Created by : Jacques Polge
Date : 1929/2007
Genre : Eau de cologne (best in class)
Concentration : eau de cologne
Chanel’s über-class Eau de Cologne was on my radar a very long time before I decided to spend the money to buy it. I knew it would be good… although I didn’t know that it would be THIS good! You see, I had tested a sample which I received from a mail order service several years ago and I remember it being perfection… but then I tucked that thought away in my memory and kept waiting for the right moment. I don’t know why I waited so long. I guess I got distracted.
According to the Chanel website, this 2007 version is Jacques Polge’s reinterpretation of the original of 1929. Then the marketing copy goes on to say… “The highest-quality citrus fruits have been used in the composition of this cheerful and dynamic Eau de Cologne. Mandarin Orange and Bergamot unite their zesty freshness with airy notes of Neroli. A generous and deliciously floral Cologne, for a radiant celebration of summer.” All of this is absolutely not true… or rather, it is true but highly understated. This is THE eau de cologne… every other eau de cologne which I have tested in the past pales in comparison except maybe Hermès’ Eau d’Orange Verte and the Guerlains (of course). Chanel’s bouquet of quality citrus oils composed of lemons, limes, and oranges literally dance around in the top and middle notes… it’s absolute perfection. The floral heart acts as an out-of-focus backdrop and the musk drydown smells cleaner than clean laundry. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this one. Even the timing is right… two to four hours, which is what one would expect from an eau de cologne.
I’ve been layering this one with Chanel’s Pour Monsieur Bath and Shower Gel. FiveoaksBouquet suggested it might go well with Chanel No. 19 soap and of course, she is so right. And you could add Pour Monsieur eau de toilette to it at the end of the day for an evening or Chanel No. 19… or No 5. In fact, I don’t think there is any Chanel product that couldn’t be added to that exquisite quality musk (probably Firmenich’s Muscone, according to Luca Turin).
Anyone can wear this one… men and women of all ages. It’s timeless.
So.. while trying to find an image of perfection, the “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” number from the movie Follow the Fleet (1936) came to mind featuring a quartet… Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Irving Berlin for the music and Bernard Newman who designed the gown! When I think of perfection, I think of this number (even though the image is reversed, it is still perfect).