Question about Chanel Sycomore...

    Question about Chanel Sycomore...

    post #1 of 29
    Thread Starter 

    Hello to all!  I just found this place and thought it would be the best place for my questions.  I have always been a huge fan of Chanel's Allure and Allure Sport.  I have been wearing them for about 15 years now.  Just recently, I thought I would branch off into more different Chanel colognes, so I bought a sampler from a decant shop online.  I also picked up a sample of Chanel Sycomore.  I had heard good things about it, so why not try it as well.  Being very new to this area, I was unaware that it is marketed as a women's fragrance.  I have asked around, and many state that while it is marketed as such, it is still a very masculine scent, or that it is really a unisex fragrance.  I just received my package today, and tried out the Sycomore scent and really love it.  My question is whether this is a woman's perfume, or is it generally regarded as a man's cologne?   Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    post #2 of 29
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSS View Post

    Hello to all!  I just found this place and thought it would be the best place for my questions.  I have always been a huge fan of Chanel's Allure and Allure Sport.  I have been wearing them for about 15 years now.  Just recently, I thought I would branch off into more different Chanel colognes, so I bought a sampler from a decant shop online.  I also picked up a sample of Chanel Sycomore.  I had heard good things about it, so why not try it as well.  Being very new to this area, I was unaware that it is marketed as a women's fragrance.  I have asked around, and many state that while it is marketed as such, it is still a very masculine scent, or that it is really a unisex fragrance.  I just received my package today, and tried out the Sycomore scent and really love it.  My question is whether this is a woman's perfume, or is it generally regarded as a man's cologne?   Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Chanel on their official website does not market or classify any of their exclusive scents of which Sycomore is one as being for "him" or "her". At least the last time I checked that was the case.
    post #3 of 29
    Thread Starter 
    Thank you for that. I would guess if they are not marketing it as either, it would be classified as unisex?
    post #4 of 29
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSS View Post

    Thank you for that. I would guess if they are not marketing it as either, it would be classified as unisex?
    IMO Yes. It's a great scent. Hope you wind up getting yourself a bottle in the future.
    post #5 of 29
    Sycamore is definitely unisex. Please also do yourself a favor to check out Coromandel if you have not had a chance.
    post #6 of 29
    Thread Starter 
    These are the other scents that I picked up:
    Chanel Antaeus
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Chanel Bois des Iles EDT
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Chanel Eau de Cologne
    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Egoiste Platinum
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
    Antaeus, Allure, Egoiste, Egoiste Platnium, and Pour Monsieur I am familiar with. The others are ones I have never seen/smelled. Does anyone have any experience with them?
    post #7 of 29

    It is probably the most "masculine" of the Exclusive line.

    post #8 of 29
    I really like Sycomore and have a 2 ml spray sample that I've been nursing along forever. It has been a great way for me to get acquainted with vetiver, which is typically associated with men's fragrances.
    post #9 of 29

      Sycomore is marketed as a woman's fragrance.  However, like Heperd said it is one of the most masculine of the exclusive line.  I personally own and love this fragrance.  I don't ever see myself being without a bottle of this one in my collection.

    post #10 of 29

    As others have said, Sycomore is more masculine than feminine, and it is marketed as unisex. In my local Saks, for instance, it is in the male section as well.

     

    In your sample list, I like a lot also the other exclusives. Bois des Isles is similar to Egoiste (Egoiste derives from it), just smoother, more sandalwoody and ambery than Egoiste.  Cuir de Russie is a smooth leather, think perfumed, well worn leather jacket, or interior of a fancy car. It's not a butch leather, but a smooth, elegant one. Eau de Cologne is a wonderful freshener, citrusy fun. It is, as the name implies, a true eau de cologne recipe, that is,  it is not supposed to be a perfume that last for hours, and it doesn't. It's just a temporary injection of freshness, to be used as necessary through the day. I have the big 400ml bottle, and use abundantly.

     

    So I'd say Sycomore is the fresh, perfect for hot summers (but not only), CdR and BdI are warmer and smoother. EdC good for freshening up as needed, eg at the gym, when it's really hot, or the like.

     

    cacio

    post #11 of 29

    Sycomore in my opinion is unisex, but it's more masculine than feminine

    post #12 of 29
    Its what you feel like it is.

    Some men will not go near florals, some will if they're a bit masculine (usually some resin or oud thrown in) and some men wear florals.

    But no Sycomore is more masculine than feminine. What makes it so is the added amounts of vetiver and smokey-effect.
    post #13 of 29

    Usually I don`t give a shit on gender issues. But sometimes it`s not that simple. In case of Sycomore I can smell manliness. It`s sort of a vibe that I even detect in some aromatics. The Guide btw. compares it with Timbuktu which is absolutely right. My girl who`s very feminine & warm but also a bit athletic, tall & dark wears both. I find this manly "boost" always VERY sexy. If I were you - i`d go for it.

    post #14 of 29

    It's a great fragrance. As long as you like it, don't bother with gender classification. 

    post #15 of 29
    Thread Starter 
    Many thanks to all who have responded, especially cacio! Sycomore to me is a delight, and I will definitely go for it. Being very new to branching out from my usual Allure Sport, you have helped tremendously!
    post #16 of 29
    Before purchasing, you might try out Encre Noire by Lalique. It has the scent of Sycomore with a little less smoke. Some prefer it to Sycomore.

    I think anyone owes it to themselves to try EN if they like the smell of Sycomore because it's pennies compared to the price of the Chanel. Great bang for the buck.
    post #17 of 29
    Welcome to the forum Inferno! Nice to see a fellow Birminghamian (Birminghaman?).

    You will find many members here who wear scents marketed to women, the most commonly discussed being Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle. If you're interested in diving deeper into the hobby I highly recommend getting a sample of PoaL if only to see what all the fuss is about (it is outstanding). For that matter the entire Frederic Malle line should be sampled. This site has been invaluable for me to learn and expand my knowledge base, which was nonexistent.

    I just bought a bottle of Sycomore a week or two ago myself. Good choice .
    post #18 of 29