Let me preface this review by saying I live in the temperate climes of Victoria Australia. It gets dry (and down to zero Celsius sometimes) and humid (in the 30's) and then UBER dry over 40 degree Celsius at times in the summer.And I am describing CDG2... NOT CDG 2 Man or any other variant here!!! (more on 2 Man another time)! This scent is unbelievable in all conditions here. You can wear this morning noon and night at work or play. The fragrance is indescribable to me... In the BEST way. Projection is great. Longevity likewise. (When a woman sprays it twice a week on pillow slips ... you know it works well)! It is definitely masculine, but the scent is loved by women in their 20s 30s and 40s and beyond! It is one of a number of higher end EDT I prefer to use, and I am into my 3rd bottle...
Comme Des Garçons 2 by Comme des Garçons, 1999
Rated #520 in Fragrances
Its very fresh, but not as citrus fragrance, opens up wit tea-mandarin mix that is airy , light, and reminds me of morning sunshine , its floral in a way, and then i thought of iso E super, it has that type of structure, airy, light, woody, fresh, i like that citrus hint that reminds me of geranium, then a little bit of nutmeg,gives touch of sweetness, and something reminds you of incense note but modernised version, What struck me the most is that it reminds me of a cathedral built of spider net ,its hardly noticeable yet the complexity is there, This is one delicate beauty, for hot summer days:-)
This interesting transparent renowned fragrance is a sort of subtle mix of the most interesting facets exuded by some known fragrances around some of which are for instance Black Angel Buxton, Black Aoud Montale, Declaration Cartier, Magnolia Nobile Acqua di Parma, some Costume National (Scent and Pour Homme) and Battistoni Marte Arte. The aromatic/floral/dusty refinement owns texture and lasting power for me. I detect the aldehydes for sure side by side with some inebrious spices (cumin, saffron may be). The beginning is aromatic/haldehydic and slightly herbal with its combination of juniper berries, angelica , aldehydes, orangy juice, bkackcurrant and cumin. The opening is bright, crisp/botanic, citrusy, a bit rooty and with a sort of metallic edge, the latter soon partially fading in the way to the middle transition towards a barely floral heart exuding a sort of violet/muguet/ neroli (almost peachy) kind of vibe (probably aroused by the combination of magnolia and other elements). The more the development procedes towards the end the more the smell projects out several feminine facets and i detect a sort of rose/jasmine orangy feel over a labdanum/patchouli, vetiver structure and a slightly powdery amber/cedarwood base with musky accents. Some incense is inserted somewhere in the blend on the side of resinous elements but i detect it more in the course of the run than after the crossed bourne. A respectful fragrance for the lovers of the genre which starts decidedly masculine and finally winks to the womanly side.
Comme des Garçons 2 is a crisp, translucent floral from when Mark Buxton was breaking new ground in the late 90s. It smells better from a distance, less jarringly synthetic, and enjoyable in a metallic-sheen, spicy rose, sorta way. That there is a Comme des Garçons 2 Man implies that the guys on the oil rig would probably give you funny looks if you wore this one to work. I tend to agree. The supine, pebble-like, chrome finish bottle is witty and ingenious.
I don't get it....soft aldehydic floral with some soft fruit thrown in. Nothing more. I get no ink note. Poor longevity and sillage. I'll go neutral because of all the glowing reviews and stick with Wonderwood.
CdG 2 has been called abstract. Its been called a transparent rose, but the read I get, as others have mentioned, is the ink. Combining what seems like aldehydes, and mandarin or orange with something floral that I cant get my nose around creates a shadowy smell that resembles ink. I associate the smell of ink with a blunt sweetness. That same feel is the first smell of dDG 2. The start is expansive, likely an aldehydic effect, but the heart hangs quite a bit closer to the skin and feels actually a bit richer. A muffled herbal quality, almost like juniper, makes the scent feel cool, a facet of CDG 2 that I love. We talk about fragrances getting warmer or becoming skin scents. CdG2 refuses to succumb to the warmth. Its not that it wears you, but it feels like an exotic substance that you carry out to the world on your wrists. The incense, woods and some dry amber remind me in feel, but not in scent, of Andy Tauers lAir du Désert Marocain. Both emphasize an amber, that doesnt go the classic oriental route of warm, creaminess. CdG 2s drydown has a clipped, slightly tarry incense quality and feels like smoke through cool air and iced black tea. As a perfume note, ink could be marketed as masculine or feminine and CDG 2 Woman and CDG 2 Man, by conventional fragrance standards each read as fully unisex. Do you suppose they flipped a coin to decide which to call Woman and which Man?
There's a bitter citrus peel smell that seems to be fairly dominant in the accord, and it reminds me of Terre d'Hermes, but in TdH the accord smells more like pickle scratch-n-sniff. I also smell a potent waxiness which I suppose is the aldehydes, but I'm not really sure. Other than that, this is damn near impossible to describe, which I suppose is why people are throwing around the word "ink." Perhaps this is due to CdG2 being more synthetic, or perhaps the intent was for the smell to be a little more "like nothing before," or perhaps a bit of both. Although unique, my overall impression is just one of "meh."
This is very easy for me as CDG2 has been my signature fragrance for more than 5 years back in 1999. It was a groundbreaking release and a landmark in the Comme Des Garcons collection. I won't describe this perfume in the usual way as I think, wether you'll like it or not, it deserves a try if you want to completely understand CDG's path. In this fragrance Mark Buxton reached the perfection he was looking for in both CDG Original and White adding an extra touch to the maison's already distinctive hallmarks (translucency and minimalistic-incense). Everything is perfect and the classic "rough-caress" feeling of almost every CDG perfume is pushed to the limit. Absolutely distinctive, unique, unusual but at the same time very versatile and not aggressive. It's just up to you where and when, and it will surely follow. A complex-minimalistic masterpiece and another all time favourite. One more thing: If you approach CDG2 today for the first time it may not result so unconventional and groundbreaking, but try to put it in its context as in 1999 things were much different.
First of all, I think there may be some confusion here and some Basenoters have been reviewing the much woodier and more masculine Comme Des Garcons 2 Man, rather than this one - which is a light floral/slightly fruity aldehyde scent with hardly any woody character. Easier to confuse the names (they're very similar) but not the fragrance - which is quite different. Anyway, I smell a highly synthetic mix of Diet NutraSweet® lemonade with muted tangerine and grapefruit aldehyde florals and a vague, suggestive whiff of hot plastic that subsides after an hour or so. It's almost identical to CDG 8 88 in the same series. I can't smell any 'ink' or anything heavy - in fact it' a very lightweight scent. I don't like it... and certainly don't find it as complex as some of the reviews here suggest.
This is my favorite from the CdG line. Unique and beautiful fragrance that can be worn year-round.
Comme Des Garçons 2 by Comme des Garçons, 1999
|By||Comme des Garçons|
|Bottle Designer||Rei Kawakubo / Marc Atlan|
|Notes||Ink, Incense, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Angelica Root, Vetiver, Magnolia, Amber, Labdanum, New Aldehydes, Cumin, Cade Oil, Absolute Maté, Abslolute Folia.|
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