I don't get it. How can a house responsible for such beauty as 31 Rue Cambon, Bois des Iles and Sycomore produce this. Bland.
Jersey by Chanel, 2011
Rated #7990 in Fragrances
Sweetly vanillic lavender with soapy musks and woods. The rough edges of the lavender have been knocked off and the result is floral - almost approaching violet - rather than particularly herbal. It does feel out of step with the other Exclusifs - lacking the complexity of the rest of the line - save that Jersey (as with the majority of the Exclusifs) is sheer like painting in watercolour. I liked it sufficiently to buy a bottle and find that I reach for it on days when I do not want to be conspicuously scented - it does have presence and is surprisingly tenacious - however, the overall effect is clean and calming.
Oh dear..... this is not good at all. I detest lavender in fragrances so this is not pleasant. Basically what we have here is a lavender opening which dries down to a mere woody concoction. Average longevity with average projection. Nothing special, not memorable. Thats my 2 cents on this.
A soft light musk and lavender. Quite pleasant and tame, but not particularly interesting, nor expensive smelling. I use a laundry detergent which smells very similar.
It's interesting to read all the reviews of Jersey. If you're looking for a simple lavender in the Yardley style, it will disappoint. Instead, Jersey is essentially a grand old aldehydic chypre with the lavender acting as the upfront brightness in place of the aldehydes. It has a proto-Chanel base, a super-creamy mix incorporating the musk, sandalwood, and powdery soapy flowers of No 5, the carroty iris of 28 La Pausa, and their trademark slightly-funky gardenia. In the end, I suppose it all comes down to whether or not you think they pulled it off. I personally think it's fantastic, though I can't find any fault with Persolaise's negative review either - it's just a matter of taste. Honestly, the lavender is sweetened with a grape soda smell that's a bit questionable and the soapy flowers occasionally border on laundry, but I think they pulled it off. In short, if you go in expecting a simple but fabulous lavender, you'll be disappointed, but if you go in expecting a Chanel, you may find a clever new favorite.
Jersey is on the wrong line. This doesn`t have the richness and the exquisite blend that the other Les Exclusifs have. It`s half-worked fragrance, with a good lavender note, dry, herbal, but on a base that fails to deliver a Exclusif experience. After the lavender dries down you are taken with a skinscent base, one that suggests you a musky vanillic aroma left on your favorite pajama, one that sometimes reveals the iris signature note of the brand in a very subdued way. Jersey should have been on the commertial line, it`s suitable for it. But as an exquisite, exclusive scent, it disappoints. It has turn to be for me a pajama`s scent, to be worn after a shower and to go to the bed. It`s not strong, but it doesn`t disappear and doesn`t bother you. It`s innofensive. TIP: Jersey blends very well with Guerlain`s Delice de Peau. Delice de Peau provides a tonka, benjoim and vanilla base that completes the poor Jersey`s base.
I tried this yesterday as did my 17 year old daughter - I enjoyed the top notes especially the lavender but I did not enjoy the dry down. I think lavender does not sit well with many other ingredients and certainly not with whatever it is mixed with here! The jersey I thought of was jersey cream - sweet and cloying and slightly on the turn - not nice . Obviously my daughter loved it - I suspect this is Chanels attempt at capturing a younger market -
This is a total goof-up on skin, but smelled deceptively 'right' or promising on paper. A sickly sweet and disgusting lavender (I like lavender done right.)! On the bonus side, this can quickly be washed off as longevity is very modest as with most Les Exclusifs. DEFINITELY try on your skin before you buy!
Chanel surprises: lavender? Les Exclusifs maintains the standards of the collection with its thirteenth essence: nothing subtle, and slightly devoid of gender. The name is not the most distinguished, but the stamp of tradition has a presence from the start. Friendly, but distant, indisputably Chanel.
This is a pleasant, if unremarkable, lavender. The name is great - suggests sophistication and fluidity, but the execution doesn't deliver. That said, in many ways adding too many things to lavender is a bit like gilding the lily: either you love the smell (as I do) or you don't. If you do like it, it doesn't need too many complicated olfactory embelishments, it's such a wonderful smell to begin with in its raw state. Compare and contrast with rose, which doesn't smell great in a raw perfumery state, but goes splendidly well with numerous combinations. Rose is the life and soul of the party, but lavender is rather hard to mix with other ingredients, it has a small group of intimate friends, often from the citrus family. For a chic lavender Gris Clair by Serge Lutens, I think is more successful in its mission. http://www.basenotes.net/ID26123788.html. My reason for giving this a 'thumbs down' rather than a 'neutral' is that the price is simply ridiculous for what it is. I am a big fan of Chanel, especially the Exclusifs range, but this doesn't compare to Cuir de Russie, Chanel No. 22, Coromandel, Sycamore as well as other greats, so why pay so much? In France, Spain or Italy you can buy fantastic lavender-based colognes for next to nothing, I would rather save my hard-earned cash for something more worthwhile.
Jersey by Chanel, 2011
|Notes||lavender, vanilla, musk|
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