Monocle Scent Three: Sugi (2013)

Monocle Scent Three: Sugi by Comme des Garçons
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Monocle Scent Three: Sugi is a popular perfume by Comme des Garçons for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMediterranean cypress, Madagascar pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesFlorentine iris, Virginia cedar
Base Notes Base NotesPine, Haitian vetiver



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Submitted by Apicius, last update on 26.01.2019

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This fragrance was created in collaboration with Monocle. Sugi (スギ・杉) refers to the Japanese cedar.

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Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
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If This Is What Japanese Cedar Smells Like, Consider Me A Fan...
Sugi opens with a turpentine-like coniferous pine and cypress wood tandem. As the composition reaches its early heart the coniferous elements recede as a black pepper-laced natural cedar emerges seemingly out of nowhere to star through the entire mid-section with the remnants of the open as barely noticeable support. During the late dry-down the pepper-laced cedar remains in a supporting role as slightly sharp, somewhat lemony vetiver takes the fore through the remainder of the composition's lifespan. Projection is below average and longevity is slightly below average at 6-7 hours on skin.

Sugi's turpentine-like pine and cypress open is definitely an acquired taste. It comes on all at once and may scare away folks seeking a "crowd-pleaser" early, though its off-beat unexpected start is very much in-line with the quirky Comme des Garcons house style. The unexpected piecing open quickly fades over a twenty minute span with the fragrance seemingly completely dying. Out of nowhere, it rises from the ashes with a gorgeous peppery cedar that takes over and dominates the vast majority of development before sharing the spotlight with nicely done vetiver that meshes with the pepper and cedar seamlessly. My guess is that those not scared off by its first 20 minutes will be very happy with the latter rewards on offer, and this reviewer is no exception. A minor gripe with Sugi that merits at least a mention is less to do with its fragrance profile and more-so its somewhat below par performance characteristics, particularly in the longevity department. The bottom line is the $120 per 50ml bottle Sugi is a bit tough to enjoy early, but it gets really good real fast, earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation (especially to fans of the house).

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