Scent Saturday | Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Toilette By Chanel

COMPANY | Chanel

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Toilette

NOTES | Sicilian Orange, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Litchi, Italian Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Tahitian Vetiver, Bourbon Vanilla, White Musk

It’s strange, but when I first smelled Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum a few years ago I was not a fan. I liked its initial citrusy burst but as is developed on my skin, it changed into a heavy, thick floriental that I did not appreciate. Cut to testing this Eau De Toilette version last fall and I fell madly in love. It’s zesty and bright with a sharpness that reminds me of men’s cologne. It’s my absolute favourite office fragrance (it makes me feel powerful and pulled together) and has become a signature scent for me.

If you, like me, don’t like the Eau De Parfum version of Coco Mademoiselle, don’t let that stop you from giving this a test. It’s much fresher with a barely there sweetness that makes it modern and sparkling. This spectacle opens with bright citruses (grapefruit, Sicilian orange and Bergamot) and it’s like a refreshing slap in the face. It really wakes me up in the morning but doesn’t smell like straight up lemon peel or a basket of oranges like other citrus scents do. After about 20 minutes the zingy top softens and the romantic floral heart reveals itself. Dreamy jasmine, opulent rose and juicy litchi dance together creating a well-blended accord that is feminine without being overly sweet or flowery. It’s the olfactory equivalent of a Chanel LBD – it’s classic yet sexy. It’s feminine and sensual but still powerful. Like I said, it’s my favourite office scent but it’s really perfect for any occasion.

What really saves this from being just another girly floral is the base. A heady combination of Tahitian vetiver, patchouli, bourbon vanilla and musk, it’s a dusky accord reminiscent of cigar smoke filled lounges, leather and aged wood. It’s subtle but it makes the scent the sexy oriental it is. If you’re on the hunt for an everyday perfume that is sexy and fresh with a masculine edge, this is one you will love.

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Cristalle eau Verte by Chanel

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NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Cristalle eau Verte by Chanel

NOTES | Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Neroli, Magnolia, Musk, Iris, Jasmine

VIBE | Sparkling, Fresh, Refined, Unisex, Crisp, Clean, Green

On a boiling hot summer day, the last thing you want to wear is a sticky-sweet or spicy oriental perfume. No, on days where the thermometer reads 30+ degrees Celsius, refreshing, clean smelling fragrances are all that will do. Case in point – Cristalle eau Verte by Chanel.

Released in April of 2009, Cristalle eau Verte is the modern, more minimalist successor of the iconic Cristalle perfume that was released in 1974. I feel there are two camps when it comes to feelings about this flanker. Some people (like myself) adore it and think that it’s a much cleaner, fresher take on the mossy original (which has been compared to swamp water by some). Others are die-hard fans of the original and loathe Cristalle eau Verte because admittedly, it doesn’t really smell like it’s parent perfume. While Cristalle is also green with white florals and citruses, it also has a heavy dose of oak moss that is not to everyone’s liking. Cristalle eau Verte forgoes the moss in favour of extra Sicilian lemon and airy florals like neroli and magnolia. I like both but I have to say, eau Verte ultimately gets my vote for the best out of the two. Now, that I’ve made my stance on this love it or hate it scent, let me tell you what it actually smells like.

The top notes of Cristalle eau Verte are pure citrus – the Sicilian lemon that we talked about and green bergamot. These are the two notes that give the scent the most of its ‘green’ character. At first spritz it smells almost sharp and astringent, like a cleaning product because of all of the zesty lemon. Never fear however, as the harshness of the opening softens in seconds and the impression that remains is sweet lemon with fresh green leaves. It’s pleasant and clean with a unisex vibe that I find very appealing. It’s modern and minimalistic with a simplicity in the top that is rare for Chanel perfumes. Even though this is a quote-on-quote women’s perfume, I think it has a bit of a masculine edge that would make it fitting for a guy as well (but hey, I believe in wearing whatever fragrance you like. If you’re a guy and are into florals or gourmands – you do you!).

As the sparkling top notes fade into the heart, the soft white bouquet of magnolia, neroli and jasmine come out. Neroli is one of my favorite flowers but it is very light, and like with most perfumes, it’s barely a whisper in this scent. The magnolia is the most prominent in the heart with just a kiss of jasmine to back it up. Even though the heart is more floral, the greenness of the top never goes away, so the scent still feels clean and modern, from the start of the fragrance until the end.

I love when fragrances have unusual bases – are any of you also sick of the cookie-cutter combination of sandalwood, musk, and vanilla? Cristalle eau Verte has musk, yes, but it also has iris which lends a powdery, almost sweet aroma to the scent. Sure, it’s not groundbreaking, but the iris does give it a vintage vibe that is a lot more unique than a lot of other offerings out there, and it blends perfectly with the other components of the composition. Basically, when all is said in done, all that’s left on your skin is a bit of musk, powder, and a hint of green leafiness. The perfume lasts about five hours and I can honestly say that I enjoy it from start to finish as it evolves.

Cristalle eau Verte is a very classy, fresh scent but it’s very versatile. It’s very simple yet interesting. It doesn’t try too hard to be avante garde or bold. It’s the crisp white blazer of your perfume wardrobe. It looks and feels great on, whether you’re at the office, or out for a five-course meal. As always with Chanel, this scent costs a pretty penny but is an elegant classic that you can wear day after day, and year after year without ever getting tired of it. If you love green, fresh fragrances or citruses, then you need to give this gorgeous perfume a try.

What are your favorite scents? Do you have a favorite Chanel (mine are Chanel Chance eau Fraîche and this one)? Give me a shout in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Scent Saturday | Chanel Chance eau Fraîche 

COMPANY | Chanel

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Chance eau Fraîche 

NOTES | Lemon, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Water Hyacinth, Jasmine, Teak Wood, Iris, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, White Musk

VIBE | Refreshing, Clean, Elegant, Androgynous, Sparkling

Although Chanel is my absolute favorite couture house and I think that both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are geniuses in their own right, I haven’t always been crazy about Chanel perfumes. There are about a handful that I truly enjoy (Beige, Cristalle eau Verte, Coco Noir, and No. 18 are my favorites). Chanel Chance eau Fraîche, however, is an entirely different beast and it lacks any of the abstract florals or heavy aldehydes and spices that a lot of Chanel perfumes are overpowered by (Coco Mademoiselle and No.5, I am looking at you). I tried this perfume on out of curiousity when I was walking through Sephora as I realized it was one of the few Chanel perfumes I hadn’t tried. I expected to feel how I usually feel about Chanel fragrances – indifference at best, promptly scrubbing it off at worst. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance’s refreshing opening, lightly floral heart, and woodsy yet powdery dry down. At first spritz it actually smelled a bit like a men’s cologne before softening into a watery floral with crisp greenery and woods and just a touch of powdery iris. It’s bubbly and refreshing – if it were a cocktail it would be a French 75, with sharp gin, sparkly champagne, and bright lemon. It’s a flanker of Chanel Chance and it is definitely related to Chance eau Fraîche in terms of its notes. However, the original is sweeter, with a note of pineapple and a heavier dose of patchouli. I don’t hate the original, I just much prefer the refreshing, green scent of eau Fraîche. There is also another flanker, eau Tendre, which is in a similar bottle but with pink fluid as opposed to the golden juice of the original or pale green juice of eau Fraîche. It’s actually very nice as well and I may review it in the future. It’s softer and more overtly feminine with sweeter fruits to counter balance all of the patchouli that is signature to the Chance formula. Overall, out of the three versions Chance eau Fraîche is still my favorite. It’s the perfect scent for everyday and is uplifting and bright – just the thing to wake you up on an early Monday morning (it also has a subdued sophistication that is very appropriate for the office). It’s pleasant and not at all overpowering but it’s still interesting. It’s clean and subtle enough not to offend anyone but unique enough to garner compliments and the question “what are you wearing?”. Its not quite citrusy, not immediately woodsy, and it’s not green in the way that oak moss laden chypres are. It really is a bright fragrance that is best suited for the day time. It’s ideal for spring and summer but I find the woodsy elements of the scent make it perfectly fitting for fall and winter as well. While the florals do soften the scent, it could easily be unisex and a man could wear it just as well as a woman could. This is my favorite Chanel perfume of the moment and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean fragrances and green, woodsy notes.

xoxo,

Alicia

Designer Gift Guide for Under $50

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1 // YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

2 // Christian Lacroix Fashion Sketch Notebook

3 // “Chanel” Chess Club Graphic Tee

4 // Dior Limited Edition Gel Shine Nail Polish in  Miroir

5 // Kate Spade New York Eat Cake for Breakfast iPhone Case

6 // Marc Jacobs Lobster Claw Bottle Opener Key Chain 

7 // Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Coin Purse

xoxo,

Alicia