Comme des Garcons Odeur Du Theatre Du Chatelet Acte 1



Hi. Remember me? I used to do perfume reviews, regular-like. Then I went on a great big goofing-off jag, and in the process misplaced my lust for hunting and gathering smell intel. But once a fumehead, never not a fumehead, because today I tried a brand new perfume and suddenly needed to talk to somebody about it. And who do I know who’s all ears when it comes to matters of the nose? You, dear fumies. And I’m really grateful you’re here.


Tonight I bumped into the new Comme des Garçons release, Odeur Du Théâtre Du Châtelet Acte 1, entirely by accident. I was all rubberized after yoga class and was floating through the jangle of Piccadilly Circus on my way home south of the Rio Thames, when I wafted towards Rei Kawakubo’s London emporium of aggressive avant-garde whimsy, Dover Street Market.

“Mmm!” I mmm’d to myself in a mellow stupor, “What I really need to maintain the cozy is a pair of those giant German wool socks they sell here.” 

Maintain the cozy with giant German wool socks.

I woo-wooed my way inside Dover Street Market, intending a beeline for the Labour and Wait kiosk, purveyor of socks made out of half a pound of wool per pair. Not quite as hardcore as having an actual sheep sit on your feet, but more or less in the same farmyard. (Labour and Wait specialize in olden days household goods likeliest found in the cottage of a 19th century longshoreman with exquisitely refined aesthetics.) But I was sidetracked by the pyramid of Comme perfumes just inside the front door, and dawdled to pay my respects to old friends Avignon and Comme des Garçons 2.

There at the top of the pyramid were the chunky glass bricks containing Odeur Du Théâtre Du Châtelet Acte 1, and up surged the ol’ insatiable quest for olfactory pleasure. Stella got her groove back, you guys! I came, I saw, I smelled—and these are my findings.


The bricky bottle and the “odeur” designation marks Théâtre Du Châtelet as part of the Odeur 53 and Odeur 71 gang, but it’s not as abstract and pleasingly weird as either of those. Instead, Théâtre Du Châtelet (perfumer Caroline Dumur) puffs forth in a diffuse musky billow of soapy rose, much in the manner of Le Labo’s Chicago City Exclusive, Baie Rose 26 (perfumer Frank Voekl).

Théâtre Du Châtelet's musk is airy and hot, the fuzzy way fresh-spun cotton candy feels when it’s dissolving on your tongue. Sweet pink heat, a little suffocating. The initial soapiness blurs and softens as the rose becomes more evident, but before it blooms fully, a powdery iris defocuses proceedings. Once I zero in on the iris, I get to thinking about that puffball Godzilla of a girly perfume: Love, Chloé (now discontinued, shame).

Théâtre Du Châtelet never blows up into the powder exhaust pipe mode of Love, Chloé, instead hovering in “hot laundry” territory. And even though it shares the musk, rose, pepper and cedar of Baie Rose 26, the CdG stays quieter than Le Labo’s shriller, denser, more metallic offering.

Comme’s latest is not anything I need to smell like, but good on CdG Parfums for venturing beyond their usual “woods, woods, and more woods” remit. Théâtre Du Châtelet is styled as “Acte 1”. I wonder what’s in store after the intermission?

88 comments:

  1. O MY GOSH Katie!
    You realize that if you posted another You Tube video thousands would flock!
    There is no one like you on You Tube. We're all just waiting for you to come back. ♥️
    You got me into perfume collecting!

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  2. Ah bless ya, Margo, for keepin' the faith. And I'm glad to know my frothing on fumes got you into the cult. Thanks for the encouragement. x

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  3. Lovely to find you in my feed this morning! There's no one like you, doll.

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  4. As soon as your name popped up, I clicked on it so fast! So glad to see you, It's like receiving a visit from a trusted friend. Hope for more visits! -Leslie

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  5. Katie, Puhleeze come back to YouTube with regular reviews! PUHLEEZE! The frag community needs it's leader back! Think of yourself as Jedi Luke Skywalker, gone for years to do whatever he/you were doing, and now he/you is being called back to action..... :)

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  6. No one like you! And I've looked!
    I immediately opened your email; not those others though...

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  7. I miss the videos too! Happy your nose is back!

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  8. I thought it was a marketing trick, but it's not--it's you! So happy to see you are back with your wonderful, unique take on the best hunt imaginable--interesting perfumes.

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  9. Glad you’re back Katie! I missed you You are brilliant and funny and a fabulous writer. Always an interesting, unique twist on how you word phrases and how you observe life. Also, your knowledge of fumes is incredible. Stay here!

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    1. Thanks for the props, Princess. It means a lot!

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  10. Hey Katie! I'm so happy that you're back! I miss your You Tube videos... learned so much! Hope to see more of you! :)

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  11. Welcome back my favourite fumehead!

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  12. Katie! I loved your ventures earlier this year and now you're posting about fragrance again? You just made my week!

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  13. this was a real treat! lovely to see you posting again with your puckering wit in full bloom. I too sure do miss you on the old YouTuber. Cheers!

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  14. I just posted a topic on Fragrantica few days ago how you're my favorite person in fragcom! Sooo glad to have you back 🖤

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  15. Wise you are. Witty you be. Wet - well because you're in London.
    Don't be such a Stranger! Don't turn me into a whining wimpy whelp waiting for you to post again!

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    1. I shall do my best not to weigh you down with W words, Paul!

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  16. Good to see you online again! Did you do a review video Katie?

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    1. No video, all I can offer are humble words at the moment.

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  17. What a fabulous start to the day, welcome back Katie.x

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  18. Ka-tie! Welcome back! - Pat "Olfactarama" Borow

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  19. I second that!!!! Please do come back, there’s no one that can describe perfume like you, succinct yet evocative. Frag comm would go wild!!

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  20. How wonderful to read your smelly epistle Katie. Yes, it's me again, but not on Facebook this time ha ha.

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    1. Haha! You're a welcome presence on all platforms.

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  21. I started this smelly venture because of your contagious enthusiasm and I hope to see your posts once in a while in the future :) God, you were missed! Every now and then when I smell something new like the T.Rex from Zoologist - my mind is going through procedure: 'What would Katie say about this stuff' :D

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    1. I'm pleased to have passed along my obsession. x

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  22. Your matter of fact approach to fragrance reviews is missed.

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  23. I can't believe this. So much has changed since you left and I'm sure I speak on behalf of the most of fragcomm when I say we have been waiting eagerly for your return. Welcome back Katie!

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    1. You are certainly making me feel welcome, Babak!

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  24. Absolutely love your straight matter of fact yet witty reviews. Great to read your words again!

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  25. Keith MontgomeryOctober 19, 2019 3:17 PM

    This was a real treat. I hope to see you back reviewing on YouTube. You have been missed.

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  26. Wow! I really enjoyed your videos...really deep and intelligent descriptions of the perfumes, and your overall style really lovely and appealing! Would be great to see new videos from you! Antonio

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  27. Loved your reviews on YouTube also and hope you are back soon. Cheers

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  28. So...so...very happy to know you're back. Missed your videos. Pleass, please come back to the fragrance you-tube community. Lots of love.

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  29. Katie, it made my day when i saw a video on YouTube titled "Katie Puckrik Smells Is Back !!!".
    I miss your reviews and would be very happy if you would post new content.
    Thank you for all your work!
    Lots of love
    Kristina

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  30. Dear Katie. Welcome back. You are the reason why I started my humble perfume journey. Stay with us for a while please.😚😚😚. Elle.

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  31. it's so great to have u back �� come back to yt, we miss u! i loved ur reviews! ��

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  32. Do I remember hearing not too long ago that you were going to do an interview with Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez? Maybe I missed it, but just curious if that was real or just a fantasy I conjured up in my caffeine addled brain. Please advise. All three of you should be knighted as far as I am concerned :-)

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    1. Yes, we were going to have a chat about LT and TS's latest guide, and then we dropped the ball. We probably would've benefited from some of your caffeine!

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  33. Finally, another wonderful review <3
    Your inspiring reviews have always been the most vivid and intriguing ones to me, thank you so much for coming back!!!

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  34. Glad my wordpower fluffs your ruff!

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  35. Gosh it's wonderful to read your words. You have been dearly missed.

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  36. *INTERNALLY SCREAMING LIKE A FANGIRL*

    KATIE! Queen of Sheba! Mother Of All Fragrances! Welcome back!!! Omg. I can't believe my eyes. Welcome welcome welcome back! We're gonna need a major perfume collection video update! :D And Dan too. Please bring back sexy Dan.

    Ahem. Will comment regularly once I get over this rabid fangirling. Welcome back! What a time to be alive.

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    1. Hahahaaa! Appreciate the mania. Sexy Dan is waiting for you on the next post.

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  37. How dare u not to comeback !! Plz do !!! You have to grrrrr mama fume !!

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  38. Please, please, please let me get what I want....Please come back to YouTube you were/are the greatest. Beautiful witty and concise. Come back! XX

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  39. Katie!! Would be lovely to see you again. Even if for just 5 minutes a week saying random things :D. Anything you want, just come back! We missed you a lot!

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  40. I only discovered you yesterday to find out you stopped making YouTube. I watched like 10 yesterday and more today (driving!!! ok, I was mostly listening). Your descriptions are like poetry. Please come back!!!!! I also was astonished to hear about your visits to Poland. Omg, I was born in Krakow! Please start recording vidoes. Renata

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    1. Hi Renata! I"m so pleased you stumbed across me. I will be updating this blog regularly now, and hope to return to YouTube before too long. Drive safely!

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  41. Katie, Please come back on YouTube. Please!!! YouTube need you. Please!!!

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  42. Your YouTube channel is such a treasure--thank you! I've binge watched nearly all of the episodes. I hope you decide to make more. :-)

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