After finally taking roughly an hour in the small Brompton Road Boutique in Knightsbridge deciding which scent to get, I went with Bois des Iles on the day, but I was so torn it seemed perhaps an hour wasn't enough time to make a final decision (as much as I love bois des Iles). I managed to get a sample Coromandel and got the SA to spray a card very heavily of it for me as I was already wearing BdI. Such a beautiful scent, initially undoubtedly feminine the florals dry down quite promptly and reveal a soft middle of amber, still holding on and blending smooth and masterfully into sandalwood and a vanilla. Which in my opinion smells equally as masculine. This is such a great fragrance I'm hoping to make it my next purchase (after another hour of smelling all the Les Exclusifs range). It's very calming, yet elegant, unisex and complex. Sweet, smooth and relaxed may not be for everyone, but this is a scent you cannot ignore even just to try.
Coromandel by Chanel, 2007
Rated #84 in Fragrances
I almost have no words to describe Coromandel. Im about to say this is the most beautiful fragrance i've ever smelt. The patchouli is very well blended with benzoin and the result is a wonderful sweetness. The incense note is very light and gives it a nice depth. The opening may be a little harsh, but as it dries down the sweetness starts in a creamy way. Here again the comparisions are inevitable. While Montale Patchouli Leaves is more linear, Coromandel is much more a complex and well blended scent. While Borneo 1932 is raw, Coromandel is soft. In my opinion Borneo 1932 is an "unfinished" version of Coromandel. Sheldrake finished the job that had been already began and together with Polge created this beautiful composition. Definetely Coromandel is a piece of art. Masterpiece. Unique. Addictive.
I love it. It's pretty heavy on patchouli, almost too much so for my taste, but the patchouli is redeemed by an array of complementing rich, smoky, and sweet notes that play in and out all day long. One little spray to the chest and you will be entertained for hours. Coromandel is a superb value. One of the best, strongest and longest-lasting in my collection. Beautiful packaging. Might be my favorite Chanel. I have to say this, too: it seems too good to last. If you're at all interested, you should buy a bottle before corporate bean counters decide that reformulation would be a good idea. Looking into my crystal ball, I'm seeing Basenoters in the year 2022 starting threads about how the rare 2012 formulation is definitely worth paying triple the price. Yes, it is that good.
must rewrite my whole review, was neutral before, but it is thumbs up! i dont like patchouly as the main theme! but here its so nicely done! it has feminine side, opens up with bitter orange, patchouly-floral notes, then kicks in incense, after an hour or so settles down in great floral patchouly heart with olibanum vanilic base :) its oriental,spicy, the name coromandel suggests in my language sweet fennel, so it smells like that herbal spice!
Coromondel won my heart with its fascinating candied fruit note and restrained patchouli. Orange jellybean patchouli. Marshmallow-y candied fruit peel patchouli. Dusty frankincense, heady wine, and crumbly earth patchouli. This is one of the most interesting presentations of patchouli, ever. A pillow-y, orange, musk, and vanilla base creates a fruity aroma that is sometimes candy-like and sometimes boozy like wine or liquor. The aroma of soil permeates the fragrance, with musty plant matter and dusty frankincense. The combination creates an unsettled accord that veers between creamy-sweet and earthy soil-like. Don't worry because it all works out when the patchouli steps forward and steers it down a definite, woody-sweet path that is long-lasting for an EDT. A very un-Chanel-like fragrance, Coromandel lacks the usual transparency, right from the start. It seems like Christopher Sheldrake made a Serge Lutens fragrance, only this time he used Chanel's house ingredients. The result is a multifaceted fragrance that is simple but sophisticated; the patchouli is controlled, as if the unwanted harsh notes were removed rather than covered, but the earthy notes that make it identifiable were allowed to remain and blended into a sweet, modern, attractive base. It might take some getting-used-to, not being what you would expect from Chanel, but it is intriguing and marks a move in a new direction toward the style of niche houses.
Top: citruses, bitter orange, neroli Heart: jasmine, rose, patchouli, orris Base: incense, olibanum, benzoin, woodsy notes, musk, Tahitian vanilla The moment I tried Coromandel, I fell head over heels in love with this fragrance. For about 2 hours, I kept smelling my wrist. The rich, sweet and exotic oriental concoction was so divinely intoxicating I almost rushed back to the Chanel boutique to buy the 200ml bottle. Then, with no warning, the musk note that had remained rather discreet up to that point suddenly appeared and ruined everything for me. As I often said before, I am not too big on animalic notes and musk is most certainly an ingredient that does not agree with me. I believe it is the combination of musk and jasmine that reacts badly on my skin. To my utter disappointment, this exclusive EDT I was so crazy about minutes before had turned into a rather uninteresting cheap-smelling musk-based fragrance. The friend who accompanied me to the store also tried Coromandel but with very different results. On her skin, the fragrance developed much better. The fresh yet zesty citrus notes were very present. More importantly, the dreadful musk note did not show up at all. However, it failed to do what any animalic note is intended to do i.e. give the fragrance longevity and stability. We both found Coromandel extremely pleasant on her but she did not buy it either due to its unfortunate lack of staying power. A third party was supposed to be with us that afternoon. Who knows? Maybe Coromandel would have fit him to a T!
Beautiful ambery scent, with a complex opening. Sweet vanilla/amber drydown, maybe with a slight woodsy aspect. I probably won't by this one, because it feels mostly like a gourmand to me, and I have several excellent gourmands and sweet frags, but I do love the way this smells. Good sillage and longevity (lasts the whole workday, no problem).
Super long lasting juice, then again, anything with a strong patchouli note does also. Not really fond of the opening, its a bit of a cherry, almond smell which I find a bit off putting. The amber here is very nice and reminds me of Eau Lente from Diptyque (just texture not smell), may be its the incense and benzoin/opoponax doing tricks. Dries down to a creamy, almondy, white chocolate sensation,and yes, this is like Amen white chocolate edition you can say, but less sweet. Interesting fragrance, its a like but not a love as I don't find it compelling or challenging enough and the opening wasn't that appealing to me. Its an oriental that its warming or caressing and comforting enough for me and a bit too much patchouli.
On first sniff the smell of flowers freshly picked in full bloom, quickly dispelled by an olfactory image of working in the garden...a bag of potting soil just opened standing next to a hole dug for a flowering plant. The scent of the potting soil powerful, earthy, fecund with astringent notes of minerals, the fragrance of the flowers overshadowed by it's bedding partner. The flower is planted, the hole filled with potting soil, tamped down, watered, the two smells - potting soil and flowers tussle, the potting soil more angular, the flowers more globular, yielding. Watering and time brings a melding, occasionally a dominant note, the bouquet of earth gentled by water, floral perfume becoming resinous on being joined to the soil. A tight, slow, intoxicating dance, the interplay of shadow and sunlight, sensual. Two thumbs up and an important mile marker along the patchouli highway.
Coromandel by Chanel - One is initially treated to wafts of peppery spiciness commingling with a somewhat camphoraceous, yet dirty, patchouli. This intriguing and inviting melange floats on an ephemeral cloud of salty fruitiness and spices of cloves and ginger. Aromatic woods, with hints of lemon verbena and minty laurel, serve as a backdrop to this stirring opening. Transitioning to the middle, the woods fade and wisps of florals, with violet-like iris, clover-like rose and sweetly seductive jasmine, interface with the musty earthiness of patchouli, which has taken on a clay-like facet. A nascent, vanillic amber sprinkles the melange, giving the florals a creamy texture, and coaxes a cocoa aspect of patchouli to rise up. Segueing to the robust base, balsamic woods, hay-like beeswax, herbaceous cinnamon, all intermingle and interplay with the vanillic and almond sweetness of benzoin. The heavy, resinous, sweetish amber has come into full bloom. A restrained smoky frankincense reels about. And, a chocolate-like tone presents from the interweaving of coumarin and patchouli. A delightsome drydown ensues. This high-quality composition is definitely unisex, if not leaning masculine, and has average projection and longevity. Its elegance will shine in the fall and winter.
Coromandel by Chanel, 2007
|Perfumer||Jacques Polge / Christopher Sheldrake|
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