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    Default Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Dear Friends,
    That time of the month where i have to pick ONE from Chanel's Les Exclusif Range.

    I found that i liked these the best (in no order)

    1.Bois Des Iles
    2.Cuir De Russie
    3.Sycamore
    4.Coromandel.

    Please Do me the favor by Selecting the "One".
    I do not know how to post a poll - or i would have.

    Thanks a million!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Of course all 4 are worth having. If I should choose one I'd pick Cuir de Russie because it is a special, smooth and sensual leather-and-so-much-more-fragrance.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Sycomore. A masterpiece.

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    Cuir de Russie in extrait de parfum version is my no 1. Bois des Iles and Sycomore are fantastic as well though!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    i am leaning more towards Bois Des Iles or Cuir de Russie - but its difficult to choose - esp dry down from a chanel card!

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    Cuir de Russie.
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Bois des Iles is my personal favorite, I have the parfum.

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    SycOmore

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    You'll end up owning all 4 in the long run, but in the mean time Coromandel will yield you the most complements.

    I would go:

    1) Coromandel
    2) Sycomore
    3) Bois des Illes
    4) Cuir de Russie

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    All 4 are good, but Sycomore wins this race in a walk!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Quote Originally Posted by >BOOMER< View Post
    All 4 are good, but Sycomore wins this race in a walk!
    Agree.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Easily Sycomore
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    If I could have only one I would go with Cuir de Russie. But I would buy all four!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Coromandel.
    One of the smoothest patchouli fragrances out there with plenty of sillage and longevity. Patchouli softened by woods, soft florals and white chocolate. The most daring of the Chanel Les Exclusifs as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    You'll end up owning all 4 in the long run...
    I agree with this, and would recommend all of them, in the following order:

    1) Sycomore
    2) Coromandel
    3) Cuir de Russie
    4) Bois des Iles

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    I agree with Andy^

    You might think differently about them if you've only sampled them on card so far, Instead of Bois des Iles I'd always recommend trying its spiritual follow up Egoiste instead for a guy.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Sycomore, by a large margin!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    6 for Sycamore
    5 for Cuir De Russie
    2 for Coromandel
    1 for Bois De Iles

    From the First Impression - I preferred Cuir de Russie - Sycamore was scary, but i am beginning to love the dirty dry down
    Coromandel is pretty special and Bois de Iles, is the easiest to wear in my climate! ( i live in a very humid country)

    Really close call now between Cuir de Russie and Sycamore!

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    another one of Sycomore


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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    All are wonderful. Coromandel and Sycamore are the longest lasting from my experience.

    Bois De iles and CDR might be frustrating to you since they sit close to the skin.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    These are my favourites as well. Difficult decision... No idea. I'd probably go for Coromandel

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    I'm a Coromandeliac.
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    I have Sycomore and will be getting Cuir de Russie very soon so these are my priorities. Besides the ones you mention, I also like the Eau de Cologne.

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    For me it's a no-brainer. Sycomore wins hands down. Smoky opening but a luscious woody/sea breeze dry-down that had me buying a small bottle in hours. Soon I will buy another one of these for the winter season.

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    Since you live in Malaysia, I vote for Sycomore. It is the one I use the most in humid summers in DC, as it is fresh, natural smelling, and very persistent.

    I love CdR too. I would consider buying the parfum, though (that is what I have), because it is more long lasting and richer, though less floral. Of course, it is also much more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Since you live in Malaysia, I vote for Sycomore. It is the one I use the most in humid summers in DC, as it is fresh, natural smelling, and very persistent.

    I love CdR too. I would consider buying the parfum, though (that is what I have), because it is more long lasting and richer, though less floral. Of course, it is also much more expensive.

    cacio
    How long would your bottle of CDR parfum last you if you were to use it every day ? 15 ml to me might last 2/3 weeks. Does that seem right ?

    You keep saying longevity is great but you don't mention projection along with it. Does the parfum just last longer as a skin scent period ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LloydLlewellyn View Post
    I'm a Coromandeliac.
    Haha, I tried to click "Like" on this, then remembered I'm not on Facebook. : )

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Sycomore

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    Coromandel, but I have only sampled Cuir de Russie

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    coromandel

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    Cuir de Russie, although I received more compliments on Coromandel.

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    Coromandel may be the most surprising of the bunch. It's clearly a patchouli-prominent, but it has none of the negative/'dirty hippie' connotations that patchouli usually carries. Plus, the longevity is off the chart--WEEKS, no exaggeration. The smell even survives laundering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    Coromandel may be the most surprising of the bunch. It's clearly a patchouli-prominent, but it has none of the negative/'dirty hippie' connotations that patchouli usually carries. Plus, the longevity is off the chart--WEEKS, no exaggeration. The smell even survives laundering!
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    SycOmore
    I agree!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Cuir de Russie and Coromandel are my favorites.

    Cuir de Russie. Its so smooth that i dont want to smell nothing but my arm.
    Bois des Iles is so common with Egoiste to own both.
    Sycomore is very earthy to me, i dont like it any way.
    Coromandel is heavy and a favorite of mine.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Even though I love vetiver and smokey accords and Sycomore, I suggest Coromandel. Its truly a great perfume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    You'll end up owning all 4 in the long run, but in the mean time Coromandel will yield you the most complements.

    I would go:

    1) Coromandel
    2) Sycomore
    3) Bois des Illes
    4) Cuir de Russie
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    coromandel for me

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    thank you my friends - i am putting it down to Coromandel and Cuir De Russie - now need to choose
    between these two -
    i realize, Sycamore is just too heavy for me, even though it has the best composition out of all four as well as silage and longevity, malaysian humidity is just too insane for sycamore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benzganesh View Post
    thank you my friends - i am putting it down to Coromandel and Cuir De Russie - now need to choose
    between these two -
    i realize, Sycamore is just too heavy for me, even though it has the best composition out of all four as well as silage and longevity, malaysian humidity is just too insane for sycamore.
    Since it's between these two, give them each some time and full wearings and see which gives you the best result and which you prefer more.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    really? if anything I would have thought that Sycomore or maybe Bois would be best suited for the heat whereas Cuir will get way too heavy and Coromandel could go either way.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    In this order:

    Cuir De Russie
    Sycamore
    Coromandel.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Sycomore, with Coromandel a close second.

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    Another one for Sycomore.

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    Bois des Iles for me, especially given you'll be wearing it in Malaysia.

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    CdR
    BdI
    Coromandel/Sycomore joint third.

    Saying that donat take my advice I bought my 4 favourits and decants and minis of others as I couldn't make a decision!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Those bottles just look fantanstic all lined up next to each other Hint, hint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benzganesh View Post
    thank you my friends - i am putting it down to Coromandel and Cuir De Russie - now need to choose
    between these two -
    i realize, Sycamore is just too heavy for me, even though it has the best composition out of all four as well as silage and longevity, malaysian humidity is just too insane for sycamore.
    Coromandel is thicker feeling than Sycomore. Vetiver is a note I feel works in all weather, I feel that way about leather also.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    I have a 75ml bottle of Cuir De Russie which cost me £100 from Selfridges in London.

    I didn't have think twice about buying it.

    If I find myself in London again, I will buy Sycomore ... and another bottle of CdR.

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    If it were up to me - definitely Bois des Iles - it is amazing!

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I would also have gone Sycamore, but picked up Coramadel this past weekend, and now I do not know. It would be a tough decision on these two.

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    I hate to say it but after spending time with quite a few of the Les Esclusifs I find them leaning too much on the feminine side. Some are less feminine than others but ALL are rather sweet.

    At the moment I own and love coromandel. However a little voice inside me tells me not to wear it in public. I am 5' 11 210 with mucho body hair. It just doesn't feel right. If anything it would be great on an intimate date.

    There are definitely guys that can pull these off but IMO they aren't for everybody.

    Again I hate to say it but I think some of you guys will agree....at least in private

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Coromandel

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Quote Originally Posted by thatmakesscents View Post
    I hate to say it but after spending time with quite a few of the Les Esclusifs I find them leaning too much on the feminine side. Some are less feminine than others but ALL are rather sweet.

    At the moment I own and love coromandel. However a little voice inside me tells me not to wear it in public. I am 5' 11 210 with mucho body hair. It just doesn't feel right. If anything it would be great on an intimate date.

    There are definitely guys that can pull these off but IMO they aren't for everybody.

    Again I hate to say it but I think some of you guys will agree....at least in private
    I'm 6'2" and 205, with more body hair than I care to admit, and do not find Coromandel feminine at all.

    Like any fragrance, not everyone can pull off every fragrance.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Sycomore and Coromandel are in no way "feminine". Although they would smell great on a girl.

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Tough one. I love all of them but would go for Sycomore.
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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    I just blind bought Bois des Iles after reading the description of notes on the Chanel website and not finding any samples to test on the net. I haven't received it yet, and I must say I'm a bit worried it may be too feminine for my liking without having sampled it. I'm not big on powdery scents. Can anyone comment on the powdery accords or lack there of in the Les Exclusifs BDI EDT?

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    Default Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles are my favourites of the four, but Cuir de Russie is stand out the best of the bunch. Sycomore was and remains a huge disappointment to me, weak, pointless and sour. Coromandel is beautiful but challenging though ultimately very rewarding. Cuir de Russie would be my choice.

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    Coromandel

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    They are all good, depending on your personal taste in notes, you make that decision. If you have money, coromandel, cuir de russie is worth having, even though I feel coromandel is a bit more for mature audience. If you love vetiver then I will suggest sycamore

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