Thanks to e-bay and some wonderful, generous sellers on it, those who have no access to a Chanel Boutique can now try Les Exclusifs! These fragrances include six new scents designed by Jacques Polges, the new Chanel "nose", along with four re-released scents. Les Exclusifs have certainly caused an incredible amount of "buzz", and to release them all at once seems ingenius to me. As Colombina of Perfume Smellin' Things and I discussed yesterday, this will certainly give houses like Dior and Guerlain a run for their money! Nothing like a little healthy competition to get creative juices flowing is my attitude. Those passionate about fragrance demand stellar launches of masterpiece fragrances driven by noses rather than marketing. And so, I present to you the first new masterpiece from Chanel, Coromandel.
Gabrielle Chanel owned a coromandel screen which she loved, a Chinese lacquered screen displaying intricate artwork. Coromandel acknowledges Gabrielle's love of Chinese antiques and it does so beautifully. I usually do not care for spicy, oriental scents. However, Coromandel is so appealing, sultry and interesting it may sway my tastes. At first sniff, I smell amber, a very sweet, palatable amber, underscored by patchouli. Considering my aversion to patchouli, thank goodness it never becomes the headline in Coromandel. This fragrance is, quite simply, gorgeous. As some of my friends on makeupalley have said, "It is everything I wanted Prada to be." Although I didn't particularly want Prada to be anything other than horrid on me as I had no desire to wear yet another designer scent, Coromandel suits my skin and I would imagine many others will adore it. I would happily purchase a decant and save it for decadent, opulent occasions.
For those like me who are unable to try these scents in person, several top ranked e-bay sellers are offering samples and decants. E-mail me for a few recommendations. Those fortunate enough to live close to a Chanel boutique, you must sniff this one!
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