4 years ago
I tried 31 Rue Cambon twice in my perfumista past . Once in 2008 and again in 2009 I believe. Both from pretty good samples. In all honesty I think 31 Rue Cambon has been reformulated a bit and it has been brightened just a bit. The first two samples I tried ..I loved the first one .I was reminded of clothes scented with high perfume , in a closet. Rich ,rare and comforting. The second sample which was an official Chanel sample did not progress into anything much for me .I do not know why . It was enough for me to never take the plunge and get 31 Rue Cambon. 31 Rue Cambon of 2016 is slightly different.That elegant mustiness of an older world and stored vintage clothes ...is not there. It is now .. bright sharp citrus over iris .. a bit of a lipstick note wafts in after the opening ... and dries down to slightly chewy cleaned up patchouli .It is entirely elegant . This is so Jacques Polge ! The opening is euphoric ,the middle is elegance and the dry down is classy warmth. There is a slight nod to Chanel's Allure here AND God Forbid yes Chance EDT and EDP. Actually I like Chance too so this is ok . I love its progression and it has great character . Decent longevity and sillage . Fantastic Les Exclusifs. I prefer this one to the tamed down Cuir de Russie of 2016.
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