Monocle Scent Two: Laurel by Comme des Garcons at The Perfume Shoppe.
Global affairs magazine Monocle introduces its second collaboration with Comme des Garons parfums, ‘Scent Two: Laurel’.
Following the worldwide success of the debut ‘Scent One: Hinoki’ fragrance, this highly anticipated sequel is Laurel.
Created by Comme des Garcons’ head perfumer Antoine Maisondieu, the clean, fresh, unisex scent was again inspired by the travels of the Monocle editorial team.
“We wanted to capture the same smell and sensation enjoyed while staying with friends in Batroun, Lebanon. It’s warm, inviting and at times a little sharp – just like the country,” says monocle editor in chief,Tyler. “Out of all the 50 or so fragrances I have made, this is very nearly my all-time favourite. I have been wearing it every day since it was finished and I’ve been more than usually impatient for it to come out. It has also made me want to visit Lebanon,” says Joffe
Cedar, then, obviously, tinged with incense – after all, “Lebanon” and “olibanum”, another name for frankincense, share the same etymology – and the namesake laurel (the antiseptic laurel bay essential oil is used in Lebanon to make the traditional, olive-oil based Alep soap). A dash of herbs sprinkled with pepper on a warm amber base infuse Laurel with a dry, bracing aroma that redefines the very notion of freshness perfumery. Laurel, pepper, cedar, patchouli, and amber and rounded with incense on a lighter scale. A stunning achievement.
Notes: Laurel, pepper, cedar, patchouli, incense, & amber