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The mademoiselle and I-
A comparison between the different versions and the desperate attempt to find the right mademoiselle for me.
Rarely has a perfume so bewildered me as "Coco Mademoiselle". I have certainly tested the well-known EdP dozens of times in perfumery. I wanted to like it so much. I plead guilty: the bottle and the brand behind it were the main reason. I've always wanted to have one of the beautiful coco bottles in my glass case. "Coco Mademoiselle" was my greatest hope, as this fragrance is a modern classic and should delight just about every woman. At least that was my guess and my hope. In me the scent arouses above all perplexity.
Flowery, bright, slightly citric, discreetly sweet, elegant - I like all of these things very much and yes, in my opinion "Coco Mademoiselle" is the epitome of a beautiful everyday fragrance in all versions. However, there is one problem. Is it the patchouli note ? I am not sure. It's this subtle earthiness combined with the subtle sweetness. Whenever I smell this fragrance, I feel confused. On the one hand I find it really beautiful, but on the other hand I feel... uncomfortable. A feeling as if one could be sick at any moment. This feeling is very faint, yet it bothers me so much. On the one hand, I would like to wear the fragrance so much, but a tiny part of it can't wait for it to fly away and not get into my nose all the time. It is so difficult.
Now I have already tried several versions of CM. I have already described the EdP. I like the perfume/extract. I was sent a 1.5ml bottle of Chanel and I think the version is wonderful. It's very bright and elegant, and the disturbing note is at least present in this version. Nevertheless, the perfume is not suitable for me. The price is very high and apart from that, I don't like pouring bottles. I always wear perfume on my clothes. So I save the miniature for very special occasions, I could even imagine wearing it at my wedding.
Then there is the "Intense" version, which I got as a present a while ago. This one I can wear. The earthy note is also present here, but the fragrance generally seems stronger and sweeter. In this proportion I can handle it better. It's probably this contrast between the citric-floral cleanliness and the earthy base of the original that makes me feel slightly uncomfortable. Also the "Intense" is a fragrance that I don't always want to smell on me - I find it very beautiful, but I have to be in the mood for it. Also in this case I don't always get along with the patchoulin note (guess that this is the mentioned disturbing note).
Now I have ordered a bottling of the EdT's. Yes, the bottle is not as pretty as the one of the EdP's, but since I now own the "Intense" version, it doesn't matter anyway. It was all about finding a "coco mademoiselle" to win my heart. Like I said - apart from the patchouli, I really like the scent. So, now to the EdT. I don't have a sample of the normal EdP's in the house, but I have tested the scent an awful lot. The EdT seems to me a little fresher and "airier". The prelude is fresh and tangy, with the grapefruit showing to advantage. This effervescence disappears as soon as the scent has dried on the skin, it's really only the first impression directly after spraying. After the fragrance has settled and unfolded, it appears much less tangy. Still bright and clear, but much rounder. Not at all sour and fruity. A citric-floral scent that appears very creamy and clean. Well-groomed and elegant. The patchouli note is also clearly present in this version, but the EdT seems a little less sweet to me than the EdP. The vanilla note only really comes into its own after about 1 hour, especially when I press the nose on my wrist. It is discreet, but gives the fragrance a little sweetness, which I find really beautiful. The EdT concentration reminds me even more of the Extrait than the EdP version. The durability is also really good. On the skin the scent lasts for 8 hours. I tested it on my hand yesterday afternoon and even after washing my hands and showering several times, I still noticed a touch on my hand this morning. The Sillage is in solid midfield. 3/4 sprays should be enough to make the scent still be perceived about 1m around you.
All in all, I like the EdT version, because the patchoulin note in this composition doesn't bother me as much as in the EdP (if that note is the culprit at all). I will continue to test it diligently, later on in spring/summer, because I can really imagine the EdT as an everyday scent for the warmer season. But I have to be honest - I still don't trust it. Maybe this version will make me uncomfortable at some point, even though I find it very beautiful in itself - maybe "Coco Mademoiselle" is just not the right "Coco" for me. I really want to try "Coco Noir" and "Coco" again - maybe one of these fragrances will immediately make you "click".