I'm also baffled by the negative reviews. I'm certainly not reminded of urinal cakes either-- not that I go around sniffing them, mind you. I've gone back and forth with EdCC for awhile now. A few years back it seemed too proper-ish for me. Maybe it's due to getting older, but I find it so elegant and pretty without being stuffy. It's a grown-up perfume but not something my 68-year-old mother would wear.
I love its lasting power, though it takes a bit for the scent to settle into my skin. Once I get past that, I'm in love. It's a touch sweet but not sickening; and I love it despite being a girl who does NOT like sweet. Some detect a grassy note but I don't. It's got a blend of floral, skin and soapiness, and somehow it all balances out. It's a lovely feminine scent that doesn't hit people over the head. My husband loves it on me, and he's a guy who wouldn't care if I never wore MU or shaved my pits again. :)
It's pricey for sure, but often there's cheaper prices on eBay. And given its concentration a bottle will last forever. I love having a scent that isn't easily available in every department store but also isn't impossible to find.
As I sit here sniffing this glorious scent I am amazed at the some of the reviews, are we smelling the same product?
I get no soapiness and certainly no urinal cakes!
I've been sampling many fragrances lately and this one is just a beautiful stand out. Not sweet at all, thankfully! It is the first tea scent I've tried and I'll have to try more if they are anything like this. I don't usually like citrus but this one is so well constructed with the tea and citrus blending together seamlessly and then the hint of floral comes through. There stands the camellia behind them and the three seem to do a dance together.
Sillage is good but wouldn't put anyone off, and so far my scent eating skin hasn't made this one disappear. Definitely worth a bottle!
i just wanted to comment on the review below -- it is actually mpg (or l'artisan, well, jean laporte anyway) -- who is the ground-breaking perfumer. he was the *first* of the niche-perfumers who moved away from the usual perfumery, and without him and his perfumes serge lutens and parfumery generale etc would probably not exist.
From first spritz I loved this MpG. EdCC is a lovely, sweet and feminine scent. . It's a perfect summer scent for daytime. Different as there are gorgeous tea notes and exotic fruits. It's bright and etheral. Camelias are gorgeously fresh and albeit a little soapy smelling --- is a lot different from the normal fruity scents out there. Unique and utterly feminine --- destined to be a classic for sure.
I fell in love with this a few years ago. I kept the sample in my maybe box, but at full price I could never get myself to justify it. Once I almost traded for it, but the swap fell through. Finally, b-glowing had a great MPG sale. I caved in (it was still expensive) and then, wierdly, once I had it, I didn't find myself wanting to wear it. It sat on my shelf for almost a year. Recently I started going through a floral/citrus thing. Almost by chance I noticed the beautiful CC bottle, tried it again, and... LOVE! It opens with a very light, pretty citrus spread over very green (almost piney) notes, green tea accord, and a warm flowery base. The green tea isn't the real green tea, it's the agreed upon accord. But it's still very nice. Then a light floral I've smelled in camelia tea blooms. After a good drydown, the scent holds pretty much to an equal mix of green notes, tea accord, and camelia, but there's a light citric touch that remains. It's really pretty and surprisingly long lasting. I've found myself getting whiffs of the scent on clothing a few weeks later and loving it so much I wore the scent again. I don't get urinal cake. I can't see the odium - at it's worst, this may seem like an overly floral, slightly soapy scent. But I'd never find it offensive.
I can't believe that Maitre Parfumeur et Gandier released such a dischordant perfume. I'm not going to talk about urinal cake here cause i found it pathetic but i'm pretty sure that this is a highly synthetic perfume.When i read the notes on several sites i was expecting for a combination of exotic fruits with tea.I was very surprised of the inaccuracy of what i've read.The perfume starts with aacidic citrus blast (almost unbearable)and it follows with a random herb collection before the whole combosition surrenders to an intense musk.Although the perfume is overall very sharp i can somehow accept the herbal part.Thank god for samples
I had tried some Camellia shampoo a few months ago and was hoping to find a fragrance similiar to that. Well, Camellia Chinois doesn't smell like the shampoo but it is very pretty. I have tried the sample twice and it is very green when first applied but still very floral.The drydown is amazing.It is fresh,floral, and very pretty. It reminds me of MM Forbidden except not quite as complex.It would be great for spring/summer. I will enjoy my sample but probably wouldn't buy a full bottle because I own Forbidden.
A swimming pool into which a liberal number camelia scented soap bars have been tossed. And maybe a few pine trees surrounding the pool. That is my primary impression of Eau de Camelia Chinois. I know...it doesn't come off as an exactly resounding endorsement, but I must say that I can see this fragrance having the potential to be rather beautiful on some people. However, I can't see how this would not be perceived as "soapy", so if you're soap phobic (and I confess to suffering from that affliction myself), this is one to approach with caution. The lightly chlorinated pool association may be something unique to how it combines with my skin chemistry and the faint scent of pine is actually quite appealing. Just sample first.
Camelia Chinois is not a terribly interesting scent. As one who is not a fan of soapy notes, this is certainly not my cup of tea. And as it dries down, it reveals a bitter tea note, which combined with the soapy backdrop, I find a bit unpleasant.
Hrmm...lets just say, there might be some truth to those "urinal cake" comments. This smells disturbingingly like a number of overly floral, overly perfumed bathroom sanitizers, as well as chlorine.