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parfums*PARFUMS Series 5 Sherbet: Rhubarb (2003)
by Comme des Garçons

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Year of Launch2003
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 100 votes)

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HouseComme des Garçons
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour

About parfums*PARFUMS Series 5 Sherbet: Rhubarb

parfums*PARFUMS Series 5 Sherbet: Rhubarb is a shared / unisex perfume by Comme des Garçons. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour

parfums*PARFUMS Series 5 Sherbet: Rhubarb fragrance notes

Reviews of parfums*PARFUMS Series 5 Sherbet: Rhubarb

This is a beautiful summer fragrance. Not necessarily my go-to, but one to which I always love returning, even after 5 or so years with my bottle.

It opens with a pitch-perfect tart, sweet, juicy rhubarb, simmering as if its own sugars are beginning to caramelize but still retaining all of its green vegetal brightness. It's quenching, almost like a rhubarb syrup in seltzer. It dries a lot softer, some vanilla and milkiness creeping in, but just enough to keep the rhubarb pink rather than a murky green. It reminds me a lot of a straight rhubarb pie—sweet, yes, but still tart and savory and deep.

Like most CdG, longevity leaves something to be desired, and the base of this isn't quite as rewarding as that sour green intro, but still very pleasant. Totally unisex in my opinion, and one of the few fragrances I love that people have ever commented on. (9/10)
24th August, 2018
Sweet, fresh, and creamy, yet tart and a bit bitter. Great casual fragrance for anyone who loves grassy, green, vegetal scents.
14th December, 2013
Rhubarb as a note has been brutally abused lately and is a sort of a warning sign to me that a perfume that lists it as a note is usually going to end up being a dumb fruity floral or one of those even dumber fruit-candy-under-a-metallic-woody-amber-haze scents. The thing that's amazing about CDG's Rhubarb is that it's neither of those - it's actually very avant garde.

The rhubarb note is about what you'd expect, a sort of fruity red smell with big sour green undertones and pepper on top. It also has a red-hued almost-fruit spiciness that reminds me a lot of cardamom. But it's the experimental weirdness surrounding the rhubarb that actually makes this interesting. Like a Dali painting of a bunch of rhubarb surrounded by melting clocks, CDG surrounds their rhubarb with a strange brew of smells, dominated by a sort of milky rice smell that's kind of sour. There's also that old-fashioned resinous waxy plastic smell that Caron uses, a pinch of vanilla and some overheating-copier ozone, and a weirdly familiar odor that reminds me of white Elmers glue. Strangely, at times, this all comes together to smell like kheer, the sweet rice pudding spiced with cardamom.

Honestly, if you're a fan of the smell of actual rhubarb, your enjoyment of this perfume will really depend on how you feel about these odd surrounding notes. That sour rice milk/wax/glue smell is truly strange. It's very CDG but will likely turn off a lot of people. I'm not sure I'd ever use up a full bottle of this, but I certainly think it's interesting enough to warrant a sample.
21st May, 2012
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
Too much "synthetic" sweet woodiness for me. I suggest Ciel mon Jardin! for a rhubarb that is stronger all the way through and for an overall more natural-smelling fragrance. I have to give this one a negative because it doesn't do anything I like, nor do I think it works on any level, once you get beyond the top notes, which I can see a lot of people enjoying. If you want a similar drydown, there are many fragrances that are at least as good, and don't cost nearly as much.
12th February, 2011
I like the smell of rhubarb. When I see it in the grocer I would pick some up to smell. CdG's Rhubarb opens with it but turns into a woodsy vanilla and leafy version of it later on. I like the drydown but being called "rhubarb" is deceiving. Too bad it's fleeting. BUT the drydown is good and typical for CdG. It's kinda neat to that CdG decided to put this in the sherbert series.

If you like rhubarb, check out Ciel Mon Jardin by Le Prince Jardinier. That's a darn good garden variety rhubarb.
29th October, 2009
EdT.

Very disappointed in this. I had so much high hopes for this one, and it didn’t deliver at all.

I love rhubarb, especially raw. It is a special treat for me every summer.

I have to admit CdG rhubarb does actually smell like real rhubarb in the beginning. It isn’t fresh and raw rhubarb to me, but more like made into jam like rhubarb. You know; a boiled rhubarb with little bit sugar along.
But this rhubarb smell doesn’t last on me at all. After 5 or 10 minutes after application it is gone completely. Then what is left, is a scent of green grass with notable hint of creamy vanilla. That phase lasts about 5 hours and then there is nothing to smell about.

I get no tart or juicy tones out of this at all.

Weak and utterly boring. And like I said, totally disappointing.
03rd February, 2009

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