The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Coromandel and 1932




WHAT I SMELL:  Coromandel opens with an initial sweet citrus which then turns slightly herbal with a strong presence of patchouli.  It’s not loud, but dreamy and almost minty in the beginning.  After a bit, its warmed by a light amber.  After about 30 minutes or so the incense and benzoin notes adds depth and dimension giving Coromandel more weight and volume.  Coromandel is elegant with a masculine edge.

From the Chanel website:

A voluptuous Oriental fragrance — an olfactory depiction of the lacquered Coromandel screens Mademoiselle cherished. Created by CHANEL Master Perfumer Jacques Polge in 2007, the elaborate scent unfolds in undulating detail, starting with an amber vibrato, followed by dry notes of Frankincense and Benzoin, then, soulful woody notes that add elegance and depth to the sensuous accord’s striking trail.

cn_image.size.ladies-who-lunchedWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  This is what an oriental fragrance should smell like.  This is how I think the bygone era of “ladies who lunch” should have smelled like.  I would tend to think that in that era they wore perfumes that were very large, but they should have been wearing this.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE COROMANDEL:  woody, dimensional, understated

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COROMANDEL:  The Non-BlondeKafkaesque, Another Perfume Blog

BOTTOM LINE:  I am tempted to open my wallet now to purchase myself a bottle.  I’m not quite sure if I’m there yet, but you could easily twist my arm!

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental  Woody
  • Nose:  Jacques Polge
  • Classification: Marketed as a woman’s fragrance, but this could easily be worn by a man
  • Expense: $130 for 75ml EdT



WHAT I SMELL:  1932 has a big opening of aldehydes.   It’s “bathtastic” as it smells clean and fresh.  It’s  a bouquet of flowers, dominated by jasmine, ylang-ylang and carnation that is finished off with a slight warmth. I was a bit worried that 1932 wouldn’t mellow, but after around 45 minutes it seemed to tame a bit and become less obtrusive and more pretty.

From Fragrantica:

The composition is powdery – floral with a focus on jasmine. It opens with fresh citrusy flavors that include aldehydes, bergamot and neroli. The heart is a heady floral, composed of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, lilac and carnation. The base is sweet, woody and resinous with notes of vetiver, orris, sandalwood, opoponax, incense, vanilla, coumarin, ambrette, musk and iralia molecule which possesses the character of iris and violet.

bubblebathWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Bathtastic in my mind is not a great thing.  It reminds me of how the bathroom smelled after my mother just got done taking a bubble bath which is a good smell, but not something that I would like to smell like throughout the day, nor would I want someone else to.  That’s what soap is for.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE 1932:  My new word…”bathtastic” (feel free to use this at will), heavyish, obvious

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 1932:  Kafkaesque, The Alembicated Genie, Now Smell This

BOTTOM LINE:  I don’t believe 1932 is a bad fragrance, it just not for me.  I like feminine fragrances, but this is a bit too old-fashioned and floral for my tastes.

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose:  Jacques Polge
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $130 for 75ml EdT

A special thanks to Sal from Kafkaesque for providing me with these samples!!  If you haven’t already, please check out her wonderful blog!

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

30 thoughts on “Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Coromandel and 1932

  1. I love the smell of Coromandel in the morning! Yes from what I have read about 1932 it is probably too pretty for me. But maybe not for Audrey. LOL


  2. Bathtastic ;-). Not for me it seems. Last time I’m kind of relieved when I read some reviews and the prefume don’t soud it would suit me. Oh fine, one more “no more try” or at least no need to try.


  3. HA! love it “Bathtastic”!

    I just spritzed on some Coromandel from my small sample – thanks for the nudge. I forgot how much I liked it until this post. I’ll need a decant soon.


  4. Bathtastic is a great word. I will be getting a sample of 1932 shortly from a Perfumed Fairy Godmother from Perfume Posse. Can’t wait to smell it.

    Coromandel on the other hand is an embodiment of my perfume fears.


  5. First, thank you for the referral and references! Second, I’m so happy you liked Coromandel! I knew that one would be up your alley. As for 1932, it’s not my cup of tea — at all. I did enjoy the coumarin aspects but aldehydes ….. not a fan, especially at those initial doses! I think “bathtastic” is a fabulous word that nails a lot of it. It’s pure Chanel, though, and very classique. Hmph.

    My greatest interest is in seeing how you fare against the urge to buy a bottle of Coromandel. I think we should do a betting pool on how long it takes. I say, you’ll succumb. And I give you a month at most. (If you hadn’t already purchased some bottles of perfume about 10 days ago, I would have given you a week or 10 days at most. LOL)


    • I will not succumb anytime soon. Don’t hold that to me though. I have been known to open my wallet especially after having my evening cocktail 🙂 Thanks so much for the samples my dear. I can’t wait to move on to some more!


  6. I like Coromandel a lot (in my non-existent rating scale it would probably also be 4/5) and enjoy wearing it (I have a decant of it). Now I’m very curious to try 1932 and see if I like it.


  7. Thanks for the review of 1932 (which doesn’t sound amazing, but I’ll try it anyway – and I love your new work) and for the linkage!


  8. A adore Coromandel. It is one of my all time favorites and I wholeheartedly encourage the acquisition of a full bottle! Do it before they raise the price! And if they already raised the price, do it before they raise it again!

    Eagerly anticipating 1932 as well. Sounds like a winner.


  9. I love me my Coromandel (right next to 28 La Pausa). I tried 1932 at Saks 2 weeks ago and there was nothing remarkable about; however, I will try it again when the weather is warmer.


  10. Kafkaesque? I’m thinking something dusty with a chitinous exoskeleton… I’ll go with bathtastic – thank you! May I quote you?


  11. Of course my dear Ms. Lester!


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