Dearest and most delightful Olfactoria’s Travelers,
I am not really the cool, crisp and classy kinda guy or gal on most occasions, there are plenty of words to describe me (some of them even printable in a family blog such as this) but those three seem elusive, to say the least. Yet there are moments in my life where that is exactly what is called for, a fragrant veneer of respectable that can help me fake it till I make it. Large fundraisers when I am a guest, business lunches, weddings and funerals all require something old school and debonair. Where else would I look for such a thing than the hallowed halls of CHANEL?
Eau de Cologne was created by Jacques Polge for CHANEL in 2007.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, bergamot, citruses, green notes
Heart: Pettigrain,. neroli, spicy notes
Base: Tonka bean, musk
I have not smelled the original 1924 Ernest Beaux composition but I read that this incarnation has little to do with it.
Fresh, bright cool and retro CHANEL Eau de Cologne is like a school tie, it announces you as a cool cat from the right side of the tracks, with an air of savoir-faire.
Here is a sharp and pared down version of the classic and historic cologne done seamlessly with a lovely furry orange pith and a hint of fresh torn leaves and branch, backed up by a spicy herbaceous harmony that floats perfectly above rich tonka and softly animalic musk.
I have read that there is vetiver in the mix too but though I do get some dry green it’s too amorphous for me to really specify it. It is the most straight forward and simple cologne, uncluttered and minimalist.
Photo Stolen GeographUK
This is a genre of fragrance I don’t have a lot to do with but I’ve sampled some of the ones people talk of as benchmarks. Eau de Cologne du 68 Guerlain wears warmer and more perfume-y on me, Eau de Cologne du Coq Guerlain is a more floral version (but for the price is much better value), Tabac Original Maurer & Wirtz costs next to nothing yet is a spicier and more interesting ride and it has excellent longevity (with attendant memories of my Dad who wore it) and on the same price level as CHANEL, Cologne Royale from the DIOR Prive line is also a very modern and simple look at Cologne but the longevity is better there.
I get around an hour and a half of fragrant before CHANEL Eau de Cologne fades to a very very soft hum of almost fragrance. Spritzing my hair and clothes adds another hour or two but I think the joy of wearing this would be respritzing regularly so it would probably make sense to have a bottle at home and one at work for post gym and lunch. If you are after a simple, clean and elegant scent that announces you have arrived or says that you are so comfortable in your position that simplicity is your trademark then I vote CHANEL Eau de Cologne.
Also, if you are buying your cologne as a piece of art to place on your dressing table I think the chic, square bottle a very nice statement piece of objet d’art in and of itself. It speaks to me of a life without clutter but where you have chosen to have only the very best.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Perfume Posse
CHANEL boutiques and beauty stand alone stores carry the CHANEL Les Exclusives or at larger retailers
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml
What do you wear when you need to give the illusion of cool and crisp? Are you a CHANEL Les Exclusives fan? Which is your particular favourite?