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Koto Shiseido for women

Koto Shiseido for women
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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Koto by Shiseido 4.44 out of 5 based on 28 ratings and 4 user reviews

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