Buy me a bottle of perfume and I am a happy woman. I don''t buy myself many perfumes but I have numerous bottles of scent that have been given as gifts. The majority of my scent bottles contain eau de toilette or eau de parfum because both of these fragrances are the less expensive versions of the pure essence. Chanel fragrances are classic and timeless but they are definitely not the cheapest perfumes in the department stores. Chanel Allure Woman Eau de Parfum was introduced in 1996 and a 35ml spray bottle presently retails at around forty eight pounds. Chanel describes the fragrance as a perfume that has many facets, but the master perfumiers are quick to point out that the fragrance has no dominating note. Look at the fragrant notes and you see Magnolia, Honeysuckle, Water Lily, Italian citron, May Rose, Passion Fruit, Egyptian Jasmine, Bourbon Vanilla and Mandarin. Chanel has perfected the art of making their perfumes appeal to buyers. Their classic packaging is elegant and appealing and the pale pink box with gold and black inscriptions would grace any dressing table. The clear glass rectangular perfume bottle has a bronze coloured top that is trimmed with a plain gold band, and the simple glass bottle oozes sophistication. The perfume atomiser works well, just press the spray and a fine mist of sweet-smelling scent covers your skin. Some women like light scents and others prefer heavy fragrances that linger on for hours. I like lighter fragrances for daytime wear and I wear a deeper fragrance if I am going out anywhere special. Line six women up, spray a little eau de parfum on each one and the self-same perfume would smell very different on each female. The fragrance notes of Chanel Allure really appeal to me because I love light, flowery fragrances with a hint of fruitiness. I always spray a little of the fragrant liquid on the front base of my neck and inside of both of my wrists. The Allure spray is as light as a feather and as fine as mist. The light smell of honeysuckle and jasmine are the first to make themselves known. A few seconds later as the parfum spray begins to dry I can pick out the light fruit notes and the Mandarin oil definitely comes to the forefront. Some find the smell of vanilla too heavy but the heady aroma of vanilla appeals to me. I feel the light flowery, fruity scent needs that hint of vanilla to make it a little deeper. However, it is worth mentioning that the Bourbon Vanilla lingers in the background. Some perfume loses much of its fragrance after it has been sitting on warm skin for a while, but the alluring smell of Chanel lingers for hours. The fragrance can be worn all year round. Wear this perfume during the winter months to recreate a ?touch of summer?. Chanel fragrances are expensive, but a little goes a long way and a couple of tiny squirts of Allure are all that is needed. They say that parfum reacts to body heat and I for one feel that this statement is true. I can wear the scent twenty times and to a certain extent the same fragrance smells slightly different on every occasion. Is this a perfume for young women? Yes, I would say that this youthful fragrance would suit young women, but it is a fantastic perfume for the mature woman. I don''t feel that teenage girls would appreciate the sweet lingering smell, but I could be wrong. In my opinion Chanel Allure Eau de Parfum is a grown-up fragrance and I have seen it described as a flowery oriental fragrance. Yes, it is flowery and it has a fruity touch but I would struggle to describe it as an oriental fragrance. I love wearing this sweet sensuous fragrance and the aroma lasts for hours. The scent bottle remains inside of the pale pink box and that classic pink Chanel perfume box looks good on my dressing table. I am more than sure that this bottle of eau de parfum will last me for a long time and I must say that it was a charming gift that was much appreciated.
Launched in 1996 by Chanel and developed by perfumer Jacques Polge, Chanel Allure Eau de parfum is an oriental, floral blend of soft sweet spices and orange flowers with fruity notes of fresh citrus. Chanel claim that Allure is different to most perfumes with their traditional pyramid structure according to Chanel it is "Multi Faceted" and "cut like a diamond with 6 facets which overlap, with no single note dominating". These facets are:
Imaginary Floral: Honeysuckle, Water Lily, Magnolia
Fruity: Mandarin, Passion Fruit
Timeless Floral:Egyptian Jasmine, May Rose
Now I know this is not six but despite many Internet searches these are the only ones I ever find.
As with all Chanel packaging whether it is for perfumes or cosmetics it is simple and elegant. The box is pinky beige with the Allure name and Chanel logo on. I think this must part of their marketing to make it look timeless and sophisticated. The rectangle bottle is clear with Allure written on it in gold. Top is a dusky pink with a gold band. The clear bottle lets you see the yellow amber colored perfume inside the bottle. Whilst this does make it look timeless it does make the bottle look rather plain next to some of my more elaborate bottles of perfume like the Marc Jacobs range. The atomizer for this perfume works very well and I have never had any problems with it sticking or not giving a lovely fine mist of perfume in all the time I have used it.
Wearing the scent
On the first spray of this perfume it gives a very strong alcohol smell which I found off putting the first time I tried it, but within a minute this fades so do bear with it when you test it for the first time as I did as the delights of the rest of the fragrance soon become apparent.
The fresh notes at the start include mandarin, bergamot and peach and are the first notes to that I pick up and this fruity and citrus note gives a nice wake up buzz feeling to my senses.
The fruity notes last a few minutes on their own before becoming layered with the floral heart of this fragrance jasmine, magnolia and orange blossom. These seem to mix in delight with the citrus notes and the headiness of the jasmine for me is balanced out by the sweetness of the peach. The light notes of the orange blossom waft across my sense charmingly and remind me of warm summer days. Rather than the base notes coming along after a few hours they float in and out as if carried by a sea breeze. The warm notes of sandalwood become noticeable though where this fits in with the perfume notes Chanel give I am not sure. The vanilla whilst strong is not a dominate smell that overrides things and leaves you smelling like ice cream. Some days I notice the honeysuckle and the rose and other don't and I think this is down to the layering that Chanel do and how the perfume reacts to the different temperatures on my body. On the warm days their notes are more noticeable I find.
I do find that this is strong smelling perfume but absolutely heavenly to smell and wear and I think that the scents just grows and becomes more alluring and complex as it develops on the skin. I also find that a couple spritz is all you need to last the day and the perfume lingers well on the skin and I notice that I keep catching myself smelling different notes through out the day.
I do think this is a more scent for a woman rather than a teenager as it is more complex and sophisticated than a lot of the more youthful scents out there such as the Tommy Girl and the like. Given that this was introduced in the 90's and still going strong I do think that Chanel have achieved their aim of a timeless scent as is still to me is as appealing as the first time I wore it a few years ago.
Allure is a delicious blend of peaches and mandarin in the first few minutes of wear, this then is accentuated by magnolia and jasmine. Before the headier notes of sandalwood and vanilla are added into the blend. This perfume has real staying power so you don't even have to re-apply this perfume at the end of the day because the lasting power is so good. I personally think this perfume is more suited to evenings whether formal or relaxed than a work perfume. However I have been know to wear it when I want to feel empowered and full of confidence such as job interviews and I think its classy notes must come over to help me feel better and hence perform better in these situations. This isn't a cheap perfume but it as it last well and is such an elegant fruity floral that I would say that it is worth its money. It currently sells at £45 for a 35ml bottle at Debanhams