Comme De Garcons’ Ouarzazate (an Islamic city in Morocco) is a spicy and warm incense perfume. The pepper is so strong that I don’t even detect the green tea and vanilla notes as listed in Fragrantica.
But to me, the most interesting aspect of this perfume is that it smells like Le Labo’s Rose 31. In fact, it should be the other way round. Le Labo kept everything in Ouarzazate except incense and wood and added rose and oud, and gave it a much easier to pronounce name and hit it out of the park.
Continuing my exploration of the Comme des Garcons’ Incense line. Today I’m wearing Kyoto. Longevity and sillage is much better than Zagorsk. The subtle coffee note definitely makes it more interesting and not as straight forward incensy.
I would like to add a note on the similarities between Kyoto and Le Labo Gaiac 10. Kyoto fans are accusing Le Labo for copying Kyoto (6 years apart), and I think they were more “inspired” than directly copying them. (Well, I don’t work for Le Labo, I honestly don’t know) But if you say they did, I would not argue. However, I find Gaiac 10 more peaceful and “pure” than Kyoto and I get more enjoyment wearing Gaiac 10, for a rare “less is more” experience.
Wearing Comme des Garcons’ Zagorsk is like walking in a chilly empty church with broken windows, and you can see and faintly smell the tall birch and cypress surrounding this old building. The incense is all ash, sitting still and releasing some leftover aroma.
This perfume has poor projection and longevity, but the opaque aluminum bottle hides the water level and gives me the licence to spray without holding back. (Honestly I feel a bit sad seeing my bottle getting used up, despite they are supposed to be used. That’s why I never buy fancy moulded candles.)