Comme des Garçons has launched Series 8: Energy C, comprising three new fragrances with a "vitamin rush based on citrus fruit" to "wake up, feel positive, be positive".
Energy C Lemon features notes of bergamot, citron, lemon, cardamom, angelica, incense, musk and vetiver.
Energy C Lime has lime, bergamot, green lemon, water jasmine, tea rose, lily, musk, cedar and white amber.
Energy C Grapefruit includes notes of blackcurrant buds, pink grapefruit, petit grain, jasmine, neroli, yellow mandarin, tree moss and iris.
Comme des Garçons Series 8: Energy C Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit are available now at Colette in Paris (29€ each for 30 ml), and are expected to go into wider distribution next month.
Other recent releases from Comme des Garçons: 888 & Monocle x Comme des Garçons Scent One: Hinoki.
Update: see a review of Series 8 Energy C.
Wow.. this sounds great and right up my alley (citric perfumes lover)
Also the price is good.
Now… let's find out..who is going to Paris soon? hehehe
Betting it will be all over the place within 3-4 weeks if we're patient. But can you buy CdG locally?
Wonder how CdG gives citrus a twist? They sound absolutely try-worthy and a big round of applause for making them in a 30 ml size.
ooooooh sounds bright and fun!
cdg's are weird and interesting… maybe there will be something a little different about these than the conventional hesperidic perfume?
I will perhaps able to test it next week
Small trouble I hate Colette .. the most horrible place and snob place in Paris.
Oooh…These sound nice. I'm a long time fan of all things citrus (even when my friends have begged me to stop) and these sounds lovely. I'm especially loving the one in the middle…with rose, lily, ceder, and amber as well as all the citrus notes. I've also a die-hard bergamot fan, so I really have to find a way to get my hands on these…You know, I may have just found a new lemming…
Is it the snobbiest place in Paris? That's too bad.
Maybe…the Cologne series was pretty conventional, although nice.
I'm kind of pleased that none of these make it onto my lemming list – I'm not a citrus lover – but also kind of cross that they're so nicely priced and sized and perfect for lemming. Why do I always hanker after things that cost a kidney and come in bucket-sized bottles?
I'm hoping they're not too “straight up citrus” too, although I do love citrus. But know the feeling of wanting what costs a kidney…
Yeah- it was during a school retreat and it was Sonia Kashuk's No. 1 Eau de Toillette that was the offender…I still wear it, though. I think I just called them Phillistines and walked out of the room.
As far as this being a convenient lemming, yes- it probably is. More more convenient than the one I had brewing which was Yosh Omniscient. Love it, but *ahem*…no. I'm a poor senior in high school. I'll just drool over my sample.
In my opinion it is …
Colette is not a luxious house, it is something snob for young rich or “new rich”.
Imagine a Garage full of “Techno, house music” at high volume.
Some demonstration of hyper hype buzzy product. (IPod IPhone fan can meet here) … you have now an idea of what is Colette.
I still prefer the old charm of a Caron or Guerlain shop.
So I will wait a few weeks to taste … (curious that these perfumes are not sold in own CdG parfum shop ?)
what is a lemming in this context?
I hope these are interesting… what do you think?
My guess is that they've given Colette an advance exclusive…the series doesn't launch officially until May, and then it will be in the CdG shops and elsewhere. Also possible that it is in the CdG shops, and just not online…might be worth a phone call to find out.
The Yosh scents are *very* expensive…I can't afford them either.
Marianne, for me there are two kinds of lemming. There's Sample Lemming, where I've heard intriguing reports about a new scent, which have me constantly pestering SAs for news, and haunting the Perfumed Court for the first available samples. Of course, all this build-up in my imagination usually means that the real thing is a bit of a surprise, not matching my expectations at all. In fact, it's usually a sample of something to which I hadn't given much thought that enchants me…and then I'm onto Buy Lemming, where I have no channel to buy or not enough money in the budget or not enough money in my lifetime (JAR). So a Sample Lemming, where I know quite well I could never bring myself to buy, is kind of masochistic, you know? These CdGs are perfect for Sample Lemmings; just wish I loved citrus on my skin.
She means she wishes she wanted them as they're small & cheap.
Wish they'd come up with a more exciting theme than citrus — especially after Sweet (and the ones I thought were series 8 & 9: Guerrilla & Luxe), but who knows? Maybe they'll be fabulous. They sound at least nice, but would guess Incense is going to remain the best of the series.
Yes I think I understand … I don't have a word for it in my own language but I know what you are saying..
At first I kept thinking about some weird figure from some movie.
Sounds like Colette is a place that I would rather avoid. With such an hyped up extasy atmosphere it can't be a serious surrounding to try new scents, unless these scents are supposed to have this effect on people..
Oh Lord the things I do for perfume – especially if it's Comme des Garcons. I've just ordered the Lemon direct from Colette. £35.86 inc. tax and shipping to the UK. I just couldn't resist the sound of it. Hope it lives up to its description!
These sound like the most delicious summerdrinks. Mouthwateringly good.. maybe I would spritz some in a drink for extra taste and aroma.
I am getting crazier as summer approaches.
The other day I accidentally sprayed some Roses Musk over my pate and boy did it taste good !!
Sometimes I long for the gift of succinctness, LOL!
VanillaGirl, I love it how you take your time and effort to explain something!
It is really helpful and nice too.
You don't need that socalled gift of succwhatever..
I find the “vitamin rush” concept fairly stupid, and I think the packaging looks cheap and unattractive — but I'm a big fan of CdG and always looking for anything GRAPEFRUIT. I may buy this before Balle de Match, which I've been intending to buy forever. The lime sounds good also, and the 30ml size and price point are great.
Agree that Incense is a great series (I intend to eventually own all of them except Jaisalmer), though I'm really anxious to get some samples soon of the Red: Carnation and Red: Palisander.
Helen, pretty please, do come back and tell us how it is! I am going to resist until I can try them, or until I hear they are absolute must-haves
It is not their best effort, conceptually speaking, I agree…but I'll forgive that if they're wonderful. Love, love, love Balle de Match!
I got very interested in BdM after you wrote that in it you found your “holy grail of grapefruit.” I agree, but I also like Jo Malone's take on Grapefruit. I could douse myself in grapefruit scents every day for the rest of my life and be fairly happy, but so nice to have other options too… lol.
Colette is an AWFUL place to try fragrances – crowded, noisy, and poorly laid out. The poor Le Labo display is crammed into a tiny corner next to the staircase.. I ended up not even testing the fragrances because I was so disturbed by the atmosphere. I'm so glad I was later able to smell them in peace at Barney's. My favorite CdG is the incense series too, not a huge fan of citrus although it can be pleasant at times. I rather liked the new Monocle Hinoki – started off very medicinal but dried down quickly to a very pleasant dry incensey smell.
I can't remember the JM Grapefruit — don't like the Lime Basil Mandarin and think that put me off the JM citrus. Should try it again. Yes, options are good!
Sorry to keep monopolizing this thread. Love the JM Lime, Basil, Mandarin and am wearing it today actually! I wouldn't mind a full bottle. Curious as to how you'd like her Grapefruit. I may just pre-order this CdG Grapefruit unsniffed around May 1 (payday – haha!).
Then you'll smell it before me, so do come back and tell me how it is!
Promise. Am like a kid waiting for Christmas now. Come on and send it to me Goddamnit! I realised the other day that – like some women hide shoes and clothes purchases from their partners, I tend to keep v.quiet about how much I spend on perfume to mine. I've totted up this month's expenditure and realised it's the best part of £100!
With regard to CdesG – I *still* haven't smelled the incense series, from what I remember 'Red – Carnation' is lovely. I've still got a bottle of 'Red – Sequoia' knocking around somewhere. Not quite sure what possessed me to buy it as it's far FAR too woody for me – any takers out there? It's most of a bottle and still smells good (am too lazy to ebay).
My favourite to date has been CdesG No.2 – love the bottle, love the scent – unlike anything I'd ever smelled before – makes me think of suede for some reason…
Sequoia really is a huge hunk of wood — I love it but can see why someone might not! Do try layering it with some florals before you give it away though — it's perfect for layering, I think. And agree wholeheartedly on CdG 2!
Well, my CdesG arrived this morning – not bad since I only ordered it from Colette Monday afternoon. After struggling for what seemed like hours through parcel tape and bubble wrap with shaky, overexcited fingers I finally opened up the shiny, little white box and then squirted…
A momentary burst of gin and tonic and then… LEMONS! LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS!!!! For the first few mins I feel like I’ve thrown myself bodily into a vat of fizzing homemade lemonade. My brain feels like I’ve just drunk a big mug of coffee. This would be a perfect perfume hit on a gorgeous, bright summer’s morning when, for some reason, you can’t quite shake off last night’s sleepiness but you really need to get yourself together for work.
After a few mins the lemon starts to smell slightly creamy – more lemon meringue pie than lemonade. After about 10 mins I can start to smell the spicier notes coming through and the incense only seems to increase over the next hour or so. Unfortunately, as it’s an eau de toilette, I’m already having to stick my nose in my wrist to really pick up on the smell. However, what’s left is something quite soft, creamy and spicy.
I’m feeling a bit guilty about having such an impulse moment as – if I’d sniffed it first – I’d have probably filed under ‘fun – but not necessarily one to buy’. As it is, I’ll enjoy this on a hot summer’s day and I’d like to try the other two and see how they compare. I went for the lemon as it’s a smell I adore and I was intrigued to see how they’d mix it up with the incense. I think this scent would only improve when worn on sun-warmed skin – and would smell really quite lovely on the neck of your favourite man as you nuzzle up to his crisp cotton t-shirt, sitting on the sea shore watching the sun go down at the end of a perfect summer’s day…
Ooooh, not only a description, but a good long one — many thanks! It sounds very tempting despite your “fun but not necessarily full bottle worthy”. I don't mind if it doesn't last all day, but would you say it stays at least “interesting” for a couple hours?
Yeah, you've just about got a couple of hours worth. Perfume junkie that I am I've been having little top up squirts all afternoon. And – since I'm off to the gym after work – will take advantage of the lemony zing to give me some added 'oomph' on the treadmill
It's quite a curious mix because – to my nose – the citrus stays true but at the same time this undertone of incense develops and somehow they seem to work together.
It's an interesting purchase. I might squirt some on my unsuspecting boyfriend and see what it smells like on him…
I still feel guilty about buying it. But only a very little bit.
See, a couple of hours is sometimes good enough for me. It is the scents that are dull by the end of the first 90 minutes that make me mad.
Looking forward to trying these, thanks again!