Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
The launching of Girl was a big deal for the “mainstream world” for a few reasons:
Reason 1- The the celeb in this case had enough sense to not only align themselves with a designer, but a designer line that produces a lot of good, trendy perfumes. AND a perfume that crosses over into mainstream/designer and niche. This makes folks take this perfume “more seriously”. This also makes it something that will be sold at stores like Sephora and then smaller specialty boutiques. Oh, and because of this it’s more expensive than other celebrity scents. So, you expect to get something of better quality, right? This price alone makes it stand out in a sea of celeb scents.
Reason 2 – Next we have a celeb that was like, “We’re making this unisex but calling it ‘Girl’, the name of my album but also to f with gender-based marketing”. This broadens the audience more. So we have niche/designer and then male/female.
Reason 3 (which I guess goes more with Reason 1) – They collaborated with a cool artist, KAWS, to make a cool bottle that will stand out. Now they’ve reeled in some of the art world, not just Pharrell fans, fashion fans, perfume fans…we now have fans of pop art. Pharrell Williams said, “When I do collaborations, I do them with notable masters”.
Comme de Garçons x Pharrell Williams Girl opens as sharp and synthetic, like purple blossoms hooked up to an amplifier. It’s sweet almond-y heliotrope flowers and musky, cool lavender buds. Girl is pepper-y but it’s not like dried pepper berries. The pepper in Girl has a greenness to it. It smells the way that arugula tastes. The heart wears as this powdery, delicate almond floral with sharp. peppery greens. They dry-down of Girl is so synthetic that it’s borderline bookbinding glue with these dry, sharp woods and metallic milkiness. It’s sharp and oddly metallic. And for some reason I’m drawn to this mix of saccharine spring florals and synthetic amber-woods.
Is this the best CdG perfume? I’m going to safely say “no”. But, it’s a really good collaboration scent. It smells very much like a CdG. And this is strength and its weakness. It’s weird and synthetic which is why people like CdG but it’s also why people don’t. I also think the unisex/mainstream angle with this one may not be helpful to the scent’s possible success. Despite the candied violets, this is a spicy and woodsy scent. I can see those that buy traditionally feminine fragrances not liking this one. And those that buy traditionally masculine fragrance, they are going to find it too “femme”. You can read reviews on stores’ sites and quickly see this. It appears people really have no clue what to think of this one and you’ll see one review saying it’s “too girly” and the next saying it’s “too manly”. Personally, I find this a reason enough alone to appreciate this fragrance. It keeps me interested.
Notes listed include neroli, lavender, white pepper, iris, styrax, violet, patchouli, Australian sandalwood, vetiver and cedar. Launched in 2014. PERFUMERS – Antonie Lie and Christian Astugueville
Give GIRL a try if you like unusual woodsy scents or intentionally synthetic/modern fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like CdG Wonderwood, CREED Love in Black, Tauer Pentachord White and CdG x Stephen Jones Wisteria Hysteria. And yep, it’s unisex.
Projection and longevity are above average. This scents lasts for 14 hours on my skin.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A big synthetic mix of candied violets, spicy arugula and dry woods. I guess I could call it “creamy green” but then it’s hella woodsy too. It’s a lot of things but I can safely say it’s a CdG. More CdG than Pharrell and unlike the usual celeb fragrance. It’s probably doomed because of this.
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I included this one as one my favorite launches of 2014.