Comme des Garcons 2 Man
Because of Chandler Burr and his "transcendent" review in the New York Times, last year and two days before Christmas, I went to Barney's New York and purchased Comme des Garcons 2 Man. Not since Jil Sander originally released her mens perfume, Feeling Man, in 1989, have I found a scent I can call my own. Unfortunately, Jil Sander has discontinued her perfume, her company at one point bought out by Prada. So for 15 years I have been but a fish caught in the net of an empty wind. Aimlessly spritzing followed by spitting; scaled and gutted. No more. Comme des Garcons 2 Man. A perfect perfume? Yes. For $60? Most definitely. Price no object, it truly is intoxicating and a masterpiece. Strike a match and light a waxed saddle on fire, throw in a tumble weed, some eucalyptus, cedar, sandalwood, and what the hell, add a gallon of gasoline. Then grab a Single Malt Scotch and get drunk on the smoke. By the time you pass out, you'll find yourself inside of a Byzantine Mosque. Believe me.
New York Times Magazine, Holiday 2007 issue
by the New York Times' Perfume Critic- Chandler Burr:
I must admit, with some unease, my initial obtuseness toward Comme des Garçons 2 Man, one of the 10 greatest works of perfumery art in the world. The perfumer Mark Buxton built the upper decks of this sleekest of vessels out of C11 ISO, a synthetic molecule that smells of clean pressed fire, if you can imagine such a thing; the pine-scented synthetic C12 MNA; and a high-quality natural Haitian vetiver that smells like dust on jungle trees. But the hull is frankincense from Oman, an incense cool as cream, warm as onion-skin stationery, glossy and slick as a traffic light in the rain. This technically flawless perfume (it diffuses like radium) smells more beautiful than one can say, like a perfect chord in an empty echo chamber. Herodotus warned that frankincense was dangerous to harvest because poisonous snakes lived in the Arabian trees that contained it, and I do believe my first reaction to 2 Man was, in part, fear. This perfume is not just extraordinary. It is perfect.