Saturday, January 8, 2011
Wonderwood EDP by Comme des Garcons
I have been curious about Wonderwood and have read comments about it on basenotes. I recall there was some hype about the release, but it didn't seem to last long. Until the wearing today, I had no preconceptions about it at all.
Wonderwood ( on me) is all about sandalwood. Sandalwood frags in general aren't usually loud and Wonderwood keeps to that regimen. It's softer than some with intermingled spice and just the slightest touch of incense. With all its listed notes, I expected something a bit more robust and transitional, yet it unfolds as a linear scent and hardly an accord transition.
The listed notes according to Luckyscent are :
Madagascan pepper, bergamot, Somalian incense, nutmeg, cristalon, cashmeran, guaiac wood, cedar, caraway seeds, Javanol, Sandalwood, vetiver, oud.
The first few minutes affords me a very subtle citrus, pepper and incense overlaid upon sandalwood. Within 5 minutes, the scent has subsided and is now sans citrus. The peppery incense note and sandal remain.......and that is Wonderwood on my skin in a nutshell. The parfum strength is always a good idea when constructing a sandal-dominant fragrance. Well.......it's a good idea to me because sandalwood is not a note known for its throw and EDC and EDT formulas usually end up skin scents in no time.
I like Wonderwood, but I'm not loving it. That's okay though, because I have only come across one sandalwood so far that crossed my t's and dotted my i's. Profumum Santalum is a tough one to beat in spite of the savage price point. At any rate, CdG has released a very nice sandal rendition in Wonderwood. The name is a bit misleading since I find no wonder in it, but I do find comfort and a level of pleasure wearing it.
Thumbs up from Aromi for Comme des Garcons Wonderwood.