Comme Des Garcons 3 Review

Comme des Garcons 3 is, according to it’s advertising “an imaginary flower: the flower you want it to be, the flower in your dreams. A new rose, incandescent, electric, opalescent.” Sounds great right? I thought so too. It just surprises me that it’s not a normal floral bouquet fragrance, ala Paris.

cdg3What I smell on the opening is a strange, sweet sweaty note. The note I usually associate with sweat is Cumin, which isn’t present here according to the notes I’ve seen. It’s quite strange, but I’m pleased it doesn’t last too long. 3 smells as though it has been built on top of the spicy ‘CdG Parfum’, but with a loud enough sweet citric note that it almost blocks it out and makes it quite different.
The heart note is Cardamom with Pepper on top of a bright fuzzy Cedar and slightly balmy note. This is where the odd flower is living. It smells of flowers, but not of a particular flower. I’d like to see this imaginary flower, it seems psychedelic to me. Before it reaches the drydown, a distinctly ‘perfumey’ smell appears for a short while. It returns to the sweet flower smell, before turning into dried petals, with sweet rubber, on top of the Cedar and Gaiac.

Top: Mandarin, Magnolia Leaf, Basil, Gingko Leaf, Blackcurrant Leaf, Red Peppercorn
Middle: Angelica Root, Cardamom, Mace, Rose Oxide, Black Rose Leaf, Freesia Leaves, Jasmine Sambac, Immortelle, Grains of Paradise
Base: Cedar, Sandalwood, Gaiac, Vetiver, Patchouli, Birch Essence, Olibanum, Amber

cdghmAnother Comme des Garcons fragrance is evidently inspired by 3. The limited edition H&M which was released along with a clothing range. When first sprayed, H&M smells like “deep heat”, the stuff that you put on sports injuries, and is more tart and acidic citrus than 3, with a different rubber and gin note. The drydown is grey feeling Cedar with a tangy lemon citrus – it also brings to mind rubbery petals with pine wood. H&M is fun and if you can get a steal on it, go for it.

Top: Bergamot, Mandarin, Szwechan Pepper
Middle: Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper
Base: Cedar, Patchouli, Pine Essence, Labdanum

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