Cozumel opens with a dominant note of nice, juicy, mellow and sweet-woody sandalwood, carrying that warm elegance of fragrances like Santal Noble, well rounded here by herbs (something anisic, and maybe lavender) and a really pleasant, discreetly refined fruity-citrus touch. Tonka is the other key note, tamed down enough but bold, which enhances the nutty-sweet and spicy facets of sandalwood. Shortly an Oriental woody-spicy scent centered on sandalwood with a modern (and kind of trendy) touch of cedar-incense, which means Iso E, that together with something ambery like cedramber (or something equally, mainstream-ish “plastic”) gives Cozumel a contemporary, “posh”, somehow “designer” look – bringing it a bit close to many woody-ambery mainstream scents. Still a totally pleasant scent, just not that creative or particularly “rich”, basically on the fence between more complex and deeper niche scents (Santal Noble, or some of Lutens’ sandalwood works) and more shallow and cheaper designers. Still solid and elegant, just a bit conventional and less interesting than you may think – especially given the (considerably higher) quality of the rest of Laboratorio Olfattivo line.
16th January, 2014 (last edited: 06th February, 2015)