Because I have more time now to look into my box of samples, I made another stunning discovery:
Les Exclusifs de Chanel offers one perfume that is impressive in both sillage and longevity.
Unlike the others, of which I like several and truly adore one (28 La Pausa), Coromandel has what it takes to stay the day, or at least five to six hours. A requirement I have for something as expensive and exclusive as this line. Which is why I still have no full bottle of 28 La Pausa, despite its sublime loveliness, I just cannot get over its magic trick of disappearing after fifteen minutes.
So Coromandel is here to stay, an undoubtedly good and important point, but how does it smell?
In a word – gorgeous.
A study in patchouli, but the most classy one you can imagine, Coromandel is an oriental to dream about.
Coromandel was created by perfumers Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake in 2007, it features notes of frankincense, benzoin, amber and woody notes.
That list of notes seems not very extensive, but there is no need for it anyway. What Coromandel smells like to me is polished patchouli swirled with vanilla, a little cinnamon and chocolate into a warm and plush, dark-brown velvet cape.
It starts out as pure patchouli which can be a bit much for some (ahem – my husband – ahem), but I love it, soon it mellows into that sweet, but not overly so, entirely inedible but still gourmand in feel, veil of warmth. It manages to stay elegant throughout, despite being so cozy and comforting, in true Chanel style.
It sounds like a lot, but never feels heavy or cloying. Its sister fragrance Coco in the regular range is way more opulent and dated (it hails from the eighties after all), I can’t wear it much, and it irritates me soon. Coromandel delights me whenever I catch a whiff when I move or sniff my arm, which is a regular (if not to say compulsory) occurence when I wear it.
Patchouli and chocolate and Christopher Sheldrake – that is a combination we know. Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 is such a combination, but there is a world of difference. While Borneo strikes me as very masculine, hard-edged and dry, Coromandel is warm, soft and feminine.