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~Another Chanel classic or not?~
I feel that very often we seem to just expect a Chanel fragrance to be good no matter what and when its not we tell ourselves that were are wrong and that it really just has to be a winner that we will and in fact must grow to love. The Chanel name is such a huge brand classic that the prices we pay for the fragrance offerings within the range are often extremely high and yet again with Chanel Allure our purses groan under pressure form the high price we need to pay in order to get our hands on a bottle of this fragrance.
I wouldn't mind the price being little high if the fragrance itself was able to make me sit up and think about how much I liked it when I wore it. Instead I found when wearing this that it was rather a lack lustre offering from the Chanel stable that failed on many levels to make me want to buy this in future. I was rather lucky in that I was given a promotional bottle of this that contained a good amount of fragrance that was more than enough for a light daily dose of Chanel Allure for almost 3 weeks (by which point I was glad to see the back of it). The bottle I had was not a spray bottle so I had to use a little fragrance on my pulse points when I wore it. I found the scent hard to wear and in the end I was happy that I had come to the end of my bottle.
~What does it smell like?~
According to Chanel the fragrance is 'cut like a diamond' and is aimed at being 'multi faceted' in other words Chanel are trying to get away with telling us all that this little gem is like no other fragrance and will wow us all with its unique make up. I can certainly agree with Chanels idea of this being a single layered fragrance with no single note or ingredient dominating, as I really just get a jumble with this and cannot really tell one thing from another. I feel that the fragrance is one that you will either love or hate as it. It has a slight creamy side that could have been better yet to me falls a little short and misses the mark. I feel that the over all sensation I had when wearing this was a 'I want to wash this off ' feeling as I was not keen on the slightly sickening feeling I got after a while of having this on.
Chanel say this is 'warm sexy clean and impossible to resist', having worn this I cannot see that at all. I will certainly resist it in future. Fruity tones in this fragrance come from mandarin and peach, with the florals being jasmine, magnolia, honeysuckle and rose with a warmish vanilla base. All these have been blended with a view to them being an all in one fragrance that has no main note that will stand out from another. I feel that the fragrance is over priced for around £50 plus for a bottle of Allure and at that kind of money I expected a great deal more from it.
~Summary and rating~
In summary I feel that Chanel Allure is not one of the better Chanel fragrances that I have worn. There is a feeling I have with this that is not very nice and the fragrance did get a little harder and annoying to wear the more I wore it. I wanted this to be so much more than it was and as such I feel it fell very short of what I expected from such as well respected fragrance house. I feel that you really do need to visit the fragrance counter prior to buying this and spray a good amount of the fragrance on, allowing it to settle before you get carried away and part with your pennies. As I did not enjoy this fragrance I cannot rate it very highly and I feel that a 2 star product rating is about right in this case.
This is a fragrance that was bought for me as a gift several years ago and it has remained a staple fragrance in my perfume collection. It is now something I buy for myself as a treat and something that is always at the top of my christmas present wish list! This perfume is from the high end, couture empire of Chanel. It is a very feminine, romantic, clean and sophisticated scent. It is a floral, oriental and fresh scent and I find that it is a fragrance that can be worn day or night and it is a scent that lasts for hours and it has refreshing effect on me. Allure is presented in a very attractive, classical bottle design, with a clear bottle and a steel coloured bottle top with a contrasting gold band around the cap of the bottle. It is available in different sizes:50ml and 100ml and there are also other products available in this brand: eau de parfum, body lotion and soap to name but a few. The only criticism is that the price is slightly high, yet you are paying for quality and a trusted brand.
Group: Oriental floral
~ INTRODUCTION ~
I have a collection of Chanel miniatures I once bought as a lot for testing purposes. One of these is Allure Eau de Toilette, the earlier, 1996 edition of Allure Eau de Parfum created by Jaques Polges.
~ THE PACKAGING ~
Just like the majority of Chanel's offerings, Allure comes in a tall, rectangular bottle and a small cy-lindrical cap that's like the more modern representation of the similar Coco fragrance bottles. My 15ml purse spray edition of Allure is actually part of the classic angular bottle and metallic click top lid range so designs can vary between sizes.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: lemon, bergamot, mandarin, peach
Allure starts out with a fresh, almost green but overall quite citrusy accord and immediately blends in with a subtle floral accord, the fresh and slightly sharp magnolia. The top notes last for quite a while, half an hour at least, but are never alone and gradually incorporate the creamier, heavier florals.
Middle notes: rose, jasmine, water lily, peony, magnolia, orange blossom
The distinct, fresh, green and white floral composition continues into the heart where jasmine is the one that stands out to my nose. Luckily, it isn't the overpowering, in your face jasmine I often get in classic floral orientals, it's a very wearable, discreet, airy and woody-fresh one. The notes are lightly backed up by vanilla which tends to disappear even before reaching the basenotes about 2 - 3 hours later.
Base notes: sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla
Allure finally dries down to a slightly sharp, woody floral base that was mainly composed of sandal-wood and vetiver. What surprised me about the woody base is that the sandalwood had an unusually sharp, earthy and woody edge instead of being milky and creamy when on its own. I like vetiver, this highly aromatic, earthy root primarily used in men's colognes. It does wonders in fresh, unisex fragrances when used in moderation and I love it as a room purifier.
However, it didn't bring out the best of Allure as it felt dry, obtrusive and basically an unnecessary addition. It also spoilt the sandalwood for me which now felt sharp and sour on my skin as it mixed in the musk, a crisp, laundry type note used as a fixative in alcohol based perfumes.
~ CONCLUSION ~
Few people know Allure Eau de Toilette, it didn't seem to create such a stir back in the days as op-posed to its more concentrated Eau de Parfum version a few years later. I understand why. Allure EDT sits between its classic predecessors Chanel No. 19 and Cristelle and her oriental sisters Allure Eau de Parfum or Coco Mademoiselle, unable to decide which of them it wants to be. Well, it's neither in fact and this is where it fails in my eyes. It isn't fresh or green enough in character to be a great, refreshing floral in summer as it fades too quickly, and isn't soft, sweet and powerful enough to be an oriental for colder weather.
Chanel fragrances have been well-known for their refined and sophisticated compositions full of character; up to the nineties, that is when Chanel compositions seem to have fallen apart. This may be the reason this eau de toilette is a bit pointless: it's somewhere between a floral cologne and a badly-executed, linear, top-heavy floral oriental that lacks a certain warmth and staying power. It's fresh, it's floral, it's somewhat sharp and woody but ultimately never reaches oriental territory; it lacks the depth and character of orientals.
Despite its many ingredients, Allure is definitely light, airy and delicate. It stays close to the skin, it doesn't project itself far so you'll feel you need to reapply as I did as you can barely feel it around you. It's certainly unobtrusive and clean and could work as a fresh, non-sweet, woody floral for the office or as a gift, its price tag just isn't worth it.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Available in department and perfume stores and online. Expect to pay around £40 for a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray from Amazon or online vendors and possibly 50% more in stores.
Thanks for reading.
©powered by lillybee also posted on dooyoo.co.uk
What is Allure? I can't really decide; it has so many different scents that wear off and replace one another while it is being worn, I can't really classify it. To begin, here are the list of different scents, arranged by overall scent classification:
Fresh scent: lemon and bergamot
Fruity scent: mandarin and peach
Classical floral scent: rose, jasmine, water lily, peony, magnolia, orange blossom
Woody scent: sandalwood and vetiver
Oriental scent: vanilla
Now, to deconstruct it, scent by scent, for it;s overall effect: who would wear this perfume? By scent-y turns, it could be a teenager (a first perfume or so), an older lady (the classical florals, the woody scents), a sexy, self-confident woman (the oriental-y vanilla, the mix of this with jasmine) or by, it seems every one of the above and more.
Allure is 'alluring' because it;s so versatile - it keeps yo sniffing yourself again and again as each note wears off and replaces itself with a new and different scent; its the perfume equivalent of Madonna!
I personally applaud it because of this, but I add a note of caution - Jasmine and vanilla, alone or combined, always cause 'controversy' in the perfume field - they are not for everyone. It's also the 'marmite' perfume. However, I think they go perfectly together here, and with all the other elements: Chanel has done it again!