It is a clear spring day today here in Sydney and my tart, Rhubarb by Comme des Garcons (CDG), called out to me. Rhubarb was released as part of a series by CDG, along with Cinnamon and Peppermint. Cinnamon was too savoury, Peppermint was too aloof, but Rhubarb was just right. I have many CDG scents but Rhubarb is the one that I find myself reaching out to the most.
I don’t normally associate sherbets with smells, rather, a feeling that cuts through the palate. In that sense, I feel that Rhubarb certainly does fulfill the brief. On first spray, it jolts my senses with a tart rhubarb iciness that permeates myself and the air around me. I avoid eating anything rhubarb-flavoured but I love its smell. Go figure.
Rhubarb is selfish. It doesn’t feel the need to share its opening with any other notes, taking up the spotlight for the first hour or two. Only then, it starts to play nice, losing some of its crispness and other creamier notes begin to peek through. I detect some vanilla and rose amongst the main rhubarb note. The entire scent itself doesn’t last too long on me. In about four hours, I struggle to detect anything unless I press my nose right against the skin.
I enjoy Rhubarb. It possesses the same element of quirkiness that runs through the CDG perfumes family. Occasionally, it also reminds me of Multiple Rouge by Humiecki & Graef, although Rhubarb is surely its mischievous child. Fruity florals are a dime a dozen these days, from celebrity scents like Fame by Lady Gaga to pretty much almost anything Vera Wang releases. Whilst there’s certainly nothing wrong with any of those scents, I prefer a unique point of view and that’s definitely present in this tart of mine.