28 La Pausa (2007)
    by Chanel

    28 La Pausa information

    One of six new fragrances for Chanel's "Les Exclusifs" range created by Chanel master perfumer 258.

    28 La Pausa is an iris-based fragrance and is named after a house owned by Mlle. Chanel in the South of France.

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    Ayala's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    28 La Pausa is very light, ethereal exercise in iris. Not the powdery, creamy orris butter that at the core of all the classic Geurlains; but rather a cool, airy rendition of this ethereal and obscure note, quite anemic if to be perfectly hones, and supported by ionone, irone and synthetic musks to extend its metallic presence without adding much longevity or blood. If the inspiration for it is the green-shuttered villa in southern France, then 28 La Pausa is the breeze blowing in the gauzy cotton curtains, bringing in the scent of a just-watered garden with iris and wet concrete pavement. There is a hint of indole in there, giving the ever so slightly warmth of jasmine petals. But it's not enough to bring in any of the relaxed, carefree Joie de Vivre spirit of southern France, nor its neighbouring Italian riviera the house is supposedly overlooking. If this is Chanel's mood on her vacations, then she's most likely sewing mosquito nets indoors, or else sketching patterns on a glass coffee table. She should be indulging in the fresh air, beaches and abundant Mediterranean scenery and loving sun. But she's not. She's cold inside her stone villa, letting only the cold sea breeze come in.

    28 La Pausa, the orris scent, is quite lovely, but honestly - do we always have to have an iris scent in every exclusive/niche collection? Apparently, the answer is yes. And now Chanel had to dip her hand in that icy water of sparse iris scents, in order to prove that this house is expensive and trendy enough.
    I am with those who are happy to stick with the tried and true Hiris de Hermes and Apres l'Ondee.

    Notes: Iris, Ionones, Jasmine, Indole, Ambrette, Musks.

    22 January, 2014

    flathorn's avatar
    United States United States

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    I've had three different takes in three different wearings, so this may be an impossible one for me to review or own.
    In one wearing it was quite lovely - restrained, classic, a little ethereal, mannered, actually somewhat bright, the iris being fairly naturalistic. It was the big crystal vase of cut iris in the day room, chairs and settee swathed in beautiful summer cotton upholstery, the shimmer of refined light coming through gauzy curtains, a serene room of refined contemplation.
    In another wearing, it became a flat and somewhat gray iris powder, a little drained of its life, a piece of pale opaque powdered papyrus in the room instead of a vase of flowers. Or the marble statue in the corner, beautiful but lifeless. It tended to drain the life out of me.
    On the third wearing, it went somewhere in between, a semi-unsatisfactory place where it was struggling to be all it could be, but wasn't quite making it. It had the hints of a refined beauty, but struggled for life.
    I'm not sure how to rate it. I see it's beauty, but also it's capacity for flatness on me, at which point the air goes out of it. Its good character on me seems to be partly a result of a shimmering air which gives sophistication to some respectable, tasteful, but somewhat flat underlying notes. I will have to compromise and give it a neutral.

    16 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 05 January, 2014)

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Fragile class

    A stunning, yes properly translucent (with its heavenly rose-iris wave) and piquant iris with a fragile and tender consistence similar to a stellar dust and with a soft (wet) woody vetiver backbone. Vaguely musky, clear, fresh/dry, minimally hesperidic, "neutral" and slightly talky (powdery and peppery). The realistic iris substance is along the trip attested by its real but delicate rootiness (i would say botanic grassiness) in a while disgorging in the powdery territories. There is a tea like dominant vetiver accord throughout till the woody powdery floral dry down. Yes classy and gentle as a victorian garden, mannered in an almost baroque way but a bit too much evanescent and impalpable on my skin.

    Pros: Classy and ethereal iris
    Cons: Evanescent"

    11th August, 2013

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    Iris is the golden thread of this creation, initially paired with a gentle pepper note, with a touch if citrus to lighten it. In the drydown wood notes merge with gentle darker vetiver to blend together beautifully, and the iris is less prominent on me, but always present. The masterful blending is impressive, and on my skin it is never sweet or overly floral. An eye-opener as far as iris is concerned. Good silage and projection, with very good longevity of over five hours. Very nice!

    07 December, 2012

    odysseusm's avatar
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    Cool, silvery-white. Like crisp paper and moonlight, yet also has an earthy quality.
    The earthy note increases as the top notes burn off. Very classy and sophisticated.
    Develops a peppery note in the dry-down.
    Restrained, elegant, translucent yet has substance.
    Slight woody-vanilla note emerges, which adds complexity.
    Also something like celery leaves or anise -- a kind of haunting herbal note.
    Would be a great white-shirt scent for a guy.

    29 September, 2012

    iivanita's avatar
    Croatia Croatia

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    this parfume is all about iris:

    iris that starts with red peppers....that give it very masculine tone, and picant, it is bitter and maybe a bit offensive, with very nice projection

    then after 30 min it settles down into very natural bouqet of iris flowers, with some earthy vegetable tone that is the essence of this parfume, it smells like iris in a garden after rain, its neutral, natural, magnificent

    then it goes into drydown with perfectly blended vetyver, its even more beautiful then!
    and longevity? projection?
    i must say this parfume stays long!! i felt it from my sleeve 5 hours later, i dont understand why is this parfume called weak , when it really is strong...only it doesnt smell like parfumes, its iris :) its a break from parfumes but its not ambroxan :))

    i love it so much!!perfect for the office, and for the SUMMER!! 100% summer scent

    when you want to take a break from parfumes take it with 28 La Pausa :)

    15 September, 2012

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