Friday, September 16, 2011

Chanel N°19 Poudré

Chanel's No 19 can truly be called an iconic scent. It's been awhile since I smelled it but I, like so many perfume fanatics, was really anticipating the new Chanel No 19 Poudre.  The original is of course still very much available and now there is  an updated version, something more modern I guess you could say, and very different from the  first one which is a big scent in all aspects of the word  and bold. With the new one,   Creator Jacques Polge says he " wanted to underline the importance of iris at Chanel while giving a new facet to No 19.

No 19 Poudre is based on the iris note ( as is the original),  iris pallida to be exact here, which happens to be a favorite  note of mine. It starts off all rooty iris and green just the way I like it. The top notes of neroli and mandarin are there but not strong to my nose. The iris is so very much there right at the beginning  and stays throughout, albeit much lighter as it goes on.

As it begins to dry into the middle , No 19 Poudre softens and  becomes more floral  and a hint of powder comes in. Despite the name Poudre, this is not a powder fragrance. It has touches here and there but no  big powder presence which is fine by me. The powder comes from light white musks. By the full drydown the fragrance is very soft and light actually but still retains a green-ness. It stays closer to the skin than expected and also doesn't quite last as long as I would like, or like a Chanel usually does.  Despite that, I quite like it.  It's  a pretty perfume and  easy to wear .  Do I wish it lasted longer ? Very much. To many who adore the original, I know they haven't been thrilled. I like  and respect the original but do not love it ( my fav of the No 's =22 ). Perhaps that helps in how I feel about No 19 Poudre. 

Full note list:

Grasse Neroli
Mandarin Orange

Jasmine Absolute
Iris Pallida

White Musk
Haitian Vetiver
Tonka Bean

$ 85.00 for 1.7 oz
 $ 115.00 for 3.4 oz

Avaiable at Saks and

 2nd Bottle image© CHANEL - Philippe Galowich
Chanel Iris Fields- Chanel

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