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Comme des Garçons 2


Comme des Garçons, the unconventional Japanese design house headed by designer Rei Kawakubo, has been around since the early 90’s and is known for its unconstructed ‘anti-fashion’ minimalist asthetic.

Comme des Garçons 2, launched in 1999, is a 180 degree u-turn from those 80’s sillage monsters, and takes fashion design perfume art into new territory, into the minimalist aesthetic of Rei Kawakubo. Marc Buxton renders this minimalist style perfectly with CdG2, which is built around the smell of ink. Yes, ink.

How can that smell of ink, or sumi ink, be reproduced in a perfume?
Mark Buxton did it through the use of “headspace technology” which sounds like some kind of New Age therapy, but is a technical process. I really do smell the ink, that metallic ink note, but it’s mixed with citrus in the opening, slightly bitter and tart like citrus zest, but juicy and citrus-sweet. The aldehydes make it bright, and probably give it the cool metallic vibe that makes it almost fizz when it comes out of the bottle.

The florals bloom right away but I can’t tell you what they are – rose? peony? - the note list includes angelica and magnolia, so I’m really off base. The heart notes are the spices and herbal/woody resins but I can’t identify them individually – more like a rich mulled spice mix wrapped in green woody boughs, with the ink note a shadow in the background. As the dry-down develops, the richness expands with a mix of labdanum, patchouli and amber entwined with hints of smoky incense.

So CdeG2 is bright and shadowed, soft and metallic, warm and cool, and is definitely about contrasts and duality.

Notes: : ink (created by the use of headspace technology to capture the smell of Japanese calligraphy (sumi) ink), new aldehydes, green mate, angelica root, coriander, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, vetiver, bay oil, cade (juniper) oil, incense, magnolia, patchouli, cedarwood, amber and labdanum.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Mark Buxton

Price: $5.00