Une Fleur De Chanel by CHANEL 1998

Hey Hey Perfume Posse Peeps, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies thrilled to be with you all, as always. I was recently gifted some wonderful fragrances and today I will share with you one I’d never heard of before, while this one was being released my fragrant mind was clearly attuned elsewhere. I’m trying to think what I may have been wearing in 1998: Le Male, Joop Homme, Fendi Donna, Versace Blonde, I think I may have worn a Jacomo at this point? Ahh, dunno. Anyway, I completely missed…

Une Fleur De Chanel by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 1998

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Jasmine, green notes, citruses

Une Fleur De Chanel opens with a big rush of aldehydic citrus and green notes. It’s fun and frisky and I think my bottle may be on the verge of turn. About a minute in a lovely banana/ylang note swans through creating a sexy exotic vibe, very summer holiday on a tropical island. I can see this being a favourite summer scent for the young and young at heart. A bright flirty and fun floral that is alluring and languid at the same time.

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Then I am left with a soft lemony green, a little bit sweetened green tea-ish, that goes for a few hours and fades to zero. It reads like a very modern fragrance and I am surprised it did not do well enough to stay in the range. A simple, pretty, green citrus/floral that sparkles? Maybe it was just too simple for its time, ahead of its time? I bet if they re-released Une Fleur de Chanel today that it would be a smash.

Further reading: Perfume Smellin Things and Now Smell This
I found some partial bottles and samples on eBay but otherwise Une Fleur De Chanel has disappeared forever

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Did you ever wear this sweet, pretty beauty?
Portia xx

  • solanace says:

    Had never heard of this one, thank´s for mentioning it, Portia. I actually like the Gardenia Exclusif, not that I´d buy it, but now I think I´ll be reaching for my sample.

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Solanace.
      Always lovely to see you.
      Can I tell you a secret? I tried the CHANEL Gardenia and can’t remember it AT ALL. It left me stone cold. I have smelled it on others and it’s great but on me it was absolutely nothing, the anti remember juice.
      Portia xx

      • jilliecat says:

        Just to say I got a sample of Gardenia thinking it might be a bit like Une Fleur and was so disappointed. Like you, Portia, I can’t now really remember what it smelt like and in fact was so unimpressed I gave it away.

  • SallyM says:

    How funny – I recently found a bottle of this at an estate sale for $5! It was in great condition although I didn’t care for it so I just yesterday sold it on eBay for a ridiculous amount. The bidding just went up and up. I’d never heard of it 🙂

  • Musette says:

    Other than No5 EdT & parfum, Chanel was never much on my radar. I wore Cristalle for awhile but it always made me feel so melancholy, so I stopped wearing it (note; it still does. I recently tried it and was on the verge of tears for the bulk of the morning! LOL! jeez.)….. since Possefyin’ I’ve been introduced to Les Exclusifs, of which only Eau & 1932 thrill me…and, of course, the vaunted Cuir de Russie parfum, which is heavenly.

    This sounds delightful, like an afternoon by the pool with the Rat Pack!


  • kathleen says:

    I have this Chanel, Portia. I think it is lovely for the summer. Very easy to wear.

    • Portia says:

      Lucky you Kathleen,
      Yes, I could imagine it being a perfect Go-To in Summer.
      How old is yours and is it showing any signs of age?
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! I remember liking this elusive scent but I guess not enough for an immediate purchase. And then later on when I thought to try it again and perhaps pull the trigger on a bottle, poof! It was gone. Seems like it would do well now though. Now that I think about it, it seemed to remind me a bit of the Chanel Gardenia. Does anyone know if that one is still around?

  • jilliecat says:

    I got this when it first came out. It was very difficult to track down, I seem to remember, but I managed to get it from one of the Chanel boutiques in London. I liked its delicacy very much and should have worn it more often as it actually turned very quickly, in spite of being in a box in a dark, cool cupboard; a mere year after purchase it had changed to something like fly-killer! I threw it out but wish now I had kept it for its pretty bottle and embossed box.

    • Ann says:

      Jilliecat, what a shame! I’ve tried keeping scents in my fridge that I know are quick-turners, but not sure how much that helps.

    • Portia says:

      What a bummer Jilliecat,
      My bottle I sent of to a rare and exquisite collector here in Oz after I reviewed it. There was very little left and I knew she would get a huge kick out of owning something so elusive. Mine had not turned yet, luckily it was sweet and fresh though it was showing signs that it may do soon.
      Portia xx