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2nd Cumming – Back by popular demand...– April 28, 2014 New Fragrance Listing

Photo - Alan Cumming in Repose - Promo for Cumming the Fragrance

I love Alan Cumming and I’m not afraid to say it. I’ve noticed him in a few films - Circle of Friends, Golden Eye and Eyes Wide Shut - but it’s his stand-out performance as Eli Gold, political consultant and damage control expert, in the Good Wife that made me an unabashed fan.

Then, a few weeks ago I read about the Broadway revival of Cabaret that opened on Broadway this month. A revamp of the very dark 1998 version, it stars Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles with Alan Cumming reviving his role as the Emcee of the sleazy, debauched and dangerous Kit Kat Klub. Cumming won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in the role in 1998, a role critics say he was born to play.

Wikipedia says he was born and raised in Scotland. After high school he wrote for a TV magazine, enrolled in drama school and married Hilary Lyon. Today he lives in New York, is a star of stage, screen and television and is husband to graphic artist Grant Shaffer. And then there’s this: “Once described as "a frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium," Cumming has stated that he considers himself bisexual, "although the pendulum has obviously swung."

I think he’s a cheeky, charming, immensely talented free spirit perfectly matched to the role of the saucy, licentious Emcee at the Kit Kat Klub. I’d love the opportunity to see this incarnation of Cabaret, but a trip to NYC is just not in the cards, and since I can’t see Cumming on Broadway, I can get a whiff of his mojo from his fragrance 2nd Cumming.

Yes, there was a first Cumming, called Cumming The Fragrance, created for Alan Cumming  by Christopher Brosius and while both men were pleased with the fragrance, there was some disappointment with the mass-production of it, so in 2010 the fragrance was brought into the CB I Hate Perfume line and re-christened 2nd Cumming.

The CB I Hate Perfume website says: “2nd Cumming is exactly the same scent as the original Cumming the Fragrance but in my own unique format. Our “anti-celebrity” scent casts a new look at the classic world of men’s fragrance bringing you a scent that is all about Sex, Scotch, Cigars and Scotland. Alan is Smart, Witty, Amusing, Versatile, and very Sexy – exactly like his scent. He also happens to be Scottish…”  Mr. Brosius, you had me at sex…

2nd Cumming opens softly with citrusy bergamot warmed by black pepper. It smells of warm skin. A light note of Scotch pine wafts up – it doesn’t smell of the forest but of someone who has walked through one. Then slowly, because this frag is a seducer and takes its time to develop, the other notes appear: a caramel, salty, woody note of scotch whiskey, the smell of cigar, floral, musky heather and camphorous Douglas fir – they are all here, anchoring the fragrance in Scotland and giving it a rich, heady depth. A whiff of rubber surprises me, even though I know anything to do with Alan Cumming shouldn’t be a surprise. I smell soft, worn leather and a deep, full earthiness tempered with a note of smoke so beautiful I crave great big lungfuls of it.

But 2nd Cumming isn’t about identifying different notes, it’s about experiencing them so that the drydown is warm, animalic, clean and dirty at the same time. It is the smell of intimacy and I love it!

But, is it for men? Is it for women? Well, Cumming’s ‘pansexual’ label aside, Alan Cumming is man and this smells manly, but, the smell of intimacy is unisex – non?

Interestingly, Brosius says:” The fragrance is warm and changeable reflecting many moods and feelings. And I designed it so the more you sweat, the better it smells…”

Here’s a video of the Allan Cumming and the 2014 cast of Cabaret performing “Wilkommen” on the Jimmy Fallon show. Watch for the part in the video where Cumming sniffs his armpit and declares “Delicious!”. I bet it is.

Cabaret plays from April 24 to January, 2015 at Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, New York. You can buy tickets here.
 
2nd Cumming is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.