Comme Des Garcons – Blue Encens

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I really love perfumes and even better I love getting free perfumes to test. I get these through freebie sites, beauty sites and by being a bit cheeky in Department stores and asking for them. My sample drawer never has less than around thirty vials and sachets in there. Once I have tested them and written reviews they go into a special bag and these are the ones that I take on holiday as I can throw them away after using them and have different smells to enjoy on holiday.

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I have tried a number of Comme des Garcons EDP scents over the years and despite the fact they are aimed at males rather than females I find them quite unisex in their appeal. They are definitely not ones to avoid for the ladies if you like slightly woodier and spicier fragrances.
I was very surprised to discover that, despite its name Comme des Garcons, this is actually a is a Japanese fashion label based in Tokyo and also in the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris. I would never have guessed that from the name.

Originally a fashion house Comme des Garcons only released its first fragrance, Comme des Garçons, in 1994.
All their scents are unusual and different using ingredients and scents often not used in other perfumes.

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Like their scents Comme des Garcons package their products in unusual ways. This comes in a flacon which is blue starting dark at the top and fading to very pale at the base. The outer box is the same colour and the name is in black and the effect is quite minimalist. The bottle I described as a flacon and looks a bit like a mini hip flask.

The packaging is very much a unisex look and not specifically male or female at all.

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“A bold fusion of mystical incense and crushed Artemisia contrasted with blazing
frozen spices. “
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“A clash of luxurious warmth and searing coolness. Fresh, non-fresh. Cool yet warm. Blue takes over to reveal the contradictory coolness of three emblematic warm notes: incense, cedarwood, sandalwood. The result is a cool blue invasion, an unexpected blend of wood, spice and incense artfully combined to reveal refreshingly warm layers.”

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Unusually for a perfume this doesn’t have top,middle and base notes. I know many Middle Eastern perfumes work this way and stay true to the original scent throughout so was interested to see if this was the same.
The notes in this according to the company are : aromatic artemisia, frozen spices (Indian cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon), mystical incense, mineral crystal amber.
I have no idea what frozen spices do as opposed to fresh or dried but this is how they are described on the company website.
The scent was launched as part of the ‘Blue’ range in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Evelyne Boulanger.

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Comme des Garcons launched three different ‘Blue’ perfumes in 2013, this one, Blue Sental and Blue Cedrat. I have tried them all and may well review them at some stage in the future.

These ‘Blue’ perfumes were created “to accentuate radical contradiction providing a mixture of luxurious warmth and sea freshness. Olfactory evocation of the fascinating paradox presents the blue color as timeless and very intense in three different ways.”

I will say that this is not my favourite of Comme des garcons’ perfumes . It is quite an strong aroma and it is pretty intense from the start throughout the time I am wearing it. It is strongly incense and it must be the crushed artemisia that I can smell so much. The black pepper is also there which I like but the cardamom, cinnamon and amber are very much in the back ground. It is kind of like very, very strong coriander – that slightly bitter , squashed insect aroma. It does settle a little after around quarter of hour and then the othe notes are allowed to come through more.

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This is very much a spicy,herbal scent and there is not much sweet creaminess at all which personally I think it would benefit from as it is bitter and quite sharp I think.

It is once again marketed as a unisex perfume but that would depend on your tastes however I think this is one to appeal more to males than females. It is clean and strong but a bit t sharp and bitter for me.

Interestingly despite the fact it is really intense when first applied the sillage and longevity of this is very average. I don’t fill the room with the scent when I have worn it and it lasts around three to four hours on my skin fading quickly after the first hour or so. It lasts much longer on any clothes that have coe into contact when I spray it on my pulse points.

Comme des garcon use incense and spicy notes as the base for most of their scents and they don’t go for the sweet, vanilla aroma at all but personally I prefer their woodier scents to the ‘fresher’ ones in the ‘Blue ‘ range.

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Ths is only available in one size and only as an eau de parfum in 100ml bottle. It is far from a cheap option and prices do vary considerably. As it is quite an unusual aroma I would strongly suggest you buy a sample or try and get hold of one before buying a full sized version.

You can buy this on line from Comme des garcon itself for £80 or Escentual for £70.55, from FragranceX.com for £93.77. I have seen this for as little as £50 on line so do check before buying. We have small classy little shop in Derby that has their range but otherwise you are looking at Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichs and larger department stores such as House of Fraser and maybe even some Debenhams to buy Comme des garcon products.cinnamon

You can also try Ebay for both full sized and samples. I do buy samples through Ebay in bulk lots and they give me a good range to try but it is always a risk buying on ebay.

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Personally I wouldn’t pay for a full sized one of this scent as there are ones I much prefer in Comme des garcon’s range as well as other perfume houses. I am glad I got a few samples so I could try it out but it is not one I will be rushing to buy again. I think it is always worth trying any scents even if others have reviewed them negatively as scent is a very personal thing and what one person loves another may find really isn’t their taste at all. This is not horrible at all and I am happy to wear it but I just doesn’t really draw me to it and make me want to choose this over the rest of my collection.

Lulu ‘Time’ Eau de Toilettte

I am very keen about sending off for my freebies and samples and am forever filling in forms to get them. It is so exciting when I get them in the mail and I do get to try so many things that I otherwise would never have heard of or tried so it does the job for the company too as often I am then tempted to go out and buy the full sized product after trying it.

MY SAMPLE
This came in a very pale cardboard cover hiding a small 2ml phial with a stopper, no spray which makes it tricky to get out. The stopper is small and fiddly and I have not got strong fingers so have to be careful I don’t spill the contents pulling it out. Quite a generous sample though at 2ml.

THE BOTTLE
The real bottle is very simple rounded clear bottle with a hint of pink around the bottom of the bottle and a pink transparent round like a ball plastic lid over the spray top. It isn’t that exciting or interesting, nor is it sophisticatedly simple either. In my view it is rather lacking in imagination but still you don’t really buy perfume for the bottle so let’s move on. Suffice to say you won’t be seeing people on ebay selling this as a novelty empty bottle.

ABOUT LULU
I think most people have heard of Lulu as her singing career has spanned a good for years. Lulu is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in entertainment from the 1960s through to the present day. My very favourite song of hers was from the film, ‘To Sir with Love’ as I remember watching the film as a youngster. Lulu looks a amazing for her age, I wish I knew her secret as she looks as young now as she did in the 70s. She has had an interesting career and In 1966 she toured Poland with The Hollies, and was the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. She was married for some time to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and she did sing in a Eurovision Song Contest and won many moons ago.

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AND HER PERFUME

“Time eau de toilette is an evocative scent designed by and for Lulu. It’s a fragrance that evokes feelings of happiness and warmth. It’s a little sexy yet a bit shy. Never too sweet, fruity or heavy Time eau de toilette combines smells reminiscent of the 60s”

Lulu was aiming for a scent that captured her ‘Time’ in a bottle and this is what this scent attempts to do.

THE NOTES
Top Notes: Bergamot, lemon
Middle Notes: jasmine, pink pepper
Base Notes: Patchouli, musk
On initial application the hit was pretty intense and rather synthetic to be honest and I thought that it wasn’t going to be for me at all. After a few minutes it did calm down a little and the spicy citrus scent of bergamot and lemon was evident rather than the powerful synthetic hit.

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Some ten minutes or so later the scent began to take on my skin and the peppery notes blended with the citrus ones to offer a light spicy quite manly sort of aftershave smell which I did quite like.
About an hour later when I sniffed again it was still quite a masculine sort of smell sort of light spicy with the woodier patchouli musky notes working their way in.

I was not able to smell or detect the jasmine in this and jasmine is quite a heady floral smell so the spicier notes do dominate.

Although this is quite a masculine sort of scent it is also quite evocative of the late sixties and the incense burning and sniffing the perfumes in Biba shops. I found it quite a light spicy aroma not heavy and oriental spicy. According to the perfume description on Amazon this creates a “feeling of sun-kissed sexiness and freedom one enjoys on holiday.”

This perfume is said to have scents that remind Lulu of different times in her life from patchouli and musk from the sixties to the lighter more modern notes of pink pepper and bergamot and fresh lemon hence the name of the perfume “TIME”.

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OTHER ‘TIME’ PRODUCTS
Lulu has put her name to a number of other ‘Time’ products but not all are scents. Within this range you can buy a fragrant body cream for £20.93, Lulu’s Time Bomb Glory Days Day Cream for £25.00, Lulu’s Time Bomb Flashback Anti-Ageing Night Cream for £30.00, Lulu’s Time Bomb Youth Juice Secret Oil for £31.00, Lulu’s Bombshell Body Hand To Hand Combat Hand Cream for £14.50 and quite a few more creams and lotions. I have one of the creams in my ‘to be used’ box but as yet I have not used it as I have had so many trial products from beautyontrial and they have all been moisturizers. This perfume sells for £30.18 on Amazon for a 50 ml bottle so not a bad price of you like it.

SUMMARY
I do quite like this one as it is a freshly spicy aroma and it blends with my skin nicely to give a lovely woody sort of scent which lasts well on me. It has good sillage too as people have commented on my scent while wearing this. It stayed on my sleeves for even longer as I could smell it quite strongly the next day. I would be tempted to buy a full bottle of this if the price was right and I had a few spare Amazon vouchers.