Perfume Pen Pals: Comme des Garcons Rose Part 1

Mimi ON Oct 08, 2010 AT 9:32 am

Katie Puckrik

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

By Katie Puckrik

Katie,

Comme des Garçons Rose
is so much more a Comme des Garçons than it is a rose. It’s completely spare and post-modern and you’re gonna scoff when you smell it. But I wore it to the 94-degree ball-game last night and I was delighted. And delightful!

You’ll be getting your decant in the mail tomorrow.

Dan
Dan,

Yak! I am NOT enjoying my spritz of CdG Rose! This isn’t “ho hum”, this is just bad. This smell is why people say they don’t like rose perfumes. It’s just soapy and strong and a bit musky. The sudsiness is doing me in. I’m not getting “berries” the way others online seem to. For a fruity sweet rose, it would have to be Micallef Rose Aoud for me.

How are people getting “masculine” out of CdG Rose? It just smells like a cliched ladysmell of rosy damn rose.

Katie

Aunt Edna and Uncle Billy...

Aunt Edna and Uncle Billy...

Katie,

Ha! That’s exactly how I imagined you reacting. I feel like I’m really starting to know you.

I don’t get much berry either. It smells soapy and slightly spicy and rather modest. And I think that modesty reads as masculine because we expect rose perfumes to smell like Aunt Edna. And this doesn’t smell like Aunt Edna.

Of course, it doesn’t smell like Uncle Billy either. And thank goodness for that. (Uncle Billy loved his whiskey, didn’t he?) It’s a eunuch rose or, at most, a feminine rose with very narrow hips.

I just sprayed it again and while it’s definitely uncomplicated, I kind of like it. Though I can’t persuasively argue with you because I’m obviously less passionate about my opinion than you are about yours. My opinion’s lack of passion is built right in: “I don’t know, it’s alright.”

Comme des Garcons Rose

Comme des Garcons Rose

When it comes to CdG Rose, I’m Switzerland. And you’re some rose-crazy country with all kinds of strict perfume ordinances that would lock up anyone who wears “a ladysmell of rosy damn rose.” (Let’s hope the ordinances are more specific than that.)

Dan
Dan,

I tried to wash it off, and hell no, Rose won’t go. And I disagree, it’s totally Aunt fucking Edna. It’s the soapiness…the soapiness…it’s just…the soapiness. I’m starting to understand that I’m not a solid rose + musk fan.

Nyet nyet nyet!

Katie

An athsmatic child at recess...

An athsmatic child at recess...

Katie,

No, no, no, you obviously don’t remember Aunt Edna at all. She wore perfumey perfumes and Rose is merely soapy. It doesn’t jump around and shriek, it sits down and doesn’t do anything, like a child with asthma at recess. And I know you’re going to say the crappy perfume is causing the asthma, but perfume can’t cause asthma, KP, you know better than that.

Dan

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