CHANEL No 22 EdT by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2007


Post by Portia


Hiya Crew,

You know when you’re looking through the decants? You pick a couple up, look at the labels, put them back, repeat, can’t find something to apply even though there is more choice than the regular department store. So I was doing this familiar dance the other day and my hand landed on a decant from a mate in Oz, a big decant in a lavish black spritz travel thing. I thought, OK, why the hell not and…

CHANEL No 22 EdT by CHANEL 2007

CHANEL No 22 by Jacques Polge

Chanel N°22 Chanel FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, Lily-of-the-valley, Neroli
Heart: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Vanilla, Vetiver

You may remember I discovered CHANEL No.22 in Paris in 2014 with Michael. Since then a few friends have sent or given me different vintages and strengths (Barbara Carter, Ruth M and another couple that have slipped my mind) and I have loved them all. The thing is, that first incredible overdose from Rue Cambon in Paris will stay with me forever as the most fabulous 22 of my life. We even snuck into the stairs and had our picture taken!! WOO HOO SCORE! Yes, the old ones may be fuller and more animal but walking the streets of Paris, shopping, meeting buddies and generally hanging out have made an unbreakable connection to the modern for me. So often scent is tied up with the memories.

Portia Michael CHANEL Stairs

The big soapy, syrupy, fizz of modern CHANEL No 22 that tramples the lily of the valley into plush and velvet submission. The sparkly, soft/sharp scintillation like lights glittering on Christmas tinsel which makes way for the hearts bouquet, still glittering but with a creamy and slightly fruity warmth. Clear as a bell but still comforting, soapy and clean but in a polished crystal way rather than blankets. Aloof but not snobby No 22 is divinely wearable and lasting power is excellent. There is even a cool whisper of oily vetiver and incense(?) through the heart that alongside the still extant aldehydes create a steel sculpture of fragrance as the binding centre, the core story if you like, of No 22.

There’s no denying that CHANEL No 22 is big, if size in fragrance is a problem for you then you may have trouble, also if aldehydes are in any way less than fabulous then you will definitely want to move along. No 22’s aldehydes leave No 5 for dead and didn’t even notice its presence. If longevity gets boring for you or you prefer to wear multiple fragrances in a day then again, probably steer clear BUT if you want a super fabulous signature fragrance that will wrap you up warm and tight and with a sillage of a size that will give waterskiers trick jumps, a smooth, glamorous, soapy extravaganza? Try CHANEL No 22.

CHANEL No 22 boat sillage WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: Perfume Posse and Candy Perfume Boy
CHANEL online, stand alone beauty + fashion stores and large department stores
Surrender To Chance has EdT samples starting at $4/ml

What do you wear when you want to go big?
Portia xx

16 thoughts on “CHANEL No 22 EdT by Jacques Polge for CHANEL 2007

  1. Hi!
    I loved reading your story.
    How I recognize the search amongst all the decants!
    I was never much of an aldehydes fan, but N° 22 fundamentally changed my mind: such a glorious beauty! I love to wear it in summer!!! 🙂
    Whenever I want to go big however, my latest favourite is Jubilation Woman by Amouage. Every time I wear it, it blows my mind away, such a Grand Lady.


    • Hey there Fanny,
      Thank you.
      Those decants breed while my back is turned and go from organised to WTF! in moments.
      So glad 22 brought you around to aldehydes, they make me smile.
      Portia xxx


  2. Thank you Portia. I was sitting here way too early on a bill paying day, feeling so nothing, when the link to your article popped into my in-box. Good Lord, how gorgeous is No. 22? Aldehydes are my substance of choice and no one does them like No. 22; big, bright, powerful but warm and kind too. My day looks so much better now. =)


    • Hey Laura Keller,
      BILL PAYING DAY gives me the rage. You think you’re sailing along and suddenly BAM, you are back to square one. GAK!
      Glad your day looks brighter, 22 will do that.
      Portia xx


  3. Magnificent review. No 22 is a keeper for you Portia. And probably for me too. If I ever scrape together enough money for a FB of one of the Exclusifs, it’s likely to be this one.

    You don’t don’t seem to get much incense? Nor do I, just enough to make No 22 more austere than No 5, which I like. But some people get full church incense out of No 22.


    • Hi AnneMarieC,
      One day we need to get together and uber spritz 22 then walk through a mall.
      Portia xx


  4. Hi Portia,

    As a young and brand new perfume enthusiast, I thank you for your wonderfully detailed and unbias review.

    The No. 22 looks like a must-try for me based on the notes and the description!

    Lucky for me, adlehydes just love my skin, and it seems that most Chanel perfumes have this in it.

    It is a blessing and a curse: The blessing of enjoying such classic scents, but the curse it puts on my bank account!

    Have they released a pure parfum version like they do with most fragrances? I prefer the small size due to a lack of space, and the convenience of slipping a little bit of heaven into my purse.

    Will definitely have to investigate further!

    Thanks again 🙂


  5. Great story Portia.

    I’m not an aldehydes fan, but my sister is. I wish I’d read this yesterday as we sat around going through my collection to pick something for her to wear last night. Didn’t think of 22; we went with Climat instead. That certainly is one to go big on; I swear I could smell it through the bottle.


  6. Where can a person get Chanel No. 22, I thought it was discontinued. I always loved it and haven’t worn it in years. I see it on ebay for 300$ not sure I’m loving it that much, use to paying 100$


    • Hi Dianna,
      All CHANEL beauty and some large department stores. Might as well get used to paying $300, that’s about right.
      Portia xx


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