When Chanel launched its Les Exclusifs collection back in 2007, I was still fairly new to niche fragrance. And all 9 or so of them, rolled out at once, was a tad overwhelming. I found instant love with Coromandel and the Eau de Cologne but the others either didn’t knock my socks off or my impressions of them got lost in the shuffle of so many releases.
So recently I decided to give several of them another chance. Cuir de Russie will have to wait for cooler fall/winter temps, but now seemed like the perfect time to re-try No. 18 and No. 22. Now Musette did a lovely post back in June on No. 18 that spoke to that gem, so I’ll cover 22.
Something about it (that whoosh of aldehydes, most likely) had reminded me too much of Chanel No. 5, a scent for which I’ve never really cared. So the No. 22 was one of the first Exclusif vials to be swapped away.
But as the years passed, my tastes have changed and evolved. Lately I’ve sniffed a bit of the No. 5 pure parfum, and that and the Eau Premiere have brought me around to the classic’s charms a bit more and I can understand the love a little better now. Although I am probably never going to be a No. 5 girl.
Anyway, getting back to No. 22. As I mentioned above, I think my nose has somehow matured over the years, as my first re-whiff of it again brought me that over-the-top aldehyde rush (my apologies to you aldehyde fans). But surprise, surprise, it was more bearable this go-round. As time wore on, it grew on me and when I got that soft incense warming up the white-flower party, I was won over. I only have a dab vial, but it is intriguing me enough to consider a small decant to see how it does sprayed.
From now on, I think I’ll just apply, leave it be for a while and then enjoy.
Is there a scent that you overlooked or dismissed previously but have now come around to love or at least like?