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Reviews of Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum by Chanel

Total Reviews: 129
This has grown on me. I'll leave the original review below, but my opinion has changed. Chanel fragrances always seem to do this. I always start by thinking, "It's a quality fragrance, it's just not my thing." But then something funny happens. I keep coming back for another whiff... then another... and another... and another... until I eventually admit that I'm never going to stop wanting another whiff, and I should probably just buy it because apparently I love it. LOL I still find Coco Mademoiselle a little too pretty for my tastes, but I remembered that I've got an Aveda hair product I never wear because the patchouli-based scent is too ugly. Too pretty + too ugly = just right :)

Original review: I found this underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly pleasant fragrance. It's well balanced with a nuanced composition. It's just... kind of... boring. To be fair, this is the THIRD Oriental Floral with similar accords (citrus/rose/patchouli/vanilla) that I've tried this week! Based on the release dates, it seems like Coco Mademoiselle is what started this trend, and the one that everyone is trying to mimic. I'd say it deserves the flattery. None of the others I've tried have come close to capturing the quality of Coco Mademoiselle. Its sillage and longevity are off the charts, but it's nuanced and complex enough that it never feels cloying. It's just too pretty for my tastes. I like a little bit of ugly in my fragrances :)
13th January, 2021 (last edited: 14th January, 2021)
Half asleep flying home from a business meeting I got this wonderful whiff everytime one off the stewardesses passed me. Just had to ask here what she wore. Promptly ordered a bottle for the missus and I just hope it’ll be as good on her as it was on that stewardess.

A true Chanel. Classy and well put together.

06th October, 2019
Bitter, tangy citrus to start. Moments later it becomes a bit sweeter. Then, some floral notes appear. Seems rather "mainstream" in its profile so far.
It's pretty thus far - just not my style.
None of the heart notes scream louder than the others - there is that. They are muted, but nicely mixed.
Patchouli moves in rather quickly.
Turns more floral with an amber accord sweetness - vanilla-esque. A vague 70's musk. This was maybe designed for the modern 20-something crowd?
In my youth, I may have been all over this scent, if I could've afforded it. Bits of vetiver, jasmine, and other "pretty" notes take over. Tomboy as I am now mostly, I wouldn't wear this with any frequency. However, I do think it's pretty. Safe.
I'm rambling. Kiera Knightly, come save me!
27th August, 2019
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Coco Mademoiselle - Chanel
A very Chanel-unworthy perfume that smells like a tiredsome excercise to impress young women with something that radiates quality because it reads Chanel on the label but in fact smells very mediocre. Almost if it was made by an old grumpy free-lance perfumer who is out on ideas and hates to work on monday-mornings.
03rd July, 2019
Coco Mademoiselle (2001) is a fruity ozonic update to the original Polge-penned Coco Chanel (1984) coming in a clear bottle full of bright pink liquid, bearing only the slightest resemblance in the heart but otherwise being of an entirely different character. Most major designers releasing scents like these (particularly men's iterations) have long ago discontinued them when the youth-targeting ultra-tart genre proved to not age very well once it left the mid 2000's, while Coco Mademoiselle has not just endured, but also spawned various concentrations/semi-flankers to boot. The style is admittedly garish and flamboyant, featuring a ton of "sour candy" and denatured patchouli in the note tree. Normally I hate "fruitchouli" with a passion but this speaks to my flamboyantly gay side so much I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I can't say there is a single lick of unisex potential with Coco Mademoiselle, but I'd still wear it; make of that what you will. Coco Mademoiselle feels both like a scent blatantly catering to youth, but also irreverent to the concept of age-targeting in the perfume with the way it finishes.

The opening blast of Chanel Mademoiselle is almost obnoxiously bright and puckering in tartness, almost scary for the first few moments because of how it resembles the aforementioned "sour candy". Lots of bergamot, lemon, ozone, and grapefruit. Ozonics of this period had the olfactory profile of a Jolly Rancher for the most part, and super-tart lychee sneaks into the opening from the heart, followed by a sweet jammy rose. There is some jasmine hedione in the heart too, and galoxide is definitely part of the profile too, so expect a bit of that "Fabuloso" vibe into the patchouli base. Dihydromyrcenol makes its presence felt too, and the unabashedly synthetic bounce of Coco Mademoiselle would rip most perfumes apart, but Polge seemed to have designed Coco Mademoiselle around this bounce, as the rose and patchouli from the original connect in a way that this feels like a Coco flanker, but will never be mistaken for Coco. A boozy vanilla and musk tone finish up with the patchouli, helping calm down the rakish top but retaining the sour candy vibe. The final finish is crystalline sour-sweet and only a smidgen animalic, like a set of training wheels prepping you for the original Coco, but still a lot of fun with performance to match.

A lot of perfumistas will rake Polge over the coals for making something like this, and blaspheme the name of Chanel in anger, but I appreciate the risk taking here, for is it not so different from the risk taking he did with Coco or even Antaeus (1981)? This will likely have maximum appeal with the generation it was made for, who are all approaching 40 by the time of this review, and ready to receive slightly more-mature flankers like Coco Noir (2012) and Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense (2018) with open arms. Coco Mademoiselle really was like Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (2002) but for women, or because it came out first, is it the other way around? Still, this neon pink fruity radioactive patchouli isotope with the half-life of a Hostess Twinkie is just too loveably tacky to find harmful, like a Hawaiian shirt on a significant other or a dubstep remix of Burt Bacharach, and when appropriately worn in warm weather during casual days out, will only reassert whatever mirth is present in a day full of fun activities. That's really the secret of Coco Mademoiselle's success methinks: It doesn't take itself seriously and neither should you. Thumbs up.
17th May, 2019 (last edited: 21st February, 2021)
I've tried sooooo hard to like Coco Mademoiselle.

I keep trying because I adore the house of Chanel, generally speaking.

But man oh man, this is a PILE of cheap plastic froooot swimming in a headache inducing synthetic aquatic mess.

16th February, 2019
Sensual, classy perfume from Chanel.

This is a floral-rich scent that is full of aromatic goodness, with the patchouli standing out from the other notes, with drippy rose petals, gorgeous jasmine and surprisingly strong lychee fruit pungence at the heart. Vetiver is dry and simple, seemingly holding hands with vestiges of the hesperidic head-note trio that lingers throughout the wear cycle. Musk is a light, white variety that adds a tiny bit of sexiness on the edges, next to the dab of subtle vanilla playing a background accenting role.

Coco Mademoiselle seems suited more so for formal evening occasions. A really nice part of the Chanel perfume collection!
06th February, 2019
If Aphrodite, Hera and Athena were combined in a single goddess, this would be the tribute to her scent.
24th May, 2018
Soft and elegant frutal, different from all the sirupy, over-the-top floral crap commercialized nowadays. Very fresh and citric, with a slight sweet touch, very subdued. A sensual fragrance for young women. It cannot be possibly overdone as the smell is so pleasant that it can be very strong yet will still not be over the top. One of the best female scents ever.
19th March, 2018
"An affront of fake fruit and brain-eroding chemicals."

"My dog looks severely unimpressed."
Wise counsel from an animal whose nose is so much more sophisticated than the basic model we humans have.

The EdT "smells a bit like an ashtray" and the body lotion even more so.

It's not just that I have a bad sample of the EdP then...

05th March, 2018
Coco young at heart!
Picasso taught you rigor
But Polge gave you depth!
01st January, 2018
A nice young and fresh fragrance, with a lot of grapefruit. Very average if you compare it to the market though. Good sillage and longevity.
01st September, 2017
A fresh light aldehydic. Warm from the vanilla, green from the vetiver, it smells expensive. Great projection and Sillage. I love the sharp note that shows up on dry-down
22nd July, 2017 (last edited: 26th July, 2017)
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My CM EdP was a gift from my husband. He bought it because it was on my "test" list. I hadn't intended to get any until I tried it, because I was not expecting to like it from the reviews.
I was wrong. While my penchant is for more intense frags, this one is so very different from my usuals. I really enjoy the citrus aspects and the soft, feminine dry down. The sillage is great, it lasts forever, and the overall impression is fresh and optimistic.
Some say it's too popular, but I just plain like it.
21st September, 2016
This, for a Chanel, is quite disappointing.

To my nose, it opens with a burst of orange, at the same time both sweet and dry, restrained. A generic chemical non-entity follows. By the time a bit of rose arrives from the heart, I have already lost interest.

With the interesting notes described above for the base, I thought this would have a weight to it, but sadly, it does not. I am left with a very light whisp of rose, with no character whatsoever.

Turin gives it four stars and dubs it a "floral oriental," but there are no spices or resins, so how can that be?

No resemblance to Chanel's classic Coco, a great floral scent.

09th November, 2015

CM is a Signature for Elegance Lady. One of those Fragrances that You always want Inhale Your wrist with it. It smells Bewitch in a Wondrous way. Classic and Romantic at the same time. Seductive,Mysterious,Dramatic, Expensive,Luxurious,Complex,Alluring, Rich and Absolutely Chanel Style.

A Deliciously fresh Bergamot,Orange and Rose Composition becomes Hazy and Sensuous with Jasmine.In fact It provides a Rich balance of Delicate feminine and Deep masculine notes as This Classy Composition is so Distinctive,Gorgeous and Actually Subtle and Sophisticated for a floral scent.

This CNANEL EDP is definitely all about what you Expect from a CLASSY fragrance.It Can be Overpowering if Too much used,but 2 spray is All you need.It is for a Dandy Lady who deserves The best and Creatives Perfect Harmony with a Precious Dress in a SPECIAL Evening for her. Ideal for COLD Weather.


Longevity?Amazing on my skin.

Thank You CHANEL.

13th June, 2015
This is my first review of a women's scent, well, sorta.
I'm a man and have been into fragrances since 2009.

I can't tell you about its individual notes, it's longevity, projection or its nuances.

I can tell you though that within the last few years of my growing interest in scents has given me the nerve/motivation to ask women what perfume they are wearing.

On two or three occasions I have been so enthralled by a particular fragrance that I had no hesitation in asking what they were wearing.

Those memorable moments the ladies have answered Coco's Mademoiselle!

Great attention getter.
19th April, 2015
This is my signature scent. It smells heavy but clean, and it is difficult to say any one thing it smells of.

I enjoy wearing it because it's a simple, good scent that smells both sophisticated and young. As a professional, it works because it smells expensive while not smelling over the top glamorous (which I find problematic in the work place).

It lasts all day and into the next day on clothes and on skin. It can be a little strong, so one squirt is plenty for me. Otherwise you get people saying that you smell good from across the room. Nice compliment, but not exactly what I'm going for.
03rd February, 2015
I adore Coco Mademoiselle! It was my first perfume "splurge", having grown up with things like Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, etc. (Hey, I grew up poor; I didn't have much choice). My first exposure to it was on a friend who smelled absolutely FABULOUS. When I asked what she was wearing, this was it. I immediately rushed out and bought it. My fragrance taste has sense grown a bit more appreciative of complexity and less appreciative of shallow lightweight fragrances, but yet my love for Mademoiselle endures. This absolutely comes across as a fragrance for day time wear to me, as it is rather light and fresh. And while there is a heavier version available in the same family, it differs significantly from this one, so definitely make sure you try it before you buy it if you're just expecting a more evening-appropriate version of the same fragrance.

I am not an expert at the various notes that make up this scent, so I won't attempt to list them out (see above reviews if you want those details). All and all it is a lovely scent that I get tons of compliments on every time I wear it. I highly recommend it.
14th December, 2014
Genre: Woody Oriental

One degree more chemical, and Coco Mademoiselle’s melon-flavored Jolly Rancher candy top would be at home in a liquid hand soap or nasty men’s fragrance. Tart berry accents eventually render the fruit cocktail a degree more complex and incisive, but no more sophisticated. Sharp patchouli and intensely sweet vanilla steer the heart into an obviously Angel-inspired patchouli oriental territory, and while Coco Mademoiselle partakes generously of Angel’s shrill tropical fruity pitch, it is a mite less brassy and strident than the model. It is, after all, still a Chanel. Coco Mademoiselle does not share Angel’s room-filling sillage and projection either, and while by no means demure, it is a great deal more versatile.

By this point you may have gathered that Coco Mademoiselle has nothing whatsoever to do with the original Coco, the reference serving exclusively as marketing leverage. The “Mademoiselle” part is on the other hand entirely accurate: this is a very youthful fragrance with many traditionally feminine olfactory cues, and I think it best suited to pretty teens. It offers some of the same fruit candy appeal as many teen-targeted celebrity scents, but it’s significantly less crude than most. In short, it’s not bad for this sort of thing, but I’m not convinced it belongs in the Chanel lineup.
11th June, 2014
Aldehydes, vanilla, rose, jasmin, ylang, something fresh and green, opoponax, lemons, soft musks. If even I could detect these barely smelling the opening for some minutes, it means this scent is really simple and balanced, and all components are there under your nose – which is something I always enjoy, no matter the quality of such components (to this extent). A pleasant "reading" for a clear, simple, delicate fragrance. A refreshing apple flavour (probably a side effect of aldehydes and flowers) and a sweet, fruity, cozy soft galaxolide base which smells of mellow musks. A chemical galore, of course: perfectly shaped and "rounded" around the composition which smells exactly the same for hours, with a great projection. But you know what? It does not compare to Coco, but it's not bad at all.

20th April, 2014 (last edited: 21st April, 2014)
To be wearing Coco Mademoiselle is like drinking skimmed milk or eating low fat cheese. When you have the delicious, real, fulsome thing (that is, Coco) standing by and demanding, "come and get me", why would you bother with Mademoiselle? It is a poor imitation of the real thing. Whilst others have remarked on the awful first hour of it, I don't mind the top notes. It is the dry down for me that turns into a weak, plastic mess. A good thing that the staying power was so weak, as it would have been soap and a scrubbing brush otherwise. I've given it a neutral rating as I have smelt it to be "nice" on other people. But truly, unless you're working in a hospital with sensitive noses around, why would you want such mediocrity?
21st February, 2014
I truly love this juice! I am in my early thirties and find it completely age appropriate, yet youthful and vibrant. When I first put it on I get clementine with sparkle of grapefruit that is replaced almost immediately by the sweet jasmine and rose middle notes. On me it settles in about an hour into the bourbon-musk-vetiver base. It almost reminds me of wearing a boyfriend's jacket and sniffing his lapel after he is gone.
03rd December, 2013
Great after you suffer through the first hour

I just wanted to hate Coco Mademoiselle; let’s check out my list of complaints:
1) I usually dislike very fruity perfumes.
2) The note listing = boring cliché line-up. Yay—another fruity-floral with a dash of patchouli. Bleck.
3) It’s painfully ubiquitous.

Anyway, Mademoiselle is, indeed, all of the previously mentioned items; however, in spite of the reality surrounding this fragrance, I still enjoy it. First, the citrus fruit somehow sticks around past the opening and blends with the patchouli and lychee creating a warm, pink haze that weaves through the composition. Below the pink haze is a touch of musk and above the pink haze one can detect the icy fluttering of jasmine and rose. The floral component is high quality and can be found in other Chanel fragrances; IMO this is one of the features that keep Mademoiselle from sliding into the pit of mediocrity. An hour later, the delicious patchouli-vetiver-tonka-musk combination takes over. This is, by far, my favorite phase and I’m shocked at how much my wrist finds its way to my nose. After the release of Coco Noir and Chance, I have a newfound appreciation for Mademoiselle…

Pros: Sexy, high quality 'fruitchouli'
Cons: It's painfully ubiquitous"

20th October, 2013

It’s sexy, elegant, classy and feminine but fresh. That’s something that really surprised me (in a good way). I thought it would be suffocating. But it is definitely not!

As many have said, it is patchouli all the way, with jasmine and musk also being notorious on my skin. I don’t get so many other notes but I suppose that’s the thing about a good -quality perfume, that all the notes blend in together and you can’t quite put your finger on each of them. I feel it to be quite "creamy" but not powdery.

It fills up a room but is not overpowering. I guess that what I’m trying to say is that the minute you walk in people are going to notice you but in a subtle way, it’s not a "in your face" kind of fragrance.
I would be comfortable wearing it on a daily basis, but I won’t because it is really expensive and I prefer to use it when I want my spirits boosted or for a special occasion. But you can most certainly wear it during the day, at night, and both in winter and summer, although some notes are best appreciated in a warmer temperature.

When it comes to the age, I would say it suits a wide range. I’d say from someone in their twenties to someone in their sixties.

Summing up, it is really versatile!! Age, season of the year, time of the day, occasion…. It really is liquid gold to me!
I really like it!! It makes me feel good when I wear it. It "dresses me up". I hope it never runs out.
Absolutely recommended! =)

Note: If you don’t like patchouli or want a very sweet and heavy fragrance, this one’s not for you.

EDIT 23/05/13: I spritzed only once this morning, and I could smell it on me all day long!! I love love love this perfume! The sillage and longevity are excellent! No doubt about it, a Chanel is a Chanel.

24th May, 2013
I used to love it but now that my nose learnt better, i smell very metallic note, is it jasmine musk combo? That metallic note shows up the most after 1- 2 hours and is over whelming, it copies a bit old joy with this super elegant rose jasmine combination, only that this is clean and very modern and synthetic version, with modern musk note, and nice citrusy top. If it did not have that prominent metallic tone it would be thumbs up
19th April, 2013
Fresh, citrusy, spicy-floral. Very classy. Amazing, feminine and long lasting. My favorite scent ever.
09th January, 2013 (last edited: 21st May, 2015)
My wife received a few samples of this and I really like it on her. Most of the frags that she likes have that same overly sweet smell like the ones marketed to teenagers. This one is much more grown up, but not old. The citrus opening is really sparkly, while the patchouli and vetiver really give it a classy vibe as it dries. I may have to get her a bottle for Valentines Day!
28th December, 2012
This is a Chanel fragrance I can handle--and love.

Not rich. Not overpowering or powerful. But not demure, either.

Feminine, but not FEMININE. It doesn't scream its femininity.

Light enough, but not too light. It goes on bright and stays lovely on my skin. A very enjoyable fragrance for me. Bright and lively.


I was far too pale and lukewarm in my review above. This perfume is BEAUTIFUL. It's classy. It's elegantly pink. It's beautifully put together and sits beautifully on the skin. It's complex. I's alluring to the nose.

This smells to me of citrus and musk, softly warm, more bright that anything, but not alcoholic. The musk and the citrus together just sit so beautifully on the skin.

This is my default perfume. I wear it as the default, and then switch it up when I'm in the mood for something new. It makes an excellent default fragrance. Easy and elegant.

I envision this perfume as a laughing, enthusiastic woman who is sweet and classy. She's assertive, but doesn't have to prove anything. She's never been told "no" so she's never had to fight.

I think that's perhaps in part why so many here don't like this. There's no darkness, and the lightness is a given. Coco Mlle doesn't have to prove herself or earn anything. She just assumes everyone will love her. This is not a complicated perfume. It is very harmonious and complex, though. The effect is rather simple, though.

Great. Now I'm holding resentments toward my default fragrance. I wish I hadn't spent so much time dissecting this.
15th December, 2012 (last edited: 06th January, 2013)
I had the EDT version first, but the grapefruit was so strong on me that it began to smell sour and I couldn't stand it. I traded it with a friend for the EDP version, and I'm so glad I did! It reminds me of being in the Greek countryside, full of orange orchards. It's sweet and girly on me, which makes me feel youthful and can be worn casually, whilst simultaneously feeling like an incredibly classy and refined scent.
07th November, 2012