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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Since I've only tested it once, my impression was that it was at typical CdG levels of longevity. Owning Hinoki, the opening felt really clean and safe for me, and in fact that is my favourite part of the development. Luckily it seems to hang around for an hour or two on me. I don't dislike the next stage, but it doesn't wow me as much as the early stages, but I love those coniferous smells.

    The iris is very noticeable for me, but by coincidence I seem to be sampling through a number of scents featuring iris, and because it isn't a note I'd had much experience with (except for a small sample of Iris SIlver Mist), my nose seems to have tuned into it recently and I'm surprised how often I smell it.

    Better than Hinoki? Despite having similarities I couldn't say which is better, or even which one I prefer. Sugi is definitely an easier wear, but I now need to get a bottle and really give it a serious test drive.

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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Here's my take. Be warned, there are carrots.

    A highly unique and original scent that doesn’t rely on an overly extravagant composition or any gimmickry—it fact, the ugly-ass bottle even undermines the possibility of smoke and mirrors, leaving the fragrance itself to do all of the talking.

    Out of the gate, it smells crisp, refreshing, and more than a little like a carrot juice smoothie. This comes from the combination of peppery notes merged with the slightly bitter facets of cypress. It’s sharp and spicy, but keeps from becoming an overly culinary affair—it stays very natural and plant-like. I don’t get much iris personally, and I’d assume that it’s there for structure and smoothing of the more jagged notes—of which there are a few. Last, it drifts into a fairly sharp vetiver scent—not unlike Encre Noire, but not quite as dark or gritty. And that’s about all it does.

    But it does this very well indeed, and stands out from other coniferous scents through nuance. Whereas with other CdG scents in which you often get a playful side-by-side merging of something industrial against something natural, the impression here is less of a merger and more of a study—as if a natural object were placed onto a disinfected surface, fluorescent lights serving to amplify the natural facets even more. The sense of something artificial is present, but is never insincere.

    This challenges genre expectations; it’s a scent that’s “safe” and “accessible” for a wide reception, yet it’s interesting enough for a more discriminating nose to enjoy as well. In that sense, it’s a success.
    Carrot juice smoothie. I'm wondering if they used carrot seeds (among other things) to achieve the orris accord. To me it doesn't smell like carrots but I can totally see that in the context of some orris-related facets and the bizarre synergies between ingredients I mentioned in my reviews.

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    The kiss of wallet death.
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    As a further side note, I was thinkin about how puzzling is that Sugi smells pretty different to everyone. I think this says quite A LOT on how novel it is.


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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    I bought a bottle in LA a couple weeks ago when I was @ Scent Bar.

    Best Comme des Garcons I've smelled in quite a while. Intense green, but presented in a different & unique way. I don't really see this as a winter scent, so I'm waiting to use mine in Spring/Summer.
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    A sample is on the way!
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I bought a bottle in LA a couple weeks ago when I was @ Scent Bar.

    Best Comme des Garcons I've smelled in quite a while. Intense green, but presented in a different & unique way. I don't really see this as a winter scent, so I'm waiting to use mine in Spring/Summer.
    Glad you liked it Mike!


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    Guys, you are about to tempt me to blind purchase this. It was Mike who turned me on to Hinoki, which is a love for me. Sugi will no doubt please!
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Does anyone else smell ginger or something like ginger in this? It's not a listed not but I remember the SA at Scent Bar mentioning it and now when I smell it, my mind instantly thinks 'ginger!'
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Does anyone else smell ginger or something like ginger in this? It's not a listed not but I remember the SA at Scent Bar mentioning it and now when I smell it, my mind instantly thinks 'ginger!'
    I actually get more of a fizzy citrusy thing that reminds me of either pomelo or grapefruit.


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    Okay, I have this on my skin. It didn't take long for me to draw some sort of connection. This has a very similar vibe to Molecule 01. I know, there isn't any Iso E Super in Sugi. However, the aroma so distinctively similar. Anyone else get this? I will say that Sugi is less sweet between the two and even though I'd feel like I had two similar scents, I feel that Sugi is superior and worth the order. Having said this, I don't detect individual notes as standouts. The pine is so far underneath that it only lends a bracing facet to the composition. The pine is blended well with the cyprus and vetiver. This and Hinoki is no doubt (along with Kyoto), the best in the house, IMO.

    Now that the critique is out of the way, what a gem is really is. This is so far unique and ahead of other woody compositions that I can think of. Like Hinoki, it feels so natural and ethereal; too perfect for this world. In essence, it is Heavenly!

    I do not get ginger out of this but I can see where someone might draw that conclusion.
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Molecule 01? Too perfect for this world? Heavenly? The best in the house? Wow, can't wait for the sample on its way.

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    Wow, my opinion has changed in one day. I still feel positive about it, but for what this is, I prefer M01. As far as within the house, I still prefer Hinoki over this. Sugi is becoming annoying to me. Its a bit too sweet at times. More testing for me is needed.
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Yeah it's definitely not as stridently woody as M01, that's for sure.

    The sweetness that you mention surprises me, I don't really smell 'sweet' in Sugi.
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    I don't get sweet either. Mainly carrots

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Any idea where one could get a sample of Sugi? LuckyScent does not have any...


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    Are they out of stock? I tried it at Scent Bar, but I know they did blow through their stock quite fast when it first came out.

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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Any idea where one could get a sample of Sugi? LuckyScent does not have any...


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    They show it in stock with samples available. You may want to check again.

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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    So funny... I checked early AM and they had bottles but no samples. Just checked now and samples are back. Awesome. Gonna order a bunch of samples today, Sugi was on my list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    They show it in stock with samples available. You may want to check again.

    Sugi
    Good.

    I'm going to behave on this one. Sample first. Then BUY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    I'm going to behave on this one. Sample first. Then BUY.
    Well if you put it that way, it sounds like you are going to BUY anyway... so why sample at all?

    Just kidding. I have some 16 things on my sample list. If it was just one or two bottles I'd blind buy them, but don't want to blind buy 16 full size bottles. ;-)

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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Well if you put it that way, it sounds like you are going to BUY anyway... so why sample at all?

    Just kidding. I have some 16 things on my sample list. If it was just one or two bottles I'd blind buy them, but don't want to blind buy 16 full size bottles. ;-)
    LOL. Yeah, I'm actually going to sample a bunch of CdGs that I've failed to sniff - there is always the possibility that one of them may beat out Sugi. But Hinoki was a very good buy for me, and Laurel came within inches of getting bought, so I figure this one is going to end up in my wardrobe at some point! Wife is probably going to like Sugi, too. But I'll be good and do things right. This time.
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    Default Re: Comme Des Garcons Monocle Scent 03 - Sugi: A GEM!

    I'm trying to be more like you, Redneck... ;-) In the sense of not just blindly buying everything new and shiny. LOL. I have couple CdG bottles, blind bought a long time ago (2MAN and Wonderwood) and love both, but somehow I, too, failed to try the rest of their releases. Time to squash that and try more of their creations. 14 of the 16 samples I'm ordering are CdG...

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    14 of the 16 samples I'm ordering are CdG...
    Good man! You're going to be discussing fragrance with alfarom until summer gets here!

    Seriously, it will be great to hear your impressions. I got all 3 of the "Blue Invasion" series - hope those made it into your 14 CdG!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I don't get sweet either. Mainly carrots
    Yes, love that part. Carrot-y iris notes are my favorite kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Good man! You're going to be discussing fragrance with alfarom until summer gets here!
    Summer, winter, seasons don't mean much where I live. It's been 84 degrees here today. Haven't stopper wearing shorts and t-shirts yet. Summers are a little warmer... 115-125 on an average day. But yes, I know, alfarom looooooves CdG so I'm sure we'll exchange some notes on my findings. ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Seriously, it will be great to hear your impressions. I got all 3 of the "Blue Invasion" series - hope those made it into your 14 CdG!!!
    Oh yes, absolutely! They all sound right up my alley, it's just a matter of figuring out whether they are all FBW... or just one. It was alfarom who steered me towards Christian Lacroix Tumulte pour Homme and I have to say I love this fragrance (discontinued, have managed to pick up two bottles on eBay), so I'm looking forward to something along the same lines in the Blue Invasion series. I also added Sequoia, Hinoki, Black, the entire incense series, and couple oddball ones they make.

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    I have a sample vial but have not tested it yet..just did a quick sniff test when my package came but I had so much olfactory fatigue from smellin]g over 30 scents from luckyscent and perfumed court that I cant remember with ay confidence what it was like.
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    I still have not sampled this or the (Blue) series..
    Too much new stuff-this is overwhelming
    I tried the entire blue line

    the only one I liked was the sandalwood fragrance(santal I think)...it was a clean bright sandalwood

    the incence fragrance was so so and the cedar fragrance was generic
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    Quote Originally Posted by lanky View Post
    the cedar fragrance was generic
    Cedrat (citron), not cedar.

    I was disappointed by the Blue series. Incense didn't work for me and the sandalwood was a scrubber
    The cedrat, for me, was OK and I enjoyed some aspects, but I agree that it falls on the generic/sport spectrum and the elements I enjoyed I'd much rather get from other scents so it wasn't FBW or even decant worthy.
    Hopefully others enjoy them more than I did.

    Sugi is a must buy for me, although I limit my scent budget and I've just fallen in love with AMouage Epic Man and it is making a strong case for using the money I'd appointed for use for Sugi. A sugi purchase may come as the weather warms up a bit.
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    I will sample this again today and try to figure why I felt it was sweet. At one point, bubble gum came to mind. I will admit to my sinuses being jacked up at the moment. The weather here keeps going from cold, to hot, to cold, to hot, and now back to cold lol. Definitely a stellar fragrance and I'll probably own it at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lanky View Post
    I tried the entire blue line

    the only one I liked was the sandalwood fragrance(santal I think)...it was a clean bright sandalwood

    the incence fragrance was so so and the cedar fragrance was generic
    I thought one was passable, and I think I was swayed into forgiveness by my general love of CdG, but I found these to be total duds. When aligned to similar scents, they stand out, but by CdG's standards, they offered nothing of interest for me. Sugi, on the other hand, is carrot-y goodness and totally unique.

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