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    Default Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    No! I have not tried Fleurs de Cedrat; like yourself, I am curious about it. Of Guerlain's three true eaux, I suspect it may be the least popular, given how difficult testers are to source. I shall definitely try it at some point. I would be interested to read your impressions when you do so yourself.

    Eau du Coq is really the one perfect eau that I have discovered. Eau de Cologne Imperiale has an innocence to it that I find charming - it makes me think of the young Barry Lyndon. Something that a doting mother might put onto the dressing table of her son. Naive, but in the exact way that wins over the overly sophisticated. It is graceful, and unaffected. Chanel's eau seems a more grown-up version of Imperiale to me; but Imperiale is a bit more approachable, much as a real person is more approachable than a statue. I can't imagine what would have been the result, had Chanel attempted a version of the green-floral-animalic eau that is Eau du Coq.

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    I need to give the Chanel a fair try again next time I'm in downtown (and people are not queuing up in front of the boutique's door... ha, not me, folks!). Of the Guerlain Eaux (note, I only know the current ones) my favorite is Fleurs de Cedrat, which I own a bottle of. It is a straight-up, cheerful and bright lemon (with zest and juice). It's EdT concentration and longevity is around two hours (noticeable on my skin). However, these Guerlain Eaux seem redundant (and overpriced for what they are) now with Sous le Vent (not quite cheap itself, but a whole lot more going on) and Cologne Sologne (this I just splash on me almost like if I was to shower myself - it comes by the litre) in my wardrobe.

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    I have tried the Chanel several times and just find it a bit too 'polished' for me.

    I mainly opt for Eau de Guerlain, du Coq and Imperiale these days, although I think Cologne du Parfumeur is a great modern addition to the line-up if you want some built in duration. I also have a bottle of the Villoresi, more of a special occasion one as I can't replace it locally.

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    I agree - du Coq is absolutely fantastic. I love this stuff. Merely - your description captures what's so great about Imperiale perfectly. The Chanel is more polished, prettier I think. It would be very interesting to see Chanel's take on a dirtier EdC, but I don't think they have it in them to make one!

    Larimar - Sous le Vent is great, but it's 4x as expensive as the "eaux fraiches". 500ml of Imperiale is 225EUR - less than 125ml of SlV. To me these are not really comparable, bot just in terms of cost but also in their intended purpose. You have stirred my curiosity about Cologne Sologne. I need to try it the next time I'm in Paris.

    MR - I just got a decant of CdP, and I need to test it some more. I was a bit skeptical of Wasser's addition to the line so early in his tenure, but I like it so far.
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    It all boils down to own likes and value. The Guerlain Eaux woud require twice as much jus as Sous le Vent. They last two hours (naturally), whereas Sous le Vent is a discreet daylong affair for me. Not mentioning complexity in my book.
    Anyway, Cologne Sologne is GREAT (also price!) if one cares for a straight-up neroli.

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    Just popping in to add that I get no "laundry detergent" vibe from Chanel Eau De Cologne mentioned in the very early part of the thread- it's very flowery on my skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    It all boils down to own likes and value. The Guerlain Eaux woud require twice as much jus as Sous le Vent. They last two hours (naturally), whereas Sous le Vent is a discreet daylong affair for me. Not mentioning complexity in my book.
    Anyway, Cologne Sologne is GREAT (also price!) if one cares for a straight-up neroli.
    True - that's what I meant by "intended purpose". These eaux are meant to be simple and short lived. I think they are sort of "palate-cleansing" perfumes. They are good for freshening up and then get out of the way to make room for a real perfume to be applied later. SlV is a proper perfume.

    I love neroli, I think (assuming that's what I like so much in the Chanel). I need to get a jug of Cologne Sologne!
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    Quite so, Rugeon. True eaux are merely refreshments, something fleeting but attractive, and that won't clash with any true fragrance that one might later care to wear. I would have no objection to their lasting only ten minutes, but haven't yet discovered something as fleeting as that. One can also wash in them; use them as deodorants (one still perspires, but the alcohol etc inhibits bacterial growth, making it a clean sweat); even sterilise cuts! I have fairly long hair, and use no conditioner, only eaux. I know that it sounds a bit extreme, but I have found that their scent evaporates quickly, while the oils have a definite conditioning effect in making hair smoother and more manageable. It also saves water. Alcohol, lavender, neroli, rosemary, lemon, rose, etc, all have medicinal qualities. Only one must be wary of bergamot - it is a photosensitiser. Fragrances containing it (more or less all eaux!) should not be applied to skin that will be directly exposed to the sun.

    Cologne Sologne does sound promising. Remarkably inexpensive, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    No! I really wanna try it.
    Especially now that I know
    I never will!
    Duke, don't worry, there's some great news regarding 1932 (I hope so lol) ;-)
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    Default Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I much prefer the Chanel EdC to the Acqua di. But it is really a matter of what one wants. The Chanel EdC is firmly and strictly an original recipe eau de Cologne, to be used as required as a freshener, sanitizer, and for 5 minutes of spritzy fun during the day. It is not intended to be a regular perfume, it doesn't last and it shouldn't. Luca Turin compares and eau de cologne to a waltz. 3 minutes of fun, then bow and leave. It is not a symphony or an opera.

    The Acqua di are more complex compositions and can be used as a (somewhat short lived) perfume. Which is good, but then if I want a real perfume, I usually look elsewhere. The Guerlains are a little bit inbetween, because many of their eaux actually add notes from other genres to make the frag last longer.

    Incidentally, there are reports that eau de Guerlain has also been a victim of IFRA regulations, but I have not smelled the recent version.

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