I asked the lady at the Chanel counter what her favourite Chanel from the Exclusifs was, and she told me it was No 18. I tried it out right there, and left with a small spray sample. It's a dry, light, transparant scent and it had a slight feminine-musty smell. I usually use the term feminine-musty as a negative description but in No 18's case, it's neutral. Unfortunately, I am allergic to this fragrance. I used one spray of the sample on my wrist on Valentine's day and in minutes I had big red blotches where the perfume touched.
No. 18 by Chanel, 2007
Rated #1916 in Fragrances
Seems very similar to No. 28 -- a dry powdery iris, here with a touch of ambrette. Crisp, metallic. Arguably less interesting for some reason, seems to lack the depth of 28. More metallic than 28, not a selling point. Bit like pencil shavings (old cedar).
what a discovery for me! i did not give it a chance first time i visited les exclusifs line, it had to be summer for me to realise the beauty this parfume holds and why it has its place among exclusifs.ambrette seeds is rare and expencive ingredient, and gives it luxury and uniqueness, gives it unusual refreshing fruity note....together with rose and iris, makes perfect combination for me, rose is subtle and smells like some luxurious shower gel, not suffocating, also iris adds to its freshness and luxury too. rose-iris combination with ambrette, rarely you can find even simmilar combination in parfume world
I do get the fruits in this composition, however they tend to be layered with spices and pepper. Chanel No.18 veers away from the typical fruity florals on the market, choosing to portray something a little less shampoo-like or juicy. I rather like this fragrance, and that's a huge thing for me to say seeming that I quite often dislike fruity florals, and dread Summer for that same reason. No.18 is different, perhaps even a little bit metallic. I swear that there is an apple note in there somewhere, however it's very subtle. There may even be cinnamon too, which reminds me of the scent of a freshly baked apple pie. However, this fragrance is nowhere near being a gourmand. Like the sales assistant noted, it's difficult to classify this fragrance and to pick out the individual notes. When I really stick my nose to my wrist, I get lemon, apple, bergamot, pepper, rose, ambrette seed, cinnamon, olives, musk and herbs. Thankfully this fragrance is rather subtle in a fresh, dry and green kind of a way. The lasting power is pretty good, however it tends to vanish every now and then, brought back to life by breathing hot air onto the spot where you sprayed it. In conclusion, Chanel No.18 is not my cup of tea, however it's a lovely, sophisticated and refined interpretation of a fruity floral that does tend to be drier than most.
I'm usually not into rose fragrances but No.18 makes a pleasant exception as it happens very once in a while to smell such a simple yet incredibly fascinating composition. Quality and mastery are immediately (and clearly) noticeable when smelling No.18. An iris / rose structure supported by ambrette seeds and slight fruity patterns. The combination between rose and fruits gives the whole fragrance a fermented vibe that immediately recalls of wine or sweet liquors while iris circles in the air watching from the above.. No.18, being released in 2007, is the living proof that perfumery is not dead and it deserves to become an endless classic. Bravo Chanel. This is real perfumery in my opinion and real perfumery trascends personal taste, real perfumery doesn't leave you indifferent.
Don`t expect 18 to be an intense rose fragrance with a strong sillage. 18 seems to go more on the skinscent side of Les Exclusifs collection. Even if this one stays quite on skin, it`s not silly; the soft aroma is not a musky commonplace. Instead, it has a subtle rosy and fresh aroma. Never saw a quiet rose like this, with a green edge which is not sour and with a fruity aspect that doesn`t go to a sweet territory. There something slightly boozy at the background. The ambrette seed creates a lovely salty ambered area. 18 seems to stays always bright, fresh and subtle on skin, and it`s Chanel showing how to a minimalistic which is not boring or silly.
Chanel N°18 smells like the color yellow! It's like summer in a bottle. One of the most original and unique of the Exclusifs. N°18 is a strange fragrance, and I fully advise y'all, to sample before buying, as this will not please all - far from it! N°18 is not the strongest of juices, and it has a reputation of having poor longe- vity. Since it's as faint as it is, I simply spray more times, and that way, I easily get 6+ hours of decent longevity with good sillage, too. It doesn't deserve its rep. As with most, if not all, of the frags in this line, this one can be worn by a man, as it is quite unisex - leaning towards the feminine side, though. Two thumbs up!
Must agree with Hilaire and Off-Scenter (beautiful writing, guys!) on this one. No. 18 is simple and clearly fabulous. I love the Turn-Sanchez book which characterizes this one as "strange and spare," if memory serves. It's evocative, fresh, lovely, simple. Pungent yet not intrusive; floral but not cloying; feminine but not sweet. I think it must be great on a guy, too. Classy, soft, wonderful, different. The main notes somehow sing in a three-level melody , that becomes one unique strand, not a balanced harmony of discernible notes. Yet the compositional parts are clear. How can it be?
My first experience with No.18 was pretty much love at first sniff. Fresh and slightly vegetal, 18 boasts an iris note like no other! It is an arresting beauty. As the hours wear on, the paper card carrying this scent is enriched by ambrette and a slight musk. I'm so loving this one, and ready to empty my wallet, but my (very wise) friend recommends WEARING it on my skin before committing to purchase. After this juice is on my wrist, I'm horrified to smell cumin! Somewhere underneath the glorious iris/ambrette/musk trio is the hideous and quite out of place smell of body odor. My heart is broken and my nose is disgusted. I keep snorfling my wrists in hopes of the body odor note being a false perception...alas, my nose is true, and the underlying skank is coming from the Chanel. Still refusing to accept defeat, I ordered a small spray vial to wear a few times - just to make sure. Well, the cumin note ended up not being as bad as originally thought. Yet, as I wear #18, it leaves me completely unsatisfied. So in the end, I close my wallet and keep Chanel's No.18 only as a fantasy. Update: So, 2 years later guess what I've added to my fragrance wardrobe? Yep! There is a subtle skankiness which I attribute to the ambrette seed, that somehow I've been craving! This blend smells like the more cultured and worldly cousin of ELd'O's Putain des Palaces! I'm turning both thumbs upward!
It opens great. It's almost stinky with ambrette, which can be sharp. Then there's this honeymoon of about oh, two minutes where the sharpness is fading and the sweetness is coming to the fore. And then it's over. It's a fruity sweet thing that smells very much a product of a brand for a 21st century department store. And if it cost $60 a bottle, I guess that would be alright. But it's almost a down payment on a car, so I want more than just inoffensive and eh.
No. 18 by Chanel, 2007
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