At least for me.
I bought the big bottle when I was in Paris for the first time, and since I was getting lost all the time, it took me a while to locate the Chanel boutique. Now the bottle has lingered several years in my closet until I got reminded of it through a perfumista friend a few days ago.
I still understand why I didn’t blink an eye buying that 200 ml for what was my most expensive perfume purchase up to then. Now I think about it, possibly ever.
Basically, what I think of it is that it smells like a dry, ambery pashmina bolstered by patchouli.
Now, if I concentrate, I can smell the citrusy peel note in the opening, the frankincense being hidden in there (that’s a good thing in my book) and the little sunshine hidden in the petals of jasmine and rose.
The longer you wear it, the more the resiny base comes through and the dryness becomes even more apparent. Incense is peeking out of its hidey-hole and the patchouli takes center stage but the resiny warmth never leaves.
And that’s it. It’s a perfect example of elegant simplicity while not being simple at all.
So, what are your forgotten gems?
And while on the subject of Coromandel, these days, I see Les Exclusifs everywhere.
So if you haven’t already, go play the detective over at Denyse’s blog (one of those places).
P.S. While searching for pics, I noticed Chanel has a nail polish of the same name in red color. Is it me, or Coromandel just doesn’t smell even remotely?
Notes: citruses, neroli, bitter oranger, jasmine, rose, orris, patchouli, woody notes, amber, benzoin, and frankincense