Series 4: Cologne - Anbar 2002

Series 4: Cologne - Anbar by Comme des Garçons
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Series 4: Cologne - Anbar is a perfume by Comme des Garçons for women and men and was released in 2002. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is being marketed by Puig.
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Perfumer

Mark Buxton

Fragrance Notes

Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Clove, Musk

Ratings

Scent

6.9 (33 Ratings)

Longevity

6.0 (24 Ratings)

Sillage

4.9 (24 Ratings)

Bottle

6.0 (29 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 07.02.2020.
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ColinM

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Thin & clean
Anbar opens with a zesty-sour lemon accord on a subtle floral-camphoraceous accord (which will eventually emerge better later on), with an overall quite bold feel of insecticide - that type of anti-mosquitos citronellol-based products. On the very base I also detect something slightly musky, almost urinous, but more on the “ammonia” side. As minutes pass the floral note becomes more crisp and bold, also fresh and bright at first, really natural and “botanical”, a fresh carnation-neroli accord with tart lemon drops. Once the fresh head notes vanish the scent becomes then increasingly drier, darker, more “adult” somehow, with the floral-spices accord (cloves are quite easy to spot) taking the stage. During this phase, which is basically the drydown already, it’s quite all about neroli, carnation and lavender, supported by a subtle dusty-warm feel (I guess it’s amber). Bright yet powerful and quite simple, with in my opinion a remarkable “chemical” feel that makes it sadly not that pleasant to wear after a while – that initial “insecticide” feel won’t really go away, despite the evolution. The drydown is fairly nice, as it’s mostly a floral-soapy-ambery gentle smell, but nothing special really, and again smelling a bit cheap to me. The price is fair enough, though, and the persistence is surprisingly long.

6/10
jtd

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Lasts
Expectation is the issue with an eau de cologne. What do you want? Citrus? Yes. Uncomplicated? Yes. Easy to wear? Yes. Long lasting? Not likely. Anbar finds a little bit of a work around here. The name should give it away. Amber is a material that gives a longer drydown missing from most colognes. This is a cologne that both lasts and has a bit more time evolution than most. It stars with a simple lemon with a touch of lavender. Granted it’s a fairly loud lemon, but the lavender takes a bit of the edge off. Soon a bit of green from petitgrain or some other citrus leaf/twig. In the drydown, there is a ghost of the lemon and petitgrain held up by a simple sweet amber and what seems like a bit of musk. Dull? I can’t say no. But does it have endurance? Yeah.

I went back and forth between this and Vettiveru which is arguable much more interesting. In the end bought Anbar. If what you want is a simple cologne, but want it to last longer than dressing and walking out of the house, this works. Eau d’Hermès and Mugler’s cologne are interesting takes on cologne, too, and are the two other eaux de cologne I wear, but they don’t have the simplicity of Anbar.

Statements

HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
7.5
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Spicy-warm citrus combination with slightly tart grassy notes and very subtle flowery background. Pleasantly easygoing.

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