In an exciting turn of events, I have decided to limit my sample reviews to one sample per post, to comply with my new posting schedule. With that in mind, I think we can expect short but more in-depth posts about specific fragrances. And now, onto Coco Mademoiselle.
I’ve got a strange admiration for Chanel; on the one hand, the brand is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world, and endlessly successful. On the other, I don’t necessarily love their aesthetics. What I do love is the mystery and romance associated with Chanel’s fragrances. I got this sample when seeking No. 5 at a counter, but I was content nonetheless because I know how popular Coco Mademoiselle is, and I think it important to form an opinion for it. I once read that Coco Mademoiselle was created by chance much more than another popular Chanel, Chance, and that it’s success was a surprise to the brand. I don’t know how true that is (I imagine they have more than enough smart people to know when a product is going to succeed), but it adds to the mystery. Let’s sniff!
The carded sample is 2 mL, with the same light pink fluid as the full-size bottle. The line is offered in numerous products, including a dry oil, body lotion, EDT, and shower gel.
A 2001 release, this perfume was created by Chanel’s head perfumer, Jacques Polge, as a flanker to their 1984 Coco (which I’ve yet to sniff). From a marketing standpoint, Mademoiselle is aimed towards younger women, while Coco is for the older crowd. This EDP concentration opens with earthy citrus notes of bergamot and orange blossom, with a constant underlying hum, like a ceiling fan in an otherwise quiet room, of sweet patchouli and animalic musk. Something in this composition gives it a dusty, pepper edge – just in the last moment before you pull away from smelling it. I have to disagree with the marketing, because this is as mature as any Chanel I’ve ever smelled. The patchouli becomes so heavy that you’d think it was some sort of bizarre masculine.
Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: I’m not crazy for Coco Mademoiselle, but I feel braver now about smelling Chanel’s perfume than I did before this. If you think you like Mademoiselle in the store, take a sample and play with it at home – it’s a complicated one.
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