I do love a nice Eau De Cologne, and Chanel's is a fine example.
With so many Eau's available, I have to ask myself what Chanel brings to the table to set itself apart. I think the answer is flowers, paired up with better-than-usual petitgrain.
Most Eau's fade from citrus to wood to soap - that's the recipe. Chanel takes the focus off the citrus on top (don't get me wrong - there's still obvious bergamot and orange zest there) and instead features blossoms. It's like walking past a lime tree in full bloom, mixed with the honeyed, lightly woody smell of acacia. The petitgrain smell is obvious from the top, smoother than usual and deepened by the honey. This combination of lime blossoms and acacia and honeyed wood is what makes Chanel's Eau De Cologne special. There's no sharpness or jagged edges, just smooth honeyed citrus flowers and wood. Excellent.
Chanel's take on the classic "Eau de Cologne" smell rivals Creed Pure White Cologne, what I previously believed to be the best on the market. Whereas Pure White Cologne is very bright, Chanel Eau de Cologne is not excessively bright at the opening, but more balanced, arguably. Some might reasonably see this as a downside---after all, the EDC scents aren't long-lasting, so shouldn't they be as top-heavy as possible? I'd argue that there's some value in enjoying an EDC scent like Chanel's that is mild and reserved throughout its rather limited lifespan. It consists of a bergamot-dominated citrus mix at the top, with a very slight use of tonka to sweeten it at the bottom. There's hardly any neroli soapiness here despite it being a listed note--I mainly get the bergamusk mix.
Unsurprisingly an ill performer, Eau de Cologne does not project for very long and is more or less a skin scent within an hour of wearing, but this is almost to be expected. Even the Atelier "Pure Perfume" colognes certainly do not last as much as their high concentration might lead one to believe.
Now Creed's is one of expensive EDCs out there, at $745 for 250ml in its large Royal Exclusives atomizer size (and this price is soon to increase to over $1,000 for 250ml), or (at the Creed Boutique only) $250 for 30ml. Unsurprisingly, many like myself opt for a split of the Creed, but to Chanel's credit, theirs is priced more reasonably at the standard Les Exclusifs pricing of $160 for 75ml or 200ml for $280, and one might actually consider the larger size given that the juice is a lot weaker than, say, Coromandel or Cuir de Russie, and that's the downside: Chanel has still created a weak EDC and priced it in the same class as excellent-performing scents, so one might still find it difficult to stomach the purchase. After all, Dior has a very agreeable Dior Homme Eau De Cologne out there, and there are endless other options like 4711, Guerlain Imperial, etc. that similarly do the job. I'd suggest at least trying this in case it becomes an instant favorite, and maybe you'll see fit to splurge for it. It's an excellent scent but I'd need to give it more wearings before I determine if it's bottle-worthy.
8 out of 10
Absolutely beautiful! The perfect Citrus!
I love this! I did not expect longevity (got 3 hours of stuff others could smell near me) and about 2 hours of a lovely skin-scent. Perfect summer scent, non-offensive, easy to wear, and probably the freshest scent I own, and that includes TF's Neroli Portofino (I get great longevity and projection with it).
If anyone has a pipe-dream that an EDC should have a fabled longevity or projection, I'd invite you to revisit the definition.
I believe to enjoy this to its fullest, one should carry a small decant with them and spray without fear of offending the masses frequently and for the sheer love of refreshment on hot summer days!
Very simple, very fresh citrus. It is an eau de cologne, the longevity is poor. Sillage isn't great on me either. This gets a thumbs up because it does what it is supposed to do extremely well. A great example of a simple yet high quality fragrance. If someone asked me for a classic example of a fresh citrus I would point them this way.
Brilliant but beware you can only get acceptable longevity by spraying on clothes. Skin will eat this fragrance up very quickly