The nice thing about being a sample fiend is, if I root around long enough, chances are I´ll find either the perfume I´m looking for or I will be surprised and excited about something I´d overlooked or dismissed. This time I dug up a decant of Chanel Eau de Cologne, which got completely ignored in my mad rush to try the other Exclusifs (my favorites: 31RC by far, followed, oddly enough, by Beige. Although Bel Respiro is really growing on me. Bois des Iles I don´t actually count because I consider it a separate release… there, enough waffling?)
The Chanel EdC got all sorts of raves on my recent cologne post on Guerlain 68, and so I was eager to try it. I can´t find a decent list of notes anywhere, but it´s very much in the tradition of a classic cologne a la 4711, so let´s wing it and call it bergamot, citrus, neroli, petitgrain and according to my nose, definitely some musk, although let me remind you that I am the Musk Magnifier. The initial dominant note to my nose is neroli, and that baby-aspirin-ish smell of petitgrain.
Um. Well. I tell you, I am seriously stymied by this Chanel. Maybe it´s my decant, but gosh, it´s tepid. On second thought, it´s so straightforward it´s probably exactly what the doctor ordered for someone who smells, say, the 68 or Dior Eau Noire and thinks, eh, that there is a whole lot going on in a cologne. The Chanel certainly smells like a high quality fragrance, and … um, excuse me, where the heck did it go?
I am the Queen of Every Fragrance Lasts Until I Am On My Knees, Begging It To Leave, and yet this Chanel EdC goes missing so quick its picture should be on the side of a milk carton. Yes, I get it, it´s a cologne, but – come on, five minutes? Five minutes, tops. If I hold my nose to my skin and huff I get a lovely citrus-musky smell, but I look like some sort of perv/doofus in public enough already without walking around with my nose glued to my hand. Gone In 60 Seconds is not going to be my favorite fragrance, not even in sticky DC midsummer.
I guess today´s going to be one of those days when I won´t be winning any online popularity contests, although I´m going to work my March Magic and invite y´all to comment below on any much-loved or recently ballyhooed fragrance you find overrated or otherwise just don´t “get.”