Rhubarb is one of the three fragrances in the Sherbet series, which was launched in 2003 by Comme des Garçons. It was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and the notes include bergamot, rhubarb, litchee, orchid sap, cognassier flower, vanilla cream and wenge wood.
Rhubarb is a little novelty fragrance from a line that specializes in little novelty fragrances:
“It’s a really unusual product,” says Bertrand Duchaufour, inventor of several “Series” scents, including the sweet-and-sour rhubarb perfume, “but I’m sure there are customers who want something unusual; an avant-garde perfume accord. Somebody very original wants to wear something very original.” (via The Independent, 9/20/2003)
You won’t get any long explication of the notes here: it smells like rhubarb, very tart and very green, and not much else. It is lively and intense — more like a gelato than a sherbet — and if you adore the smell of rhubarb, I should think you would like it very much.
The lasting power is good, but the intensity of the rhubarb fades after 45 minutes or so, and the fragrance gets creamier and woodier. It still smells good, and at no point does it smell as sweet as a sherbet to my nose, but I prefer the blast of rhubarb in the opening to what comes after, and I tend to reapply it frequently.
Comme des Garçons Rhubarb is available as an Eau de Toilette ($36 for 30 ml) or perfume solid ($30 for .4 oz). You can find them at luckyscent or at the Comme des Garçons boutique in New York City. I have never tried the solid and would love to hear comments from anyone who has; for that matter, do comment if you’ve tried either of the other two in the Sherbet series (Cinnamon and Peppermint).