I have been known for years all over the world for my knowledge of and wonderful smelling signature scents. Coromandel can be added to that list. It is a must-have scent if you are an exotic beauty... or just want to look like one! It takes self-confidence to wear this strong, heady scent. It is a classic, very pleasing smell.
I just wrote a long review on this and is disappeared :(.
I found this through Katie, she loves it:
This perfume is amazing, I need a giant bottle. The first perfume I can say I need a giant bottle of. Snuggly, cuddly, cozy and soo delicious. LOVE.
Coromandel is a beautiful warm rich amber-wood-patchouli (earthy, rustic, bohemian), but it's sooooo strong! It's too strong for me, and that's my problem with it. Whoa, what a wallop it packs!
I love the scent, and at the time I bought it, Chanel was only selling the ginormous bottle, so that's what I bought. I've barely made a dent in it, because you only need a drop -- and then I feel like it will still fill an entire room, and they'll smell you coming and going. This stuff is strong! It makes me as self-conscious as if I'd sprayed Angel, Youth Dew, or Cinnabar -- that's the type it is and how strong it is.
Coromandel smells almost **identical** to Prada original -- or Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights -- they all smell just alike, to my nose. Honestly, if you own Prada original (inexpensive now at discounters), you don't really need Coromandel too -- there is minimal difference.
Except that Coromandel is much more well blended than Prada -- it's a much higher quality perfume -- it's just smoooooooth -- smoother than Prada -- and Coromandel also seems to have a chocolate-y feel to it to me that Prada doesn't have. There's no chocolate note listed in Coromandel, but it seems a bit chocolate-y to me.
It might just be me -- or my imagination -- but I feel extremely self-conscious when I wear Coromandel -- I feel like a walking perfume bomb. I was once in Blockbuster wearing Coromandel (feeling self-conscious), and a man nearby told me, "You smell good!" -- but I felt like that whole store could probably smell me, and after I left, they'd probably be able to smell it lingering in the air for days.
I wore Coromandel to work once -- only once -- and I was so self-conscious! There was one comment from a coworker that it smelled like a cigar in the office -- "it smells like a cigar in here!" -- and I figured it might be the Coromandel. I never wore it to work again.
So I now have a huge enormous 8oz spray of Coromandel in my closet that I seldom wear -- and when I do, it's a teeny tiny spritz -- and only when I know I won't be in crowds or confined spaces. It's an excellent scent -- a beautiful warm oriental -- but since it's so incredibly strong to me, my bottle will probably last me 7 lifetimes. I'll leave it to my son in my will.
This is a really big frag. Very bold, smoky/ambery with a bit of spice. I can't quite place what it reminds me of, but it was in the 70's and something like a perfume oil I bought at a "smoke" shop, but with some restraint and refinement. A bit like Prada Amber. Ultimately, I know it's well done, but not a scent for me.
If Greta Garbo were a scent, I imagine she would smell like Coromandel.
It's dry and milky, earthy and sweet. There is a quiet, stoic exoticism to it, and it's a weird balance of contrasting facets that are seldom placed this close together; .
I can appreciate the brilliance of this composition but it's definitely not an everyday scent for me because it is very heavy on the patchouli. This scent is too unique to ever be a crowd-pleaser like Coco Mademoiselle, but if you don't like the idea of smelling like a million other women on the street, check Coromandel out.
At first attempt, I got warm soft spices like coriander or cardamom with soft wood and a murky greenish note that's slightly off, like body odor, which threw it all off. And there was another note a bit like mildewed leather lurking in the back. I wanted badly to scrub this but I waited and then suddenly it was beautiful, a rich mellow blend of green wood with a touch of forest floor gently spiked with benzoin and powdery dry leather. If you can wait out the change, it's compulsively sniffable, but that onset was a challenge. Hmmm.
I am in love. This is the fragrance I had hoped I'd find in the house of Chanel. Sophisticated, sexy, warm and beautiful. It's patchouli, but where Coco and Coco Mme fail for me, Coromandel shines. This is not the patchouli from those scents, nor from the Angels, Pradas, or Flowerbombs. There is a soft sweetness, not too dry or dirty, yet the sultriness is quietly present. There is a whiff of that Chanel cyphres note at first, but that blends in well and fades quickly into a lush, lovely scent. This is currently rivaling Serge Lutens Chergui as my favorite fragrance, and that says a lot.
At freaking last!!!
this was a very grown-up love at first sight type of scent, which I yearned for a long,looong time...but it was to expensive, too short-living and too-much sizeways(75 ml at the time, seemed like a 2 lifes reserve of patchouly)...so I've waited...and waited....
but never getting it out of my head...
and one day I had a epiphany,sold most o my confectionary perfumes and earned some nice amount of money...and that was a sign!!
went to my Chanel studio and bought 75 ml....omg.....a box.....a bottle....a magnet stopper......a scent......
yup, that's why I love Chanel...and brand's unbeliavable style,quality and aristocratic way of treating the BEAUTY in life,fashion and perfumery in generall...
the scent is heavenly chocolate/resinoid, dark vanilla with loads of earthy patchouly.....very cozy, not piercing to my nose in any way...mysterious, gothic, yet, very tame and wearable.....somebody mentioned Montale's Patchouly Leaves and compared them two...nope, PL is heavy, sweet,beautiful but oily patchouly which is kind of a ''manly'' patch...Coromandel is a ethereal,feminine patch with a gourmand touch...i couldn't see a comparation with Prada Eau de Parfum, cause Prada is sooo labdanum and incense-laden that after a while made me sick to my stomack....yeah, Prada went to the ''confectionary sale...''
the only thing kinda simmilar to this nectar is a small, modest and fantastic little scent called Neonatura Cocoon by Yves Rocher...NC has cocoa,patchouly, vanilla and it really is a full grown gourmand...and the patch in it is almost identical to Coromandel...but Ncocoon has a lot of cocoa, is linerar and without spices...
drydown of Coromandel has the most gorgeous drydown ever...it's very soft,silky and mysterious....wow....almost makes my mouth to water...
sillage is moderate and allthough Coromandel is the heaviest in the Les Exclusifs line, it lives too short....it has staying power of cca. 5 hours on my skin and than completely fades away....but on the textile materials it can last for days.....
it is a perfect companion for the bed, just before you fall asleep....and in the morning (like in dreams)-there will be nothing but a soft whisper of a magical,dreamy scent......
totally FB worthy!!a classic,a masterpiece!!
Coromandel is my go-to comfort scent. I would classify it as a milky-oriental, with its creamy vanilla-chocolate notes, soft spice, and warm woods. It's like curling up wrapped in a golden-brown cashmere wrap on an antique velvet mahogany couch, sipping a creamy spicy chai while watching your favorite movie.
Notes: amber, incense, benzoin and wooden accords.
The fragrance opens with woodsy notes enhanced by resinous and ambery notes. The accord is multifaceted and very well done - the pungent woods harmonise well with the sweet and salty resins and amber. The fragrance is sophisticated and timeless; however, it is better suited for an adult in their forties. This means although I really like the scent and appreciate its beauty, I would not wear it right now, as I consider it too mature for me. As the fragrance develops, the woods gently recede and make way for the resins and amber to take centre stage. I now see a mineral, earthy facet in the composition that in my mind conjures up the idea of clay. This aspect however is not long-lasting and towards the dry down it vanishes, so the scent is again all about wood and sweet amber. The more I analyse the fragrance, the more I am certain of the olfactory image of an old lacquered drawer in my grandmotherís musty attic. Lasts six hours on my skin.