Une Fleur De Chanel by CHANEL 1998

Hey Hey Perfume Posse Peeps, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies thrilled to be with you all, as always. I was recently gifted some wonderful fragrances and today I will share with you one I’d never heard of before, while this one was being released my fragrant mind was clearly attuned elsewhere. I’m trying to think what I may have been wearing in 1998: Le Male, Joop Homme, Fendi Donna, Versace Blonde, I think I may have worn a Jacomo at this point? Ahh, dunno. Anyway, I completely missed…

Une Fleur De Chanel by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 1998

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Jasmine, green notes, citruses

Une Fleur De Chanel opens with a big rush of aldehydic citrus and green notes. It’s fun and frisky and I think my bottle may be on the verge of turn. About a minute in a lovely banana/ylang note swans through creating a sexy exotic vibe, very summer holiday on a tropical island. I can see this being a favourite summer scent for the young and young at heart. A bright flirty and fun floral that is alluring and languid at the same time.

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Then I am left with a soft lemony green, a little bit sweetened green tea-ish, that goes for a few hours and fades to zero. It reads like a very modern fragrance and I am surprised it did not do well enough to stay in the range. A simple, pretty, green citrus/floral that sparkles? Maybe it was just too simple for its time, ahead of its time? I bet if they re-released Une Fleur de Chanel today that it would be a smash.

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I found some partial bottles and samples on eBay but otherwise Une Fleur De Chanel has disappeared forever

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Did you ever wear this sweet, pretty beauty?
Portia xx

solanace August 14, 2014

Had never heard of this one, thank´s for mentioning it, Portia. I actually like the Gardenia Exclusif, not that I´d buy it, but now I think I´ll be reaching for my sample.

SallyM August 14, 2014

How funny - I recently found a bottle of this at an estate sale for $5! It was in great condition although I didn't care for it so I just yesterday sold it on eBay for a ridiculous amount. The bidding just went up and up. I'd never heard of it :-)

Musette August 14, 2014

Other than No5 EdT & parfum, Chanel was never much on my radar. I wore Cristalle for awhile but it always made me feel so melancholy, so I stopped wearing it (note; it still does. I recently tried it and was on the verge of tears for the bulk of the morning! LOL! jeez.)..... since Possefyin' I've been introduced to Les Exclusifs, of which only Eau & 1932 thrill me...and, of course, the vaunted Cuir de Russie parfum, which is heavenly. This sounds delightful, like an afternoon by the pool with the Rat Pack! xoxoxoA

kathleen August 14, 2014

I have this Chanel, Portia. I think it is lovely for the summer. Very easy to wear.

Ann August 14, 2014

Howdy, Portia! I remember liking this elusive scent but I guess not enough for an immediate purchase. And then later on when I thought to try it again and perhaps pull the trigger on a bottle, poof! It was gone. Seems like it would do well now though. Now that I think about it, it seemed to remind me a bit of the Chanel Gardenia. Does anyone know if that one is still around?

jilliecat August 14, 2014

I got this when it first came out. It was very difficult to track down, I seem to remember, but I managed to get it from one of the Chanel boutiques in London. I liked its delicacy very much and should have worn it more often as it actually turned very quickly, in spite of being in a box in a dark, cool cupboard; a mere year after purchase it had changed to something like fly-killer! I threw it out but wish now I had kept it for its pretty bottle and embossed box.