This is was a challeging fragrance to my nose. In the beginning i just did not like it and found a bit dated to my nose. After some months trying, i've realized why this is called a masterpiece by some people. This is a heavy aldehydic floral that turns to a beautiful floral and soapy scent when dries down. First notes are a bit difficult to my nose, but the powdery and woodsy drydown is just wonderful. I guess the tuberose note along with vetiver gives the fine tune to this fragrance. Very well blended, this fragrance can be used for men without problems. If you like aldehydes and florals, this is a must have. Sillage, lasting power and projection are good.
No. 22 by Chanel, 1922
Rated #137 in Fragrances
I remember when I was 13 (I am now 50) & received a nice amount of money for my birthday. I decided to walk to the local drug store to have myself a little spending spree! The perfume counter caught my eye & I immediately was amazed by this little white perfume refill spray container which held a perfume called, CHANEL 22! I sprayed the tester on my wrist, which I've seen my older sister do with her CHANEL 5, a fragrance I did not like! Well, I was in love! I have never smelled anything like this in my life & immediately bought the tiny white spray, which I refilled many times! If memory serves me correctly, I paid $30. This was also my very first perfume purchase! One day, some years later, I visited the drug store to buy my 22 refill only to be told they were no longer ordering this perfume! I was devestated & immediately began a search of my tiny town for another place which sold my CHANEL 22; to no avail! Well, life went on, I married, I had children but I never forgot the distinctive scent of my favorite perfume. Just recently, I searched on the Internet to see if I could possibly order a bottle, only to discover that 22 is only now sold in exclusive shops, then, I checked eBay only to discover that the price had certainly risen since I was a young woman! But, I found a lady who sells sample size bottles & decided to give it a try! This past week my tiny weeny sample of 22 arrived! I cannot describe to you the joy & nostalgia that overcame me when I uncapped that wee little bottle! I immediately placed another order! I will never again purchase or wear another perfume & if I should ever have the opportunity to be where there is a shop which sells my perfume I shall most certainly buy myself a bottle!
I am speaking of the Les Exclusifs de Chanel version here. Very sweet and perfumey. An old-school sort of ladies' scent. Bold and assertive (and slightly fizzy due to the aldehydes) floral notes. Quite dense. The vanilla is strong but tempered well by an interesting incense note. That incense note moves this into my neutral zone -- otherwise it wouldn't appeal to me at all. Much too strong and weighty for me, even to enjoy on someone else. But that incense note is pretty good.
this is my number, i was born on 22nd :) i would describe it as very femminine , sexy and loud scent . so magnificent ,that i dont know why it took me so long to try, maybe becasue many were saying its like no 5. well its not :) even chanel says this is a light variation of no5.!?? i really cant see how! also my nose cant lie :) this one is heavy!!! HEAVY on aldehydes, heavy on iris, heavy on sweetnes, lasting power is 2 days :) where as no 5 is nothing as strong, and watered down compared to this, its sharp and cold, with notes not easy to accept(civet) but it cant be called strong for that reason! so No 22 was supposed to be characterised as light white floral scent :) in its heart lies tuberose, that gives it sweet femminine sexy feel, and aldehyds are XXL, and all is rounded with huge dose of iris!! which i absolutely adore! best iris on earht is in chanel parfumes!! thats why this combination is the winning one for me and many as i can see: IRIS-TUBEROSE-aldehydes its probably evening elegant scent, for seducing :)nothing light!
Very strong, a little dab'll do 'ya. Lovely, complex, and works for me as Chanel No. 5 just doesn't. Love it!
Let me join in the No 22 Love-fest. Just a great sparking aldehyde witha wonderful incense underneath. The current EdT in the les Exclusifs line is a top performer. I agree with many many of the reviews before me. And I like the 6.8oz bottle of this thing as well.
My mother bought a bottle of this perfume in Jamaica in 1969 or something, and wore it the following week to marry my father. She has been a fan ever since, and she simply cannot understand why on Earth she can't buy this at the mall anymore. I feel her pain, as she begs me to find it in my travels, and so I spend lots of time searching for it, and very little time actually finding it. The key note in this fragrance is Lily of the Valley, it is sweet, and yet sensuous. I could never wear it, as it reminds me too much of my mother, but I still love it, as it reminds me of my mother.
I love Chanel No .22 but I prefer Chanel No 5. Chanel No.22 feels just a little to much - it's like No.5 on a kick of aldehydes and incense. Quite similar to No.5 - No.5 has a clearer direction to me. It's too much for my nose .It's very perfumey and lasts quite while. I'll give it a thumbs up because I CAN appreciate it and it's beauty, personally it's not for me though. Update No 22 parfum extrait. I find the EDT differs slightly from the extrait. Still a great blast of aldehydes- what heaven - steamy hot clean searing aldehydes and white flowers- none really stand out on their own. Strong ,good tenacity and sillage especially for extrait. This really is the olfactory equivalent of the color white. White pressed linen clothes sitting in the sun . The drydown is lily ,vetiver and vanilla with just a touch of incense - more delicate and dry than the top and middle of No.22 . I find the drydown compellingly weird and twisted actually. I even detect a gaseous note in the dry down - perhaps the effect of lily and vanilla .No. 22 is graceful and untouchable. I do not see the relation to 'warmth' with No.22 . This is perfume for oneself and everyone else be damned. I do love No. 22- it's steamy hot fresh pressed linen in the sun . Dizzingly clean and abstract. Searingly hot and cool at the same time. Modern and yet classical. Okay edit April 2012- Chanel No. 22 has overtaken No.5 for me. Especially in parfum extrait. No.22 extrait is by far longer lasting than No.5 .
Chanel No.22 is much prettier and ten times sexier than Chanel No.5. No.5 is like sharp baby powder and old cosmetics, whereas No.22, although powdery as well, has a beautiful array of floral accords, smokey incense and bourbon vanilla. I can really smell the ylang ylang in this fragrance, along with the vanilla and the lily of the valley. These combined notes gives this scent a classically feminine appeal. It's a confident scent with a touch of youthfulness, particularly with the sweet nuances. I initially detested aldehydes when I was younger, however since reaching my 20's, powdery scents are classified by me as being sexy scents. Chanel No.22 is very white, but nowhere near being innocent. It brings to mind the feeling of being prim and proper but flirtatious at the same time. The powder in this fragrance is less alarming than some aldehydic fragrances I've tried. It has some similarities to the beautiful D&G Women (the one with the red cap), which I also adore. The sillage and lasting power is commendable, as is its ability to work well with any kind of skin chemistry. I highly recommend this classic Chanel masterpiece.
This one, together with Sycomore, Bois Des Iles and Cuir De Russie IMO stays at the top of the Chanel Collection. Sort of a pushed to the limit version of N.5. The Huge amount of aldehydes in the opening is almost breathtaking. It's like beeing on top of a 2300 feet mountain and having a deep breath. It takes serious and very solid skills to make a fragrance like this and do it perfectly as it moves on a very dangerous territory that can easily turn into disastrous displacements. Chanel N.22 is the apotheosis of aldehydes fragrances and yet a very elegant and classy-classic perfume. Ever wondered how aldehydes smell like? Check this out and, at least, you'll end up having bigger lungs. A masterpiece. I'm sorry but I won't go through the orthodox scent explanation as I think this is the kind of fragrance everybody should at least test.
No. 22 by Chanel, 1922
|Middle Notes||Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang, Rose|
|Base Notes||Vetiver, Vanilla, Incense|
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