Bumping this thread because I wore Coromandel (from a sample) to work for the first time tonight and it was interesting.
It was a very hot day. I had to work in the evening-- I wanted to wear something new, so I looked through a bag of awesome samples given to me by a very generous Basenoter (thanks again, Joe!
) and was almost going to wear Penhaligon's Love Potion Number 9, but I decided to give Chanel Coromandel a shot.
I'm a bit leary sometimes of wearing fragrances marketed to women, but I like the patchouli note in Coromandel, though I'd never given it a real wearing before. I just decided to go with it-- and even though it was a hot day, I decided to not be so chicken and actually take a chance of possibly overapplying by spraying once on one forearm and twice on my upper chest, right under my neck.
I got to work and as I walked past two female coworkers at semi-close range, they both told me I smelled great and asked what it was. I asked them if it was too strong and they replied "no, just right." One of them added "oooh, I smell patchouli--sexy!" It was kind of a hot day to be wearing such an oriental scent, which reminded me a bit of Heritage-- but it actually worked really nicely. As time went on, I did feel the scent start to move in a softer, more feminine direction, but I wasn't freaked out by it. My male coworker liked it, but he did think it skewed a little more to the feminine side, but not overtly so.
I kind of wish it would have kept the sharpness of the patchouli as it dried down, but the patchouli does soften very much. Over all, I got five different compliments-- three of them completely unsolicited-- the other two were "hey, what do you think of this new cologne?" type situations. I felt very sexy wearing it.
A very good scent.