Its just Chanel and their marketing...these are the same people that market Sycomore to women and to me Sycomore is more masculine than feminine. Its all just a marketing scheme. To me Coromandel smell EXACTLY like Musc Ravageur, yet Musc Ravageur is marketed as unisex...hmm, so if Musc Ravageur which is essentially Coromandel, and Musc Ravageur is unisex....then Coromandel is UNISEX!!!
the woman of my dreams wear this. This makes me the woman of my dreams. oh well at least i always agree that i am great and always understand my feelings, am thoughtful and caring and we never fight over what program to watch
I take a bottle of wine and I go drink it among the flowers.
We are always three ... counting my shadow and my friend the shimmering moon
Happily the moon knows nothing of drinking, and my shadow is never thirsty
When I sing, the moon listens to me in silence. When I dance, my shadow dances too.
After all festivities the guests must depart. This sadness I do not know.
When I go home, the moon goes with me and my shadow follows me
Li Po - II bc
Unisex. A fragrance this beautiful shouldn't be kept to just half the world. Beautiful patchouli drydown, and I'm not even a fan of patchouli. Wear and enjoy.
It's feminine, but with an unisex touch. One of the few feminine scents I feel comfortable wearing.
This one, along with Sycamore, smells more masculine than feminine to me from this line.
It is throat-achingly sweet on me, so I don't enjoy it, but that sweetness doesn't exactly make it feminine. There are plenty of sweet masculines out there. Overall, I would say this is perfectly unisex in its construction.
Also, I agree strongly with your Musc Ravageur comparison. Maybe remove that hint of animalism and add bit more honey and spice, and you have something very close to Coromandel's base.
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
I don't like Coromandel because it has an off-putting, sharp medicinal note in it that I find very disagreeable.
I had the chance to try the whole (?) line in Dublin. I didn't find one which I wouldn't see on the feminine side.
I wear it all the time and find it to be one of the best of the houses offerings, male\female\unisex or whatever corporate arbitrary classification it falls under.
Last edited by Aphid; 24th December 2010 at 03:05 PM.
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.
Any good european site to buy les exclusifs online?
How on earth does someone get Musc Ravaguer from Coromandel is beyond me. They are not even similar.
I think this one is definitely unisex and that it vears slightly towards masculine.
The only Les Exclusifs I wouldn't wear are the two very feminine ones, No. 22 and Gardenia. I think all the other ones are fair game for both sexes. And the real gem in the collection is Bois Des Isles.
Just reviewed a sample of this yesterday. Absolutely stunning in my opinion. Very much unisex and very much getting purchased!
I rock Coromandel. The drydown is fantastic.
"I am a robot and I like cheese"
1. Axe Kilo
2. Lectric Shave
3. Vicks Vapor Rub
4. Febreze Pour Homme
5. Preferred Stock
Too much patchouli for my taste.
My current top ten:
1. Spice and Wood
2. Tonka Imperiale
3. Dior Homme
4. Pure Malt
5. Oud Wood
6. Ambre Nuit
7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
8. Noir de Noir
9. Apple Brandy
10.Straight to Heaven
It makes me cough - too much powder or patchouli? not sure which ingredient. LOVE the smell though.
It centers around patchouli, so yes, on one hand. On the other hand, it has mega sillage and mega longevity, usually that characterizes many classical female fragances.
Wrapping it up, try it and judge by yourself.
My favourite patchouli scent. Smells divine.
Coromandel by Chanel is a high-quality composition that is definitely unisex, if not leaning masculine. Its elegance will shine in the fall and winter.
Skin chemistry is everything - a bit sweet but can be pulled of by men too.
Keeping in mind that the designation of "male" versus "female" is an arbitrary designation, I don't think Coromandel has many characteristics one would typically consider as hyper-feminine except for, as someone mentioned, sillage and longevity. I've tried quite a few from the Exclusifs and have liked them all very much, and own 3 of them (Coromandel included). I definitely think you can wear this and not feel like you're wearing a women's perfume. It's absolutely worth trying.
TOP 3 hot weather:
1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. Creed Millesime Imperial
3. Lalique Encre Noire
TOP 3 cold weather:
1. Dior Homme
2. Eau Des Baux
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
Thanks Dreamer for the answer. I do wear business suit and tie most of the days due to my profession and social life. What I tried to say is that I am quite heterosexual and SOME, not all, of the positite reviews given by man about this type of cologne (unisex) and type of question come from homosexual men, which make colognes leaning of the femenine side suitable for what they might be looking for, but not quite for me.
If you like and can wear LIDGE, you can wear Coromandel, IMO.
I don't think 'The Rock' asks for other folk's opinions, on what he can or can't wear, though.
“interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.” - Susan Sontag