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Before starting my review there is a fundamental point to clarify; perfumes have different concentrations of scent, according to the quantity of aromatic compounds they can be classified in:
Eau de Toilette contains approximately 10% of aromatic compounds, this is the cheapest version and the scent fades quickly. I will call this version 3
Eau de Perfume contains approximately 15% of aromatic compounds, this is the most used concentration and also the most commercial. I will call this version 2
Perfume up to 40% of aromatic compounds, the real expression of the soul of the perfume, sometimes is also called 'extrait perfume'. This is best if only applied to pulse points and only one single drop .Yes, I mean one single drop is enough and you can be sure that the scent will last for hours. I will call this version 1
On those important bases I'm going to write my review on the Coco Chanel Perfume ( version 1), the one I use, the most expensive version and also the one I see here in the picture. The Eau de perfume bottle ( version 2) is very similar with the exception of the little black rose around the neck of the bottle and the fact that is much bigger.
A bit of history : This specific perfume was created thinking to the Woman Coco Chanel and was the first one after her death so is supposed to be inspired to what Coco symbolized, her elegance, her personality her aura. Created by the famous perfumer Jacques Polge, the year of release of the Coco Perfume was 1984.
Packaging and prices: It comes in the classic Chanel black box and it is a 7.5ml or 15ml sizes at the prices respectively of £88 and £142. I bought it the first time few years ago and felt a bit silly paying £88 (a bit less at the time)for a bottle just a little bigger than a sample size but changed my mind with time. The bottle is tiny but made with a good quality glass, the lid heavy and useful for application as it doesn't' come with a drop dispenser. The little black rose is a tiny detail but looks great. Great to keep in handbag because is so small.
Scent: The best adjective to describe it is the same one used on the Chanel website for this scent: baroque. On a personal note I would also add: spicy, oriental, warm. Top notes are coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, peach, jasmine and Bulgarian rose; middle notes are mimose, cloves, orange blossom, clover and rose; base notes are labdanum, amber, sandalwood, civet and vanilla. This is not a scent that will suit everyone, therefore, taking into consideration that any perfume changes according to the skin PH (acidity measurement) and, the price of this particular version, I advise to try the version 2 over the counter first and reassess the scent after a couple of hours before buying the pure perfume version.
Money versus price: I bought my last bottle approximately 7 months ago, have used it almost every day and still have a bit of perfume left in the bottle.
Instructions for use: Just a touch with the bottom part of the lid on your pulse. One touch. Once a day.
Where to buy it: I bought mine from House of Fraser but is also available at most of the Chanel Perfumes counters in department stores and also in Chanel counters in Boots.Doing a quick research on line you will probably find it for cheaper prices however I always buy mine from department stores as I wouldn't want even one single drop of it to go wasted in the package.
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Chanel Coco is an oriental spicy perfume, which was first launched in 1984.
I have a 100ml bottle of the eau de parfum.
~ Bottle ~
It comes in a clear glass bottle and is the classic rectangular shape that the Chanel bottles come in.
The front of the bottle there is a gold coloured rectangular shape, which borders a black coloured rectangle with the words, 'COCO EAU DE PARFUM CHANEL PARIS' in gold lettering.
The lid of the perfume is quite heavy and is made from clear glass. It has a cylindrical neck, which fits over the spray nozzle. This has two gold stripes going right around the neck, with a thicker black stripe in the middle with a tiny Chanel logo (two letter 'C's one facing left and one facing right) on the front.
The top of the lid is rectangular with angular edges.
The lid fits nicely on the top of the bottle, clicking into place.
The perfume itself is an orangey colour.
I like the design of this bottle. It is a nice size and a classic shape. I really like the shape of the lid as well.
One thing that I don't like so much about the bottle is how easily it gets fingerprints on the glass. I find it quite frustrating as I like to keep my belongings clean, tidy and in good condition.
~ Price ~
This eau de parfum is available at Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser and most other department stores.
It currently costs £67.00 for 50ml or £95.00 for 100ml on House of Fraser's website.
The fragrance is also available as an eau de toilette, which is a bit cheaper or a more pure parfum, which is a lot more expensive (£142.00 for 15ml).
~ Scent ~
This perfume is very strong.
The top notes are coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, peach, jasmine and bulgarian rose.
The heart notes are mimose, cloves, orange blossom, clover and rose.
The base notes are labdanum, amber, sandalwood, tonka bean, opoponax, civet and vanilla.
It has a spicy scent. It is a little bit harsh, but it is not something I find offensive or too overpowering.
I am not normally a big fan of spicy scents, but I like this perfume. It is not one of my favourites, but it is something a bit different for me.
It is a very heavy perfume.
As well as the spicy notes, the perfume has an uplifting floral element to it and I can also detect the amber in it. There is also a light woodiness in the base.
It is a warming, sensual, mature scent and it is one I tend to wear as a night time scent rather than during the day. It is a bit strong and heavy for day time wear.
I think this perfume would probably be best suited to more mature women.
I have found that this perfume has fantastic staying power and it is still evident on my skin 12 hours application, which I am very pleased with. It also has great sillage. I can always smell it on myself.
I find that as it calms down and begins to wear off on my skin, I enjoy the scent more. It is lightly spiced and it has a clean woody scent to it, which I really like.
I would recommend this perfume, but I would not buy it as a gift unless the recipient had tried it first as I don't think it will be to everyone's taste.
Coco Chanel has been a signature scent to my life. As a child, I remember my Mum and Dad going out for the night on a wave of this perfume, and as a teen, I used to sneak my own dabs of this perfume until my Mum bought me my own bottle one Christmas.
Chanel make many luxurious fragrances such as Coco Mademoiselle, and Chanel No 5, but my favourite has always been the Coco Eau De Parfum, and I am sure a lot of this is from the feelings that the scent gave me from being so young. It always made me think of confidence and my Mum looking very elegant, and it always makes me feel this way too.
This fragrance was launched in 1984, and my Mum must have owned a bottle from pretty soon after launch, and it has been her perfume of choice since then, and I have worn it on and off from being about 15. It is perhaps a bit better suited for a person in their 20s to 40s rather than teenage skin, but I have always worn it anyway, and I think wearing it with confidence has allowed me to get away with it. I always felt more mature when I wore it when I was younger, and I also find not many other people are wearing it, so it feels quite special to me.
I tend to wear this scent for night use as I feel it is a bit too heavy and overpowering for general through the day use. I also prefer to not have this on if we are going out for a meal straightaway as it interferes a bit with the way I smell and taste the food I am eating.
The scent is quite strong at first. I can find this a bit overpowering, and sometimes I even think it feels a little masculine to me. This is not a sweet perfume at first. I find it quite oriental and mysterious. The top notes are Angelica, Mimosa, Frangipani and Mandarin. This layer of scent is quick to settle down, and I find after about 30 minutes to an hour, the scent settles down and is a lot more subtle on my skin.
The next layer is the longest lasting for me, with notes of Cascarilla, Orange flower, Bulgarian Rose and Jasmine. For several hours, this sits on my skin, very tantalisingly. I find that it an attractive scent that people notice as they get close to you. It is a very seductive scent and is still there at the end of a night out but only faintly.
The base layers of this perfume are Labdanum, Ambrette Seed, Opopanax, Benzoin, Tonka and Vanilla. I don't really notice this layer as much, sometimes I can pick up that I have been wearing scent on something like a scarf or my coat collar. It is only faint though, and not as strong as when I have been wearing my Jean Paul Galtier Classique fragrance.
I have a 50ml bottle of this Eau de Parfum, and it is quite a few years old now. It is a glass bottle so you can see the perume inside. Taking off the stopper, I apply this by putting some directly from the bottle onto my pulse points on my wrists, and then blotting this onto my neck. A little goes a long way with this. Too much applied in one go is very overpowering.
The bottle is stored within very classy looking black and gold packaging. The cardboard box protects the perfume from degrading through being exposed to sunlight.
This perfume is definitely available at a premium. The 50ml bottle I have is £61 from Boots. A smaller 35ml bottle is £45. I think it is worth this price completely. I don't think this is a perfume that will have mass appeal. I only like it when I am in a certain mood myself. However, it is one perfume I will always have some of, as it makes me feel so secure and confident when I do put it on. I think of it as my signature scent.
My mum actually asked me for this perfume for Christmas this year, and I actually really struggled to find it in all my local boots stores. I only managed to find it in the town centre Boots, smaller boots stores don't tend to stock this perfume. My mum told me this was quite an expensive perfume compare to others we usually buy, but I didn't realise how expensive!
It costs £45 for just a 35ml spray bottle which I think is very expensive, but this perfume is worth every penny if you have the money to buy it. After finally finding this perfume in Boots, I tried it in the shop as I'd never even heard of it before my mum mentioned it, and I have to say I fell in love with it. It is the most beautiful perfume I have smelt, it is so different. It smells quite spicy, which I haven't ever smelt in a perfume before. It also has quite a light citrus smell to it, which is really nice.
I actually bought myself a bottle of this perfume too as a treat, as I couldn't resist! It isn't like any other perfume I have used, it is definitely one I will wear only for special occasions, I wont be wasting it wearing it to work etc! It smells gorgeous, and the smell lingers on you all day, I could still smell it when I went to bed, it just did not wear off! It is not over powering though, although it is strong and lasts ages, it isn't too much.
The bottle is gorgeous and looks expensive too. The 35ml bottle is very small and compact, and the actual perfume is a golden colour. The bottle does not look or feel cheap, it is a perfect gift for any girl. I think it is suited more to older girls rather than teenage girls. It is a really classy and sophisticated bottle and smell, and it is now definitely my favourite!
I highly recommend this perfume, as a present for Christmas, as it smells gorgeous, looks stylish and classy, and you can tell it isn't a cheap perfume, it is beautiful and definitely worth the money.
I received this perfume as a gift, and wouldn't have brought it due to the high price.
However, I was happy to receive such a perfume with a cool name and brand.
The bottle is quite plain and square, I had expected it to be more feminine looking, however, the important factor is the fragrance itself. I did like the black and gold packaging box though - I thought it looked classy.
I liked the scent of the Tunisian orange blossom at the start when I first sprayed the perfume on, but that initial scent soon goes and the perfume leaves a strong woody spicy sort of scent. I found the left over scent smell too old-fashioned for me. I don't like those strong woody, spicy fragrances and think they are more suited for older ladies.
The perfume is quite strong and lasts for days on clothes, although when sprayed upon the skin, I found that it stayed smelling fresh for around 7 hours. When I had sprayed the perfume on my clothes, I still found a lingering of the scent for up to 3 days later! That is the longest time I have ever smelt a scent for.
The quality of this perfume is good, and although the price is quite a lot in my opinion, ranging from £35 - higher, one wouldn't need to use a lot, so the perfume would last for quite a long time.
Overall, the scent lasts long, for days on clothes. I found the scent old fashioned for me and too strong, although I liked it when I first sprayed it, but the orange blossom tone soon disappears. I was happy to have tried this perfume. However, I wouldn't buy it for myself and won't buy for others. If you do want to try this perfume, only a very little bit of spray is needed, as the perfume is a strong one. I would also suggest to spray it on yourself, and wait for several minutes before deciding whether you like it or not.
Chanel is a luxury, French fashion house founded by Gabrielle Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel incorporated elegance, class and originality into each clothing piece allowing the company to be highly established and appreciated. The famous Chanel logo interlocks two C letters together and counterfeits are rife so best to purchase products from exclusive retailers.
Past celebrities endorsing the Chanel range include Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Marilyn Monroe. As well as producing an exclusive range of clothing worn by high profiled celebrities, the Chanel range includes handbags, cosmetics and fragrances.
Chanel fragrances came to light in the 1920s. In 1921, Chanel No5 was released and is still going strong to date. The sale of Chanel fragrances is high and brings quite a significant portion of Chanels overall profits alone.
Chanel fragrances are often promoted using a well known celebrity. Billboards, internet displays and also television adverts are used and no expense is spared allowing the brand to be desired and irresistible. Fragrances include Chance, No19, Allure etc. Mens fragrances can also be purchased.
Coco was initiated in 1979. The fragrance director for Chanel (Jacques Polge) was inspired to create a feminine fragrance after a visit to Coco Chanels apartment. He discovered that Coco lived within such a mix of styles yet her fashion lines were so simple and Coco Chanel was produced in a fragrance in 1984.
Coco Chanel can be purchased in an Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum. It is also available in a Parfum which is the purest available. The range also includes a body cream, body lotion, deodorant spray, bath gel and soap which allow you to layer up the fragrance if so desired.
Coco Chanel has been created with a blend of fragrance notes which slide through stages and develop on the skin.
~The fragrance opens up with top notes of Tunisian orange blossom and Sicilian mandarin. This is the initial scent and is often shortlived.
~The main part of the fragrance or middle notes offers a floral blend of damask rose, oriental jasmine,
mimosa from Provence, ylang-ylang from Comoros. This scent can last for several hours.
~The final scent on the skin is created using tonka bean from Brazil and Venezuela, Indonesian patchouli and Somalian opoponax. This scent creates the final base and can sometimes be detectable on clothing for many days.
The fragrance bottles from Chanel are designed to be simplistic yet elegant and well made. Coco Chanel comes in various types of bottles including refills. My bottle is the EDP and 35ml so I shall base my description on this bottle.
The shape of the bottle is rectangular and quite tall. The base is clear glass showing the dark, amber like liquid within. A gold band runs around the neck of the bottle and is topped with a gold spray top. A black lid edged with gold clicks smoothly onto the top of the bottle and the complete ensemble is solid and sophisticated. The black label confirming the Coco Chanel named adds a bit of information but keeps the design uncluttered.
The box containing the bottle stands out from the usual, white and black offerings that Chanel produce. The sturdy, cardboard box adopts a black, gold and white appearance and reflects the design of the bottle perfectly. It is beautiful and doesn't get in your face trying to be noticed.
**Availability and Price**
Chanel isn't cheap and if you see it cheap outwith stores, the chances are it is a fake so be warned. There are different options available so I will quote Boots current prices as the full range is available on there. Online prices might be slightly cheaper but this is an exclusive brand so no guarantee.
7.5ml £68.00 (refill)
7.5ml £85.00 (refill bottle)
60ml £62.50 (refill)
60ml £75.00 (refill bottle)
Body Lotion 150ml £35.00
Spray Deodorant 100ml £28.00
Bath Gel 150ml £30.00
Soap Bar 150g £17.00
Chanel is a desired brand to me and most. Whilst I often receive Dior and Clarins within my ebay beauty lots, Chanel is harder to come by and therefore I don't often get to experience its desirable products. My local Boots isn't huge but has a full, big cabinet stocked with Chanel fragrances and body products and oh how I wish I could afford them! Coco Chanel was a fragrance I had been given from my sister. She received this as a gift from her Mother in Law last Christmas and had used around a 1/3. It wasn't her thing and she gave it to me knowing how much I love trying out new perfumes.
The bottle is interesting despite its plain appearance. Some brands try too hard by spending more time on the design and often the quality of the fragrance is affected. Chanel have clearly concentrated more on the quality of the fragrance. The amber liquid is almost golden and gives an expensive and luxurious appearance which one has come to appreciate.
I wasn't sure if I would like Coco Chanel as I have always considered it to be an older persons fragrance. At 22, I am more appreciative of fruity and sweet fragrances and basically cheaper brands! On spraying this onto my skin, a powerful blast is let loose and instantly overtakes my nose. My first application had me convinced I wouldn't like it but I let it develop and hoped it would suit my skin.
I find that the initial scent is heady and old fashioned..really something my wee Granny would happily wear. The floral composition is instantly detectable and a bit too strong for my liking. The citrussy mandarin and orange blossom doesn't really come through well but a slight hint of mandarin sits rather uncomfortably behind the overtaking florals and I would have loved for this to make more of an effort to boost through and lighten up the florals.
The middle notes came through far too quickly and strongly. Rose and jasmine combine and provide a heavy and rather cloying floral blend which remains consistent and doesn't really let up for several hours. The floral combination is powerful enough for those around me to notice and comment. It seems to be attractive and pleasant for others but I personally don't really like it and it makes my nose rather twitchy.
After several, powerful hours on my skin, the floral notes start to subside and make way for a deep and warming base. This is certainly my favourite stage of Coco Chanel as the overpowering florals have lost the leading role. The lasting trace of scent is delicate and close to the skin. It is quite succulent and enchanting with a unique sweetness coming through and creating a sort of dessert like scent. No individual base note stuck out enough for me to identify its presence but the combination worked well to create a subtle and pleasurable aroma.
Coco Chanel is undoubtedly a floral fragrance and very strong. I would recommend it for a mature woman who may appreciate this concentration of fragrance. Night time wear would be ideal as the main body of the fragrance remains powerful for several hours and the base notes finally subside around 10hours after initial application. Its base would allow it to be an ideal Autumn fragrance as it is much too powerful for Summer use.
Coco Chanel is an expensive fragrance and will not suit everyone. If you wish to sample it then pop into Boots and ask for a spray as it is an acquired fragrance that takes some getting used to. You will either love it or not really like it.
I was pleased at having the opportunity to use this bottle and I will use it up. I personally feel the fragrance is too overpowering for my skin and senses and although I fully appreciate the base it leaves, not enough for me to consider purchasing another bottle. I have smelt Coco Chanel on other people and it smells pleasant on them but everyone is different and it just didn't work for me. I cannot fault its lasting abilities as the scent was still detectable on my scarf 3days after application which is quite impressive.
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This particular fragrance is the one I tend to save for special occasions, having spent £75 on a 75ml bottle it is not something I would wear for every day as it is a strong heady scent however for big days out like a wedding or a formal function it is perfect as it is a classy fragrance which lasts a long time.
The packaging of this fragrance oozes style, the box is black and gold which is a classical combination of colours, the bottle is glass and clear so you can see the amber contents clearly. It has the distinctive black chanel label on the front with white lettering. On top there is a gold cylinder with the swizel nozzle and a glass top to secure it.
Do be aware that a single press of the nozzle does release quite a significant amount of spray which gives a lot of coveridge so hold back of spraying it a second time as one spray may well be enough. The fragrance itself is a wonderful combination of woody and spicey smells, sandalwood is very distinctive in the array of aromas and I can also detect vanilla and a fruity hint which I assume is the mandarin mentioned on the box along with honey, carnation and cinnamon.
The scent has amazing longevity and staying power and even after a long night partying and a lie in I can still smell it on my skin, it is a wonderfully warm aroma and a very sexy and mature smell. It is a glamourous scent and one that is a joy and a pleasure to wear, thankfully it does last a long time as it is not exactly cheap but a scent that is well worth buying.
My 2nd favorite perfume of all time. Warm, spicy and sensual without being horribly overpowering (if you use sparingly, not so much if you slap it on). I particularly love how it smells as it develops on your skin after a while. I'm no expert when it comes to top notes and base notes etc, but whoever created this one knew what they were doing.
It even looks good too, beautiful bottle, striking with zero frou frou.
It stands out in a market flooded by celebrity perfumes for being a quality product where the scent is more important than any vapid face attached to it.
Perfect for evenings out or for the end of days when being knee deep in nappies and sick has squashed the feminine out of you and a revival is needed that a shower alone can't achieve .
My bottle lasted for well over a year despite fairly constant use so although the initial price tag is not low end it doesn't work out that expensive when you take into account how little you need to use per application.
I first purchased a bottle of Coco Chanel four years ago, ostensibly as a day to day fragrance. As soon as I began using it however, I realised that its full body and extensive staying power rendered it too heady for everyday occasions. I now wear it purely for events and evenings out, but oh, do I look forward to applying it.
Coco Chanel eau de parfum comes in a black and gold box. The simplicity of the colour scheme and design belies its excellence, however. The box measures 10cm in height, 6cm in width and 3cm in depth. It is fashioned from laminated cardboard, and can be recycled where facilities exist. The front face, back face and bottom of the box are primarily black in colour, with a lustrous gold border. The contrast between the two colours gives the box a vintage appearance, and reflects the price of the perfume. At the centre is a white square, on which is printed the word 'COCO' in black lettering. Beneath this, in a smaller font are the words 'EAU DE PARFUM'. The brand name, Chanel, is depicted in bold. Lower down the front of the box is a description of what the container holds - 'Vaporiser Spray' in delicate gold lettering, and the quantity of perfume you have purchased, in my case 50ml. On the back the Chanel logo is stamped in gold, beneath which is a list of ingredients, contact information for the various Chanel houses in Paris, New York, etc, and the barcode. The sides of the box are gold in colour and unadorned with writing. The single flap at the top of the box is easily peeled back to reveal an inner sleeve, fashioned from corrugated black card, and in which the bottle is encased. The card is thick enough to provide extra cushioning for the bottle, and perfectly compliments the colour scheme. I like the minimalist nature of the packaging, and the contrast between the black and the gold screams sophistication. It also serves to illustrate the effortless chic that Chanel promotes, and the gold panels, when they hit the light, are dazzling.
I keep the box in my travel bag, and while the outer casing has sustained one or two dents, it is unmarred by scratches or tears. The cardboard from which it is comprised is resilient, and the laminated surface resists damage much better than other boxed perfumes. The edges remain crisp, and although one of the corners is beginning to peel a little, overall I am impressed with its durability.
The bottle is fashioned from transparent glass, and is rectangular in shape. It is flat, so fits snugly into the box. Near the top of the bottle is label 3cm x 2.5cm, on which is printed the name of the perfume and the brand name, Chanel. The background of the label is black, with the same gold border seen on the front of the box, while the words are printed in white. On top of the bottle sits the nozzle, a gold cylinder that can be rotated to allow you to reposition the direction in which the nozzle releases the perfume. The cap, measuring 3.5 cm in length and 2.5cm in width, fits securely over it. The cap is almost a feature itself. It is made from the same transparent glass as the bottle, and is rectangular in shape. However, being multi faceted it resembles a fat diamond, and it compliments the overall appearance of the bottle beautifully. At the base of the cap, the 'neck' that fits around the nozzle is embellished with a black band and familiar gold border, with the double C of the Chanel logo printed at its centre.
The perfume is a rich, golden amber in appearance, and this colour is accentuated by the simple colour scheme of the packaging and the Chanel label that adorns the bottle. Upon depressing the nozzle a considerable mist is released. So extensive is the area the perfume covers, even if the fragrance was not so heady as it is, you would not feel compelled to release a second spray immediately. As soon as you release the perfume from its cardboard nest the scent is detectable. It is smooth, woody and full-bodied. 'Fresh' is not a word I would immediately associate with this perfume, but I mean that in a good way. It reminds me of hot, mysterious evenings, dreams, and the woods at midnight. As soon as the fragrance is released it envelopes you and pulls you into it, as though you are being drawn into a secret. For me, sandalwood prevails in the blend, along with a sweet floral finish that rolls into an exotic spiciness.
TOP NOTES: Mandarin, pimento and coriander
MIDDLE/HEART NOTES: Rose, carnation and cinnamon
BASE NOTES: Amber, vanilla and honey
This perfume is vintage through and through, with its commanding scent and resilient staying power. It reminds me of 1950s glamour, little black dresses and ladies with cigarettes in long holders. I would not recommend the perfume be worn during the day, as it is certainly not subtle. It is, however, ideal for the evening, as it will stand out amongst the haze of other perfumes, and you will not need to reapply it at all. If I administer a spray onto my skin at, say, eight o'clock in the evening, it is still detectable at eight o'clock the following morning. I know of no other perfumes about which the same could be said, and I would guess this is one of the reasons why the perfume continues to be so successful. In this respect I do not mind forking out the extra money for Coco Chanel, as while its quality is reflected in all aspects of its nature, none more so than its incredible longevity. Having owned the perfume for in excess of four years, and using it once or twice a month, I have found I still have half a bottle remaining. I very often remove the perfume from its sleeve just to sniff the nozzle and remind myself of how beautiful the fragrance is.
When I purchased my 50ml bottle of Coco Chanel four years ago, it cost me £50 from Boots. While the price has increased slightly since then, it can still be found within the very reasonable range of £52 - £60. As well as being available in larger Boots stores, the perfume can also be found in department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams. Alternatively, a 50ml bottle can be purchased online from the following sources:
£56.99 from supaperfume.com
£59.00 from manfords.com
£59.00 from boots.com
Coco Chanel is available in bottles of 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. Also included in the range is an eau de toilette spray and body lotion.
Whenever I wear Coco Chanel I feel very glamorous, and receive many compliments on my choice of fragrance. I would not hesitate to purchase another bottle in four years' time, when my current one runs out. I will also be using the empty bottle as a decorative item, so pretty is it to behold. Coco Chanel eau de parfum was launched in 1984, and it is not difficult to understand why its popularity prevails. The combination of woodiness and sweet floral works beautifully, and I have never come across another perfume that is as successful as this in terms of staying power. I defy anyone not to be enchanted by this product, and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending it.
I have never won anything in my life, so was very surprised to win a prize at our local school fete last month. I was even more excited when I discovered that the prize was a bottle of Chanel Coco perfume, a scent I happen to love!
Before I tell you about the perfume let me tell you a little about the woman behind the famous Chanel brand. Coco Chanel was born in 1883 in France. She was the second daughter of Albert Chanel and Jeanne Devolle.Her mother died of T.B when Coco was just 12 and her father left shortly afterwards. Coco was cared for by her Aunts until she was 17 when she was placed into an orphanage in the care of nuns. With such a difficult early life it is hardly surprising to learn that Coco suffered from mental health problems and was a very lonely woman. She did have several love affairs but was never able to have children of her own. Her love affair with a Nazi officer resulted in her exile to Switzerland, where she eventually became a very successful fashion designer.
In 1923 Chanel no 5 perfume was launched and this became Coco's signature perfume. When Coca died in 1971 she left an empire worth millions although was rumored to be a lonely and sad woman.
Coco Chanel perfume was launched in 1984. The version I won comes packaged in a very sophisticated black box with gold wrting.Inside the 50 ml spray bottle also oozes quality. It is a pleasing square shape with black spray top. The perfume contained within is quite a dark amber colour.
Coco Chanel is described as a heavy evening or special occasion perfume. I like to wear different perfumes to reflect my mood and sometimes wear this during the day and don't agree that it is heavy. However it certainly can't be described as light and flowery! The top notes are orange blossom and mandarin, with middle notes of damask rose,orientral jasmine, provincial mimosa and ylang ylang and the base notes are Tonka bean,sandalwood,amid wood and vanilla. To be honest I can't say I can detect any of the scents described! However this perfume does smell gorgeous! It has a slightly musky scent that can only be described as sophisticated and sensual.
Not only does this perfume smell gorgeous, but it has amazing staying power too. I usually need to reapply perfume during the day but with Coco one application is enough to last all day. I would say that perfume tends to react differently depending on your skin chemistry. It is always wise to test any perfume before you buy, especially when there is a large outlay involved! It is also important to leave the scent for several minutes before you make up your mind.
Coco is available in larger branches of Boots, John Lewis, Debenhams and the house of Fraser. It is also available from several online outlets. My 50 ml bottle would cost around £45.
Chanel Cocoa Eau De Parfum has an extremely sophisticated smell to it. It is very oriental, with a warm, floral, spicy aroma. I like this fragrance as it contains a bit of everything. It does have subtle hints of fruit, but nothing to overpowering. The fragrance has hints of: Tunisian Orange Blossom, Sicilian Mandarin, Damask Rose, Oriental Jasmine, Mimosa from Provence, Ylang-Ylang from the Comoros, Tonka Bean from Brazil and Venezuela, Indonesian Patchouli and Somalian Opoponax.
This fragrance is one I prefer to use in winter or for evenings out to restaurants etc. It smells absolutely awful when the weather is hot or if you are going out clubbing and getting hot and sweaty.
The bottle I always purchase is clear with a black label and white writing on. The actual box is black and gold, which I find intriguing yet classy.
You will normally pay between £45.00 to £52.00 for a 35ml bottle of this perfume-although prices do vary considerably for this brand of perfume. Other sizes are available.
I think that this perfume is good value for money. Initially it is pretty expensive compared to some other perfumes, but it is of excellent quality and the bottle lasts absolutely ages due to its staying power. A bottle of this perfume lasts me longer than any of my other perfumes, and I only have to apply it once for the whole evening.
I would recommend this fragrance to anyone who is 20 and upwards. I thought it smelt like my grannies perfume at first, but when it dries it smells fantastic!
The first time i tried coco chanel was when i was 15. My mum had it and back then i hadn't heard of Chanel before.
I tried it and from the first spray, i was hooked. The smell was gorgeous.
Even now, 12 years on i still love it and is still my most favourite perfume of all time.
It is suitable for any age, any time of the day.
I find it to be a unique Oriental flower with a touch of musk and citrus. not too heavy and overpowering. A very feminine and sexy fragrance. It lasts all day and you always feel good and confident when wearing it.
This is an expensive product but because it is a strong smell, you only need to spray a little so you do get your moneys worth out of it. Much better value than a lot of other perfumes out there.
For me, Coco Chanel is the perfect perfume to wear in the day and the evening. Just wearing Coco makes me feel great - The fragrance is delicately spicy, which is sensual but definitely classy and elegant and suits my skin. Its not too heavy (like some of the older style perfumes are) and it doesn't have too many floral tones which don't seem to sit well with me.
Personally, I prefer this to Mademoiselle as Mademoiselle is a little too floral for my liking (although it smells great on my friend and therefore she disagrees).
I've found the perfume to stay on well and doesn't need topping up during the day unless you're heading out after work, in which case its perfect for the transition.
Coco is quite expensive, particularly if you go for the perfume rather than the eau de toilette, but I think if you compare it to some of the other perfumes around it's excellent value - you can where it anywhere, it stays on all day, its classy whilst being sexy.... where else can you get that?
This classic perfume is the icing on the cake for a special night out. Any young lady feels very grown up and special with a spritz of this. At age 15 my mum lent me some of hers for a very special charity party, where I met my idol Damon from blur, from whom I was lucky enough to receive a kiss on the cheek. I have always since felt that anything could happen, and any dream come true, when I wear this perfume.
It is quite a heavy scent, so it is not for day-to-day wear, and might not be to everyone's taste so best to try out a tester before buying it as a gift. However, the name is so famous and so evocotive that it is ideal for spoiling somebody rotten when you want to buy them something really nice. The price tag reflects what one would expect for such a famous and coveted brand.
I have been wearing chanel coco for many years now. It has a lovely smell. It is suitable for every day wear, or if you use a little more it is also great to wear for a night out. The cost is quite steep, but I find you get what you pay for whith perfume. It generally has quite a soft scent and is not over powering ike some scents. It lasts quite well and does not seem to go off like some perfumes that you have for quite along time. The bottle is simple and does not have a squirty bit which i think would be better as you get more control over how much you are applying with a spray function. At first I thought chanel coco was "for the older lady", but it is great for all ages and tends to smell different on different people which i guess is normal for perfumes. Anway, it really is a very nice summary fruity smell which would be suitable for most occasions.
Created in 1984, Coco Chanel is an elegant, feminine smell, which is characterised by its soflty oriental scent / A mixture of amber and different spicy notes /