I like it very much. The iris is certainly prominent. I personally prefer it on my wife.
Thread: 28 La Pausa by Chanel
For some strange reason, there isn't a thread devoted to 28 La Pausa by Chanel in the Male Fragrance Discussion board. What's up with that?
I had a sample of this one and I went through it very quickly, mostly because I absolutely loved it and also because I really had to douse myself in the fragrance to get it to last.
This iris prominent scent is woody, yet it has an incredible light freshness to it that calls to mind the minimalist works on Jean Claude Ellena or Giacobetti.
As a fan of many Chanel scents, the iris note used is also recognizable is many other Chanels (No. 19, obviously), but 28 La Pausa is not green, and it's not aldehydic like so many other Chanels.
I'm thinking about getting a decant of this, for Spring.
Fans? Haters? Comments?
Last edited by mikeperez23; 1st March 2012 at 05:56 PM.
I tried it and found it to be very faint. I prefer No 19 by far.
Mike, I've been talking about 28 La Pausa with Knit At Knite a few weeks ago and we both agreed that this is one of the MOST overlooked iris-centered compositions. Personally, I find it irresistible. It could be the incredible binomial iris/creamy woods or, maybe, just the right proportion bewteen luxury and austerity/sobriety but, as a matter of fact, it stays at the top of my favorite compositions in the same vein. As many Chanels, it shows a "serious" character which strikes me as sort of velvety-cold-elegance (if this make any sense)...
Count me in as a fan!
I agree with alfarom, in that this hits the perfect mark between woody iris and austere iris, but with Chanel's not too creamy iris note to just soften it up a tad. At first sampling, I almost found it too sharp, but after going through my small decant, I think it is turning into one of my favorites.
So much so that I bought the 200ml in January - all set for spring on this great iris.
I think if I had to compare it at all to any other iris scent, it would be Iris Pallida by L'Artisan Parfumeur, which is slightly powdery, whereas the Chanel is not powdery at all - pretty rare for a non-powdery iris scent. Would anyone else agree?
...I was not impressed by it; rated it ***...!
An incredibly flattering presentation of iris from a company that is not only famed for its use of the note, but is passionate enough to have started their own iris plantation outside Grasse.
28 La Pausa reposes on the skin as a sheer veil. A study in understated elegance which for me however, is almost too understated. I find myself searching in vain for some kind of olfactory 'hook', something definite to couple my nose to. It is as if it were a victim of its own lightness of being.
Another fan here- I have the 75ml. What I like is exactly that it is natural, fresh, pleasant at all times. As such, perfect for hot summers, but still elegant enough. For more green-ness, I go for the le labo (also in cream form), and for the over the top effect, ISM.
Have a large bottle of this in my collection and like it a lot.
I think this is one of those scents that would be perfect for layering with a body product (shower gel, lotion, body cream) or would most definitely smell 'stronger' in an EdP or parfum/extrait.
It is an EdT no?
There was a ton of rumours that Chanel was going to release extraits for some of the Exclusifs, but nothing has been officially mentioned about this.
I hope they do release them as EdP. I love this one, it is on my list.
If I have this right these iris scents all smell somewhat alike but are different by just a bit:
La Pausa 28 - is the iris that gets forgotten by "its own lightness of being"
LeLabo Iris 39 - similar to LP 28 but drier, woodier.
L' Homme de Coeur - pron. "home decor" -very green, cold iris.
VC&A Bois d' Iris - is the intense vanilla iris
Dior Homme - lipstick iris
Hiris - carrots with iris
Irisss - more carrots with drier iris
Dzongka - iris and leather
which is the perfect one? . . . La Pausa might be it.
Favorite Fragrances | Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black CDG Jaisalmer Vetiver Veritas Javanese Patchouli Sensei Ex Idolo Thirty Three Florentine Iris Azemour les Orangers M/Mink Dior Homme Cologne Rudis Patchouli Absolu Bois d' Ascese Black Tourmalene Peety Chembur
No its the Santa Maria Novella one as mentioned by alfarom.
Earlier when i smelled it. I got iris + a thousand other flowers.
Earlier I could not isolate th prominent flowers. I knew it was iris + X + apparently japanese lotus.
Later I learned what hyacinth smelled like. I'd detected it along with iris in Bas de soie but wasnt certain about it till I got a samplem of Metal (thanks Cacio) which confirmed my knowledge of hyacinth.
Smelling Citta di Kyoto today (for you) I was instantly able to recognize the hyacinth. CdK is iris, hyacinth and a droplet of something alien which I am assuming is the Japanese Lotus.
Which is why i say it reminds me of La Pausa. An iron iris in a velvet glove of other florals.
Highly recommended to the gent who loves his florals unrestrained. I , sadly, am not that gent (yet?).
I have to retest citta' di kyoto too, then. I smelled it and wasn't blown away, as alfarom. The incensy-smoky part was gone too fast. Conveniently, a SMN store just opened here in DC. Which reminds me that I recently smelled another iris combo from an Italian apothecary style outfit, 450 by Farmacia Santissima Annunziata. The top is a really good iris-dry leather. Unfortunately this phase is gone too fast - after that it becomes a woody in the style of Gaiac 10, say, which I'm not too fond of.
Btw, somebody should confirm the plural of iris. I suppose in English one would do irises. If my etimology is not wrong, the Greek and Latin word iris would do irides (with the d, 3rd declination).
When I wore 28 La Pausa, I felt enveloped mostly in just the smell or iris - not really other florals. Oh, I'm sure that it actually has other florals in it, but the fragrance IMO is very iris prominent. Like Iris Silver Mist (which I also love). Iris fragrances that throw a lot of other stuff in the mix (like Dior Homme) are not my favorite. Well, except for No. 19.
To be honest I also get vetiver. Iris and woody vetiver in the base.
I totally love 28 LP and enjoy Citta di Kyoto as well. CdK seems to have a very slight leather edge which I find attractive.
How are we all feeling about this one?
Though it still seems to be sold locally, with perpetual rumors of discontinuation status, I'm thinking of getting a big bottle.
Iris Silver Mist remains my favored "drama" iris, but the decants I've gone through over the years have always been enough as I feel compelled to wear such a thing only once every few months. La Pausa really is the perfect "white shirt" iris to quote one of the reviews - and this put me off for a while. I orbited it and was drawn to the more flashy numbers in the Exclusifs. Over time I've come to appreciate its stony, glassy, dusty elements - there is something intelligently meditative about it; just enough abstraction to render the iris interesting.
My favourite iris fragrance. It's cool, dusty, white and harmonous. Horrible cliche, but here very true: super wearable and pleasant but not boring or tiring. I love iris as a note, but at the moment this is the only iris fragrance I feel is worthy of full bottle. I even got rid of my Iris Silver Mist bottle.
Where ISM draws out the earthy/rooty/darker facets of orris with clove, 28 La Pausa plays up its lighter side with pink pepper.
I've um-ed and ah-ed about whether to buy it too, but I'm not a full-on iris freak and when I do fancy a hit, only ISM will do.
Quality composition, though.
This has never been on my radar, but now I'm intrigued. I also need to get my nose on Bois des Iles again.
Aventus? Never heard of it.
I haven't found an iris scent I dislike, yet. 28LP is the most versatile of the bunch, being a discrete mix of iris and woody vetiver. It is the only iris scent I feel comfortable wearing at the office, and I do, regularly. I have a hefty decant but am in the market for a bottle, also.