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The Chanel Project: 31 Rue Cambon. Wait for it…

Do you want to know? In the Chanel collection of scents, after No. 5 it’s 31 Rue Cambon. If 31 Rue Cambon were a person, and someday that person passed away, its gravestone would read “Perfume” pure and simple.

On me 31 Rue Cambon opens with that “perfume” perfume note that cause young people to . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: 31 Rue Cambon. Wait for it…

The Chanel Project: Chance

Upon my first wearing of Chance, I decided that I felt about perfumes the same way I feel about books: awwww, all of them should be loved by someone somewhere.

I’m dead serious about this. I worry about how inanimate objects feel, especially about whether or not they feel lonely and unloved. I used . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: Chance

The Chanel Project: Bois des Îles

I consider Bois des Îles to be the third in a trio with Chanel’s Cuir de Russie and (vintage) No. 5.

I don’t know why other people don’t comment on the relationship more; I have a feeling it’s because either

1) They haven’t smelled much of the vintage No. 5, in which this aldehydic . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: Bois des Îles

The Chanel Project: Cuir de Russie

I don’t want to lie to you. To me Cuir de Russie smells exactly like vintage Chanel No. 5, with no aldehydes and with the woods amped up and with some leather added.

Sorry. Short review.

Part of Les Exclusifs collection of Chanel, Cuir de Russie is not easy to get one’s hands on. If . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: Cuir de Russie

The Chanel Project: No. 5 Eau Première

New “poser” bottle.

For a lot of people Chanel is synonymous with perfume. I often think I should be reviewing more Chanel – after all, I want to give the public what it wants! – but then I find myself thinking “Yeah, like 24, Faubourg… oh yeah, that’s Hermès.” Truly I love classic-style perfumes . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: No. 5 Eau Première

Le Monstre: Let’s talk about Chanel No. 5

I wanted to understand Chanel No. 5 for the same reason I wanted to understand Shalimar. Maybe it’s intellectual curiosity, maybe it’s a desire to fit in, maybe it’s just bullheaded competitiveness, but if everyone else loves something, I want to understand why – even if I don’t love it too.

Just like with Shalimar, . . . → Read More: Le Monstre: Let’s talk about Chanel No. 5