Over the past few years something unpredictable has happened. I’ve become a Chanel fangirl. I can’t get enough of aldehydes, iris and in general, aloof compositions. And if this is what you’re into, Chanel is the brand for you. And to me, it seems rather punk¹ for me to wear such austere, “official” perfumes. Over the past few years, I’ve welcomed quite a fe Chanels into my life. No. 18 from Les Exclusifs has been one that I’ve worn a lot of. It’s a minimalist yet very “Chanel” take on ambrette.
No. 18 is like a really, fresh and green olive oil with a minty, tangy geranium. It also opens with a bergamot green tea, so like an Earl Grey with green tea instead of black. There’s a green, spicy yet slightly fruity note in No. 18 that accents a very whispy, very Chanel-ish iris. The heart is like a “green”, living iris. It dries down to a warm “laundry fresh” ambrette. No. 18 is a rather minimalist fragrance. It’s like a vegetal ambrette, a “green” musk.
No. 18 is inspired by jewelry but it reminds me of dew drops on a spring iris. This is the image that comes to mind when I wear No. 18. And really that image could be the entire review, but I’m wordy.
Notes listed include geranium, iris, ambrette and white musk. Launched 2007. PERFUMER – Jacques Polge
Give No. 18 a try if you like fresh iris scents or ambrette. Or if you like perfumes like Diptyque Geranium Odorata, Annick Goutal Vent de Folie, Le Labo Ambrette 9 and/or Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDT. I think a lot of people, because of the price, expect for Les Exclusifs to wear like an EDP. The fact is, they aren’t. And No. 18 wears like an EDT. I get about 4-5 hours of wear.
No. 18 comes in two sizes (2.5 and 6.8 oz) with prices ranging from $160 to $180 at Chanel.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Vegetal ambrette with a green iris. I love it when Polge goes minimalist.
¹Being that bold color hair, piercings, etc. are all now mainstream. I say that punk is the new pretty and pretty is the new punk.
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