Thread: Chanel Or Guerlain?
I do think Chanel has some strong scents but there are a few Guerlain classics that go beyond, and some of their more recent more exclusive scents have been very special too. So Guerlain for me.
It's pretty close, but I chose Guerlain.
"I love that a scent can make memories come alive."
I'm going to go pout now and watch my Coco Chanel DVD. My favorite part is when the young niece is about to leave to go out. Coco says "you are not going out like that are you?" She rips off part of the young woman's frilly dress and grabs a piece of sheer curtain to make a scarf. Coco then douses her in Chanel #5 parfum. "Now, you are ready." I LOVE IT!!!! Simple, classic attire and a beautiful fragrance are all a woman or man needs to make her/his statement! Classic Chanel.
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Chanel has always appealed to me more than any of Guerlains fragrances. So Chanel it is, and I bet noone is surprised of my choice.
I'm with you Chanel fans. While I have four personal 5-star favorites from Guerlain, I have eight from Chanel, so my choice is clear.
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I wished I could have voted for both, but I give the edge to Guerlain
I own/desire more from the Chanel house than Guerlain. They just work better on me. Chanel recieves more of my business, so Chanel it is.
Guerlain or Chanel? The envelope please? The winner is Guerlain! (much applause, the people stand)
Guerlain's recent releases are pretty dreadful but their old catalog clinches it for me. Chanel is certainly the stronger performer in recent years.
Guerlain's recent (well, kind of recent) releases that completely captured me, as I look back, were many:
Philtre d' Amour
Plus que Jamais
Sophie (which I had to learn to love, but love I do)
Shalimar eau legere
Mitsouko fleur de lotus
Recent Chanel that completely captured me - there was only one:
31 Rue Cambon
Now, all the recent releases from Guerlain are discontinued!
Nonetheless, my vote goes to Guerlain. They were indeed beautiful while they lasted....I WISH they would bring all of them back!
If someone put a gun against my head - Guerlain, but I'd really rather not have to choose. Both houses have a plethora of delights in their respective portfolios and it would be criminal not to own and enjoy them all. Glad this poll is only theoretical.
Guerlain without a doubt.
Chanel by a long shot, given Guerlain's current status. If I took everything they put out as a whole, Guerlain would win, but taking their current line up and reformulations, Chanel strikes me as being far more appealing.
Want my vote, Guerlain? Bring back Parure and L'Apres L'Ondee extrait.
Guerlain got my vote. I only own one Chanel, No 5, but quite a few Guerlains.
I love Egoiste and Pour Monsieur, the les exclusifs are too out of reach, allure homme is vile (sweet, sticky mess)
I love all my Guerlains. l;instant, mitsouko, coriolan, l'heure bleue, heritage, habit rouge........so yes its guerlain.
seeking mitsouko 50ml's cap....desperately!!
And Chanel needs to show its "exclusifs" to compete with the regular Guerlain line... i've never tried nļ 22, bois des iles, etc... as i've never tried many guerlain exclusives.
Talking about regular lines, i prefer Guerlain. Chanel's masculine line it's kinda average.
I love both but I love Chanel a bit more, so Chanel it is for me.
Since Caron lost to Guerlain, I can see that these type polls mean for the historical importance...And I suppose the historical importance of Guerlain is unapproachable....Although right now I'm basking in a cloud of powdery creamy lavender and vanilla with a playful pepper note, which I believe to be the finest lavender frag ever....of course its Caron...So my personal favorite fragrance is a Caron....And it has come through reformulation far better than my favorite Guerlains....I love the interview with Thierry Wasser...and their newest Tonka Imperial makes me think the future is also bright for Guerlain....Just so long as I can keep wearing my favorite Carons..and don't have to pick a frag from either of these two houses ..Ha,Ha....These things are silly...
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This is a toughie. I love Chanel and I love Guerlain. I picked Guerlain only because they have a wider range of fragrances and they stick to fragrance/beauty exclusively - which I like (as opposed to Chanel, which was a fashion house first). xx
I have to go with Guerlain.
Love them both, but there are very few Chanels I actually like to wear (and so many Guerlains I *do* wear).
Fortunately we will not have to make this choice in real life.
I like the vintage Guerlains, but what they've done to the modern ones (Dior especially) is a crime. The Chanels seem less "gutted" somehow, so my vote would have to go to Chanel.
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Some of the Exclusifs from Chanel have won me over, I've gotta hand it to Chanel. Guerlain is right next to them though
In their original formulations, Chanel, hands down.
In view of only their current issue, neither house appeals to me anymore.
Maybe it's just how I have come to both of these houses over the years but it seems to me that Chanel turns out beautiful perfumes that are to be worn with a capital 'W', whereas Guerlain more often than not creates stories to be inhabited - there's a bit more romance going on. There are classic pieces of work from both, of course, but I own and wear way more Guerlain stuff.
I think Chanel deserves extra credit for:
1) the diffuser spray feature of some of their new releases -very nice!
2) A range of bottle sizes. Too many Guerlains are sold only 75 ml. I'm a 30-50 ml gal.