Since 1994, Comme des Garçons Parfum has created more than 75 different perfumes, each one boasting its own loyal fan base. With many scents only enjoying a limited rotation, many die-hard fans are probably missing their favorite perfumes.

Well, if you’ve been for pining for a long-lost scent crafted by Comme des Garçons’ olfactory sensationalists, then you’re finally in luck. Comme des Garçons Parfum has just announced it’s creating a library of fragrances to record the entire olfactory history of the brand, so customers can relive the nasal-based joy of their fave fragrances.

From May 2017, the Olfactory Library will bring back 10 Comme des Garçons iconic scents. From the very first Cologne launched in 1996 to the brand’s groundbreaking Series 6 Synthetic (featuring grilled cigarettes teamed with town gas and bergamot), rediscover these gone-but-not-forgotten Comme des Garçons Parfum classics.

Take a look at the full, winding history of Comme des Garçons Parfum’s Olfactory Library below and let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Olfactory Library will be launched exclusively at the Paris Comme des Garçons Perfume shop, Dover Street Market London, New York, Ginza and all CdG shops on May 13, 2017 followed by the worldwide launch on June 19.

The History

1996 – COMME DES GARÇONS COLOGNE
1/ EAU DE COLOGNE
Eau de Cologne was created as a light, fresh and dynamic fragrance, a “feel good energy-giving”
scent. The bottom note is based on the original perfume “Eau de Parfum” with added citrus fruit
and flower based fragrances. The underlying Amber gives it weight and strength. Finally, comes the
bouquet of freesia, magnolia, and rose flowers.
Perfumer: Mark Buxton

2000 – SERIES 1 LEAVES
The concept for LEAVES, the first series, was “The Seven Sensations”: Light, Sight, Touch, Air,
Smell, Emotion, and Memory. A range of five new Eau de Toilette embodying our constant research
in the realm of olfactory sensations based on the idea of green.

2/ CALAMUS
Calamus is a reed plant in the marshes, green and fresh, blowing in the wind epitomized by the
young bamboo leaf and the celery grains. Verdant pastures in a modern world.
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour

3/ LILY
The freshly bloomed lily, delicate, and its green leave.
Perfumer: Florence Idier

2001 – SERIES 2 RED
Comme des Garçons likes RED, the RED of the sun, the RED of fire, the RED energy of blood, the
eternal serenity of the RED temple gate of the Far East.

4/ PALISANDER
The blending of two majestic trees, the Palisander of Brazil and the gargantuan Red Wood from
Virginia, combined to create this enigmatic RED fragrance.
Perfumer: Françoise Caron and Yann Vasnier

5/ SEQUOIA
The majestic Californian redwood tree, gigantic and unique.
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour

2004 – SERIES 6 SYNTHETIC
Socially incorrect fragrances based on man-made places and materials of daily life. Groundbreaking anti-perfumes pushing beyond the realm of traditional fragrances.

6/ GARAGE
Traces of kerosene teamed with vetiver and cedarwood.
Perfumer: Marie-Aude Couture

7/ SODA
Lime teamed with ginger and pepper.
Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer

8/ TAR
Grilled cigarettes teamed with town gas and bergamot.
Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer

2005 – SERIES 7 SWEET
Based on the theme of sweet, the ritual of Sweet: what is sweet, who is sweet, how sweet or not
sweet can sweet be.

9/ NOMADTEA
Series 7: The Guests / A nomad, an itinerant philosopher, perpetuating tradition, offers NOMAD
TEA, a sweet that is rough and exotic, edgy and almost uncooked.
Perfumer: Marie-Aude Couture

10/ STICKYCAKE
Series 7: The Guests / STICKY CAKE is the epitome of SWEET: heady, soft and syrupy brought by
the most sensual and provocative of all women.
Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer

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Words by Kam Dhillon
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