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Comme des Garcons Green

1 May

The opening of Green smells more like a mojito than any fragrance I have ever sampled. Why? Probably because it isn’t trying to. Take THAT, Demeter!!


Green has a hint of saltiness which makes it almost wander into margarita territory, but ultimately it registers as a light, true mojito scent. Projection and longevity are low, but perhaps on someone else they would be better.

The drydown is sweet mint, accompanied by a light, earthy mineral vetiver. It reminds me of the soil clinging to the roots of the mint plant right after you pull it from the ground.

The final notes smell synthetic sweet and abstract green.

I would much rather drink a mojito, but at least Green smells good, and the mint is not obscured. Light, casual, summery mint.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme

2 Mar

L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent is a warm, light, slightly fruity and spicy fragrance. It has a uniform color and temperature, instead of showing off each of its individual notes. It is slightly reminiscent of Om from the Gap.

L’Homme plays nice. It’s spice without leather, tobacco, booze or smoke. It’s clean and contemporary. After the first fifteen minutes, I detect a powdery warmth, like a slightly fruity musk. Projection and longevity are low, which I actually don’t mind in this instance.

L’Homme is walking along a manicured tree-lined path on the campus of a prestigious University. It’s humid but it’s not going to rain. It’s old growth trees without being anywhere near a forest. It’s early Spring in the South. L’Homme is the embodiment of gentle, soft-spoken masculinity. It’s a corduroy jacket and arms full of books.

It is inviting in a casual way, which could turn more sensual at any moment, but doesn’t push the wearer in either direction. It isn’t pushy. It accepts you as you are. Maybe along with the books, L’Homme is also holding an apple.
I’d bite it.

L Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau de L’Artisan

28 Feb

The verbena/herbal elements in L’Eau de L’Artisan remind me of visiting an empty band shell in Central Park when everything is shrouded in mist. I don’t get the uplifting feeling from it that so many seem to experience. However, that doesn’t mean I dislike it.

L’Eau de L’Artisan smells like lemon basil melancholy. The opening is quite bright and fresh, but the basil hangs down in the background creating a kind of musty shade that doesn’t really compliment the herbal citrus bouquet.

I noted a similar composition in Eau d’Orange Verte by Hermes, only the mega blast of sour orange in Hermes’s top notes wins me over, while L’Eau de L’Artisan remains comparatively dull in the Spring green-yellow-pale green Crayola spectrum. It projects decently, and its longevity is average for a light citrus aromatic fragrance.

L’Eau de L’Artisan reminds me of Summer-specific ennui. It’s sitting on a wire chair under the green striped awning on my grandma’s brick and cement porch in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, staring at the empty school yard across the street, and trying to figure out what to do with myself.

Ride a bike? Nah… Watch T.V.? Nah… Keep looking at ants following their invisible pheromone trail across the bricks? Why not.

Hermes Eau D`Orange Verte

21 Feb

This fragrance smells uncannily similar to L’eau de L’Artisan by L’Artisan, only with the addition of orange and lime sour fruit and peel top notes. Under that initial blast of fresh citrus fruits, there is an almost musty, herbal base of something reminiscent of dried, though still very green basil and grass. I happened to have the bottle of L’Artisan close by, and when I applied D’Orange Vert, and allowed the top notes to settle on my skin so that the heart and base began to take on more dimension, I couldn’t help but notice L’Artisan’s green herbal body peering out. I applied it on my other wrist just to be sure and the similarities blew me away.

Personally, I would choose L’Artisan over the Hermes in this instance, because the longevity on D’Orange Verte is very poor, even more so than L’Artisan’s generally short-lasting fragrances. If you are in love with all things sour orange however, D’Orange Verte is certainly that even with the basil lurking in the background.

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