Comme des Garçons 2 Man (2004)

Comme des Garçons 2 Man by Comme des Garçons
Bottle Design: Rei Kawakubo, Marc Atlan
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Comme des Garçons 2 Man is a popular perfume by Comme des Garçons for men and was released in 2004. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Perfumer

Mark Buxton

Fragrance Notes

Curled mint, Kumquat, Leather, Mahogany wood, Nutmeg, Saffron blossom, Vetiver, Frankincense, White smoke

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (373 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (249 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (241 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (228 Ratings)
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Annarosa

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Annarosa
Annarosa
About the art of roasting sunflower seeds...
It burns for me nothing and no incense I smell far and wide.
The first impression of the fragrance - I know this fragrance so well - somebody starts roasting the sunflower seeds in a pan according to all the rules of art with the black bowl. This is exactly how this process smells at the beginning, where the seeds are not hot enough yet. There are people who rinse the unpeeled kernels with water (I don't like that). The more and longer they smell then in direction 2 man with the roast. And this impression remains for the entire fragrance process, which is not one. The fragrance remains constant, it is quiet and its shelf life is short. Too bad. Roasted sunflower seeds are very tasty, but nothing to smell of. If I wanted to, all I had to do was roast some. I don't think we're gonna get anywhere
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Mantus

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Mantus
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Deep calming aura
At first you can perceive an ethereal mintlike note, which brings a good portion of spice with it and gives the scent something profound and the internet told me that this scent characteristic is due to the spearmint.

In the background, the spearmint is accompanied by a slightly different aromatic-spicy note, which becomes increasingly clear the closer you smell to the skin and appear lighter and lighter, discreetly peppery, with a slightly accentuating and air-lifting effect and from which nutmeg comes
These two notes are wrapped in a very discreet, sharp and pointed note, which makes you smell again and again and I attribute this to the saffron blossom.

Every now and then, but never constantly, a fine citric nuance flashes up, which I assign to the Kumquat after my research and wonderfully co-design the prelude.

During the whole scent phase there is something very insidious and resinous to perceive that in the course of time always reveals a little more and brings a soothing aura with it and I am of the opinion that the incense is already perceptible.

A little later a fine angular, soft shade is added, which really harmonizes pleasantly with the other components and beautifully underlines the depth of the fragrance and stems from the leather.

After some time the leather unites with a clear, strong reddish-brown woody note, which exudes something beautiful "leaning back" and is due to the mahogany wood.

Up to here everything is fine, but the last 3 hours are unfortunately not my case at all.

A heavy sweetish - bitter, discreetly earthy note is now perceptible, which also smells extremely acidic on my skin and can only be the vetiver.

This sour smell characteristic is available scarcely 30 minutes around the smell then unbelievable old-baked - to let end powdery.

Unfortunately I could not see white smoke, but I can imagine very well that this component was used to support it.

Comme des Garçons 2 One is a pleasant companion in the spring, autumn and winter months for the gentleman from 45, who is in search of a spicy, aromatic, citric, resinous, leathery and woody fragrance that radiates a deep calming aura and has no problems with a sweet, tart, earthy, sourish and stale finish.

In total, the fragrance lasts 7 hours on my skin.

In the first 30 minutes, the Sillage is conceived in such a way that one is perceived very clearly at one arm's length, and then it oscillates for 2.5 hours to a well perceptible half arm's length, before it is reduced in leisurely steps until the fragrance ends.
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Pepdal

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2 Man by Comme des Garçons
This is the first fragrance I tried from the house of Comme des Garcons, and was intrigued initially by some of the descriptions I had read of it. Enjoy the video.


MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    5
Vetiver & Incense...
Hmm... what an interesting fragrance! I love how it develops throughout it's life. It's like a mossy chypre mixed with incense and dry woods!

I do get nutmeg and a mossy-"dusty" vibe. The vetiver and oakmoss work together beautifully. This feels less like a modern perfume and more like a classic one.

The incense here is fantastically done (as I hear is the same in all Comme des Garçons perfumes). It's also a great addition to the fragrance and gives character.

Ultimately, I have smelled quite a few in this "vibe" but it is nonetheless quality. You get what you pay for with Comme des Garçons. I will say that their style is not for everybody, but that if you like niche at a good price, or like vetiver or chypres, this is one to try fro sure.
ColinM

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ColinM
ColinM
Very helpful Review    8
Gucci pour Homme I rewritten
Finally I must agree with the “similarity” considerations about this fragrance. In fact, I am impressed of how easily Comme des Garçons can stand next to Gucci pour Homme I, to the point it may work amazingly well as a replacement for it. It does not smell like a ripoff or an inferior version of it; just like a similar fragrance, maybe a bit fresher and “younger”, maybe slightly (really slightly!) cheaper, but definitely playing similar chords, still with its own defined personality and creativity. A win-win, basically: good enough to replace it, unique enough to stand next to it – and obviously, nice enough anyway if you don’t care about Gucci pour Homme I.

2 Man opens with a really catchy fresh accord of transparent incense-infused woods, a fascinating, weightless touch of “gassy” aldehydes providing a grey whiff of metallic-industrial feel, and a sort of herbal-citrus top accord which smells zesty and fresh, but also with a sort of dark bitter core, which reminds me a bit of the smell of olive tree leaves, perfectly paired with a minty-balsamic note. Leather isn’t really there at first for me, but it soon pops out – an unremarkable synthetic note as in any cheap leather fragrance, but it works here to provide a generic dark shade of dryness on the very base. A bunch of spices enhance the tart nose-tinglingness of the blend. There’s something warm and sweet too, which I thought may be amber but I don’t see it listed - however I do get some really subtle resinous-boozy warmth contrasting with the general (and bolder) breezy-cold atmosphere of this fragrance.

The evolution is sadly not that interesting though, as most of the notes quickly vanish or tone down, and 2 Man soon turns into a really conventional, almost disappointingly flat vetiver scent with a hint of synthetic herbal leather (weird enough, a hint of powdery violet pops out, and 2 Man comes unexpectedly closer and closer to Jil Sander Man by Wasser & Menardo). Still nice though, I just wished some of the initial “magic” lasted a bit more.

Anyway, all considered, I would recommend this. it’s reasonably priced, exceedingly wearable and mass-appealing, basically (just to throw in another reference) halfway Dsquared Potion and the abovementioned Gucci pour Homme I, with a leathery-herbal vetiver drydown; less herbal-ambery than the first one, less sophisticated than Gucci, and more “avantgarde” than both while keeping it perfectly safe and crowdpleasing. The drydown is a bit boring, but you can’t have them all sometimes. As soon as they’ll discontinue it, it will likely become a holy grail just as the Gucci anyway. Chapeau to Comme des Garçons for having been able to bring some skills out of Mark Buxton.

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WRoth

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2 Man
The first impact of this fragrance is a fresh fruity note floating above a familiar incense and vetiver accord. As the fragrance settles on my skin, the fruit note disappears and the fragrance veers into dry and peppery territory. As the main accord develops the vetiver base gets stronger and loses some of its peppery sharpness; it thus becomes more harmonious. The fragrance slightly reminds me of Timbuktu, since both of them prominently feature vetiver and incense notes. After roughly two hours everything that was sharp or peppery disappears and the fragrance settles into an aromatic vetiver and wood accord. This is the last transformation on my skin, after that, the fragrance disappears.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Greatly helpful Review    7
radiant, sheer, tenacious, velvety, woody, plush atmospheric
Iso E super has gotten a bad rap in the past few years. What started out as a simple aromachemical in the early 1970s has become the monster responsible for a monotonous (monolfactive?) genre of perfumes that has brought shame to the word woody. Drama, huh? Don’t blame the chemical,though. Blame the system.

There is an era specific (late 1980s - mid-1990s) group of perfumes, perfumers and houses that used iso-E Super as a panacea for problems of longevity and richness in perfume composition. Reliance on iso E Super led to a system like the 1980s Chelsea gay male clone conundrum. That is to say, an identifiable visual (or olfactory) and fashion style that broadcast anonymity and identity simultaneously. Context is the icing that finishes the cake. The person being considered, along with cultural clues (20th and 8th in NYC) and the context of the viewer (trolling Rawhide for action) go a long way to answering the question: Is that man a straight marine or a hardcore homo?

Both situations (the queers and the perfumes) led to a similar problem. For the Chelea fags, what if you didn’t look like a Ken-doll to start with? Altering themselves to fit the clone mold, a lot of urban fags I knew wound up ghettoized in a world that they felt shunned them. Perfumers wound up not simply using Iso-E Super as an adjective in their compositions, they began to envision compositions that were answers to the question, “What would Iso-E Super be just perfect for?!” They sought to create the ideal radiant, spicy woody perfume, and in the end made perfumes that just smelled of Iso-E Super. A bunch of clones. Rather than using the aromachemical as a floralizer, intensifier or optimizer (how the chemical is marketed by producers) this genre treats Iso-E Super as the end goal, and uses other bits and pieces to bring it out. The first Iso-E Super homage is interesting, and might be a commentary of sorts. The second and third show that this aromachemical can be a bull in a perfume shop. After that it's either creative complacency, laziness or a rut.

CDG Man 2 is one of the better iterations of what I'll call iso-style perfumes. (Others are Encre Noir, Ormande Woman, Terre d'Hermes, Feminite du Bois and Poivre Scaramandre.) It’s a riff on incense and other balsams, woody, but managing to be waxy and oily as well, suggesting essential oils and balms. It captures the acrid sear of smoking incense but also has the pine-like woody cleanliness of olibanum essential oil. 2 Man gets at a number of incense’s facets simultaneously in a way that neither burned incense nor incense oil could on their own. The drydown, much softer than the opening, is soothing.

When you read the following words or phrases in perfume marketing or criticism, beware. They often serve as code for iso-style.  Radiant, sheer, tenacious, velvety, woody, plush, atmospheric. When you see notes of cedar, incense, pepper and the classic "rare woods", think twice. Iso-E style perfumes are fine as long as you know what you’re in for, and if that is what you’re looking for, you CDG 2 Man is worth a try.
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Very helpful Review    5
Another Solid Release From A Very Solid House...
2 Man opens with a brief splash of aldehydes that come off as a tad sweet before a waxy iris note kicks in to take the fore. Behind the iris, a smokey vetiver and lemony incense tandem begin to build. This lemony incense and vetiver combo becomes the main feature of the scent with still a trace remaining of the waxy iris in the heart notes. Joining the heart notes are a nice woody accord that blends in quite well and gains momentum into the base notes where it becomes the star, still supported by the incense, now well in the background. Unlike many others, I get very good projection from 2 Man, with average longevity.

When I first tried 2 Man, I initially thought "so?"... It starts off not too different than a lot of other scents I like but don't love. Then later on I smelled my wrist again and got the beautiful lemon incense accord that definitely changed my mind about the scent immediately. I now have a few full wearings under my belt and I even like the waxy nature the open gives off along with the lemony incense as it adds an extra bit of distinctiveness. I may not be quite as much of a fan of 2 Man as many others, but I definitely like it a lot and can easily recommend it. My rating is a very good 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.

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Jazzy76 84 days ago
A pleasant Woody scent with a Smoky touch, but nothing original. Average sillage .Maybe too expensive in comparison with its quality
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Darkbeat 15 months ago
I love its harmony of incense and vetiver, an elegant, sober and classic aroma, worthy of an authentic gentleman.+3
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Hajuvana 3 years ago
I bet 'reverse evolution' was written in the brief - as if it's supposed to open with leathery woods and end up as citrusy vetiver.+3

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