Hi there Posse. Earlier in 2020 I wrote this spiel over at A Bottled Rose: Over the last couple of years I find myself drawn to lavender. When Jersey first came to my attention in 1012 I thought it boring and banal. The name annoyed me and it really felt like CHANEL were putting out a poor version of mens fragrance and flogging it to women as a NEW IDEA. The lavender vanilla combination reminded me of Carin Pour un Homme and Le Male by JPG and I already had those immaculate creations, why would I want some watered down, dried out version. Since then my tastes have evolved and the perfect poise of Jersey, it’s uncluttered, sheer, almost musical perfection now takes my breath away. Perfect for time alone, calm, reflective and still.
Jersey by CHANEL
Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Jacques Polge 2011
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Tonka bean, rose, musk, lavender, jasmine, vanilla, grass, wildflowers
Lavender opening is fresh and delightful, it has a fresh cut flowers from the garden green-ness and something softly resinous. After a short while Jersey warms a little on my skin and becomes very comfortable and slightly lived in, soft and intimate but still noticeable that I’m fragrant. Jersey is one of those fragrances that feel small but are in fact really good projectors and leave a wonderful sillage.
There is a clean, comfortable and fresh aspect to Jersey that is like wearing your favourite T-Shirt, freshly washed and direct from the line. The colour is slightly faded and the fabric floats on your body, there but not there, a whisper of Jersey fabric that is both part of you and not. Jersey fragrance is similar, infinitely more wearable for me than Hermessence Brin de Reglisse, it is a warmer, smoother version of a lavender-centric fragrance.
Through the life of Jersey the lavender makes guest reappearances paired with different notes. Sometimes creamy vanilla/lavender, later green/lavender, then lightly spicy rose/lavender. Then combinations of more than two notes, it’s an intricate duck & weave pattern that keeps me on the edge of my nose for hours.
CHANEL counters and boutiques have Jersey EdP and Extrait
I particularly love this video of the creation of a CHANEL Coromandel Watch.
Did you try Jersey? Is CHANEL a house you click with or aspire to?