Launched in 2007, LUXE Champaca is part of Comme des Garçons Series Luxe.
Comme des Garçons is known for its unusual scents – notes of plastic, burning rubber, dry cleaning fluid appear in many of their frags – but LUXE Champaca is a very straight forward, fairly linear floral based around champaca, the evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia.
Champaca flowers, which vary from shades of cream to yellow-orange, play an important role in Hindu worship – it is believed their fragrance induces devotion and encourages prayer. Considered a sacred scent by Krishna champaca trees are grown on temple grounds. That explains why LUXE Chamapca smells so heavenly!
It opens with gentle warmth from white pepper, along with a soft herbaceous note from angelica and a delicate spiciness from cardamom. The top notes beautifully foreshadow what’s to come – champaca. Related to magnolia, creamy champaca has a floral-fruity aspect that is gently amplified by the presence of indolic tuberose. Deftly matched, these soul mates, never get all white flower screechy/scratchy, just sultry white flower divine! Oh, what have I missed for so long? Champaca is also related to star-anise and that spiciness is highlighted here by the addition a tender note of bird pepper. The champaca doesn’t dominate here, so much as it glows, with tuberose and pepper enhancing it as it does. A base of white musk and iris wood gives it depth and anchor it without flattening it.
The ‘LUXE’ in the name not only refers to the high quality of the ingredients used, but to the depth of the fragrance - it’s intense, rich and heady yet sheer and ethereal all at the same time.
A one of a kind scent experience, that can be worn by men and women.
Notes: white pepper, angelica, cardamom, champaca, tuberose, bird pepper, white musk, iris wood
Parfumeur: Nathalie Feisthauer