Launched in 1999, 10 Corso Como was created by Olivier Gillotin for the artsy-pants Milanese boutique of the same name. Listed notes include sandalwood, frankincense, musk, rose, geranium, vetiver and oud wood oil, but none of the ingredients pop with high-def clarity. Instead, they’re fuzzed out like a fifth generation VHS tape from 1987. A tape that turns an episode of Full House into Monet’s Water Lilies. You can make out shapes and colors, but that’s about it. The familiar becomes muted and beguilingly weird.
10CC has an almost-fermented, sour scent that’s borderline “personal”. The woods give it a “I smell like this on purpose, people!” safety net, and the rose gives it prettiness.
This eau de parfum has a kinship with Stella McCartney Stella’s salty rose musk, but Stella is too controlled for any weirdness. I’m also reminded of Chanel Égoïste’s rose and milky-sour sandalwood, but Égoïste throws in more spices and glows with a sweet vanilla halo. Neither is as twangy-strange as 10CC.