Val the Cookie Queen
Hey APJ Peeps
It is so damn hot here I can hardly think, let alone consider how my new bottle of Chanel N°18 smells. I had a large decant of the N°18 EdT, and I have enjoyed wearing it off and on over the last four months or so. And then the “enjoyed” turned into an absolute “I have to have a bottle of this stuff and I know it is not available any more so let’s get the EdP immediately I have heard such good things about it” mode.
Buying CHANEL N°18 in Vienna with B.londeswunder
Jaques Polge created the original N°18 EdT, a sparkling, bright green and crystal ambrette fragrance. Gorgeous, Discontinued so what’s the point …….. In 2015 his son, Olivier Polge took over the Old Man’s job, and becomes the head of the creation of Chanel perfumes. His first perfume for Chanel was the lovely Misia. I digress. Chanel in their infinite wisdom decided in 2016 to stop with the Chanel Exclusifs EdT collection, rework them, and put them back on the shelves as EdPs. The results? Mostly heartbreaking.
N°18 is kind of a weird one. Not recognisable as a typical Chanel, not by a long shot. I have absolutely no clue as to how I should describe it. It is a fragrance that you have to try on the skin. It is very dry and bitter on paper and the beautiful warmth which comes through after a while is not even hinted at. An effortless fragrance, it makes it difficult to pick out notes, a hobby much loved by perfumistas. It goes on, a medicinal ambrette, a vegetal and musky opening, with nuances of brandy. Going into the heart notes a most beautiful rose reveal itself. It could almost be called a rose scent. Almost. As it develops further an iris note comes into play, all the while the ambrette remaining on display. It is effortless and sophisticated. Something to wear for one’s self, I would not describe it as a crowdpleaser. It’s really quite stunning. For those who are familiar with the EdT this shares a lot of similarities, but it is warmer and sweeter. It also lasts a lot longer on the skin.
N°18, a hidden gem, does not get much of love, and rumour has it that Chanel won’t make any more after this has gone. I don’t believe rumours. But bought my bottle just in case. The SA was very helpful, informing us that the EdPs were the same as the EdTs, only stronger. B.londeswunder and I rolled our eyes, as we watched a lady pay ten thousand Euros for two handbags.
Have you ever found yourself liking something for a longer period of time and having it suddenly turning into I need this shit right now?