A little Monday Chanel bubble

While out doing some retail returns this weekend, I passed by a department store’s Chanel counter. I haven’t been wearing dear old Chanel at all lately (and not really a whole lot of anything, to be honest), but I saw a big ‘ol tester bottle of the L’Eau, or No. 5 Lite, for the younger folks, as I think of it. After a nice spritz, I looked over and saw the Cristalle tester, so gave that a whirl on my other wrist.

ChanelFor the rest of the afternoon, I floated on my own little fragrant cloud, like I was wrapped in a happy little bubble of Chanel. The L’Eau was quite nice, and the Cristalle, which I’ve loved since it first debuted ages ago, always puts me in a happy place. They both have their own bit of sparkle, although not a whole lot beats Cristalle to chill out and beat down a hot, humid day.

As I perused the department store fragrance counters, nothing else really pulled me in. Although Clinique does have the zesty, jubilant Calyx, which is still pretty nice. And Estee Lauder has some ever-ready classics, to be sure.

Oh, and I almost forgot: I did try a spritz of Poison Girl, and although I liked her a bit at first sniff, she never got the chance to grow on me because when I went to sniff again an hour or so later, the lass had all but disappeared.

Anyhoo, these winners make me glad that there are still a few gems to be had on department store counters, or at least in the mid-level entries, and that we don’t always have to venture into the big city to smell good.

If you go shopping at a middle-of-the-road department store (Dillard’s, Belk, Macy’s, etc.), are scentless and want a spritz of something, what do you gravitate toward?

Now that my perfume ennui has waned a bit, think I’ll go dig out my little dabs of Chanel Eau de Cologne and 1932 and continue the bubble a bit longer. Hope everyone has a great week!!

33 Comments
Kate E. August 1, 2017

My closest mall only has JCPenney and Sears. If I make a longer trip there's Macy's and Nordstrom but I was sad to find that my closest Nordstrom fragrance counter doesn't carry any Guerlain at all. The largest section is Jo Malone (which I find too fleeting for the price). Thank goodness for the internet, but I'd love to be able to sample things for free and pop into stores just to sniff new things!

Portia August 1, 2017

Hey Ann, Even in our smallest department stores there are non exclusive Guerlain, Mugler, Hermès, CHANEL, Armani, Bottega Veneta, DIOR and Estee Lauder. If I'm ever caught short there seem to be a plethora of choices. Maybe being a city we have more? I can't talk for our more rural areas. Portia xx

Merry Rower July 31, 2017

There's a mini Barney's (Barney's Lite? L'Eau Barney's) in my mall, and I always swing by to drench myself in some Malle or other. Lately, It's been Superstitious, the Elber Albaz collab, because it's so fantastically 70's. Don't want to spring for a full bottle, but find myself looking for mall errands so I can soak myself in it yet again.

tiffanie July 31, 2017

Chanel Eau de Cologne is a winner. I really should make the effort to smell 1932 as it is often mentioned in the same breath as others scents I enjoy. When I'm at a department store perfume counter I reflexively reach for J'adore. I love that bottle. Years ago I smelled it on someone who wore it as their signature scent and it was divine. I can't explain the compulsion to keep trying it as it never smells good on me. I guess my hope is that someday it will be reformulated or my skin and nose will change and the scent will live up to the over the top marketing and my memory. At Nordies I always make a beeline for the Dyptique and Jo Malone testers. I haven't yet found a single true love from those lines, but hope springs eternal.

MrsDalloway July 31, 2017

Cristalle EDT is really good, even the new version - not keen on the EDP. I like Egoiste too. Although vintage no 19 is one of my favourites, the current version's just not the same, once the opening is over.

HeidiC July 31, 2017

Ooooh, Cristalle is a great choice. I'm excited to try the new Gabrielle, too. If I need a spritz while at a general department store, I tend to head for the Chanel counter too -- usually Coco or No 19 -- or else look for Guerlain and see if they have Samsara on hand.

DinaC July 31, 2017

Ann, One of my summer favorites is Chanel Cristalle eau Verte. It has magnolia, lemon, bergamot, jasmine, and together they capture that grand Southern magnolia tree baking in the hot humid sun feeling that I know so well here in Virginia. I bought this scent as soon as it was available back in 2009 -- a very rare thing for me -- because it made such an instant connection to me. Malle also has a magnolia as does Acqua di Parma -- both are very good, and maybe some day I'll get around to owning them, too. Magnolia and summer just seems to go together for me. :-)

leenie2 July 31, 2017

That is funny, I am wearing Cristalle today, and also have Calyx in rotation right now. Do you notice any difference in the older Cristalle and the one you spritzed? I'm running low, but can't decide whether I want to chance bidding on a vintage bottle if a new one's just as good. (It's so good!) It's sad but if I ever find myself scentless at a department store fragrance counter, I usually spritz something I already have. I don't know what my problem is.

shylotus July 31, 2017

That's heartening. I feel the same way. I always find myself drawn to the Chanel and Estée Lauder counters when I am at the anchor mall shops. I recently tried L'Eau and liked it, but not enough to purchase it. I also tried Prada La Femme with the same conclusion. It's beautiful but not something I want to have. Sometimes I look for Boucheron or Balmain for old times sake, too. Have a good week, all!

FeralJasmine July 31, 2017

Estée Lauder still has some scents that make me happy, particularly Tuberose Gardenia, and I still like Chanel's Coco. Other than those few, I will go scentless rather than wear the stuff at department store counters. Too many chemicals, too little artistry. I wish that today's perfumers would sniff some of the older beauties and understand that there's a whole world of perfumes that don't smell like fruit or candy.

Caroline July 31, 2017

Might seek out the Aerin counter at the average mall. Haven't tried many (and not tempted to purchase anything in those enormous bottles), but I quite like Rose de Grasse. Not typically a rose fan, but that one's really pretty albeit short-lived. I once had the Rose de Grasse shower gel, which was lovely.

eldarwen22 July 31, 2017

I did test out the new Chanel no 5 and I disliked it. I kind of like Eau Premiere but give me the original any day. When I am at the mall, and it's not often, I usually gravitate towards the Chanel counter. I will have to dig out some of my Tauers and give them some love.