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    Question Chanel Egoiste!!

    I have been looking to buy this one for a while now..unfortunately i do not have the privilege of sampling this in the malls here coz it has been withdrawn from australia since a few years..i recently bought antaeus blind after reading the reviews here..i must say i was in complete awe of the fragrance...so much so i picked up another bottle coz i was getting a good deal and i thought i'd use it anyways..Now i am thinking of looking at this other masterpiece from chanel..

    I have read the previous threads about Egoiste and one thing that really stood out in there was that it is too sweet..I can see vanilla being mentioned in its drydown..i am not a huge fan of vanilla in my scents..bought bvlgari black & bogart pour homme blind...was not quite fascinated with either...infact i dont really like gourmand scents...i bought Dior homme blind too but the caramel in it totally put me off...i bought Black XS blind too and the sweetness was unbearable...

    I did manage to sample Allure which i found cloying because of excessive sandalwood...Allure sport was much better but i thought it smelled generic...

    Well this is the only gem from Chanel that has escaped my attention until now...

    I know i should learn my lessons by not buying blind but i cant sample this one here...I just wish to know from the experience of members here..what to expect in this really...

    Is there anything that you can compare Egoiste with so that i could get some idea? Can it be worn in summers in Australia or is it too sweet to give it a shot? Is this really a scent dominated by vanilla coz if it is then i would stay away from it. I would like to see the rose note in it which i love but i have read that its not detected by a lot of people...Does Egoiste have the punch like that in Antaeus? Does it smell anything like Allure because of the common sandalwood?

    Please give in your expert opinion on this one.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    I have it in front of my sniffer right now.

    I'm going to try to answer your questions about it rather than trying to describe the scent itself from scratch - i'm not very good at that.

    Too sweet? You have Envy and M7 both in your wardrobe and give both a high rating. I own Envy and have tried M7 and would consider Egoiste much less sweet than either of those.

    Off hand, I don't know what the pyramid is. If you hadn't just told me that it has vanilla as a basenote, I'm not sure I'd be able to identify it - in other words, the drydown is not at all dominated by vanilla IMHO.

    To me, the drydown is dominated by sandalwood but not in a cloying way. It is quite subtle. In fact, if I put my nose to my wrist, I can't smell the sandalwood but I am always getting fleeting whiffs of it in the air from the motion of my arms.

    I'm not sure I can detect the rose note. I have not had enough experience with rose scents to be able to positively identify that note.

    It does not have nearly the same punch as Antaeus in my opinion.

    Personally, I would not wear it in the summer but you might be able to get away with it in up to 85 degree weather.
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientist

    Too sweet? You have Envy and M7 both in your wardrobe and give both a high rating. I own Envy and have tried M7 and would consider Egoiste much less sweet than either of those.
    I consider Trumpers Sandalwood to be sweeter than both M7 and Envy - if Egoiste is similar to Trumpers Sandalwood, I will pass on it-
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    I consider Trumpers Sandalwood to be sweeter than both M7 and Envy - if Egoiste is similar to Trumpers Sandalwood, I will pass on it-
    I don't understand your comment as it relates to mine. Did someone say in a different thread that they thought Trumpers was similar to Egoiste? I've never tried Trumpers so I can't compare the two directly.

    But I'll rephrase my M7/Envy statement anyway: In my opinion, M7 and Envy are much sweeter than Egoiste.

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    I'm not an expert but given that you find Allure cloying and prefer the Sport version I am not sure you're going to like Egoiste.

    IMO, Allure is 3x lighter than Egoiste which has enormous sillage and lasting power (on me). I don't get much vanilla in the drydown but it is pretty heavy on sandalwood. To be honest I can't detect a rose note in this and it is not a gourmand scent. It also has that saliva note in the drydown which many mention here. As to its sweetness, yes there are many sweet scents out there but there are also many types of sweetness. Delicate and creamy sweetness of, say, Endymion is not the same as sweetness of Egoiste. I'd call its sweetness quite heavy and heady but definitely not subtle. This frag screams 'here I am!' and is anything but subtle IMO, but others may disagree. It is my love & hate frag as it's a high quality scent and not generic at all but at the same time a bit too heavy. I sometimes find it unbearable esp. in warmer weather hence I usually wear it and like it best in cold weather (below 50F). I wouldn't recommend buying this blindly however, if you do (like me) and don't like it, it shouldn't be difficult to sell/swap.

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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Egoiste packs a sweet vanilla-sandalwood punch. If you don't like sweet scents like Dior Homme or Allure, I'm not sure you'll enjoy it that much.

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    That's odd. I'm pretty sure I saw testers of Egoiste at the Chanel counter of the larger Myers stores (but I could be wrong). And I bought a bottle at Perfume Connection, so I know they had it.

    It's not the scent with the most vanilla I own, nor is it anywhere near being the sweetest. I don't even think it's an oriental, as it is often listed. I agree more with OsMoz's woody-spicy classification of it.

    I've never worn it in summer. My ladyfriend started sneezing a lot whenever I wear it, so I can't wear it round her anymore. It's a very different, odd kind of scent, worthy of it's name. I grew to like it a lot. I'm not sure what you'll make of it, as I think there's a negative correlation between what you and I like.
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    That's odd. I'm pretty sure I saw testers of Egoiste at the Chanel counter of the larger Myers stores (but I could be wrong). And I bought a bottle at Perfume Connection, so I know they had it.


    Renato
    I went to Myers, Southland. The woman there told me that its been something like 2 years since egoiste was withdrawn from here. Well i just took her word for it. If you say so i'd keep my eyes open when i go to a different Myers store.

    I also assumed that since it is not there at the Chanel counter it wouldn't be there at Perfume connection either. I'd go there and have a look though.

    Well after reading the reviews it does look like egoiste should be tested before it is bought but if i get a good deal on ebay i will snap it up and can always flip it there (like i am flipping my Black XS & Dior Homme).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts
    I went to Myers, Southland. The woman there told me that its been something like 2 years since egoiste was withdrawn from here. Well i just took her word for it. If you say so i'd keep my eyes open when i go to a different Myers store.

    I also assumed that since it is not there at the Chanel counter it wouldn't be there at Perfume connection either. I'd go there and have a look though.

    Well after reading the reviews it does look like egoiste should be tested before it is bought but if i get a good deal on ebay i will snap it up and can always flip it there (like i am flipping my Black XS & Dior Homme).

    gupts
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    I tend to stay away from sweet fragrances and vanilla, but I like Egoiste. Envy and M7 have been mentioned as points of comparison and I find Envy too sweet, but M7 is my number one favorite.

    I guess this is by way of saying that just because you generally don't like sweetness and vanilla, don't rule out Egoiste. But testing before you buy is advisable.

    This might be a strange comparison since they don't really smell alike, but Egoiste actually reminds me a lot of Dior Fahrenheit. I get a lot of sandalwood from both, but Fahrenheit is much drier, and more biting, whereas Egoiste is smooth and creamy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellsLike
    I guess this is by way of saying that just because you generally don't like sweetness and vanilla, don't rule out Egoiste. But testing before you buy is advisable.
    SmellsLike has a point here. I love sweetness and vanilla but I really couldn't get into Egoiste. I suppose it was the rose note that irritated me.

    You should definitely try before you buy.

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    Egoiste is all rose and sandalwood on me (and a dollop of vanilla in the far dry down), with a spicy lavender opening. It is by no means sweet, although I 've noticed that an older sample of Egoiste I had was much richer and, well, sweeter (but still not cloying) than the jus they've been putting out of late - overall it feels like it's been watered down a notch. I have my dear fellow Basenoter ¡Maverick to thank for opening my eyes to this beautiful masterpiece. I also think he did a thread on Egoiste and the modifications that have been made to the jus over the years.
    I say, go for it! Also agree that Antaeus is remarkable!
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    You can get a mini to try here:

    http://www.parfumflacons.com

    I've ordered from them many times. Very reliable.

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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientist
    You can get a mini to try here:

    http://www.parfumflacons.com

    I've ordered from them many times. Very reliable.
    Thanks mate for putting in all the effort that you have..Luckily Renato has offered me to send a sample of the egoiste :-)

    Can't wait to dab it on..

    As far as the M7 is concerned its one of my favourites...M7 Fresh too...am just crazy bout them...i've just been dousing myself with M7 Fresh since the last week or two...can't seem to get enough of its 'sweetness'

    Thanks once again

    cheers

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    I own a bottle of Egoiste and while I certainly pick up the rose and sandalwood notes, it's the vanilla that dominates my experience of it. vanilla is not a favourite note of mine, but this is quite a refined blend; while initially a bit sharp and sweet it dries down quite well. It's grown on me and I like it, but is not one of my top scents.

    Not sure about the 'saliva note' mentioned upthread; might be there but hadn't noticed so far. Have many people had that? Interesting anyway.
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    Egoiste has not been available (in England at least) since about 1993 (I think!) However, if you happen to visit Japan, it is freely available anywhere you see Chanel Fragrances in the bigger department stores. They no longer seem to sell the soap here though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts
    I have been looking to buy this one for a while now..unfortunately i do not have the privilege of sampling this in the malls here coz it has been withdrawn from australia since a few years..i recently bought antaeus blind after reading the reviews here..i must say i was in complete awe of the fragrance...

    gupts
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Here is one Chanel that smells of Guerlain. Now that I own a bottle, I really do not understand what all the excitement was about. I must have fallen for the crazy advertising and the beautiful music they had chosen for it. I think it isn't difficult to find a Sandalwood & Vanilla dry down that is tastier, like Musk Ravageur, or JHL?
    OK - the music is still beautiful, and was not watered down !
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Egoiste definately has some sweetness, but it also has tremendous balance which keeps it from "feeling" too sweet. Vanilla, spices, sandalwood, and a very dry rose notes dominate for me. I respect it more than I like it, and my like for it has grown quite a bit with increased wearings. While not my favorite overall, if asked I would probably dub it the classiest scent I know. Gupts, Egoiste is definately a scent that can't be done justice by a sample vial, the main reason being that the top notes can be extremely off-putting if you don't know what to expect. If you really want to be fair, I would suggest a decant.
    As for the similarities between this and Trumpers, I would say that they share a similarity in that the sweet accord in each fragrance smells somewhat similar. Each overall composition, however, ends up being quite different, mostly for the reason, like I said, that Egoiste is very well balanced.

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    My wife, as an 18-year-old visiting France, spent a ton of money (for an 18-year-old) buying a bottle of Egoiste. For herself! Anyone wonder why I married the lass? :-)

    I'm getting Egoiste for my birthday! Can't wait, can't wait. From everything I've read, this is class personified.

    *Edit: Class personified? I guess I really must like Egoiste!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jason_newton
    Egoiste has not been available (in England at least) since about 1993 (I think!)....
    They have it in Croydon Superdrug. £25 for 50ml.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenuineImitationLife
    Not sure about the 'saliva note' mentioned upthread; might be there but hadn't noticed so far. Have many people had that? Interesting anyway.
    I notice it in Antaeus, Égoïste, Allure Homme, and Allure Homme Sport, but I don't pick it up until everything else is gone. To me this peculiar odor is the biggest downside to these few Chanels. (Platinum Égoïste I simply dislike from the beginning.)

    I like Égoïste a lot, but if it weren't for that "saliva" drydown, it would contend for absolute favorite.
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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Does anyone here agree with me that the sandalwood drydown in Egoiste & Allure puts them pretty much in the league...I personally find Allure just too too sweet...If i could put it this way...IMO Egoiste is a milder form of Allure...

    anybody else out there who feels the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts
    I have been looking to buy this one for a while now..unfortunately i do not have the privilege of sampling this in the malls here coz it has been withdrawn from australia since a few years.gupts
    It's been withdrawn from official distribution, but a chain called "Perfume Connection" do stock it regularly. When I was looking for it I had no difficulty finding it.

    cheers

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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    I find Egoïste and Allure so very different....Allure is...boring, and not that sweet to me....it also has no staying power on me.

    Egoïste is magic....I find it it to be an "oriental gourmet"...it is very evocative. it has sweet vanilla and roses, and it smells like baklava!!! I get Incense, but in a subtle not woody way...i get some kind of cherry port flavour and something that in argentina we call "black cake", a cake original fro Wales, with sweet spices, nuts and lots of other ingredients...

    I LOVE EGOÏSTE, it has good longevity and projects very well.

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    I just tested it today and the first sniff gave me the thought "Oh, I have something similar to this one" and I tried and tried to work it out and then came the answer. It is Sandalwood by Trumpers, really, quite similar, especially its drydown. Chanel's opening is more masculine, with a bit of a smoky feel to it. But I have no idea which one lasts longer. It's a good scent, not out of date at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ifconfig
    My wife, as an 18-year-old visiting France, spent a ton of money (for an 18-year-old) buying a bottle of Egoiste. For herself! Anyone wonder why I married the lass? :-)
    Égoïste smells on women. One of my student last year was wearing it, and damned, she once went to see me after a class to ask questions, I could barely speak.

    I can feel the person that started the thread. I have the same problem with Egoïste, on myself. Call it rose/sweetness/sandalwood or anything else, I just can't wear it, though I think it's a great great scent. And I love Allure, M7, Envy...
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    Well, since I like Egoiste and this thread , I might just as well share some private notes on some memories linked to this fragrance.
    I was wearing Egoiste back in 1990, when I met my wife for the first time on my holiday in Greece.
    She said she didn't like my new Chanel fragrance, ...yet..we fell in ( and made ) love that very same day.
    We're still hapilly maried now for 12 years now and that first day is still linked with Egoiste .

    And what about that commercial. It's still carved in my memory.

    http://yann.gabin.free.fr/videos/chanel1990egoiste.mpeg

    Thanks Egoiste,

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    Default Re: Chanel Egoiste!!

    Quote Originally Posted by eric
    We're still hapilly maried now for 12 years now and that first day is still linked with Egoiste .
    Its so nice to have a beautiful memory linked to a perfume...i mean it just transports you to that moment instantly...its just magical...unbelievable how a fragrance can take your mind to something thats in such a distant past..and you feel so real in that moment...Its so amazing how the sense of smell is related to the mind and how it unfolds the thoughts that can be both full of love & hatred...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts
    if i get a good deal on ebay i will snap it up and can always flip it there (like i am flipping my Black XS & Dior Homme).
    be very careful buying Chanels off ebay. After Creed, I think they are the 2nd most often faked house.

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