The Our Lady of Victory Basilica in my hometown of Buffalo, New York has a very specific smell. The place itself is somewhat intoxicating: a world of gaudy white marble, worn copper, and cavernous alcoves, draped and drenched in traditional Roman Catholic imagery. It somehow made going to Church a little less excruciating as a kid. But I can conjure up the smell of the place in an instant. And 2Man is a near perfect replica...
Incense. Warm, sticky olibanum, both the smoke and the resin (not phony stick incense, either), heavily spiced with dry nutmeg and allspice berries, toasting cinnamon and cumin seeds.
Candles. Burning, in their brass holders, and recently extinguished (Turin hit that on the head, indeed), and hell, throw the snuffers into the mix too. Dried citrus peel at this point.
Wood. Old and dry, waxed and shiny. Slightly singed, crackling. Cedarwood, certainly pinewood. Pine resin at times.
On my skin, 2Man is dusty, time-worn, and resinous. The olfactory equivalent of the sound of stepping on crunchy, dry pine twigs on stone. I find it intoxicating, dark but not uninviting, and perfect for wintertime.
An autumn evening in the Adirondacks. You are tired from the day's hike and decide to pitch your tent near a lake. You start a bonfire and cook your beans and sausage. A glass of wine (or maybe 2) with dinner and you are ready to sleep. You lay under a million stars and the smoke from smoldering fire lulls you to sleep.
If that sounds like fun but too much work just wear CdG 2 Man. Effect is very similar.
This fresh incense doesn't quite work for me. The overall smell of the Comme des Garcons fragrances I've tried is less natural than I was hoping for.
Opening is like a firecracker going off. A puff of coumin and smoke, then gone. Next is sweet incense and leather. After 1/2 hr. the Vetiver and saffron come out to stay. Projection is OK, longevity also ok, Not full-bottle worthy to me, but 5-10 mls sample is good to have around.
What fun to have a perfume that flirts with several ‘masculine’ clichés and yet creates something so full of life and so deeply satisfying. From the curls of vetiver and incense smoke that mark the opening to the lovely sweet herbals-infused wood accents coming up behind, to delicate sprinkles of nutmeg, this is declaring ‘man stuff’. But wait, there is aldehydic (and – dare I say the dreaded word – almost aquatic) lift, old makeup accents of iris and violet and goodness knows what else creating an incredibly addictive mesh.
It’s a joy to wear – rich (but not overly so), accessible, warm and complex, a honey of a scent. I rushed out and bought it. Shame the projection is somewhat quiet. Into every perfumed life some rain must fall…