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    Default Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    Hey all, looking to purchase one of these Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste, from reading up on the two some have said they smell similar, i can't test Egoiste locally so i won't know what that smells like, i'm waiting on Bois des Iles sample from the Chanel Boutique.

    I have tested Chanel Egoiste Platinum, i don't mind this one but felt it was a bit heavy on my nose, but i might go back and do more testing.

    Bois des Iles at the Australian Chanel Boutique is $185 for 75ml or $300 i think for the 200ml

    Egoisite 100ml Australian price $98

    So any thoughts on Bois des Iles and Chanel Egoiste?

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    I love both and own both. I find Egoiste a little sweeter, Bois has a dry Turpentine vibe in the opening.
    DONNA

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    I also love and own both. To me they're similar in the far drydown, but not so similar at the start. Egoiste is a bit brighter, with a candied fruits kind of note, while Bois des Iles has the sort of spicy sandalwood thing going on.

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    You might find this recent thread helpful:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/293...les-or-Egoiste
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    I own both. Were I to keep only one I'd go for Egoiste.
    The opening of BdI is heavily powdery, and has that old lady effect, but that wont last very long.
    Throughout BdI stays slightly warmer and spicier.
    Overall Egoiste smells more modern.
    If gender specificity is a concern, Egoiste is more masculine.
    And of course, Egoiste costs much less.

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    Thanks for the replies, i do like my fragrances on the sweeter side.

    How much does Bois des Iles retail in America?

    WillC which one did you choose/purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kandiman View Post
    Thanks for the replies, i do like my fragrances on the sweeter side.

    How much does Bois des Iles retail in America?

    WillC which one did you choose/purchase?
    I haven't bought either yet. I think I'm leaning towards getting Egoiste first.
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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    Quote Originally Posted by kandiman View Post
    Thanks for the replies, i do like my fragrances on the sweeter side.

    How much does Bois des Iles retail in America?

    WillC which one did you choose/purchase?
    BdI 200ml: $210
    BdI 75ml: $110
    Egoiste 100ml: $75

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    thanks for the prices Reza, i wish BdI was $110 in Australia that will make my decision much easier, prices over here are so inflated

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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    You can always get a US friend to buy it here and send it over

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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    I would if i could, but have no US friends over there.

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    BdI and Egoiste are definitely cousins. I strongly prefer BdI. The top is quite aldehydic, which can suggest an old-fashioned feminine. To my nose, it's much smoother and more delicate throughout its development than Egoiste, which is bright and fizzy at the top, and in general louder and heavier.
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    1. Bois des Iles--Chanel
    2. George Sand--Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    3. L'Ame Soeur--Divine
    4. Violet Blonde--Tom Ford
    5. Santal Blush--Tom Ford

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    I love both and own both. I find Egoiste a little sweeter, Bois has a dry Turpentine vibe in the opening.
    Same here.


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    I prefer Egoiste, the drydown is truly one of the greats. BdI is pretty much on the feminine side of the scale and bit too "precious" overall.

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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    Also love and have both in my collection. Can't miss with either one IMO. My preference - Egoiste

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    I love both! I'd wear BdI in the spring/summer and Egoiste in the fall/winter season. BdI has a harsh aldehydes opening, but it only lasts a couple of minutes. It also has a smoother sandalwood note -- compared to Egoiste's. Also, its only downside is it only lasts around 5-6 hours on my skin -- compared to Egoiste, which lasts 8+ hours on my skin in the cold weather.

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    Both worth a purchase,
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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    I love both and I would rank them in this order:

    Vintage Bois des Iles parfum/extrait
    Egoise Cologne Concentree
    Egoiste
    Vintage Bois des Iles EdT
    New Bois des IlesEdT
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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    Bois des Iles

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    I've owned both and prefer Egoiste by far.

    But, my experience with Bois des Iles is limited to current
    Exclusifs edition, which apparently is inferior compared to vintage versions.

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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    I have a vintage Egöiste bottle and tried BdI as well as the new Egöiste.

    My preferences are this way:

    1. Vintage Egöiste
    2. Reformulated Egöiste
    3. Boise des Isles

    Reasons are along the ones mentioned: BdI's top notes are way too femenine for my tastes, besides the fact similarities show up in the mid and base notes.

    Off topic: I have been trying Platinum Egöiste and became pleasantly surprised at its longevity and complexity. It is not quite original, but among similars (and believe me, there are thousands like it, to the point you might call them "the early 1990's version of the late 1990's acquatic / fruity / musky scents"), it smelt like the best of the bunch.

    I am wondering it its FBW.

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    Default Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    I've only sampled the current BdI EdT, but it seemed lighter and had less longevity than Egoïste. I agree that it's more feminine in the opening, but that doesn't last. I'd say overall it's lighter, more delicate and more refined, where Egoïste is a more masculine powerhouse mutation with the same central accord.

    I like Egoïste better - it's one of my favorites.
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    like him ^^^^ it's a hard choice ...

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    Egosite is a straight up masculine, whilst BDI is the more refined classic unisex fragrance, leaning on the feminine side. Although I'd have no qualms wearing it, it's actually one of my mothers favorites. Definitely worth owning both if you can swing it.

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    I can definitely swing both if the prices in Australia are the same as US prices

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