The day I went for testing Avignon, the 2002’s Comme de Garcons element in the Series 3: Incense, one of the shop assistants suggested me Zagorsk, from the same range. As an aside, this one was dedicated to the town of Sergiyev Posad, called Zagorsk during the Soviet regime, to honor the memory of revolutionary Vladimir Zagorsky (first secretary of the Moscow Communist Part). Moreover, the city is close to the Russian capital and hosts the Holy Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, being frequently referred to as “the spiritual center of the Russian Catolic Church”.
Back to the fragrance, Zagorsk was developed by perfumer Evelyne Boulanger and is dubbed a unisex woody chypre, having notes of white incense, pine, pimento berries, violet, cedar, iris, Hinoki wood and birch wood. The beginning of this scent feels quite green, conferred by the pine accord and fortunately this does not take long. Within a couple of minutes, an aroma of cedar and birch emerges, which is briefly interrupted by some violet and iris notes. In spite of the fact that Zagorsk does not exhibits a good persistence, I’m convinced this is a good perfume to wear.
As a conclusion, even though this is based on incense, more precisely the white one, Zagorsk has failed to make it on my benchmark, being (from this particular point of view) behind Avignon (which also did not make it!). As for the packaging, the scent comes in a black colored glass with a “Deodorant Spray” silhouette, over which the name appears on green, while the brand’s name and that of the series are white. Overall, for a sober aroma of wood doubled by a hint of poetry, do consider Zagorsk as an alternative.
Comme des Garcons Series 3: Incense Zagorsk Perfume Details
- Series 3: Incense Zagorsk by Comme des Garcons is available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is below average (1 to 6 hours) and the sillage is mild.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Chypre
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2002
- Perfumer: Evelyne Boulanger
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual