Chanel Coromandel

4.0

62 reviews

56% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$$

INGREDIENTS

amber, frankincense, benzoin, woody notes, patchouly


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

At first spray, a truly gorgeous scent. Coromandel would have been just about perfect if it weren't for that one sugary sweet, cloying note (chocolate, perhaps?) that dominates all the others. Like a reviewer below, I felt a bit self-conscious wearing it, as I would wearing Flowerbomb, Angel or other sweet, look-at-me fragrances. Not the scent for me, but I can see why other people love it.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

EDIT: I retested on the back of my forearm and got a strong cedar opening with a dark chocolate patchouli gourmand dry down. IMO it's not milky, but I am not familiar with chocolate gourmand fragrances. It is rich and dense in a way that I would expect more from a Guerlain rather than a Chanel. In my review of Guerlain Samsara vintage EdP, I found it arguably more Chanel in character with ylang ylang somehow mingling with sandalwood in a very Chanel fashion.

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IMO, unisex, strong, rich, powdery Amber oriental with a strong cedar and sandalwood sensibility. The orris, benzoin, frankincense and incense lend a smokey powdery dusky note, IMO, similar to the powder level in SL Fumerie Turque which is a touch too powdery for me. Frankincense also supposedly is lemony and that plus the citrus lifts the fragrance a little. It's dry down is also a little evocative of Lagerfeld for men (not the bottle marked classic which is sold today).

Some reviews I have read reference milky chai or chocolate. I am not sure I get that strong of a gourmand point of view. IMO, the original SL Borneo is more chocolate gourmand. IMO, the patchouli isn't moist. It's not head shop. Very clean patchouli that straddles the line regarding a gourmand sensibility. Not sweet, per se, but far sweeter IMO than the original l'artesan Patchouli Patch (I have read that later renditions of PP are sweeter). Also this is weighty, not airy, like PP.

Accords citrus, bitter orange
Jasmine rose patchouli orris
Incense, frankincense, benzoin, musk, vanilla

In character, I think it's related to FM musc ravageur but obviously without Lavander.
This lasts a very long time - hours- on the skin. Dab, don't spray. A little goes a long way and creates a ton of Sillage. (I am not a fan of Sillage). If you want to play it safe, the usual spray would be too strong for offices, planes or enclosed spaces. . . I personally think it's best if I put it on my wrists before I take a hot shower and then don't use soap on my wrists. . . It mellows fastest that way. I don't get any green as per a reviewer below. With respect to MUA reviewers, I tend to agree with Wyrmiax -- this is "heavy like a brocaded cloak," but I don't always come to the same conclusions.

If your powder tolerance is low or straddles the line, I do NOT recommend this. I cannot imagine buying such a large bottle (200 ml!) of anything, but that is because I rotate many fragrances and own too many full bottles already. If I were starting a fragrance wardrobe, I still wouldn't buy such an enormous bottle - at least not before I tried some of the combos MUAers suggest below.

Note: re ratings. I realized I gave the body shop sandalwood as well as Avon Persian Wood a three star also. These are very different in character, ingredients, finish and obviously expense.

The body shop sandalwood is more Boho chic and fuzzy sweater and essential oil kind of thing. It's not head shop, but it does have a hippie sensibility ( this was never my aesthetic, so I am just speaking figuratively). In comparison, the Coromandel is a much more imposing fragrance, that has gone to finishing school so to speak.

Avon Persian wood - I wrote extensively about PW in my review of Samsara and in its own review. My interest in Persian wood was piqued when I smell therefore I am blogspot praise it as the highest quality sandalwood. I bought five bottles before I understood that most PW, even labeled NIB, light colored, etc, is in skunked, spoiled condition, if it smells even faintly musty green chypric or at all old lady, then it has turned. A good vintage bottle should smell of straight sandalwood, with a leather nuance, and it should be neither green, nor oriental nor powdery. I have a darker PW that is perfect and a lighter one that is skunky, so it's a gamble. However, for its reasonable price and accessibility, it's worth the effort to obtain. Definitely lean, minimal, austere, simple, unisex. I smell therefore I am blogspot also commended AVON occur as the most raunchy fragrance that blows MKK out of the competition. I have not yet found a bottle of occur that does that; however, since MKK is arguably more raunch than I can handle, it may be for the best. There is also incense in the far dry down.

I am not a fan of modern Avon, but I read somewhere that for every hundred euros a fragrance bottle costs, only 5 euros today is spent on raw material (rest is advertising etc), and factor in the limitations today's perfumers face re IFRA and scarcity of ingredients, then hunting for quality vintage can be very rewarding.




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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Coromandel has a reputation as being a patchouli and white chocolate scent, yet I don't get much patchouli and I get no chocolate. I get a lot of amber. also vanilla or toffee. Warm, cozy, skews a tad masculine. Reminds me a lot of Boyfriend, which I already own.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I was lucky to buy Chanel coromandel brand new bottle for half it costs now. The bottle is 6.8 oz huge, will probably last me lifetime, since I only use it when I'm in mood for it. First I bought tiny sample of it, and used it up in 1 week, had to buy full bottle. The smell is absolutely beautiful. If you like oriental, woody smells, you would love Coromandel . I didn't have a chance to explore full les exclusifs line, only Coromandel and Beige, and I love them both. I only like to use it as a dab, not spray, so I pour it in my miniature dab bottle. Little goes long way, I only wish staying power was little better.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am a huge fan of Coco and Coco Mademmoiselle perfumes thus it's no surprise that i fell in love with 'Coromandel'. Apparently they are from the same family/genre of perfumes. That being said, my husband found this very sexy as he does with all my Chanel perfumes especially 'Allure Sensuelle' and he said that this smells exactly the same as that. I actually agree with him because both exude the warmth, sensuality, spicyness, and complexity of a woman. This is different from the others in the collection because it is a strong perfume for an EDT hence a spritz is enough to last all day. I definitely think this is worth the money but if you have 'Allure Sensuelle' then you don't need this. I love both so i will repurchase them both (at different times of course). This is definitely more of a special event perfume!

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I totally get it now, why my BFF is raving and raving. Chanel Coromandel is mind blowing. I'm in love. It's unlike anything else I've ever smelled. The patchouli is not only earthy, but it's sharp and green and dirty. Underneath, there is a softness, like vintage, perfumed dusting powder, but I also get white chocolate and something...minty? There are so many stages and I'm enjoying each one. I'm shocked some of the reviewers said this is too strong. I find it quite soft, but it lingers for a while, which I'm happy about.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Other, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This review hurts because I had such high hopes and I love Chanel fragrances so much. Coromandel is a well done beautiful scent, but all that comes through for me is this note of wet moldy earth. I get some of the patchouli and the spices with a hint of sweetness. The notes that comes forward the strongest I just don't like. It's not worth the buy for me.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

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.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I just wrote a long review on this and is disappeared :(.

I found this through Katie, she loves it:
http://www.katiepuckriksmells.com/2009/01/coromandel-by-chanel.html

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.

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Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Coromandel is a beautiful warm rich amber-wood-patchouli (earthy, rustic, bohemian), but it's sooooo strong! It's too strong for me, especially for a *spray*, and that's my problem with it. Whoa, what a wallop it packs! It's practically impossible to spray as lightly as it needs to be sprayed.

I love the scent, it's just my type and basically everything I ever wanted in a perfume. 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 one drop -- and then I feel like it will still fill an entire room, and they'll smell you coming and going. Monster sillage. Although it's extremely wasteful, I advise using the spray-on-cotton-ball-then-dab method with Coromandel.

This stuff is strong! It makes me as self-conscious as if I'd sprayed Tom Ford Black Orchid, Youth Dew, Cinnabar, or Angel -- that's the type it is and how strong it is. It's not an office, movie theater, airplane, elevator, church, or jury duty perfume. It's too strong for small crowded spaces. And at all other times, you still need just a *tiny squirt*!

Coromandel smells almost identical to Prada original -- or Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights -- they all smell 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, more complex -- 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.

But there's a campfire smokiness about it too -- this needs to be emphasized -- which led to the reaction I got of "cigar" scent, described below. Chanel Sycomore also has this firewood smokey quality.

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 (or dab) -- and only on my days off, 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.

ADDED 11/27/13: I pulled it out last night and tried it again, since I'm seeing on the board that it's EDT and not really all that strong, in many opinions. Well, maybe that's true, but it stands out in a crowd due to the nature of the scent, I think.

I got a definite "ashtray" note last night. The tobacco-ish, cigar-ish, cigarette-ish ashtray vibe was a little off-putting. And I think heads will turn when you wear it -- maybe not so much from strength, which I was saying originally, but from the rich smoky-amber-patchouli nature of the scent, which really stands out in most environments.

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