The Scented Hound

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Chanel 1957

WHAT I SMELL:  Chanel 1957 opens with a bright and sparkling warmed bergamot that is quickly met with a soft and slightly creamy iris tinged with citrus.  It’s so pretty, rather ethereal and incredibly inviting.  In short time the perfume begins to powder and grow, but without giving up it’s soft demeanor.  The perfume seems to radiate around an inch off of the skin where it feels as if you’re snuggling your nose up against the soft fur of the underbelly of a kitten.  The florals are sweetened in the lightest of ways on top of a tempered wood and the musk is lush and full without suffocating all other aspects of this soft and pretty dream of a perfume.  1957 is probably one of the prettiest perfumes in the Chanel collection of fragrances, albeit rather linear in development.  It’s perfectly uncomplicated and I love it.

From the Chanel website:

In 1957, Coco Chanel was rewarded for her world-renowned talent and audacity to seize, reinvent and magnify rare materials. The 1957 fragrance embodies this spirit, which is signature to the heart of every CHANEL creation.

A sensual accord of white musk is delicately fashioned with floral notes of bergamot, iris and neroli, woody notes of cedar, powdery accents and a hint of honey. A luminous scent, a statement to the timeless style of CHANEL.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face” 1957.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE 1957: delightful, easy, happy

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 1957:  CaFleureBon, Chemist in the Bottle, The Black Narcissus

BOTTOM LINE:  1957 is another Chanel that is so wonderfully beautiful in its’ simplicity and for it ease of wear.  And even though the name is 1957, there’s something timeless about this beauty of a perfume.  There really is an art to making a perfume so ethereally uncomplicated, yet refined.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: $250 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum


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Chanel Le Lion

le-lion-chanel-nuevo-perfume-fragancia-leon-1WHAT I SMELL:  Le Lion goes on the skin with an ambered bergamot and lemon that is tinged with patchouli in an opening that is is warm, yet light and inviting.  There is no mistake that the DNA of Le Lion is aligned with Guerlain’s classic Shalimar.  But to me, the biggest difference is the lemon and citrus which remains front and center which lifts the perfume up to something that is lighter, a tad brighter and much more approachable and easy to wear.  Le Lion doesn’t morph all that much, but as it does wear, a puttied sandalwood makes it way under the other notes and the entire composition begins to lighten.

From the Chanel website:

Gabrielle Chanel was born on August 19, 1883, under the sign of Leo. Majestic, indomitable and wild, the lion is more than just her astrological symbol; it also embodies Mademoiselle’s radiant personality and serves as inspiration for this powerful fragrance.

Faceted with a rich amber accord and featuring bold notes of bergamot, lemon, patchouli and sandalwood, the scent evokes the spirit of CHANEL.

Chill LionWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A chill lion.  Modern; made for today.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE LE LIONcomfortable, easy, Shalimar-lite

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LE LION:  Persolaise, The Black Narcissus, Now Smell This

BOTTOM LINE:  I like Le Lion and could see myself wearing this often as it’s an amber perfume that doesn’t set out to be too heavy.  The citrus remains afloat above the patchouli and sandalwood to give it just enough of that clean Chanel finish that is so easy to love.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Amber
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $200 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum


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Chanel Boy

WHAT I SMELL:  Boy opens with a soft, bright, yet warm citrus which bounces upon a layer of lavender warmed in the sun.  The perfume is aromatic and rather herbal and from the beginning it provides a blanket of security and comfort without being overly warm or heavy.  As the perfume begins to develop, a geranium note comes forward with a light touch along with a freshness of florals accented by rose.  Soon after, a sandalwood note adds a hint of a pencil shaving accord.  As the perfume continues to develop, the citrus comes back to brighten the mix along with a lightly sweetened vanilla.  Finally, the perfume is covered in a layer of oakmoss which dries the fragrance and creates some added projection.  Boy is without edges, making it smooth and incredibly easy to wear.

From the Chanel website:

In her younger days, Gabrielle Chanel met Arthur “Boy” Capel, an elegant British polo player. He was the love of her life and the first to encourage her to pursue her creative endeavors. Inspired by his sophisticated style, Gabrielle Chanel imagined women dressed in tweed, with short boyish hair and flat shoes. Designs that mixed genders, the beginnings of unisex fashion.

BOY CHANEL presents a lavender and geranium accord heightened with exquisite notes of wood. A fragrance that transcends gender and illustrates a personality.

Top notes are Lavender, Grapefruit and Lemon; middle notes are Geranium, Orange Blossom and Rose; base notes are White Musk, Heliotrope, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Coumarin and Moss.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Tab Hunter – fresh, easy on the eyes and always neat and clean and inoffensive.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE BOYeasy, uncomplicated, comfortable

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BOY:  Now Smell This, CaFleureBon, eauxSILLAGE

BOTTOM LINE:  Part of the Le Exclusifs de Chanel collection, Boy is one of those perfumes that only get’s better as it develops.  It’s warm and inviting and a modern fougere that can easily be worn by a man or a women.

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Fougere
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $200 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum