For years I could not wrap my nose around Chanel fragrances. To me they smelled harsh, bordering on obnoxious; this coming from someone whose favorite perfume is Shalimar! Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the scents, I would always stop at the Chanel counter to try some in an effort to finally appreciate the much loved collection of juices.
The nose is a funny thing; a scent that may repulse you for the longest time may suddenly become indispensable to your fragrance wardrobe. The scent that turned me? None other than the ridiculously popular COCO Mademoiselle. On one hand I wanted to shy away from a fragrance that so many women wear (number 1 seller in the U.S. kind of popular), on the other, it smells so lovely I couldn’t turn away.
What does it smell like? The list of notes include rose, jasmine, patchouli, lychee, orange, grapefruit, vetiver, vanilla, and musk, yet none of them dominate over the others. Instead, it is an abstract blend that is all at once sweet, sharp, and fresh. Some may find the sharp opening overwhelming but this softens with the dry-down. The initial smack of patchouli blends with vanilla and vetiver for a fragrance that definitely makes its presents known with its remarkable sillage.