CHANEL Jersey from the Les Exclusifs

Heya Posse, A girlfriend recently asked for a decant of CHANEL Jersey EdT. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t get a LOT of wear around here. Most of my 200ml has gone is decants and an early split. I think there might be some evaporation too. When I think lavender I will usually hit Caron Pour un Homme, Vero’s Kiki, Hermessence Brin de Reglisse or JPG Le Male. If I’m going to the CHANEL Les Exclusifs box it’s mostly for BOY or No 18. So it’s nice to have it back out and give it a few sprites before putting away in the box again.

CHANEL Jersey from the Les Exclusifs 2011

CHANEL Jersey from the Les Exclusifs

CHANEL gives these featured accords:
Lavender, Bourbon vanilla, white musk.

Before we go any further I need to remind you I’m wearing the EdT, currently CHANEL Jersey comes in EdP and extrait (but be warned there are rumblings of the CHANEL extraits being discontinued soon)

Lavender and soft vanilla with some fruity underpinnings are my first impression. CHANEL has taken an old trope, smoothed all the edges, whispered it and then buffed the whole perfection to a high shine. A perfect spring fragrance that is both unusual enough to keep you interested and low key enough to wear anywhere. I’m wearing it right now on a sunny crisp autumn day and it also fits here perfectly, the fragrant coolness mirroring the dappled shade in the park.

Actual fragrant longevity is moderate to low, or maybe I become anosmic to CHANEL Jersey. After a couple of hours all I smell is the softest wash of something something laundry. That whisper does linger but you have to be REALLY close to know it’s there. Nose to arm close. It is unisex and very calming. I particularly having the big bottle so I can spritz with joyful abandon.

CHANEL Jersey is lovely, understated and refined. Have you tried it?
Portia xx

  • March says:

    I never warmed to Jersey and I don’t know why; it’s certainly interesting enough while also being very wearable. I have Jicky to scratch that itch … it does sound perfect on a fall day though!

  • alityke says:

    I prefer Jicky to Jersey.
    Jersey is all waxed & oiled. Jicky still has a bit more hairy chested roughness to it, it’s the roughness that makes it interesting to me

    • Portia says:

      This is a really good point Alityke and I think you might have hit the nail on the head. Jersey is maybe just a little too perfect, finished and sophisticated. That could also be its superpower.
      Portia xx

      • alityke says:

        Actually I think my preferred of all the lavender/vanilla family is SL Fourreau Noir. A little more groomed than Jicky but not as glossily perfect as Jersey

  • Maggiecat says:

    I like Jersey and have been debating a full bottle. I first thought it was pretty basic but kept reaching for it. I sprayed it on my pillow once when I was in a hotel for a conference and absolutely loved waking up to it.

  • Tom says:

    I haven’t tried this one but I think Chanel in general just isn’t the house for me. Just a little too refined.

  • Dina C. says:

    I got a sample of this when it first came out, and while I liked it, I wasn’t wowed by it. I don’t think lavender ever wows me actually. But I agree that it’s easy to wear and inoffensive.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I did review Jersey a few years ago and had thought of it as Chanel trying to make a dupe of Jicky. I do love quite a few of Chanel offerings. I do wonder which Chanel extraits are being discontinued. Is it all of them? It would be foolish to discontinue no 5 in extrait form. If the larger extrait bottles are being discontinues, I would understand. Unless people have an extra $1,000 every month, I could understand the larger sizes no longer being in production. Who has over $300 every month to spend on a half an ounce of extrait? I could get an Amouage or 2 on Fragrancenet for that price.

    • Portia says:

      Interesting Eldarwen22,
      Now I want to do a side by side throw down between Jersey and Jicky.
      Yeah, I think it’s the Les Exlusifs extraits going. Now I really want to grab a Coromandel at least.
      Portia xx

  • Kathleen says:

    Chanel is my favorite perfume house, I appreciate the review of Jersey. I had a mini and enjoyed it; however, lavender is not my favorite note and therefore, not full bottle worthy for me. I appreciate your association with a crisp autumn day. I’m sad to hear that the extraits will be discontinued? I am not coveting Comete, have you sampled?

    • Kathleen says:

      Meant now coveting!

      • Portia says:

        Yes, Comete is beautiful Kathleen.
        VERY CHANEL and super elegant. An aldehydic floral with the most divine almond done like marzipan, but NOT sickly sweet. Then I get an ultra powdery labdanum rich amber and musks.
        Yeah, nothing like the note list and YMMV.
        Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    I am not big on lavender-vanilla. I do think I’ve tried it though and likely dismissed. I guess the extraits just cost too much and most people just buy EdTs and EdPs? Nice you can provide decants and enable others…

    • Portia says:

      Hey Cinnamon,
      Yeah, I get why they aren’t staying but there’s something so luxurious about dabbing some perfume on my décolletage and spritzing the others elsewhere. Decadent. If I was rolling in money I’d buy three of each.
      Portia xx

  • briony hey says:

    I love Jersey. I find it very calming. Nice to wear when you want something easy and don’t want to make a statement.