COMME des GARÇONS
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An unusually modern construction of a classic woody fragrance. Men and women can both wear it. The printed packaging is inside out and the bottle shows the DSM logo sideways.
After Monocle, Stephen Jones and Daphne Guinness, Comme des Garçons partners up with the cult Finnish design company Artek, founded by Alvar Aalto, to launch a fragrance with a distinctly Boreal flavor. Comme des Garçons’ trademark “anti-perfume” notes – in this case, a hint of metallic tang bolstering the lemon-ginger opening – blended with two seldom-used materials gathered in the Great North: Finnish Labrador Tea (also known as Indian Tea), extracted from a fir-smelling evergreen shrub, and twinflower, an almond-tinged blossom from the honeysuckle family. The overall effect, however, is unmistakably Comme des Garçons: a medicinal-woody scent, vibrant with the combustible, pencil-shaving fumes of cedar and a cold, almost incense-like effect. Highly diffusive, totally distinctive and as elegantly pared-down as Alvar Aalto’s iconic Mid-century Modern designs. You can’t get edgier than that.
Main notes: Fennel, Ginger, Lemon, Saffron, Cedar wood, Musk