacco on a sweater, one day after it was worn while smoking.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE TABACCA: comfortable, easy, balanced
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TABACCA: Scent for Thought, From Top to Bottom – Perfume Patter, Confessions of a Perfume Nerd
BOTTOM LINE: Tabacca is a tobacco fragrance for those who typically don’t like them. It’s subdued and slightly sweet nature make for a wonderful companion to reading a book by the fire on a cold winter or rainy day. The Costamor website says this is a feminine spin on tobacco. I have to disagree as I see this as a perfect unisex fragrance. Tabacca is an unexpected pleasure!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Woody Aromatic
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $75 for 50ml EdP
July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Glad you mentioned the syrupy quality- Tabacca is too viscous for me, but I appreciate the affordability for a niche line!
July 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm
I think in the end that Tabacca is a pussycat. Only in the beginning is it a bit of a tiger. For $75 for 50ml, I agree that’s not a bad price when it comes to niche perfume! Thanks for stopping by Ari!
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm
It’s $755 for 50 ml??!?!??? Please tell me that’s a typo, or I’ll faint. As for the perfume, how do you think it compares to Ambre Narguilé, as the notes would imply a bit of an overlap in scent (apple pipe tobacco & smoke)?
July 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Yikes!!! Trust me it’s only $75…once you think you have a post edited and there you go! I have never tried Ambre Narguile, but in looking at Fragrantica, it seems that some other folks made the comparison as well. I would am guessing that this is a little bit cheaper than Hermes??
July 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm
So far I’ve tried only one of Costamor’s perfumes – Sugarwood – and it scarred me: it was awfully sweet. But your review piqued my interest. 4 bones, you say?
July 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm
This is lightly sweet…I just wish it would last a bit longer. 4 bones might be pushing it a little…it’s more like 3.75 🙂
July 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm
MUST.TRY.NOW. I love tobacco perfumes (just below my first true love iris), I’m not afraid of sweet and perfumes usually last long on my scent glue skin.
July 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm
LOL. If I could throw to you my sample right now I would. If you love tobacco perfumes you will no doubt love this too and the price is pretty reasonable too!!! Yipppeee!
July 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm
I love Costamor’s Tabacca! I do find it very sweet, especially at first. That odd apple note is just weird, and off putting. However 20 to 30 minutes in, this becomes a delicious snuggable tobacco. It lasts a long time on me, so I guess it is dependent on skin type. My husband who undersprays everything I give him, can be sniffed from afar wearing this perfume. So far only Kurkdjian’s Absolute Pour Le Soir, and Tauer’s L’air Du Desert, stand out on him. I am mighty glad for a price break with this puppy!
July 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm
I was a bit worried when the opening started off so sweet, but it really didn’t last that long so it wasn’t a turn off too me. My skin typically wears perfume for a long time, but since this was dabbed from a tester rather than sprayed it’s probably why it didn’t last so long on me. Funny, I wore Absolue Pour le Soir today to work (I wear it when I’m not in the mood to play nice at work :)~ Thanks for stopping by Tora!
July 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm
It sounds really juicy and cozy and yummy and …. and only $75? It sounds just right!
July 12, 2013 at 10:40 am
Isn’t it sad that we now think that $75 is cheap for perfume. I remember the days when I thought $40 was too much to spend!
July 11, 2013 at 3:46 am
Costamor is a line that doesn’t get many notice (at least it seems so to me) but what I’ve tried so far (Dulcess and Tabacca, not much) has been a real pleasure to smell.
July 12, 2013 at 10:41 am
I have not sampled the others…but this is prompting me to want to try the 3 others in the line. I like the fact that there are only 4 perfumes in the line it make it much more manageable to try them all 🙂
July 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm
This reads likes my late grandad’s smell. A man who was equally fond of pipe smoking, good boiled sweets and my grandmothers deserts, not to mention her knitting.
The Perfumed Dandy
July 12, 2013 at 10:44 am
You just painted the most wonderful picture my dear Dandy!
July 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm
Reads totally yummy Hound,
I like the bottle too, it looks very cool.
July 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm
There is something very simple and pretty about the bottle I agree. Thanks for stopping by P. I hope your summer is going well. xoxoxox Steve
July 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm
Thanks steve but down in Oz it’s winter. Although the sun is shining and I’ve been out digging in the garden with only a lightweight hoodie, hardly a cruel winter.