Average Rating 4.6/5
Review by DunandaFalls
Chanel Egoiste is a very strange smelling fragrance that simply tries to go in too many different directions at once. The tangerine, cinnamon, vanilla, rosewood and sandalwood notes combine to give Egoiste a sickly sweet "cinnamon rolls in a woodshop" smell. It reminds me of a dutch oven cobbler cooking over a hot ember camp fire, minus the smoke. And sadly, the strong rose note only intensifies the cloying, sickly mess. I find Egoiste to be too strange for even my eclectic fragrance tastes and that's saying a lot.
Top notes: Sicilian Tangerine, Brazilian Rosewood
Middle notes: Coriander, Damask Rose
Base notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ambrette seed
UPDATE: While the EDT is much too cloying and strangely sweet with its clashing rose, wood and sweet notes, the Cologne Concentree version of Egoiste is much more wonderfully blended and balanced. The wood is the more dominant part instead of the cloying sweetness, while the rose note is also stronger giving it a vibrant almost sparkling quality. The sweet and cinnamon notes are not as strong in the CC version and don't punch you in the face like the EDT. It still has a slight cinnamon roll accord but it is much more mellow and has a lovely supporting cast of notes in the much better CC version. This is the one to get?Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree. Though better than the EDT, I still don't know how to fit it into the fragrance rotation of a young guy like myself. I find it would probably work best as a romantic evening fragrance for the 40+ crowd. Because of an extreme lack of versatility it gets only 3.5 out of 5 lippies and swapped away by me.