Show all reviews
What I like about this scent is that it bridges a number of divides with a relatively short reach. It's mainstream yet imaginative, commercial yet compelling, avant-garde yet wearable—categories which, for better or for worse, tend to be mutually exclusive in modern perfumery. Furthermore, it’s perfectly unisex in its harmonizing of florals with woody notes. Most of all, it’s an easy and fun scent to wear without making too strong of a statement.
The opening is an affable merger of milky violets, green notes, and a nutty cedar that, together, smell similar to the white chocolate truffle accord in CB I Hate Perfume’s 2nd Cumming. It’s sweet but subdued—a nougat-filled candy bar with a crushed almond-like texture to it. While the sweetness is mellower than the recent crop of men’s designer scents, it’s more playful and far less serious than most of them. The hallmarks of mainstream are present, though: a lightly powdery iris and a balmy woody base, but neither are pushed to into the sort of out-of-focus blob territory that so many mainstream designer scents resort to. In fact, it’s almost as if the scent is monkeying with mall-scent cliches in a knowingly ironic way. The green facets seem to be vetiver-driven, and there’s a light spice note to add a layer of textured sheen. This opening feels like it wants to head in a more avant-garde direction, but it plays it safe for the most part.
As it dries down, the wood is revealed as a creamy cedar, and some of the sweeter facets drop away to expose an iris/violet combination with prominent lactonic support alongside a slight musky base. Picture a block of pale cedar soaked through with a lavender-colored dye and you’ll get the picture. The end result is a milky iris/violet-infused and sweetened woody thing; it’s a bit like the olfactory equivalent of drinking a purple milkshake.
I really had no idea what to expect with this. I really don’t know much about Pharrell or KAWS, and both CdG and Antoine Lie’s recent releases have left me bored. But this is a smart, cheery pop scent that’s easy to wear, demands little contemplation, and isn’t domineering in the slightest. Although it’s quite removed from CdG’s chilly industrial urbanisms, Girl is undeniably modern in that it weaves creative accords into a relatively accessible blend for both widespread as well as selective appeal. While it featured a unique series of notes, it sits somewhere in the ballpark of 2nd Cumming and Philosykos (but not as figgy)—both in terms of general aesthetics as well as performance. So, a green, clean, milky sheen of a fragrance that might not be CdG’s best work, but it’s certainly one of the better mainstream celebuscents available right now. Totally pop, but totally fun at the same time.
10th September, 2014