Comme des Garcons Grace by Grace Coddington

I think this might just be my favorite perfume bottle of all time.

Of all time!!! Kanye, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Of all time!!! Kanye, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

That cat cap! So whimsical! So adorable! So much better than Katy Perry’s nightmarish cat bottle!

THERE IS NO KATY. THERE IS ONLY ZUUL.
THERE IS NO KATY. THERE IS ONLY ZUUL.

Inside that perfect bottle is a delicate wisp of a rose fragrance with a lovely twist of mint. Everything smells very high quality, very natural. I can’t overemphasize just how light Grace is; it’s lighter than both of my previous reference points for fresh rose fragrances, Diptyque Eau Rose and Hermes Rose Ikebana. Lasting power is virtually non-existent, which I don’t love at the $145 price point. As in, I sprayed it on at Sephora, tried maybe 3 lipsticks, left the store, and walked right back in, because it was already gone. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a $28 travel spray with a tiny kitty cap!

Grace is unimpeachably pretty, but it’s just not as interesting as one might expect from a collaboration between the avant-garde Comme des Garcons and a legendary Vogue creative director. In a recent Into The Gloss interview, Coddington explained, “I love the smell of roses, but I’ve gone through so many perfumes that just cling and make you feel claustrophobic. I like something that’s fresh but still smells of roses.” The result seems to have been a fragrance that Coddington herself would happily wear, rather than a fragrance that captures the spirit of fashion’s favorite flame-haired cat lady. More power to her! That just means that Pharrell Girl remains my preferred CdG celebrity fragrance for the time being.

Call me when Grace comes out with a cat-pillow spray. Photo credit: Wall Street Journal.
Call me when Grace comes out with a cat-pillow spray. Photo credit: Wall Street Journal.

Disclaimers: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. I tested Grace by Grace Coddington at my local Sephora.