This accord I scribbled down, and when we got a second chance I showed it to our evaluation team and marketing and press team, they all said, “It’s bullshit, it’s not a perfume it’s an accord,” and I said, “So what? They’re not looking for a perfume if you ask me. I mean we had great fragrances but they said ‘no, it’s commercial’” so I convinced them to show him that, and when she came back she had like a banana [smile] on her face like “wow”.
— Perfumer Mark Buxton talks about developing Comme des Garcons Eau de Parfum (1994; the one that "works like a medicine and behaves like a drug"), and other things; read more at A Sensory Journey: Mark Buxton at Wonderland.
That was my first niche purchase, so literally my gateway drug
It’s a great scent, and loved reading how it came about.