Comme des Garçons will launch Concrete, a new fragrance. Concrete is meant to contrast the harder "concrete" surface of the bottle, and the softer fragrance inside.
Concrete was developed by perfumer Nicolas Beaulieu, who was asked to do a deconstructed / disrupted sandalwood. I will update with notes when I can.
Comme des Garçons Concrete will debut in September, in Eau de Parfum.
Update: Concrete is now available at Dover Street Market, $165 for 80 ml Eau de Parfum. The fragrance description:
Destruction: The richness of Sandalwood is shattered to reveal its very essence, a radically new scent emerging from its fractured form.
Construction: New contrasts are created through familiar fabrics. Industrial synthetics pierce natural familiarity; artificial Rose oxide distorts an opulent woody overdose.
Creation: Layers of resinous warmth are lacquered with metallic seams, built upon a foundation of Comme des Garçons’ spice signature.
The glass bottle is indeed encased in concrete:
The juice is contained within a shell of concrete and glass, hand-finished and held within a pocket of bubble-wrap. No longer does concrete create hegemony: here, each vessel is uniquely formed. Irregularity is celebrated. Abstracted from its monolithic framework, this material has a startling impact; it commands fresh interpretation, invites new impressions. An investigation into subjectivity and context, here archetypes of beauty and conventions of luxury are wholly dissembled by Comme des Garçons. An exceptional scent created from fragments of familiarity, CONCRETE is Comme des Garçons disruptive approach to design distilled into scent.
A fragrance called concrete begs for a cashmeran use lol
I know people say it smells like concrete but cashmeran more than anything reminds me of mildew. Pleasent mildew if there is such a thing.
Maybe it’s the humid and earthy aroma that makes you think of that. I have already smelled cashmeran blindly and thought it was patchouli. Wet concrete is just one of the impressions this musk can convey.
And perhaps that is in there.
Regular concrete smells like mildewy wet basement. This is what Auphorie Miyako smelled like to me – I know it is beloved by perfumistas but eh, not by me.
But they particularly say it does not smell like concrete
I want to hold that bottle. Is it smooth or rough? It’s a compelling concept for a fragrance.
I want to hold that bottle too – at first I thought maybe it feels smooth like alabaster but even smooth concrete has a gritty sort of feel. I always want to smell whatever CdG comes out with, even if I don’t like it.
I don’t know, sorry.
I’ve only ever handled a few CdG bottles, so I’ll probably never know about this one either. It would be so clever if the bottle is smooth to the hand but looks rough at first glance. I bet an NSTer will eventually get their hands on Concrete and perhaps let us know more about the bottle.
It’s smooth to the touch but most of the bottles I saw had small holes from air bubbles when it was poured into the mould that give it a little roughness
There’s a lot of real estate given over to CDG in my house, but some of the more recent …wonderwood, green flat flat bottle something, grace coddington, have left me thinking, huh?
My hopes are high for this for some reason. I want it to be as fabulous as 2.
This sounds intriguing, looking forward to sniffing it. There was someone else who did a concrete bottle it seems. Hopefully its a slightly rough texture.
You’re right, it was Elternhaus.
Wowwww!!!! Double wow…triple wowww….this is what I do when something new by comme appears..-.ill buy it…even blind…I adore comme and sandalwood…I have everything about them…
Luca Turin found Etro Musc smells like concrete
Tried this today in Selfridges. -found it soooooooooo sweet , wasn’t what I expected at all from a fragrance called concrete. Very rosy and seemed very feminine to me. On me it was woodier on the card than it is on my skin. The bottles nice though , very smooth and tactile.