Odeur 53

Eau de Toilette

by Comme des Garcons

Femme
  Unisex
Masc
Odeur 53 Sizes Available:
200ml $135
0.7ml
0.7ml sample $4
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Reviews
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I have many CdG scents that I love but this one mystifies me. You know how secret agents have a number... as in 007? Well, on me this scent made like a master spy, and disappeared into thin air within 10 minutes. After that, I just got nothin''. So, I laughed out loud when I saw the review that said stepping outside your front door and smelling the air would be the same as this fragrance. I agree totally.If you want something very unusual but wearable from CdG, try the rhubarb sherbet or Wonderwood!
By   - writer from Chicago on 3/3/2017
After much searching, I feel I''ve finally found my ideal scent in Odeur 53. It is sweet without being cloying, subtle and clean but very distinctive and very complex. I can''t believe that it is entirely composed of inorganic ingredients. From just reading about it, I couldn''t imagine it smelling even remotely organic, but it somehow does. This is a truly unique fragrance that has become my very favorite. Plus my wife LOVES it. Everyone should try this out at some point. I''ll never be without it.
By   - Tobacconist from Denton on 12/4/2015
I am so happy to finally have the privilege of writing a review. My hands were itching to gain a sample of Odeur 53 for a very long time. I finally decided I''ve had enough, and the samples were on their merry way! At first, I could detect the slightest envisage of powder from the sample vial. When I dipped some of the fragrance on to my wrists, magic began to happen. Being someone who likes a different scent every month, I like to venture in to the unknown. There is no other way to put it this fragrance is so unoffensive and self-effacing, it''s going to range with differences of note prominency within each person. The principles behind this fragrance intrigued me on to the verge of obsession. When I sprayed it on to my wrists, I immediately detected a waft of powder, no not body powder you buy at the store. Powder in it''s purest essence, the smell of lightly scented cotton with the mix of a neutral fragrance softener. You know that zingy laundry smell that gets shoved with the breeze and wafts right under your nose during your neighborhood stroll? Yeah, that is what I am talking about. Suffice to say, this scent is very nostalgic for me with a bit of modern euphoria. It is very anomalistic and bears very close to the skin. However, its projection game is not very strong. In fact, it is one of those scents that retires to be undetected unless you briskly walk past someone with the remnants of the scent abruptly dancing their way of what may be left to linger. After a few minutes, the drydown leaves me with the smell of a brand new aluminum refrigerator. You know the outside panels that are made to be smudge less mixed with the vacancy of the fridge''s fresh inside, that is what I get. That with a side of subtle pencil shavings. As this is all going on, I still detect peaks of the powdery-dry-cleaner type smell. As if it is playing peak-a-boo with me. To me it seems this scent is dominated by oddments of laundry soap with no particular smell, combined with the aroma of pencil shavings at the bottom of a freshly changed container, added with a slight metallic bend to it all. Along the piquancy of the powder smell, I get a bit of an ocean-type-salt-water zest to it. It smells mostly of salty clay that has been basking in the ocean water, clean ocean water. Its very hypnotic in a sense that these notes have no particular purpose, they''re just there living in congruence. The subtle bitterness of the pencil shavings seem to mingle with the fragments of salty-clay which make for a perfect acquiescence. You know the smell of newborns, this scent is equivalent to that but of an adult, a reborn adult. This is not a scent you would think of in the middle of a suburbia crowd. No instead this scent is of an unnamed stranger, who seemed to kindly pick up your dropped change and with gentle caution, hand it back to you. Their face masked by generous mystery, possibly a hood or not enough light, but their presence oddly comforting. As time slows, it seems to interfere with the reality of their sudden departure and all you are left with is the temperance of their being, the sweet powder kissing the daring pencil-ly aroma. With the farewell of the bending metallic, it provokes an insatiable urge to eerily question as to what was their name? Who are they? And you find yourself at a personal dissonance as to why you are so strangely interested, you can''t help but ought to be! And as they disappear into the roaring of evening city-traffic, you wonder along with a sloppy yet curious grin on your face. This scent is for the subtle yet powerful, the kind yet unpredictable. The notes in this scent are an anfractuous winding of a road in the hills. The smell of a brand new human, unnamed and unharmed. I feel giddy to the thought of purchasing a bottle, as I surely will. Try it before any preconceived notions. The experience is well worth it.
By   - Student on 5/18/2015
Another lovely creation by CdG. I love the sheerness of it. The notes may seem a bit unusual, but they are blended together very nicely. The composition has a delicateness to it. It''s a lovely skin scent. It smells sweet on my skin, but not sickeningly so. It''s subtle, yet obvious. Another fragrance I love and will one day purchase a bottle!
By   - Student from Nor Cal on 9/16/2014
The first time I smelled it, I fell in love. I bought it and have been wearing it ever since and I can''t stop smelling myself. The smell is not very popular, I heard people saying that it''s an odd smell. I have never heard anyone complaining about the way I smell when I wear this. But again, I wear perfume for myself, not for people. The smell is very clean, a bit metallic when I first spray it, and it gets mellower after a while. I think unusual perfumes fit my skin well because this one definitely smells like heaven to me.J''adore!
By   - from Paris on 9/12/2014
Nice for about two minutes and then turns into a plastic soap smell on me. It''s an interesting effect, but not at all appealing.
By  on 11/25/2013
I consider this an anti-perfume.It has the strangely attractive mustiness of hot dust, but the fresh airiness of damp clean skin.I would probably have bought this by now if it came in a smaller bottle. I would probably only wear it in warmer weather and wouldn''t need the quantity currently offered since I switch scents every 2-3 days.
By   - from Evansville on 5/16/2013
It''s interesting, but I wouldn''t want to wear it. 1: It''s extremely weak. I''m almost unable to smell it unless I shove my nose into my wrist or wherever it is on me. 2: When you do catch a whiff of it, it has a very sterile, doctors office, rubbing alcohol smell to it. Once it dires down, it just smells like sweaty skin. Not too crazy about that. I know that a lot of people like this scent a lot, and it''s not a terrible fragrance, it''s just not for me. I prefer Odeur 71 by a long shot.
By   - Student from Chicago on 1/7/2013
I really wanted to like this scent. I smelled it on paper and it smelled great, like a cleaner type of musk. On skin it is BARELY THERE yet it gave me a little bit of a headache when I wore it
By   - Student from Chicago on 1/4/2013
Have the sample, and I can''t stop smelling myself!!! This scent is addictive, and my husband loves it on me. Warm skin perfection is definitely the best description. Buying the full bottle ASAP!!!
By  on 8/28/2012
I''m partial to sheer skin scents and this one is right up there near the top of my list. Fresh, clean, and subtle.
By   - from Vancouver on 7/4/2012
Wanna free sample of Odeur 53? Just step outside of your house and breathe the air. Dont be fooled by the notes. This fragrance is about as transparent as the contents inside the bottle.
By   - from NORFOLK on 6/17/2012
I don''t know what to say about this. It''s like... a beautiful plastic flower. To me it''s a synthetic floral. This is probably my favourite fragrance I''ve ever worn. It''s so different. I just can''t fully describe this. Buy it.
By   - from Toronto on 6/16/2012
I have been using 53 for several years and really like it, as does my wife. The sole complaint I have is about the packaging. They seem to no longer make a small bottle, and the packaging on the big bottle doesn''t allow for pouring any out into a smaller atomizer. This means that for a 1-2 day trip, 53 stays at home. So in this age of travel liquid restrictions: please bring back the small bottle version (there used to be a ~15-30ml bottle which was perfect for travel). (Or change the current packaging so the atomizer can unscrew).
By   - from Minneapolis on 4/17/2012
What a wonderful scent!! Soft skin musk, All of these notes combined are wonderful. Even though it''s smells really nice, I agree with one of the posters before in that it doesn''t seem long lasting. 5411
By   - therapist from NYC on 5/4/2011
I thought this would smell different and metallic, which is exactly what I was looking for. But it''s just a non offensive, nondescript cologne that doesn''t really smell like anything. I liked it... I didn''t fall in love with it though.
By   - Actor from NY,NY on 5/3/2011
This manages to smell like "clean," without smelling soapy. Outstanding.
By   - musician from Hollywood on 5/22/2010
After days of referring back to this and other samples, it hit me - Odeur 53 is quite similar to Donna Karan Black Cashmere. Strange but true. Both are very uplifting modern smelling scents that hint at being floral while hanging more towards atmospheric.
By   - from San Francisco on 3/8/2010
Its so SHEER it barely exists,but what I can sense it its parody of being a perfume,that is not. The lightness of this perfume is nice though,reminds me of a Gendarme scent.
By   - Perfume reviewer from cincinnati on 7/10/2009
I honestly tried this only because the description was so different.And the reviews were sooo varied.BUT I just tried it, and I''m in love.It smells clean, but not too sweet.Sweet, but not especially feminine.I expected it to be chemically, but it''s not at all.Very nice!
By  on 6/28/2009
I once dated a surfer, this hot guy from Hermosa Beach, and this is how he smelled when he showered and picked me up for a date after an afternoon surfing. Not perfumy, not fussy, just clean man skin with a memory of recent salt water and neoprene.
By   - from Los Angeles on 6/11/2009
I have never smelled this, but I just wanted to say that this review: "This smells like my cat"made me lol and lol. I am literally snorting with laughter. not sure why. but whatever. haha.
By  on 5/29/2009
I must say this is the weirdest fragrance I''ve ever tried to review and I''ve been reviewing scents since 2003. When I first put it on it was "somewhat" clean smelling and I''m a very big fan of soapy clean scents......(was this soapy clean with an artificial note, perhaps?) and then it morphed, it changed, and it went through a cornucopia of scents, emotions and issues as it dried down - all a moot point now.....The long-lasting drydown is the thing, however. It smells like a man. You know. Just man. Man. Not perfumey, not a dirty man, not a clean man but the true essence of a man''s skin that singular note that distinguishes male skin from female skin. If you know what I''m talking about, then, that''s CdG Odeur 53 in a nutshell. And if you know what I''m talking about you full-well realize sometimes this is a wonderful scent and sometimes it''s not a good scent at all...but this fragrance captures it in all of it''s GENERIC capacity. Something you must experience to appreciate (or reject). Truly the most strange and unusual scent I''ve ever reviewed. I''m giving a middle of the road rating because it is completely impossible to give it a postive or a negative review. It''s truly unique. I have to give it that!
By   - fragrance lover from North Carolina on 11/13/2008
i love this scent. It smells like fresh, clean skin. It has an undefinable notes in it. It smells like nothing! Whenever I wear it, people always give me compliments. It smells like the paper. My all-time favorite!
By   - executive assistant from san francisco on 11/8/2008
My boyfriend just bought this fragrance, and while I was a little sceptical after smelling it full-force in the store. But after he took it home and put it on, it suddenly became this amazing scent. Whoever posted the comment saying that it was ''artificial, yet organic'' is dead on. It sort of blends with a person''s natural smell, and evolves it into a sort of clean, but human, futuristic scent. I adore it.
By   - from Vancouver, BC on 6/3/2008
I have been wearing Odeur 53 since it came in Nail Polish size for $20 at Moss in New York. It is my favorite and always will be.
By   - Artist from Portland on 10/19/2007
I love cdg odeur 53.It smells like nothing! I get lots of compliments when I wear this. it''s very clean.
By   - from san francisco on 9/14/2007
I have just read that CDG stepped away from traditional ingredients in 1998. However, I have first smelt this Odeur 53 in London in 19911992. Just to say how progressive and enterprising CDG is!
By   - Administrator from Munich on 8/13/2007
This is an odd scent - very faint, very elusive. It almost smells floral, but doesn''t. Almost smells chemically, but doesn''t. If a flower smelled like nail polish, it would smell like this. It''s not pungent, not sweet. Mood-wise, it reminds me of Aeon Flux (the TV show, not the movie). Futuristic, but somehow organic.
By   - Program Associate from Atlanta on 5/10/2007
Odeur 53 smells like:1. Latex gloves2. Rubber elastics3. a little bit like milkI didn''t find it refreshing, just nasty.Try Comme des Garcons #3 instead.
By   - Artist from Baltimore on 4/5/2007
smells like a rain mixed with hairspray and nail polish. actually it is indescribable.fresh. cyber-androgynous. light. flowery.abstract dew :)disappears after 10-30 minutes, however I tried a sample sometime last summer during very hot day and it was lasting for HOURS! So... it depends :)
By   - lighting designer on 3/16/2007
This smells like my cat
By  on 3/10/2007
This is the purest fragrance I''ve experienced in my life. Its unique but not as strange as I anticipated. Its strange in that it so simple yet utterly possessing. I think 53 etched out new places in my mind. Didn''t last long on me though but still worth it.
By   - from Boston on 2/21/2007
Soft and light green scent whints of new plastic in the top notes that fade down to crisp feminine oxygen. Not quite like anything I''ve every smelled before. Brief scent experience, as it fades quickly, but leaves a barely detectable layer of clean. Not for someone who loves to smell "Perfumed". At first I thought it reminded me of Philosophy''s "Pure Grace", but in comparing the two close up, 53 is more fleeting and unrecognizable - their mission accomplished.
By   - Caregiver from Bethlehem, PA on 12/14/2006
I have just tried it to day and and I love it.I can stille smell the scent after 4 hours after I tried it on and I think taht fantastic I have never tried anything like it.I just love it.
By   - from Copenhagen on 8/11/2006
A light, cool, fresh, artificial scent. I can''t make out any notes, and I guess that''s the point. It''s a bit like a lighter, more mainstream version of the Synthetic series, a synthetic scent that''s not offensive and smells like nothing in particular. I don''t really like this kind of "cool and clean" scent, to be honest I''d rather smell "dirty". Too nondescript and fresh men''s cologne-y for my taste.
By  on 7/28/2006
Been wearing this now for 6 years and it still intrigues me how blending boring day to day smells can smell magnificent and when people commit how divine it smells on me, their faces are fantastic once one tells them what they are indeed smelling
By   - record producer from johannesburg on 6/19/2006
a modern concept gives you the best unisex perfume you''ll ever try.my boyfriend stole the sample so i''m going to order it again.it reminds us of the snow covered mountains of greece,a clean landscape of fresh air without the usual boring ozone elements that other clean fragrances have
By   - from athens greece on 3/20/2006
I tell you, this scent is hard to describe. Also it is hard to describe why i like it, and i really do. It smells like nothing that you expect from a normal perfume. I think it reminds me of playing nintendo, because it smells a bit like a warm video game cartridge.My sister thought it smelled like a pheromone-perfume she had bought a few years ago.My girlfriend thinks it smells like fish scale and steel.In my humble opinion this is more of a men''s fragrance than a womens but that''s probably because i''d never expect that a woman would wear a perfume that smells like hot plastic and vulcanized rubber.Some things it smells like:Gas stationLaundromatClean taxi car
By   - from Stockholm, Sweden. on 1/10/2006
This is the best scent ever!!! I love it. Just received a sample and had to buy the bottle. It is my new every day cologne. I always get really good comments whenever I wear it. Merci Luckyscent.
By   - tourist agent from montreal on 11/28/2005
This scent smells incredible. Different from anything else I''ve ever smelled yet familiar and comforting to my nose when I smell it. Everyone compliments me when I wear it and most of all I can''t stop smelling my wrist.
By  on 11/5/2005
on me it smell like fresh laundry, it reminds me of my grandmother''s house in florida after she used the dishwasher. I heard Rei Kawakubo wanted the parfume to fade away rapidly on men''s skin because she didn''t like the idea of men wearing perfume so you need to get close to smell it, which isn''t necesserly a bad thing. Very artificial but at the same time fresh and light.
By  on 10/23/2005
I think this was made for me. It''s such a unique and fantastic scent. . . The descriptions of the notes are really just ideas that are evoked (sand dunes, oxygen), but this is somehow accurate. LOVE IT!
By  on 10/16/2005
Test this on yourself, but it can be amazing. On some people the nail polish dominates, others the burnt rubber..others...well, you''ll find out. On me (I''m a guy) it comes out chemical solvent-floral at first, and then dries down to rubberearth. It is hard for people to notice (which is a good thing), but once they do, they beg you to wear it. There is nothing like it.
By   - from Delaware on 9/2/2005
Very metallic synthetic and cold on me. I prefer warm sexy musks, maybe that''s why it''s hard for me to warm up to this strange, fascinating potion. Nothing like it out there, worth checking out.
By   - from NYC on 4/25/2005
how perfectly a synthetic smell can turn one on! I wear it for 4 years now!
By   - choreographer from Berlin, Germany on 1/27/2005
This scent drives my dairy herd wild, but Flossi-May still produces the same amount of milk. So I will have to say no to this scent. Maybe a good scent for you city types, but here in Idaho, the last thing we need to smell like is burning tires.
By   - Dairy Farmer from Boise, ID on 11/27/2004
Wore this for an entire year and loved it. My boyfriend picked it out for me and he loved it. Its an odd scent, really modern and unidentifiable. Sometimes reminded me of hairspray, sometimes the burnt rubber came thru, then something oddly green and floral. Got a lot of compliments on it. stopped wearing it after I broke up with the boyfriend. Oh well onto the next perfume and the next boyfriend...
By   - Artist from NY, NY on 11/17/2004
This is very interesting. I don''t get the burning tire thing? If anything I get kinda a wet earthy smell, like after the rain on a warm day, mixed with a woody vanilla scent? It kinda reminds me of one of the MAC CreationMV2 scents that is out (it has the gold top) That is a great vanillabourbony scent for only $38 for 1.7 oz) I personnaly see some strange similarities between these two scents. This definately should not be sold under the mens fragrance area, but I guess guys may like it too? To each is own! ~ Enjoy!! ~
By   - perfume addict from Silver Spring, Maryland on 11/15/2004
Its great....its a fresh woody unusal scent....
By   - accountant from ESSEN on 7/31/2004
Definitely a scent for the intellectual-minded fans of Rei Kawakubo. Has a metallic hint of nail polish remover yet the smell is strangely grassy.
By   - Student from Boston on 7/9/2004
Though not my favorite of the Comme des Garcons line (that is No2), this is quite an unusual scent. It comprises many different layers, yeas there is some burning rubber, but that is only a small part of the mix. I like it, it''s almost an anti-scent.
By   - Artist from Chicago on 6/9/2004
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