Saturday, 16 April 2011

The first of my new samples

April continues to surprise me this year. I don't know what has happened to the concept of April showers but so far my part of the UK continues in an unseasonably warm and sunny fashion. I'm already turning brown, such is the extent to which I have spent time outside with my daughters, playing down in the park and just generally being out and about. Bliss! Long may it last.

My sample order from Luckyscent arrived this week, much to my joy! I don't intend this to be an extensive write-up but today I sampled Comme des Garcons Original and Keiko Mecheri's Les Zazous. 

It may surprise you, or not, but I have never tried the original Comme des Garcons. If I'm correct, this was released as far back as 1994, which lets face it, is quite a long time ago now. What does surprise me is that I have never smelled another perfume quite like it, which is saying quite a lot in such a saturated fragrance market. The opening is quite heavy on the cloves, then the fragrances morphs into a woody and smoky heart, drying down to a slightly greener, but dry finish. I know that these words in themselves do not make it sound original, but believe me, the combination is very original. I wouldn't call it a friendly fragrance. There is something slightly offbeat and a bit odd about it. If I were to put it in musical terms, it would be like taking a standard major or minor chord and flattening or blurring it so it becomes a blues or jazz note. I really like it, and as I said, I am very impressed that I have never smelled anything else quite like it. I'd prefer to pay kudos to Comme des Garcons and say that this must be down to their innovativeness rather then the inability of others to ape what's come before.

Les Zazous impressed me rather less I am afraid. Not that it is a poor perfume, but to me it smells very similar to Bulgari Black, with a vanilla and smoke combination. It also feels a little like Shalimar in places and even a nod to Caron Pour Un Homme, at least in my opinion. I didn't mind it, but I was rather hoping for something a little more original, if possible. Don't let that put you off trying it. It might wear rather differently on your skin.

Have a good weekend everyone.


  1. love that you used music in your description! Often time, I think of painting in regard to perfumes.

    Lucky you - we here have been chilly and rainy and actually had HAIL today. I cannot wait until it warms up - hoping to get the ducks outside ASAP.

  2. Thanks Frida. It's interesting trying to use another art form in an attempt to explain another, isn't it?

    Hope you get better weather soon.

  3. Michael, I didn't try the original CdG either but from your description it sounds like something I might like. :)



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