Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Episode Five: GIRL by Pharrell Williams, with Comme des Garçons (Or, We're Changing It Up)

There are a lot of things I plan to do but apparently sticking to the schedule isn't one of them. Truth be told, I forgot to wear Dahlia Divin this week, so we're doing GIRL which I wore last week and then didn't review. I'll dig Dahlia Divin out sometime.

GIRL by Pharrell Williams

Since this is the first official review I will go step by step. First, the product description.
The fragrance was conceived by Williams, and created by Christian Astuguevieille, creative director of Comme des Garçons Parfums, with Antoine Lie of Takasago. The bottle, logo and packaging have been designed by House + Holme, featuring bold, cartoonish artwork by the artist Kaws. The fragrance will launch at CDG's Dover Street Market, London on 1st September 2014, before rolling out to global DSM stores and Sephora on 5th September.
 Then, the notes.
 Top Notes
 Neroli, Lavender, White pepper
 Mid Notes
 Iris, Styrax, Violet
 Base Notes
 Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Australian sandalwood (source: sephora.com)
Now, my opinion. GIRL is marketed as a unisex fragrance, but like most unisex scents it does, on my skin, skew in one direction. In this case, GIRL - despite its' moniker - skews to the masculine. It is not overwhelmingly masculine, and would certainly appeal to a female who likes more of a fresh scent.
Immediately upon application, neroli, vetiver and sandalwood are the most noticeable. I do not pick up any lavender or pepper, at any point while wearing this scent. As it dries down, patchouli vies with the vetiver and sandalwood. I also get hints of violet during the process, but they are faint. Smelling this product cold, the neroli, lavender and again the sandalwood are most prominent. In fact, smelled cold it is very clean, but once on the skin, GIRL warms up with its' woody base.
GIRL is a nice scent but it isn't groundbreaking, and is a bit of a let-down, in my opinion, from a collaboration of Pharrell and Comme des Garçons. The bottle is fun and somewhat whimsical, but the scent is entirely grounded. It is completely wearable, and certainly something that will appeal to many people. The biggest flaw in my opinion, is offering a "unisex" scent that smells masculine but has packaging that I feel appeals to the feminine. Despite the fact that I think this would wear excellently on many males, it is hard to imagine a guy walking into a shop and buying it on his own. We'll see. Perhaps I have underestimated men.
Final Verdict: ♦♦♦ - Wearable but bland.
 GIRL promotional image via Sephora.com

All right, all right, no hard feelings about missing out on Givenchy this week? Please forgive me! Also check out the posting schedule I will be adding soon, and let me know in the comments if there is a scent you'd like for me to review! I am looking for new scents to try all of the time, and I'd love to try your fave! Pleasant journeys~

Disclaimer: Fragrance sample was acquired from Sephora.com as a gift with purchase. No materials were furnished for promotional purposes, and O-F.com is not affiliated with any parties mentioned in this post.

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