Smelling Comme des Garçons Series 1: Leaves, Tea revved up my imagination; I’ll consult a psychologist to figure out why the following scenario came to mind:
Ken: “He’s cute…so tan….”
G.I. Joe: “That guy’s handsome. Wait, is he wearing false eyelashes!?”
After introducing themselves, the two dolls agree to meet for a date at Tango Barbie’s new Argentine café: Té!Té!Olé!
Later that day:
Tango Barbie, wearing Series XOXO: Artificial, Rosa Plástica Eau de Parfum, sees G.I. Joe and Ken, and shouts: “Hola, my darlings! My cute ones! Bien venidos! Ken, I LOVE your white vinyl trench…so Catherine Deneuve/1970! Y Jesus Vendito, Joe, your poncho is to die for! Twirl! Twirl! What will you boys be drinking?”
Ken orders maté tea (he’s warming to all things Argentine) and G.I. Joe, on ‘duty,’ orders a strong, smoky black tea. “Hold the sugar and milk, Barbie.”
In this imagined scene, I ‘smell’ new vinyl and plastic, paint, polyester, an imitation rose note, Jōvan Musk (a drop or two on G.I. Joe’s chest), and tea, tea, tea (a strange, over-steeped, acidic brew).* But I don’t have to imagine anything, because this is how Commes des Garçons Tea actually smells right out of the bottle. Tea’s top notes smell fake, abstract, “constructed” and designed to outlast the Earth itself (such tenacity)! But even stranger than Tea’s notes is my reaction to the perfume: I like it!
At first spritz, Tea was hated by all the people I asked to sniff it. After several hours on skin, maté and black tea aromas dominate and Tea smells its best. The same people who were disgusted by Tea in the morning, raved about it and wanted it for themselves come afternoon. Tea is a text-book example of: “try before you buy.”
The dolls? Ken proposed to Tango Barbie (a BUSINESS proposal) and he invested all his Monopoly money in Té!Té!Olé! which is now a franchise. One look at a swarthy Gaucho Ken set G.I. Joe on a whole new career path (poncho intact).
Comme des Garçons Series 1: Leaves, Tea Eau de Toilette (long lasting with good sillage) is $82 for 50 ml; for buying information, see the listing for Comme des Garçons under Perfume Houses
*Tea’s official notes: black tea, bergamot zest, rose, cedar, maté absolute.
Writer’s Note: Tango Barbie and Gaucho Ken exist only in my imagination.
Lower left image is mannequin 2 by fontplaydotcom at flickr; some rights reserved. Lower center image is Sad Mannequin Eyes by TheGiantVermin at flickr; some rights reserved. Lower right, Baby's In Black and I'm Feeling Blue by Thomas Hawk at flickr; some rights reserved.