Since 1994 Comme des Garçons Parfum has created over 75 different fragrances– many of which aren’t available today. However, launching May 2017, the brand is bringing back ten Comme des Garçons iconic scents, calling it an ‘Olfactory Library’. The collection will consist of the brands’ first Cologne launched in 1996 through to Series 6 Synthetic- all packaged in identical white coated bottles with colourful scent names- a nod to their original packaging.
1996 – COMME DES GARÇONS COLOGNE
1/ EAU DE COLOGNE
Eau de Cologne was created as a light, fresh and dynamic fragrance, a “feel good energy giving” scent. The bottom note is based on the original perfume “Eau de Parfum” with added citrus fruit and flower based fragrances. The underlying Amber gives it weight and strength. Finally comes the bouquet of freesia, magnolia and rose flowers. Perfumer: Mark Buxton.
2000 – SERIES 1 LEAVES
The concept for LEAVES, the first series, was “The Seven Sensations”: Light, Sight, Touch, Air, Smell, Emotion and Memory. A range of five new Eau de Toilette embodying our constant research in the realm of olfactory sensations based on the idea of green.
Calamus is a reed plant in the marshes, green and fresh, blowing in the wind epitomized by the young bamboo leaf and the celery grains. Verdant pastures in a modern world.
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
The freshly bloomed lily, delicate, and its green leave. Perfumer: Florence Idier.
2001 – SERIES 2 RED
Comme des Garçons likes RED, the RED of the sun, the RED of fire, the RED energy of blood, the eternal serenity of the RED temple gate of the Far East.
The blending of two majestic trees, the Palisander of Brazil and the gargantuan Red Wood from Virginia, combined to create this enigmatic RED fragrance. Perfumer: Françoise Caron and Yann Vasnier.
The majestic Californian redwood tree, gigantic and unique. Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour.
2004 – SERIES 6 SYNTHETIC
Socially incorrect fragrances based on man-made places and materials of daily life. Ground breaking anti-perfumes pushing beyond the realm of traditional fragrances.
Traces of kerosene teamed with vetiver and cedarwood. Perfumer: Marie-Aude Couture.
Lime teamed with ginger and pepper. Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer.
Grilled cigarettes teamed with town gas and bergamot. Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer.
2005 – SERIES 7 SWEET
Based on the theme of sweet, the ritual of Sweet: what is sweet, who is sweet, how sweet or not sweet can sweet be.
Series 7: The Guests / A nomad, an itinerant philosopher, perpetuating tradition, offers NOMAD TEA, a sweet that is rough and exotic, edgy and almost uncooked. Perfumer: Marie-Aude Couture.
Series 7: The Guests / STICKY CAKE is the epitomy of SWEET: heady, soft and syrupy brought by the most sensual and provocative of all women. Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer.