Avignon - I love incense fragrances, and to me this is the ultimate one.
Thread: Fragrances of Comme des Garcons
What is your favorite fragrance from the House of Comme des Garcons ? What do you like about this particular fragrance?
Avignon - I love incense fragrances, and to me this is the ultimate one.
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I bought it when it came out as I liked what they were doing with their clothes at the time and I used to go temple hopping in Kyoto in the 80s and bought a lot of traditional Japanese incense whenever I visted so it was a no-brainer to buy this just for the hell of it. It does evoke the place and mood for me and I think it stands up as a classic in the genre today, (as does Avignon of course, which just doesn't come with the same particular set of personal associations).
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All the ones that make up the incense line have poor logevity--Ouarzazat (sp?) being the most fleeting. They all smell good and they paved the way for Gucci PH. CdG 2 PH is a better rendition of the bonfire smoke/incense concept than Gucci's PH. Some CdG frags are overrated and some are well worth the hype. There is no bad CdG--even the least good is somehow unique.
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There is something pure and innocent about this fragrance, yet it's not lacking complexity. It's a little sunlit world all by itself, initially slightly peppery bright quality blooming into a gorgeous narcissus fragrance with a certain creamy depth to it.
It's not like any other fragrance from CdG, and in fact it's quite removed from the "house style" of synthetic eccentricity and woody incense.
Love CdG 2 Man - bright lemony aldehydes, smells masculine, but doesn't bow down to traditional masculine notes. Odeur 71 - takes an overdose of hedione and turns it into a slightly sweaty, yet clean, perfection.
Ouarzazte is a truly unique incense scent with interesting spices in it in addition to the standard woods and smoke.
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Odeur 53 and 71. Calamus doesn't get the attention it deserves anymore, so I'll mention that as well. And Rhubarb, and Kyoto, Tar and...
I still have a bottle of Parfum from when it was released. I have a kind of love/hate relationship to this one and don't think I will ever finish it...
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Lately my favoirite is Jaisalmer. It is incensey but has patchouli component in the base that keeps it dry and cool through the end. Love Avignon too but only wear it in the fall and cooler weather. I also still enjoy Soda quite a bit.
My favorite so far is Artek: Standard. It's the most outrageous plastic/woodsy fragrance I've tried. Crazy, but I couldn't stop sniffing myself.
I havent tried many such as Artek Standard, Steven jones, etc. By my favs are Hinoki and Kyoto. Honestly, I love all CDG fragrances. In my opinion, they don't make a bad one.
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No mention of CdG 2? My most favorite!
The sumi ink note if crazy unique. This I consider one of my most precious fragrances.
I also love and own CdG 2 MAN, Vettiveru, and Jaisalmer.
Killer_Vavoom said it right, "There is no bad CdG--even the least good is somehow unique."
Try as many as you can. This is one of the very few houses left that I totally respect (even if I don't like everything from them) because they are [mostly] not a sell out and are innovative and diverse. One of the things I'm thankful for after discovering Basenotes (+ MPG and Montale!).
I own and love Vettiveru, Artek/Standard, and Kyoto.
It is my favorite house also. If I was collecting fragrances, I would easily own every offering they have.
Artek/Standard is constantly battling with Montale - Red Vetyver and Bois Blonds - Atelier Cologne to be the favorite fragrance I own. It is very enigmatic, diffusive, poetic, and doesn't smell like 'men's cologne'. It is abstraction in a beautiful way and nobody does it better than Comme des Garcons.
Add me to the Avignon list , the truest incense fragrance I have ! Wonderful
Odeur 53 Strange , unusual and unique , but very wearable ! Never found anything else like it !
Luv Zagorsk - a real interesting concept of Orthodox church incense smell. Cold, somber and austere, does smell Russian in a strange way.
I love Rhubarb and Cinnamon from the Shebet Series. I get the solid parfum and apply, then spray on the edt to help the longevity. Still not great, but they smell so good!
Monocle Scent One: Hinoki
Jaisalmer Series 3 Incense
Avignon Series 3 Incense
Kyoto Series 3 Incense
Sequoia Series 2 Red
Harissa Series 2 Red
CdG 2 Man
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Comme des Garçons 3
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Dior Eau Noire
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eau de gloire parfum d'empire
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comme des garçons man 2
Too many to mention. Let's put it like this: there are only four scents in their range that I find forgettable and these are...Laurel (which is sort of a crude version of French Lover), 8.88 (hate this one), Dover Street Market (generic, kinda safe) and Wonderwood (which is just nice).
The rest of their offering ranges from very nice to fantastic.
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I tried Ouarzazate and thought it smelled quite interesting.
Hinoki followed by Vettiveru.
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Wonderwood is my new love
My favorite is cdg 2 man. Smokiness and melting candlewax. Cdg is a great house but their frags are not always very wearable. 2man is eminently wearable.
CdG is about artistic statements. In that sense, many of their offerings are very fine and extraordinary. I've tried about a dozen or so, and only 2man was something I could wear as an everyday thing. Avignon was beautiful but there just weren't enough occasions to actually wear it. Seqouia was another beautiful one; it was a little more wearable, but again I went to my bottle only occasionally. So that is why 2 man is my favorite, because I am less interested in collecting everything that smells good or interesting than I am in owning useful things I will use often. IMO.
i love CDG! i'm not in a position to buy most of them right now, but if i could i'd have:
Sequoia - this comes out smelling like a really clean spicy floral on me. i wish the woods popped a little more on my skin.
CDG 2 - what an incredibly unique smell. it's so unique that it's truly unisex. who'd of thunk ink and magnolia was so beautiful?
Wonderwood - i know this one didn't get as warm as a reception as people were hyping it up to be, but this one still really gets me. a lot of times, i think CDG stuff gets points for being unique and abstract and for putting out so many renditions of wood, but i think the execution sometimes isn't as top notch as it should be i.e. they wear too close to the skin or lasting power is lacking.
however, the first time i smelled Wonderwood, i was really surprised by its complexity. i love its dry, peppery beginning which gradually mellows out into a really nice bright, aromatic, sandalwood. it goes through 3 very distinct phases on me, while most of the other CDG offerings are very linear on my skin. yes, the middle and end of Wonderwood aren't terribly unique to the more seasoned collectors, but i love that each phase develops so gracefully - like its growing and developing with you through the different parts of the day. it just feel very rounded and full, almost too rich, which you don't normally associate with CDG.
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Luxe Patchouli : One of my all-time favorite patchoulis, in an intriguing mix with immortelle. Excellent quality, extremely powerful, but, unfortunately, also outrageously expensive.
Vettiveru: Really good citrusy vetiver scent, good for all occasions, laid-back, enjoyable - and downright cheap!
Odeur 53: My first CdG and my first niche frag - cool, strange, comfortable, mysterious, and still one of the scents I wear most often.
Avignon - fantastic smell, Ouarzazate because of spices and Wonderwood because of the concept...
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Wonderful fragrances....but favorite is *White*. Seems to be more difficult to to get than others which means off to Comme Des Garcons where the staff are just wonderful.
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I've only tried a few and was ambivalent. None I hated, but none I really liked either.
I haven't smelled all but from what I have tried....Sequoia
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Of the ones I've tried - I am yet to fine one I really like. They are just ok in my opinion. That being said I haven't smelt the incense series and I love incense.
I recently acquired Zagorsk and I think it has knocked Avignon off the top spot. A forest pine combined with two of my favourite notes, incense and vetiver. It also avoids the pine pitfall of smelling like toilet cleaner.
I really Love Odeur 53 & 71.....CdG 2 EdP and CdG 2 Man are fantastic!!! CdG White and 3 are wonderful.....KYOTO is my Favorite for sure!!!
Sequoia Series 2 Red
Solemn Purity. It's nearly austere wood. It's a chord on wood.
Avignon is second because of 1.) the lack of trigger control with the CdG bottles; it is a powerful frag and easy to over apply. 2.) It sours a bit in the heat. 3.) I fear the results of associations many folks have with frankincense -- it may seem "out of place" with the scent emanating from the wearer, it may conjure up very bad or painful memories, it may contribute to assumptions or questions about the wearer's religious beliefs (i.e. is this person Orthodox, Catholic, or a Black Magickician?)