Taking the concept of luxury to an exotic extreme, Comme des Garçons has produced two new fragrances, Patchouli and Champaca, in one bottle, LUXE. They say no expense has been spared—certainly they’ve gone to the ends of the earth. The patchouli part is derived from the finest variety anywhere, which grows in Sumatra. It’s so exquisite that CdG hopes the “misunderstood fragrance will be rehabilitated and placed in its rightful position as one of the great smells of all time.” Champaca, meanwhile, is related to the magnolia. The best champaca flowers can be found in a small region of India, where the scent has been used for centuries in Hindu ceremonies and by Balinese dancers.
LUXE Comme des Garçons eaux de toilette, $155, from May 2013 at all CdG shops.