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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    Kinok, if you have a chance, try Bel Respiro by Chanel. It is not cheap, mostly because the bottle is so huge, but it is a great green, less floral, and very wearable for men.

    I love No.19 and have several bottles in different concentrations and vintages. The EDT is the driest and airiest, IMO, but the EDP gives the most bang for the buck for power, longevity, and super-green-ness.

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    Ok I will do that! It is actually not a Chanel boutique though, it is just the counter at Macy's, so I am not sure if they will have the secret massive bottle collection. I desperately wish they had smaller bottles of the exclusives. There is no way in hell I could use a 200 ml bottle. I am pretty sure they wouldn't have the EdP concentration, but if they do, I would probably snag that one over the EdT.
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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by Kinok View Post
    Also I have to say anyone who is reading this thread looking for green scents, Paco Rabanne's Metal is SHA-MAZING! At first sniff I was a little skeptical because it is rather heavy on the Aldehydes and I thought I was going to stick out like a sore thumb as wearing a woman's fragrance (which is pretty hard for me because I wear Midnight Poison and other "woman's" fragrances with pride) but it quickly dries down to a very soft green scent that is perfect for spring. Anyway, definitely give metal a try even if you are a guy! It is awesome! ^_^
    Now you've gotten me anxious to check out Metal. Tania Sanchez gives it a 4-star rating in The Guide.

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    I think if they don't have 19 I could just order it when I get back home, but I know they will have No. 5 and probably Eau Premier, so I want to give those a try as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoy View Post
    Another awesome Chanel to consider is No. 5 Eau Premiere. It really does make a terrific masculine, and is an EDP.
    I agree with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinok View Post
    Ok I will do that! It is actually not a Chanel boutique though, it is just the counter at Macy's, so I am not sure if they will have the secret massive bottle collection. I desperately wish they had smaller bottles of the exclusives. There is no way in hell I could use a 200 ml bottle. I am pretty sure they wouldn't have the EdP concentration, but if they do, I would probably snag that one over the EdT.
    I agree that the exclusives should be in smaller bottles... but I dare say my (SPLURGEBINGE) bottle of Sycomore will get used, completely. In time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by actiasluna View Post
    I agree that the exclusives should be in smaller bottles... but I dare say my (SPLURGEBINGE) bottle of Sycomore will get used, completely. In time.
    I was in the Chanel boutique at South Coast Plaza last week, and the head of the cosmetic/fragrance dept. says the line will be coming out in smaller bottles sometime this Spring or Summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I was in the Chanel boutique at South Coast Plaza last week, and the head of the cosmetic/fragrance dept. says the line will be coming out in smaller bottles sometime this Spring or Summer.
    Good news, mrclmind, that smaller bottles are on the way. I always thought the EDT bottles were too large to buy at one pop.

    I agree that Chanel No. 19 can be considered a unisex. I have tried the EDP recent formulation and find it a nice warm weather green scent, not too floral. I hear the earlier versions had more leather.

    I dislike how companies are removing leather notes. They even did this to Piguet's Cravache, which means "riding crop." How can you do *that* with a scent so named?
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    Yay! If they are being released in smaller bottles, I am super excited! I can't wait to give them a try
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    I have the vintage EDP and tried the current EDP and EDT.
    IMO, vintage EDP > current EDP > EDT.

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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    I have vintage edt, edp and parfum and they are all excellent. The newer No 19 is brighter and sharper, if that is good or bad is up to the wearer!

    IMO any concentration of vintage beats the current formulation, but my favourite of today is edp, then parfum and last edt.

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    I wear the edt of No 19 and love it. Like the edt of Cristalle it has a gorgeous sharp quality that after a bit gives me a very close-to-the-skin drydown. I don't really look to these 2 for sillage. I also wear Chamade edp often and dig how it takes 12 + hours fully to reach drydown. SO glad to hear that some of you are enjoying Metal! Spectacular green floral with a bite. Maybe a new thread on that one?
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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    i've smelled at least six different version and i am baffled with the differences. i think they actually belong to different categories. there are common grounds though, the scent profile is very distinctive, you can still recognize that. i recommend smelling different versions first, as many as you can, and then making up your mind what you want.
    my favorite is the vintage perfume. it's sensational. i do not feel the urge to wear it often, very rarely actually, i must be almost a year ago. but when the time is right it blows my mind.
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    Sorry to bump my old topic, but I just wanted to update. The mall I went to did not have the EdT so I went ahead and bought the EdP and it FINALLY came in the mail today. I am already wearing Bulgari PH Soir so I spritzed a little on a piece of paper...and....oh...my...god. This is definitely one of the most amazing scents I have ever smelled. It is so odd I have never smelled so many different facets in a fragrance. At first it smells soapy, then grassy, then just green, but then I smell some vetiver and some leather, then its back to florals. It is simply amazing. I am so glad I bought this, an instant love. Thank you all so much for the reccomendations!
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    Glad you like your No.19. I had a similar experience when I first bought it. It is one of the true masterpieces in the perfume world.

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    EDIT: My bad -- I posted in the wrong thread! Ai yi yi ... one day I'll learn to read. If a mod could PLEASE move this into SoTD it would be much appreciated. Meanwhile I'll crawl back in my hole ...
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    Kinok,
    Thanks for the update. To tell you the truth I was a bit worried after I gave the review of my edt above, because a week later I wore the edt and found the opening sharper than I remembered and was worried that I'd blanked on that when posting above. (It wasn't a problem that it was sharper, and it was only the opening. The scent was still a full delight for the day.) I was worried that you might have got the stuff and been annoyed. Glad you scored the more rare and special edp though--and that it's such a party!
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    I don't mind the sharper opening of the EDT at all, and consider the EDT to be a better choice for me to wear to work than the EDP. The EDP feels like a very special fragrance that I tend to restrict to special occasions of a social nature that are not work-related.

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    It was definitely one of my, if not THE best, blind buy I have ever made. It is not as sharp as I expected, it is actually much smoother than Debut, which is definitely a good thing. I have this crab plum tree outside my window and it is in full bloom right now and little pink petals are falling and blowing everywhere. This is what basically what comes to my mind when I smell No. 19. The green grass and spring breeze blowing the petals around. Not too flowery, very green, and not as sharp as I expected. You were all definitely right. Once you smell this you never go back! It really makes me want to try some other Chanels now too.

    I justified this buy as I didn't spend what I thought I would at the mall, so I also purchased a bottle of Fahrenheit Absolute. Not as a successful blind buy, unfortunately, but it is definitely unique. Smells like opposite ends of the spectrum. A clean soapy spring day, or dirty sweaty gasoline. Haha!
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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    Kinok, now you should test Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere.

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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by Kinok View Post
    Sorry to bump my old topic, but I just wanted to update. The mall I went to did not have the EdT so I went ahead and bought the EdP and it FINALLY came in the mail today. I am already wearing Bulgari PH Soir so I spritzed a little on a piece of paper...and....oh...my...god. This is definitely one of the most amazing scents I have ever smelled. It is so odd I have never smelled so many different facets in a fragrance. At first it smells soapy, then grassy, then just green, but then I smell some vetiver and some leather, then its back to florals. It is simply amazing. I am so glad I bought this, an instant love. Thank you all so much for the reccomendations!
    An excellent choice! I personally prefer the EDP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoy View Post
    Kinok, now you should test Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere.
    +1

    and Cristalle and Coco also
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    Psh I typed a whole thing out and my internet died. Shortened version! I read Cristalle EdT is better than the EdP? Is that true?
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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    Cristalle EDT I like, but I find the EDP disagreeable because of a strong top note that the EDT doesn't have. Again, this is not just a question of different concentrations of the same composition, but two different compositions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    +1

    and Cristalle and Coco also
    I totally agree. The Coco EDP is awesomely rich. Chanel describes it as a baroque oriental. I love orientals in general, but Coco EDP is very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinok View Post
    Psh I typed a whole thing out and my internet died. Shortened version! I read Cristalle EdT is better than the EdP? Is that true?
    I prefer the EDP.
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    Default Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    I have only smelled No. 19 in the vintage Eau de Parfum formulation, and tonight I was able to get ahold of a sample of current formulation Eau de Toilette.

    I really liked the vtg EdP I smelled, and while the EdT I am wearing now is very recognizable as No. 19 (sharp, aldehydes, grassy, something that reminds me of lye-based soaps, etc), it seems flatter and a bit less punch than the vtg EdP. I can see why so many guys like this EdT - it smells a lot like a masculine or unisex scent. In fact, it shares a lot of the same facets of Bel Respiro, minus some of that wonderful milky leaves aura that BR has.

    I'm impressed, but I still think that if I have the chance to get No. 19, I will make every attempt to get vintage (or current) EdP.
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    I too prefer the EDP. I have several minis of the EDT and the EDP is just... SMOOTH. My EDP is a tester which is obtainable for a reasonable amount, and is undoubtably genuine... so that caveat in mind... EDP. (it's the modern version, the green juice, FWIW)

    Maybe Le Grand Duc can toss in his opinion about the version of 19 I have, since I sent him a little decant of the juice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by actiasluna View Post
    Maybe Le Grand Duc can toss in his opinion about the version of 19 I have, since I sent him a little decant of the juice?
    Oh, but he will ... he hopes it arrives today!
    But as I've told you, I've bought an EdP for myself,
    and adore it to death, so I reckon it would be the
    same with yours.
    And, BTW, now I feel even more ashamed, that I've
    bought my own, with a sample from you on the way,
    now that I know, you only had a sample yourself.
    You are too genouros (sp?)!
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    Just so I understand, you guys are talking about woman's perfume, right?

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