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Koto Shiseido for women

Koto Shiseido for women
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I have it: 26 I had it: 6 I want it: 54 My signature: 1

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leather
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white floral

Shiseido Koto was launched in 1967 for the Japanese market. It belongs to the chypre floral green group, opening with aldehydes, citruses, herbs and spices. The heart consists of narcissus, gardenia, orris root, jasmine, lily of the valley, jonquil and rose. The base features moss, patchouli, leather, amber, vetiver and castoreum.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Citruses Spices Green Notes Aldehydes

Middle Notes
Jasmine Narcissus Gardenia Orris Root Rose Lily-of-the-Valley

Base Notes
Vetiver Patchouli oak moss Amber Castoreum Leather

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Koto Fragrance Reviews

erding
erding

Great blind buy, one-of-a-kind.
Edit: First note is a bit bitter. but turns soft after a hour or so.
Staying power is better than expected. I sprayed one day on wrists and body before work, and it lasts till after 5pm.

Dec
03
2012
knit_at_nite
knit_at_nite

A blind buy that I'm very happy to have found. I get moss, light green florals, and the base gets a touch powdery. Very well blended- genteel/refined but in a happy & non-pretentious way. Very strong for an EDC- but not loud. Non soapy.
If you like Y , Le Temps d'un Fete, Sabi or floral/green/chypre in general, give Koto a spritz.

Sep
01
2012
scorpiosheep
scorpiosheep

I bought this blind, partly because of the listed notes and partly because of my successful blind buy with another Shiseido perfume, Murasaki, which I adore. I was surprised that I could not detect any leather as such, however it must be present because the beautiful florals are quite tempered and well blended with a slight underlying spicy note. The whole perfume is SO expertly blended that really nothing stands out to my nose. Koto does turn powdery in the drydown. Go easy on the application - 2 sprays is plenty as the sillage is generous.

I would not recommend this for younger women as it certainly smells a little old-fashioned, having been released in 1967, but at least it isn't a stonking great 80's floral! I'm not a huge fan of florals but I am extremely glad to have bought this. The greenish notes and tinge of spices add plenty of interest to a basically lovely floral. Maybe I'll even try some more Shiseidos given the 100% success rate so far.

Jan
13
2012
smellsogood
smellsogood

Koto is almost a cross between Yves Saint Laurent Y and Paco Rabanne Metal, in a legere version. Mossy, with a hint of the green florals that gives Metal its cool shine, it then becomes folded in glove leather. I can only find this in EDC and a stronger formulation would be highly coveted.

Oct
05
2011
Citronella
Citronella

My first acquaintance with Koto was in a department store in Tokyo in the 80ies. Back then, Koto was almost 20 years old already but of course I wasn't aware of this. I liked it a lot but didn't purchase, probably because of a limited travel budget. I always remembered this scent but never saw it again until last year, in a Swedish online store (!) and now I finally have a bottle. As far as I can recall, it smells exactly the same.

Although Koto includes strong notes like narcissus and leather, the Eau de Cologne concentration makes this scent different from other classic chypres. When my wrists demand chypre and the situation requires something quiet, this is the obvious choice.

Sep
05
2011

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Koto by Shiseido 4.47 out of 5 based on 22 ratings and 5 user reviews

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