Before Xmas when I'd run out of perfume until I got my Xmas presents I found myself rummaging around in my perfume stash looking for something that might suffice for a few weeks. Until I found a perfume I really liked I used to try and wear various ones and I still have lots of partly used bottles sitting around from those days. The first bottle I came across was Chloe by Karl Lagerfield. I used to really like this one so felt convinced I still would.
Chloe comes in a peach colour box which looks very subtle and classy. The bottle is almost oval and has a raised section on each side that looks either like an eye or a petal with a hole in it, don't ask me what it's really meant to be! The bottle is very simple and just has a silver lid covering the spray section. The actual perfume is dark and looks a bit like whisky. So having forgotten what Chloe smelt like I opened the cap for a whiff and found myself a bit amazed. I prefer light perfumes and heavy perfumes tend to give me a headache so imagine my surprise when I found one of my old favourites was a really heavy headache-inducing affair! I'm not sure how I ever managed to wear this on a regular basis but for the purpose of this review I sprayed a tiny amount on to remind me how it smelt.
The notes in chloe are as follows: top notes are coconut, bergamot and peach. I actually can't detect any of those scents in the immediate spray, it just smells musky and heavy. Tuberose, ylang ylang and musk are the middle notes and actually I can make out the ylang ylang in this perfume, having used it in essential oil form a few times it is a familiar smell to me. Of course the musk is very obvious. Base notes are sandalwood, amber and cedar and again I'm familiar with the scent of sandalwood and can definitely smell that in Chloe. Once the perfume has settled on your skin it's really the musk and sandalwood that stand out. All in all an unusual concoction of notes and a decidedly heavy musky perfume. You literally need one quick spray of Chloe to share between your wrists and neck because it is so strong any more than that is going to leave people choking on your fragrance! Lasting power is amazing, Chloe will stay on your skin for an entire day and night if you don't wash it off, it's a really powerful scent that doesn't lose it's strength over time either.
Chloe is actually very cheap these days, I suspect it has lost favour over the years. It has been around since 1975 though so it's no surprise it's been surpassed by more modern fragrances. The size that I have is a 30ml bottle and can be bought for £11.75 on Amazon. 50ml is about £15 and 90ml about £25 so it's a very inexpensive perfume, especially as you need such a small amount each time. I would definitely say it's a mature fragrance and not one for younger ladies, but it is actually a very classy scent and one which wouldn't smell out of place on "ladies who lunch" if that makes sense.
Overall Chloe is a bit too heavy and heady for me these days and did indeed give me a headache. It's not a nasty fragrance but is very strong and musky and should only be applied sparingly. A middle of the road 3 stars from me and maybe my taste will change again in years to come and I'll find myself liking it again.
Chloe has always been one of my mum's favourite perfumes ever since I can remember and over the years I have bought many a bottle for her.
The Chloe fragrance that my mum likes seems to have come down in price quite significantly over the years and the bottle in front of me which I am reviewing today cost me around ten pounds for a 30ml bottle. I had a look online to clarify other prices and can confirm that on some sites you can pick up a 50ml bottle for £13.49 which is an incredible price really.
The Chloe eau de toilette comes in a pale golden orange box. The box has the word Chloe in white raised lettering going down the box. The box also gives the ingredient list on the back which may be useful for people with allergies or such like.
When you open up the box you can remove the perfume bottle. The bottle is a clear glad bottle which is almost circular for the main part of it. It has a pattern raised on the glass which in my opinion looks very much like a petal or leaf from a flower. The bottle has a tall silver lid. I have to say to look at the bottle there isn't really anything particularly striking about it in my opinion. It is simple and understated but I don't think this is something my mum minds.
Within the glass bottle the Chloe eau de toilette is a deep orange colour. When you remove the lid to expose the spray you get smell the product ever so slightly. I have found that when you spray the eau de toilette you only need one spray as the fragrance is very strong in my opinion.
To me the product smells very floral but it is a deep and floral scent, almost a little musky, rather than a fresh and sweet floral smell. It is for this reason that I would imagine this perfume is more suited to mature ladies rather than younger women as I feel the scent really has a sophisticated edge to it.
The scent does appear to settle down after a little while and is no longer as overwhelming. Despite this I can always tell when my mum has this perfume on and so the staying power is pretty good.
I don't really think this perfume is suited to me as I much prefer a fresher, fruitier younger scent as a rule. Despite this I do think that this perfume would make a great gift for a mum or grandma this Christmas and the price really is so reasonable in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!
Created in 1975, Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld is feminine scent that is composed of a blend of jasmine and honeysuckle.