Jersey by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2011

Hey Hey Happy Huffers,

Recently I spent the day with Ainslie Walker, we did a bunch of things. Saw the Eames on Eames films at the Sydney Film Festival where the US furniture makers’ grandson showed us some of the amazing and ground breaking work that the Eames’ did in a totally different media, from toy trains and their workshop to a Washington DC Aquarium they designed that never was built, sadly because it looked totally fabulous. If it comes to a cinema near you don’t miss it.

While we were out we went and sniffed out the Les Exclusifs de Chanel range where I was seriously contemplating a Cuir de Russie Extrait purchase when Ainslie started to wax lyrical about her great love for Jersey, a scent I had previously sniffed and dismissed as meh and yawnsville. I made my position very clear, spritzed with CHANEL No. 22 and we went on to see if they had a few specifics left from the mass sacrifice of the Tom Ford line. It’s a couple of weeks later and I have been thinking that Ainslie wouldn’t own a BOTTLE of something totally inferior, so I grabbed a sample out and spritzed…

Jersey by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2011

Les Exclusifs de ChanelChanel Jersey Fragrantica

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Tonka bean, rose, musk, lavender, jasmine, vanilla, grass, wildflowers

CHANEL Jersey is nothing like I remember it being. Bigger and more voluptuous than my memory, also a surprise was that Jersey skews ever so slightly masculine. KEWL! I like to cross the boundaries.

Lavender opening is fresh and delightful, it has a fresh cut flowers from the garden green-ness and something softly resinous that seems to smooth the whole composition like a piece of worn to a pebble glass found on a beach in the cool of morning and rubbed against your cheek. After a short while Jersey warms a little on my skin and becomes very comfortable and slightly lived in, soft and intimate but still noticeable that I’m fragrant. I think Jersey is one of those fragrances that feel small but are in fact really good projectors and leave a wonderful sillage. After spritzing and going to make a cuppa, when I come back to my office there is a decided vanilla/lavender smell in the room, like I’ve just spritzed a room spray. Very nice, subtle and elegant.

Chanel Jersey Living Room FlashBuddy PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

There is a clean, comfortable and fresh aspect to Jersey that is very much like wearing your favourite T-Shirt, freshly washed and direct from the line. The colour is slightly faded and the fabric floats on your body, there but not there, a whisper of Jersey fabric that is both part of you and not. Jersey fragrance is similar, infinitely more wearable for me than Hermessence Brin de Reglisse, it is a warmer, smoother version of a lavender-centric fragrance. I could imagine Jersey becoming quite addictive.

Chanel Jersey Interlockjersey WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Through the life of Jersey the lavender makes guest reappearances paired with different notes. at one point creamy vanilla/lavender, then later green/lavender, then lightly spicy rose/lavender. Then combinations of more than two notes, it’s an intricate duck & weave pattern that keeps me on the edge of my nose for hours.

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and The Candy Perfume Boy
CHANEL boutiques have Jersey
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml

Did you try Jersey? Is CHANEL a house you click with or aspire to?
Portia xx


16 thoughts on “Jersey by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2011

    • Agreed Melita. CHANEL Exclusives are stunning. Then again I love some of their regular range too.
      So nice to see you.
      Portia xx


    • Yes, Jersey has become a bit meh but CHANEL was the first house to use jersey and Coco loved it.
      Yes, I love CHANEL the house too.
      Portia xx


  1. I decided, after many decants, that I needed Jersey Extrait. So I arrived at Doha airport and had it in my hand, only to be told that there was only an hour to get it to my departure gate. Why I couldn’t CARRY it there in 10 minutes….
    Two perfume mules also unable to locate said booty.
    It is now on my Christmas list, under pain of death upon failure to produce.
    Yes, I think I quite like Jersey.


  2. Big fan of Chanel perfumes, prob the biggest representation in my collection. I too dismissed Jersey at first. But then I spritzed it on while doing some yard work and fell in love! Hoping to own a full bottle.


  3. You know me…I am a Chanel kinda guy. Each and every perfume in Les Exclusifs de Chanel line up has a wonderful story in the bottle for me. Jersey is comfy and inviting to me. And a perfect perfume for being casual and chic on a lazy autumn afternoon. I loved your review!


  4. Wonderful review Portia! I love many Chanel perfumes. I should really give Jersey a proper wearing. Did you get the Cuir de Russie Extrait? Xo


    • Hey Sandra,
      I did not at that time. I have a lovely little decant of some vintage stuff that comes out every now and then though. It’s so freaking good.
      Portia xx


    • YAY Fruitful/Taeko.
      Keep the idea in your mind as you wear Jersey. Once it had popped into my head I couldn’t dislodge the image.
      Portia xx


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