What an unusual masculine! Egoiste is a surprising blend of herbs, candied fruit, florals, tobacco, spices, woods, and vanilla. If this sounds like a kitchen sink kind of construction, I apologize-- it's much much better than that. There is a touch of bitter herbal notes in the top that provide a wonderful counterpoint to the sweeter, more lush notes of candied, cooked fruit and carnation-rosy florals of the middle and the deeper, warmer sandalwood and snap of ginger in the drydown. Less gingery and gourmand than Five O'clock au Gingembre, Egoiste still shares some of the fresh linen and hot water cleanness of the former that keeps it from being too heavy. Over all, Egoiste gives me an impression of softness, warmth, and sweetness touched with dry gingery spice and sandalwood. Very relaxing and not at all traditionally masculine-- super easy for a woman to wear.
This fragrance is a must for me, i cannot be without it! I've worn this since i was in high school and everyone used to comment on how lovely i smelt, it waft's around you all day and for this being released in the 80's is actually a huge shock because it isn't really overpowering or musky, quite sharp on my skin actually. this is my favorite fragrance to wear in the winter and thankfully a chanel counter in my area carry's this all year round as an exclusif, so i'm ecstatic about that as this used to be extremely difficult to find, added win!! as for the platinum egoiste, it shouldn't really share the same name as this, this is in a class of it's own and it's very different, i've never encountered a fragrance quite like it, where as platinum egoiste is bordering on very stereotypical.
I think another reviewer here hit the nail on the head saying this tries to go in too many directions at once. I couldn't agree more, I just could not figure out what it wanted to be. Its heavy, warm with a touch of spice but still with a clean "garden" edge. Its definetly not an bad fragrance in anyway, but it suffers from a crowded identity crisis. I would definetly suggest giving it a go but personally its not for me.
I used to wear Egoiste when in highschool , so I wouldn't smell like all the other girls and because I had good taste, and for some reason it's taken me 18 years to finally get a full sized bottle. Every time I've tried to get my hands on a bottle at Nordies they're always out. So like a sneak I always have to ask for a sample to make it through till the next holiday when Egoiste will be in store for that time ( they said that they only keep it in store for the Holidays or Father's Day). So this Valentines I asked for a bottle from Chanel's website, not taking any chances this time, and was thrilled to open my gift to see this! Egoiste can be deceptive if you just go by looks and name alone. The bottle is pretty plain looking, square plain bottle with a square plain cap with faux wood grain finish, and it doesn't leap off the shelf like Bleu or even it's cousin Platinum with it's fancy pants silver cap. Still though good things are often hidden in plain sight due to their lack of flashiness. The notes in Egoiste are : tangerine, rosewood,coriander, damask rose,sandalwood,vanilla and ambrette seed. I also think there's lavender in there, at least to my nose that's what I've always detected. This starts out very woody with the sandalwood , not fresh shaved like say Fendi Uomo, but still a shaved sandalwood. Then the fruits start to appear but they're not like a fruit bowl but much like, as I've read others say and agree, candied dried fruit. Then at the end of the day it's all about the cinnamon and vanilla. See? Fruit, cinnamon and vanilla! There's nothing to be scared of! lol! I also noticed that people were comparing this to Coco, Egoiste being the male version of Coco, and I love the idea as I'm a huge fan of Coco. It saddens me that this fragrance has become so hard to find outside of the internet. I hope and pray that it won't disappear from the US market or at all. There needs to be a Egoiste revival! And the name? Yes, it's a hard pill to swallow but I'm willing to do it anyway though if it were up to me I'd have named it something else. "What are you wearing?" "Oh, just Selfish by Chanel.". And also now that I know what the name means I finally get the ad with all the screaming women in the windows. Again if you like the original Coco or any heavier orientals a la the '80's then you must get your hands on a bottle of Egoiste. I can assure you it's not worn by many people all over the place and you can have your little scent secret all, or mostly, to yourself while out and about. Lovelovelovelovelove!!!
My sister and i have always said that this fragrance is what a "successful man" would smell like. It's strong without being over powering, masculine and quite unusual in it's scent. This fragrance would definitely be one to purchase for one's boyfriend/husband! I'm absolutely addicted to this smell :)
Notes: rosewood, coriander; Bulgarian rose, carnation, cinnamon; sandalwood, vanilla and ambrette seeds.
This fragrance opens with a (rose)wood note accentuated by spices and a smoke. The accord is dark, rich and very masculine. Above the dark smoky base I detect a light floral mist of rose and carnation. As these notes have burned off I smell the drown comprised of sandalwood and aromatic vanilla. Lasts for six hours on my skin.
I was looking for a sweet men's fragrance for myself (a woman). I tried this and just couldn't get beyond smelling green olive (?!). And for a very long time that's all I could smell (almost taste). Too weird. The dry down reminded me of Gucci Eau de Perfume I, which I don't like. I probably made the mistake of spraying it twice on my wrist. Too strong!
This is amazing stuff - I think it may become a HG. On me this smells like sheer leather, not black jacket leather, but old warn in sun warmed saddles, dusty hay, and the floral tones of wildflower honey stripped bare of the sugared sweetness. There is more, too, a spare slightly sweet aroma of fruit - like the way baskets full of crisp apples smell. It is sheer and full of life but not cloying - totally mesmerizing!!
This is a gorgeous composition, but to me it smells quite feminine. Men's fragrances normally turn sweet with my chemistry, and it's especially true for Egoiste. To my nose, it's a smoky version of No. 18 from Chanel's Les Exclusifs line. (And Sean John's Unforgivable Woman reminds me a lot of No. 18, oddly enough.) In the first few minutes, it has a sweet chemical aspect to it, bordering on plasticky. After that, it's mainly campfire or fireplace smoke with light cinnamon, mild vanilla, gentle flowers, and a tiny bit of strawberry. It reminds me of the color pink or mauve -- a dusty rose color. It's an innocent, comforting, elegant scent with a mellow vibe that reminds me more of the country than the city.
I would love to buy this again, if only I could track it down. What happened to Egoiste? I've been looking for years, but can only find the VERY different Egoiste Platinum.
In any case, this was a lovely gender-neutral fragrance, especially for fall. It has been years since I've seen it, but I recall it smelling of sandalwood, leather, and vanilla bean. Trust me, it was nice. It was also quite popular amongst my group of female peers- moreso than for men. This was probably due in part to the fact that Sassy magazine touted this fragrance like it was the second coming. And you know what? For 1992 or so, it probably was equivalent to the second coming.