Comme 3 by Comme des Garçons
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Comme 3 is a popular perfume by Comme des Garçons for women and men and was released in 2002. The scent is green-woody. It is being marketed by Puig.
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Perfumer

Mark Buxton

Fragrance Notes

AmbergrisAmbergris
BasilBasil
BirchBirch
AngelicaAngelica
GingkoGingko
Gaiac woodGaiac wood
Jasmine sambacJasmine sambac
Java vetiverJava vetiver
CardamomCardamom
Lebanon cedarLebanon cedar
Magnolia leafMagnolia leaf
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
MaceMace
Guinea pepperGuinea pepper
PatchouliPatchouli
Rose oxideRose oxide
Red pepperRed pepper
SandalwoodSandalwood
Black rose leafBlack rose leaf
Blackcurrant blossomBlackcurrant blossom
FrankincenseFrankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.679 Ratings

Longevity

7.054 Ratings

Sillage

6.153 Ratings

Bottle

7.663 Ratings
Submitted by Sani, last update on 27.10.2021.
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9.5
Scent
8
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Intersport
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Top Review    10  
Works like a medicine, behaves like a drug # 3
Spice' or 'melange' is the name of the mind-expanding drug that Frank Herbert's Dune is all about. When Rei Kawakubo smelled a second attempt by the young Mark Buxton, then working for Symrise's predecessor, sometime before 1994 AD, she is said to have said that it smelled like a drug. Although this design, which was apparently hastily dismissed by many colleagues as an accord and not worthy of the full score a perfume probably required at the time, was to be followed by some 90 modifications, Kawakubo insisted on the design, which was released shortly thereafter as Comme des Garçons Eau de Parfum 1994. An advertising campaign, headlined 'A perfume that works like a medicine and behaves like a drug' showed a moth highly concentrated snacking on an orchid in Madagascar. How apt. Buxton's name will always remain for me in the association of the fragrances he designed, starting from this one, for Comme des Garçons. One of the great things about the first eau de parfum was that it didn't use too obvious 90's Japonisms. Although the ingredients could just as easily be located elsewhere, Kenzo's pour Homme or Issey Miyake's first L'eaux played with a Western staging of all kinds of projections of what could be Japanese. The perfume is spicy - spice pure. Mark Buxton is said to have designed it shortly after a sojourn in Morocco, but largely and without any clear amber or labdanum skillfully abstains from too clear an attribution to the Monde Arabe, such as Lutens proposed to a drumbeat the year before. At Buxton, this was to follow in 2002 with Series 3: Incense - Ouarzazate. Apart from Caron's Poivre (1954) and Cacharel's Pour Homme (1981), Lorenzo Villoresi's Spezie, also from 1994 offers an interesting parallel. I preferred the lighter cologne version to the eau de parfum for years, but there's another from Buxton that impressed me at least as much: Comme des Garçons 3.

Leaning farthest out of the spice, wood, incense framework that has characterized many releases over the years in varying intensities, 3 is vegetal, herbal, and ultra-green. Bitter angelica, basil and redcurrant dominate, Buxton, who likes to talk about his fondness for smells from his parents' kitchens, has resorted more to fresh leaves than dry spice here. 3 was advertised as an imaginary flower, a new kind of rose: incandescent, iridescent, electrifying. That's all true; rose here I'd see at most as a green, tart immature rosebud, at least as far abstracted as the recent geranium bristling roses in Rose et Cuir or the geranium modulation from Jardin du Nil. 3 is slow to develop, and always stays close to the botanical, vétiver and cedarwood taking over later, there are moments here where 3 seems smooth as a slightly eccentric vétiver, the dry woody note that should also often follow in Comme des Garçons is highly delicately elaborated. Much like the first eau de parfum, 3 has aged well. Available for almost 20 years, it still seems, just by virtue of its distance from everything sometimes described as Comme des Garçons Parfum's DNA, solitary and unexciting. In the current discourse on new 'green' fragrances, an important, quiet voice.
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7.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Augusto
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Top Review    6  
CDG with a G-spot?
Very briefly: The opening resembles grapefruit, wine yeast, tangerine. A light incense blows, almost tingling, like myrrh, it becomes herbaceous, green and woody. That's basically how it stays. Reminiscent of G. von Nasengold, only more complex, but also so cheerful and powerful. Not annoying at all. Must be a great summer scent!
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An ode to pencil sharpeners
An ode to the “pencil sharpener” accord, synthetic cedar notes with vetiver, dry and “brownish” spices (cardamom above all, I also get something like nutmeg though), incense and zesty head notes of citrus with a herbal-floral breeze refreshing and sweetening the blend. Underneath all of this, a subtle sort of aqueous-creamy substance (sandalwood?) - with, as other reviewers noted, a “glueish” feel in fact (guess it’s the vetiver?). The notes may smell conventional, but the hyper-modern Comme des Garçons treatment once again manages to use them creatively to compose a really thin, unique, “contemporary” scent. A sort of more “milky”, more avantgarde, more futuristic and austere Gucci pour Homme I with distant echoes of Cacharel pour l’homme and Kenzo Jungle Homme (both sharing with CdG 3 the “spices-woods-citrus-lactonic texture” axe). Dry yet somehow creamy, exotic but transfigured onto a “grey” postmodern realm, much creative yet totally safe and wearable. Not much evolution though, it even stays quite fresh and citrusy for hours. It may smell a tad boring today, or however not that unique as back then, but still good and solid.

7-7,5/10

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