I have spent a lot of time whining about the lack of Chanel Les Exclusifs in extrait/pure parfum form. My thinking is they would make extraits out of 31 Rue Cambon, Coromandel and Sycomore, the three with the most oomph in them that would match well. Instead, Chanel – being much brighter and in charge of things Chanel – launched extraits of Jersey, 1932 and Beige. Well, oh-kay! I love 1932 and Beige, and this does not make me entirely unhappy. Well, except for it not being Sycomore, I’m just a wee chuffed it wasn’t extrait-ized this round.
Off went the order for the Chanel extraits, and I waited impatiently for my bottles to arrive. What did I expect? I think with Chanel, you must set expectations correctly. Given my experience with all Chanel extraits/pure parfums (Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Bois des Iles, Cuir de Russie, 19, 22, etc), what I thought they would be was a stronger, less blowsy version of the EDT. Guess what? They were! All three smell pretty close to their EDT counterpart. So if you are thinking you didn’t really care for the EDT, maybe the extrait would work where the EDT didn’t. Nope, I don’t think there’s a tinker’s chance of that happening. You have to have some love for the EDT version. If you do, then you will love the pure parfum/extrait formula.
They all stay closer to the skin, have a richer feel, do not project in that sometimes too-big way that EDTs have with all the alcohol blowing them up. There’s a refinement in all three that the EDT lacks. I very much prefer Beige pure parfum to the EDT, but I adore Beige when a lot of people didn’t find love for it – must be the hawthorn, which for me makes it way less beige.
1932 is another huge love, and I think the parfum is a beautiful version of an already beautiful perfume. I have nothing to add to how I feel about 1932 (see review links below) except more love.
Chanel Jersey is one I liked in EDT and really loved the open. I love all of it so much more in the extrait – the lavender is richer, more peppery, and that’s my favorite part of Chanel Jersey. The open sticks for a while, dropping my need to spray it often to capture that amazing lavender open and avoiding that more soapy drydown that is okay, but not love.
As with all extraits, you only need a dab. I do have to note the move up in price on the 15 ml pure parfums is a budget butt-hurt. Was $160, now $200. Chanel, that is like a 30% price increase (please math nerds, I did this quickly, and I’m off on that by some percentage)! Well, I know you haven’t increased the price on the 15 ml pure parfums in lots of years, but still, way ouch.
How’s that for a non-review review? But we have reviewed these in the past, EDT version. 1932 Review by Musette, Chanel 1932 review by Patty. Review of Chanel Beige by me in 2008. I reviewed Chanel Jersey in 2011. I’ll be gobsmacked, I can’t believe I actually did review all three before!
Hey, and guess what we have for a drawing this week? That’s right, three sets of samples of the new Chanel pure parfums. Comment to be entered to win, just tell me which of the Chanel Les Exclusifs you would have preferred to have done in extrait. If you don’t have any idea, well, just tell me stories instead.
Winners of the drawing for the David’s Tea and Roja Dove Extrait samples – Jillicat, xtopher and kizzers. Just clickety click on the Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog or e-mail me at patty at perfumepossedawtcom, remind me what you’ve won and let me know your address, and I’ll quickly confirm so you know you didn’t wind up in my spam filter, and then get them lovelies shipped out to you!