Bottle Of The Month: July – And A Giveaway!

The bottle of July is not very summery, but it has been on my wishlist forever and a day, and when I recently visited the Chanel boutique in Vienna I finally picked it up and I’m very glad I did.

This summer has had its share of cooler days, so I was able to wear it quite often and it is simply elegant and gorgeous. Tara’s beautiful review does Bois des Iles absolute justice.

Do you want to indulge in a bit of golden sandalwood? I am giving away a 5ml decant of Bois des Iles EdT.

Please leave a comment on this post stating which is your favorite of the Les Exclusifs and why. Tweeting and sharing on a social media platform of your choice garners you an additional entry.

The contest is open worldwide until August 3 midnight GMT and I will announce the winner on August 4 on the blog.

Please be aware that I cannot be responsible for the doings of the post office and can’t replace lost packages.

Good luck everyone!


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100 Responses to Bottle Of The Month: July – And A Giveaway!

  1. cheesegan says:

    My favorite Les Exclusifs de Chanel is Cuir de Russie, I adore leather fragrances and this buttery, floral leather is near perfect for me.

  2. Cuir de Russie is the only one i’ve tried but I’m open to having a new favourite, could iy be Bois De Iles? TW and FB coming up
    Portia xx

  3. Undina says:

    If I have to chose just one, I’ll go with Beige – because Rusty also likes it.
    I’m entering this draw because I like BdI and I will get a bottle of it eventually but I want to try my luck now 🙂
    FB – check! Twitter – check!

  4. Gisela says:

    Ah, Bois des Iles… My father’s lady friend is always interested in the perfumes I wear, so I gave her a bunch of samples and minis and she fell for Bois des Iles. My father bought it for her (after she gave him Terre d’Hermès) and every now and then he likes to wear it too. 🙂
    No need to include me in the draw, I own BdI and am saving for a bottle of Cuir de Russie EdT to go with my extrait (which happens to be my favorite ;-)).

  5. My favorite is Bel Respiro, as I love all things green and fresh.I don’t own any of the les exclusifs though,but love trying them out at the Chanel counter

  6. czahltine says:

    Coromandel for sure! I finally broke down and bought a bottle after god-knows-how-many samples. For me, full bottles of perfume have to be true love–I won’t buy anything I’m just “smitten” with ;).

  7. Ariane says:

    31 Rue Cambon is my number one,with BdI as a close second,but I don’t know Bel Respiro yet!No need to include me in the draw,a wonderful MUA swapper sent me a bottle!

  8. Darilyn says:

    I have just started to explore Chanel fragrances…
    I would love to be in the draw!

  9. judithl says:

    My favorite is Chanel Jersey because it is so easy to wear.On me it is a soft but long lasting sweet musk that is never overpowering and just makes me happy.I also like Beige because of the sweetness and quality. Love your thoughts on fragrances.Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Nina says:

    Bois des Iles is my favorite! Have lusted after it and have yet to treat myself. Also love Gardenia, I wore it before it became an ”Exclusif.”

  11. Tara says:

    Oh my goodness B, I had no idea this would be your Bottle of Month for July! I’m so pleased.

    Good luck to everyone entering the wonderful Giveaway!

  12. My favorite so far is Bois et Iles, but I have only tried 31 Rue Cambon, Cuir de Russie, Sycomore and then BdI. My husband loves it to, judging by the way he is sniffing my neck when I’m wearing it. I would love to win a decant because I have only one more sample left 😉 Thanks for the giveaway! Sharing on Twitter and Facebook of course.

  13. DRTVrMoi says:

    As a leather lover, it has to be Cuir de Russie. So rich, so warming…like a caress.

  14. Sandalwood? :O *claps hands* And I was just starting to figure out that I love sandalwood (thanks to SL).

    Unfortunately, I do not know any of the exclusifs (shame on me!), but will get there soon. They are on my wishlist at PerfumedCourt.

    Good luck to everyone entering!

  15. Ursula says:

    Bois des Iles is magnificent. Please enter me into the draw.

  16. HoneyDawn says:

    Olfactoria, I have not had the pleasure of trying any of the lovely scents mentioned, as they are not carried in my area. They all sound so beautiful—I especially adore sandalwood, and my birthday’s in July, too 🙂

  17. dremybluz says:

    Cuir de Russie is such a soft caress of beauty. Thanks again for all your generosity with your readers. You are always the best.

  18. Eva S says:

    I have only tried one of the exclusives, Rue 31Chambon. I enjoy it very much, although I could wish it was a bit stronger and had greater longevity. Do you also find it similar to Enlevement au Serail? I was somewhat frustrated for a while the first time I wore it before I made the connection (“I know it reminds me of something..”) 🙂
    I would love to try Bois des Iles, sandalwood is a favorite.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I absolutely find a similiarity between those two. So much so, that I think I don’t need a bottle of Enlévement, since I already own 31 RC.
      Good luck in the draw, Eva!

  19. Philipp says:

    To me Chanel’s Les Eclusifs is the best exclusive fragrance range created by a luxury house, neither Dior nor Hermes come close. I am lusting after 3 scents in this collection: Bel Respiro, No18 and Bois des Iles. La Pausa is already mine and I use it lavishly whenever I need a break from the daily grind.

    • Olfactoria says:

      No18 is a very interesting and widely underappreciated perfume, glad to hear it is among your favorites, Philipp.

      • Philipp says:

        To me N.18 is like champagne (golden, bubbly, metallic) and a haute joiallerie necklace (golden, smooth, metallic) (quoting my fragrantica review). I have a tiny decant which I (sparingly) use whenever I have one of those dress to impress days.

  20. Oh, I’m the only one for No. 22? Ok! I’m going to give that Exclusif some bloggy love: I vote for No. 22!

  21. susan says:

    My favorite Les Exclusif is No. 22. Divine!

  22. Radmila says:

    hi, great giveaway! my first decant from the range was Cuir de Russie, i adore leather notes, but this one was too old-fashion for me. WIth the next, Jersey, i was in love for two months – and then i became just too tired of the scent. Chanel has very intestive fragrances, sometimes too much. I would love to test this one, as yo udescribed it to be a little cool.
    and i also tweeted

  23. anatu13 says:

    I haven’t tried any of them! Bois des Iles does sound particularly lovely.

  24. Marie in Denmark says:

    I’ve never tried any of them, I’m sorry to say, but wouldn’t mind, obviously 🙂

  25. Marishka says:

    My favorite is Cuir de Russie. want to try Bois de Iles.

  26. Judy says:

    I love Coromandel, but I’m sure I would love this one too! I’d love the opportunity to learn.

  27. Dubaiscents says:

    I have tried several of these Chanel exclusives multiple times and enjoy the Gardenia and Cuir de Russe but, I really find that they seem to disappear on my skin too quickly for such an expensive fragrance so, I haven’t made any purchases. I would love a sample of Bois de Iles though 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Some are very fleeting indeed. I’d love a bottle of 28 La Pausa, but can’t justify it, since it is gone in an hour.
      Bois des Iles (and Coromandel, 31RC and 22 too) are much longer lasting though.

  28. amyorvin says:

    To be honest, I have never tried any of them, but would love to one. I hope I can syill be in the draw for the perfume. Thank you.

  29. amyorvin says:


  30. I haven’t tried any of the scents yet. Unfortunately there is no Chanel boutique in the neighboorhoud where I live. Bois des Iles sounds great, I would love to try it.

  31. hd says:

    Oh fun! I’m a newbie, so I’ve only sniffed Chanel exclusives on paper, not on skin (I wandered in after I already sprayed both wrists!) but I fell hard for Chanel 18 that day. The next day, however, I couldn’t stop sniffing 31 rue cambon. It’s how I discovered that I actually like patchouli! Haven’t tried bois de isles.
    p.s. I love this blog. I’m a new reader but i gather you’ve had some ups and downs this year. I’m a huge fan and I’m glad you kept blogging!

  32. Irina says:

    would love to win BdI- thanks so much for sharring
    My favorite is Bel Respiro, seconded by Cuir de Russie

  33. Sandi L says:

    31 RC followed closely by Coromandel. This one sounds divine..Sharing on twitter..

  34. maria says:

    I have to say that this summer my favourite of the Chanels has been Bel Respiro, so fresh and classy and somehow old-fashioned in a romantic way. But I am sure that when the colder days are here again, BdI would be perfect 🙂

    Thanks for a beautiful blog and a great draw!

  35. J m says:

    I have to say Sycomore is my favorite. It brings me back to my years in San Francisco and enjoying cold rainy winter walks late at night. Recently, I shared my decant with my sister who really enjoyed it, too; and bought a bottle for her birthday.

  36. TaffyJ says:

    My favorite Exclusif is Bois des Isles. I find it sexy and cuddly at the same time. Such a beautiful, inviting fragrance! Plus I like to say the name. 🙂

  37. Maureen says:

    I am a Chanel girl since the 80’s, when I wore Coco and Chanel #5. Of the exclusives, I have tried Bois des Iles and loved it, also #22, which was pretty, but did not last on me for very long. I love Eau Premier and #19 Poudre…went through a whole bottle of it since November. I would love to win this draw, as my sample of Bois des Iles is almost empty. Thanks for the generous draw.

  38. Jennifer says:

    Cuir de Russie – it’s elegant!

  39. Seth says:

    I don’t have a favorite since I’m a man and don’t wear Chanel, but my girlfriend has been hinting that she’d like some new perfume… so I’m hoping to win this giveaway. Thank you!

  40. nicolibba says:

    I really enjoy the Les Exclusif line so this is difficult. I think Coromandel is top of my list then 31RC followed by Beige.
    Thanks for the drawing.

  41. Nushechka says:

    My favorite is is Cuir de Russie. Its elegant

  42. Laurinha says:

    I go weak at the knees for Sycomore…no wonder: I’m hopelessly in love with Vetyver ^_^

  43. Anne Davidson says:

    I love Beige in the summer because it is so easy to wear. I enjoy Coromondel in the cooler weather and of the two I would have to pick Coromondel as my first choice. I plan on purchasing a full bottle of Coromondel this fall.

  44. Evelyn says:

    Und manchmal gehts dann plötzlich schnell…! 🙂
    Heute war sooooo ein blöder Tag, da musste dringend Trost beschafft werden – ergo in der Chanel Boutique angerufen und das Schätzchen bestellt. *hüpf* *jubel* *freu*


    PS: Ich darf doch hier auch deutsch schreiben, oder? *kleinlaut guck*

    • Olfactoria says:

      Gratuliere! Blöde Tage sind wenigstens eine tolle Ausrede sich ein neues Parfum zu leisten! Ich hoffe es geht Dir besser.
      P.S.: Ab und zu ein deutscher Kommentar schadet sicher nicht. 🙂

  45. Joey says:

    My absolute favorite is Coromandel. One of the most perfect patches available on the market!

    Thanks for the draw, sweet B! ❤

  46. Elizabeth Watson says:

    Although I have not sampled many of Les Exclusifs, I love Bois des Iles–I’m a fool for those dark woody notes!

  47. natalie says:

    I am a sucker for Chanel`s Beige because I find it to be a bright, sparkling, and uplifting scent without ever being loud. Perfect for my wedding in T-9 days! 😀 Although, I have to say that Bois des Iles lies very close to my heart (my grandmother loved sandalwood and this reminds me of her!)

  48. Elsa says:

    Had you asked me my favourite last winter I would have said Coromandel, I love the neroli in the opening and the animalic insence and woods in the dry down. But right now my favourite is Gardenia, wich to me smells more of tuberose. I love it for warm humid summer evenings when it really blooms on my skin.

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