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28 La Pausa (2007)
by Chanel


28 La Pausa information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 174 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJacques Polge
Parent CompanyWertheimer

About 28 La Pausa

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.

28 La Pausa fragrance notes

Reviews of 28 La Pausa

This is an elegant but approachable iris, simultaneously cool and welcoming in its self-assurance. It's almost a soliflore, but I pick up other garden scents carried in its sillage. 28 La Pausa is one of the most natural and open-hearted irises I've smelled. I don't detect any undesirable, inauthentic or misplaced notes here. It's delicate, and its brief longevity is somewhat disappointing - but oh, what a beauty while it lasts (3-4 hours on my skin).
30th June, 2016
I absolutely love 28 La Pausa. It features an iris note thatís every bit as pure as the one in Iris Silver Mist, but nowhere near as cloak-and-daggery. 28 La Pausa is like a fresh breeze off a line of linens on a summerís day.

Bolstered on top by a touch of green citrus and below with a dab of creamy, peppery woods, iris is really the star of the show here. There is something to be said for just letting a fantastic raw material shine, and this is the approach Chanel has chosen here. Although the iris is sheer and ethereal, there is a slightly buttery, round tone to it that minimizes any attending severity.

I love 28 La Pausa for its purity and its gentleness, but I curse it for its longevity. It lasts all of two-three hours on my skin. For this reason, and this reason alone, 28 La Pausa is a perfume that I mentally rank alongside the great Apres LíOndee. Do I really want to spend that type of money to wring out a pitiful two hours of scent, no matter how beautiful and emotionally affecting that scent might be?

On some days, my answer is a resounding yes. On other days, I am more sensible. My wallet is safe. Mind you, that moment of (uncommon) financial wisdom is like 28 La Pausa Ė strictly temporary in nature.
20th March, 2016
Luca Turin gives this four stars and dubs it a "woody iris." It is practically a soliflore in his book, matched only by the Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist.

I find it to be a perfectly pleasant pure iris note, which on me is slightly plastic, very dry and evocative of a unique leather. Fath's Iris Gris is the penultimate in the iris experience, matching the iris with a lovely peach note.

The negative aspect of 28 La Pausa is its evanescence. It disappears so quickly, that its exorbitant expense makes it prohibitive as a purchase.

Too delicate, considering the Lutens has more presence for half the price.
21st January, 2015
Genre: Floral

All of the Chanel Les Exclusifs Iíve tried feature a conspicuous iris note, but in 28 La Pausa a rich, doughy iris root is the uncontested feature attraction. If a dessert chef were to make a spiced carrot and parsnip custard, infused with jasmine and a touch of smoky vanilla, it might smell a good deal like 28 La Pausa. The velvet soft iris note lounges on its cushion of spiced florals like a Titian nude in the Dogeís palazzo: lush, seductive, and just out of reach. This is a luxurious scent, but not loud or showy. Sillage and projection are both moderate, surrounding the skin in a loose envelope of fragrance. As 28 La Pausa dries down, it reveals a creamy wood base with a marvelously natural character. If the scent has any failing, it is endurance Ė the drydown arrives after perhaps two hours, leaving me wanting more.

Chanelís treatment of iris in 28 La Pausa is matched only by Serge Lutensís Iris Silver Mist and Maitre Parfumeur et Gantierís Iris Bleu Gris. But where the Lutens is opaque and shadowy, and the Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier lit in bold chiaroscuro, the Chanel is suffused with a gauzy, golden light. Lovers of iris root will want to try this, and those unfamiliar with iris in perfumery could find no better introduction to the note.
09th June, 2014 (last edited: 12th June, 2014)
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.
22nd January, 2014
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.
16th December, 2013 (last edited: 05th January, 2014)

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