Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore

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  1. odysseusm
    odysseusm
    Notes: vetiver, sandalwood, cypress, juniper, pink pepper.
    Oh my, this is a very, very fine scent.
    If you have any interest at all in vetiver, then you must try this.
    The scent starts with beautiful wood notes, along with the haunting traces of smoke from a distant fire. The combination is irresistible and lovely. At this point, the scent reminds me of Cartier's Declaration -- grassy, woody, but arguably leaner and drier which suits me. Those grassy woody notes are from the vetiver, perhaps in combination with cypress. Any scent with a good cypress note gets my commendation and this has that. I love the style: austere, intriguing, introspective yet at the same time warm and attractive. Not at all sweet or heavy, everything is handled with a light but sure touch. The juniper and cypress give a resinous or coniferous brightness from time to time. The scent settles into a very satisfying vetiver: lean and bright, and it wears well.
  2. MonkeyBars
    MonkeyBars
    Don't forget the sandalwood! It's in perfect balance with all that vetiver. Great juice. The aldehydes give it a special shimmery glow. I don't find it that wearable for me personally, but it's a fine, fine composition. Thanks for bringing it up ody.
  3. odysseusm
    odysseusm
    Thanks for that reminder, MonkeyBars. It is a complex scent, there are so many elements to consider. The next time I wear it, I'll concentrate on the sandalwood and offer another comment.
  4. bigboyadamj
    bigboyadamj
    I couldn't agree more with your analysis of this wonderful scent, Ody. It is, without a doubt, my best blind buy ever. I don't wear it often, but when I do, it is pure olfactory joy!

    I must thank you, Ody. I had heard Sycomore mentioned here and there...your description of the scent compelled me to buy it. Boy, am I glad I did!
  5. odysseusm
    odysseusm
    Since I revised my BN review, I thought I'd put that in the archive.

    This is a very, very fine scent.
    If you have any interest at all in vetiver, then you must try this.
    The scent starts with beautiful wood notes, along with the haunting traces of smoke from a distant fire. The combination is irresistible and lovely. At this point, the scent reminds me of Cartier's Declaration -- grassy, woody, but arguably leaner, more delicate and drier which suits me. There are grassy-earthy notes from the vetiver, along with a very light citrus note. I love the style: austere, intriguing, introspective yet at the same time warm and attractive. Not at all sweet or heavy, everything is handled with a light but sure touch. The scent settles into a very satisfying vetiver: lean and bright, and it wears well.
    Notes may be: vetiver, aldehydes, violet leaf, tobacco, sandalwood, spice
    Update -- revised the above but the 5 stars continue. Truly an excellent scent. A classy vetiver. Lovely smoke note.
    I had thought that there was cypress and juniper in this -- now I'm not sure and can't find confirmation of that. Regardless, it is highly recommended.
  6. Wild Gardener
    Wild Gardener
    There have been reports of poor longevity from Sycomore.
    Even Christopher Sheldrake admitted that Chanel were looking into it.
    Personally I have no complaints on that regard, on fact it's hard to find fault with this one at all -
    sophisticated and complex enough to offset any chance of austerity in its dry woodyness,
    a frag to wear when you want to feel like you've arrived.
    With a good yield after 4 hours or so, I am quite happy to top up if I need to feel more salubrious...
    What are the thoughts of the others?
  7. odysseusm
    odysseusm
    I don't mind the lack of longevity. It is faint after 4-5 hours, but is so fresh when applied and wears so well that it is a pleasure to re-apply.
  8. baaghji
    baaghji
    This is my first post in the group, so please forgive me if this isn't the right place for this question. Is there any floral element to this? I love vetivers, and woods in general but my skin tends to magnify any floral notes and I just can't get comfortable with it (for example, Encre Nior ends up more like something my mother used to wear...so much so I had to quadruple check that I hadn't accidentally bought the pour femme version).

    I'm thinking about jumping into a split for this as I've heard so many good things, but I'm a little weary.
  9. odysseusm
    odysseusm
    Good question! I have not found any detectable floral notes. To me, it is a very lean, comfortable and dry scent. No trace of sweetness.
  10. baaghji
    baaghji
    Thank you for the reply Odysseusm.
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