Comme des Garçons’ Newest Aromatic Riddle

It seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new fragrance more outrageous than the last. But when it come to pushing the olfactory envelope, Comme des Garçons can’t be upstaged. After all, who else can make lettuce juice smell so damn good?

Comme’s newest offering is no different. Though the name, Eau de Parfum, yields nothing in the way of clues, the melted-lightbulb flacon suggests the kind of aromatic twist you’ve come to expect. Sure enough, upon popping open the bottle, there’s an addictive whiff of leather and a pleasant bouquet of hawthorn, lilac and musk. But it’s the top notes of adhesive tape and industrial glue that may remind you of a mailroom or grade-school art class when you spent a little too much time with the rubber cement.

To put it in a nutshell, Eau de Parfum, like the rest of Comme’s cult-status perfumes, does an excellent job of capturing unsung scents you secretly like. What’s next? Gasoline?

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