Monday, 9 July 2012

Comme des Garçons 2 Man

Launched: 2004
Gender: Masculine
Availability: In Production
Perfumer: Mark Buxton
Bottle Designer: Rei Kawakubo / Marc Atlan

Comme des Garcons 2 Man by Comme des Garcons is a Woody Chypre fragrance for men. Comme des Garcons 2 Man was launched in 2004. The nose behind this fragrance is Mark Buxton. Top notes are aldehydes, nutmeg and caraway; middle notes are iris, vetiver and saffron; base notes are leather, incense and mahogany.

An intellectual presence with a twist of humor for a man who sets his own rules. The mixing of extremely classic and unusual elements expresses a distinctive, masculine, and powerful signature. The scents personality comes though a blend of complementary and contrasting mossy and woody notes.
Top notes: aldehydes, nutmeg and caraway.
Heart notes: iris, vetiver and saffron.
Base notes: leather, incense, note dima and mahogany.

Ben Robinson - Maquette for a Memorial (Silk Forget-Me-Nots with Comme des Garçons 2 Man Eau de Toilette), 2011

what i smell is leather, incense, nutmeg and especially smoke. i also agree with other reviewers that it also vaguely smells like candlewax. There is also a very pleasant crisp note in the drydown that clears my nasal passages like cold outdoor air; it is a very agreeable sensation. it is a good casual fragrance, and regardless of how much you apply it never smells like you overapplied it. Don't be concerned with longevity or sillage: it has a soft but stubborn persistence that lasts for many hours, despite your early fears that you might not have applied enough. On the contrary, 2 man actually amplifies gradually after the drydown. I enjoy Gucci PH but i prefer this. I think the similarities between the two have been exaggerated. Gucci ph is more linear then 2 man. They don't smell similar until 2 man reach its drydown, at which point the two share a sweet note i can't identify. But Gucci ph keeps a tobacco flavor while 2 man maintains the incense and smoke. Also, 2 man has superior longevity. I get more satisfaction from it; gucci ph smells nice, but 2 man is thought provoking and evocative. It stimulates my critical mind and encourages me to deconstruct and understand it. It collects compliments of a similar nature too. "that smells good!" followed by "what is that?" followed by a brief analytical discussion, usually. I'm not kidding.

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