Originally Posted by moondeva
[quote author=Pigeon Murderer link=1071607817/120#132 date=1142517751]Coco Chanel and Lancome`s Magie Noire shares that same sort of rich, honey-ish nature.
Btw, these both are quite easy to wear by men also, if you`ll just stay easy on the trigger.
I don't find this so much. I think Chanel Coco has a much more burnished amber character than the dry spiced woods of Magie Noire. I have the (pre 1980) vintage MN though so the more modern formulation may bear your observation out.
I agree that Chanel Coco would be very easy for a man to wear - a dry spiced amber.
I find Coco & Fendi Donna are kissing cousins.
Both have that Italian (Romanesque) burnished bronze baroque amber character to them. However, Fendi is the rawer, uncivilised one of the pair with a noticable animalic note throughout (musk). Coco is more urbane with a smooth dark chocolate incensey note in the base (benzoin, olibanum) smoothing over the animal rough edges. :-*
Men should definitely try them both - especially in cooler weather, winter and fall.
moondeva, you may be exactly right. I tried Magie Noire first time just yesterday - maybe it needs still more to be learned.
However, while the top-notes are quite different from each other, I really thought that the drydown after couple of hours were very similar. Amber is there of course, but these both also share a honey note. (at least imo, and also scentdirect.com for instance) I thought Coco was a bit more sweet with caramelizized notes. (benzoin) It`s also more full-bodied, more complex.
I don`t think MN is that much of a dry-woody scent. For me it seemed quite obvious Oriental - and like I said, I thought honey was very prominent in the dry-down hours.
I have these both as a miniature bottles. Coco is 4ml EdT, and MN is a 7ml glass bottle (EdT). I think I actually have that "old" Magie too.