Thanks for all the responses. It was a long long long day and I was not able to connect to Internet because my bus to NY did not happen to have wifi or outlets, so I was incommunicado to save battery...
Anyhoo. I finally made it in and only had less than 2 hours to hit MIN and Chanel. So, MIN. Wow. I was nearly overwhelmed with the Loveliness of the scents wafting out the door. I was there to pick up my bottle of ELDO putain des palaces. Yum!
Wile I was there, I sniffed magnificent secretions, which is a very uncomfortable and disturbing fragrance. I sniffed a couple kerosenes; not my thing. I went over to the Tauers and smelled LDDM; too masculine for me. I went over to Keiko me hero and smelled loukhoum noir/soir whatever and found it too sweet for me. But then I landed on Mogador and fell in love. So that one goes on the wish list.
Ok. Now Chanel. Yes, I sampled them all, but had a bit of nose fatigue from MIN, so I took my time. Obviously no. 22 hits me in the right spot and it likes my skin so very much. Coromandel was lovely if a little masculine on top. Dry down, as I smell it on my wrist is gorgeous. No. 18 hit me wrong. Same for Beige, Jersey (which kinda smells like New Jersey), and la pausa. Cuir de Russie was a little too much for me and bois des iles is lovely (but I already knew that from a sample I had). So, what did I decide on? If they had the 2.5 oz no. 22 in stock, I would have walked out with it. But now, I'm glad I didn't because the coromandel is really doing some interesting things on my skin (I have dryish skin). The SA felt so bad she had no stock that she gave me samples of 22, which they do have, so ask for it! I may well wind up with both 22 and coromandel. For the ones that my nose was too tired too sniff, I'll save for my next trip. Overall a nice afternoon in soho. Except I have a headache now. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach when it comes to sniffing.
Thanks for all your input. I definitely kept it all mind when I went in there today. Oh, and coco noir is growing on me too. It's not extraordinary but lovely in its own way. Have a good weekend everyone!- - - Updated - - -
Originally Posted by cacio
Most are excellent, so really the only danger is the inevitable nose fatigue.
As others have suggested, No 22 is another big aldehydic like No 5; but then perhaps you want to move to a different genre. I think you'll like 31 rue Cambon, floral fuzzy with very distant echoes of No 5 EDT; some find it lacking in longevity thoug.
Otherwise, if what appeals to you is the sandalwoody part of No 5 EDP, check Bois des Isles, as others have said.
Incidentally, I see you're also from DC. Remember that the exclusifs are also available here, though in the outer suburban reaches of Tysons Corner (the Galeria mall).
I don't have a car. : (