This smell is called Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum. I’ve applied to it to my arm on three different days, and it does seem that there’s an element of *chance* in how it smells. The first time I tried it, it smelled bad! It also smelled like: patchouli, lily of the valley, orange zest, bathroom cleaner, leather bags, green leaves. That sounds nice, right? Yet somehow it was very, very bad. Something cloying ran through all those other smells and ruined it. One expects (I do, at least) that a perfume from Chanel will smell generic, but also good. No such luck.
The second time I smelled this, we (smell and I) got on slightly better. Again I smelled lily of the valley and an overall impression of non-fragrant flowers. A bouquet bought at a grocery store. Cool and fresh, from afar. Closer in, there’s something sweeter and warmer. The sweet thing is rather smooth and artificial, and a bit cloying. I certainly don’t like it. That cloying component is like scented laundry detergent, and I mean the smell as it’s poured into the washer, not the smell of freshly washed clothing. After an hour, the intensity and specificity faded and it just smelled like a Macy’s perfume counter.
In my third smelling session, I was bored. But then – it began to smell more and more like spring. At first, I got the sweet, misty smell of spring flowers – hyacinths, daffodils, tulips. The smell of a warm, damp morning where the ground is steaming up, or a lily-filled house at Easter, with the windows open. I smelled again, and that wet spring was gone, leaving only laundry detergent. To be more specific, it smelled like Arm & Hammer with OxiClean (I know because I bought this recently – I had a coupon so it only cost $1.97. It’s not my usual and I dislike it, because it makes me think of motels).
So maybe there is not so much chance involved, after all. It seems I consistently smell spring, the unpleasant parts of laundry detergent, and I generally think it smells boring. My best guess at an official notes breakdown would be: lily of the valley, fern, pepper, patchouli, white musk. Upon looking it up, it turns out I’m dead wrong. Chanel says this smells like jasmine and rose, with a hint of grapefruit and quince. So, there you have it: my nose is not All That. But I stand by what I wrote.
If I were to re-name this, I’m afraid I’d have to call it “April Disaster: Chained to the Laundry Vent.”