Coromandel (2007) Eau de Toilette

Coromandel (Eau de Toilette) by Chanel
Coromandel (Eau de Toilette) (Chanel)
Coromandel (Eau de Toilette) (Chanel)
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Coromandel (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Chanel for women and was released in 2007. The scent is oriental-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orange, Neroli, Citruses
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris root, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Woods, Musk, Vanilla, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

8.5 (631 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (459 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (437 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (402 Ratings)
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Classic Chanel
Scentrack: Astrud Gilberto - Ponteio

A really big Chanel. Colossal in its classical quality, yet easily wearable. Modern, but possesses some historical Chanel spirit. Simply beautiful.
Patchouli sweetened by white chocolate notes and drowned in resins, with light touch of vanilla and musk. Complicated, but so refined. Like a Swiss watch.
It can be unisex, but business women are its natural habitat.
I'm not totally blown away by Coromandel because I like more goofy fragrances, but cannot deny its beauty and technical perfection.

Rating: 9/10
Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    6
Probably one of the most beautiful perfumes out there
Coromandel refers to Chinese lacquered decorative folding screens of which mademoiselle Coco Chanel was a big enthusiast and collector (and which came to Europe from China in XVII century through ports located on Indian Coromandel cost). Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake created this remarkable scent in 2007 and added it to the boutique and exclusive Les Exclusifs collection. Of course, the inspiration lies here only in the name as the scent does not consist of any wooden, paint or varnish notes, which I myself consider as an advantage.

I remember my first reaction to this smell – I was entranced. I saw a movie about Coco Chanel the next day featuring lovely Audrey Tautou and at the same time I tested the scent on my skin. The experience was exceptional. Synaesthesia worked perfectly. Till this day I am spellbound to it as Coromandel is really a special perfume and despite my proficiency it is really hard to describe it accurately enough. I will try my best nonetheless – still, this is what this blog is actually about.

Coromandel belongs to a woody-balsamic family of scents in which the main role plays patchouli together with resin (benzoin) and incense (olibanum) notes, accompanied by a subtle note of white chocolate. The effect of this composition – made with true perfumery mastery – is utterly resplendent. Patchouli is very charming in itself and can do perfumery wonders if used with moderation and intent. It likes to dominate the whole composition but it also has one magical property: despite its characteristic, bit mouldy, camphor, sour-earthy notes, it perfectly pairs, as it might sometimes seem, with uncommon partners (such as for example caramel ethyl maltol – thanks to which – in simple words – chocolate was achieved in famous Angel by T. Mugler). Polge and Sheldrake took this bit more culinary course but they achieved the balance, they soothed the patchouli oil sharp character with excellent quality resins and balms and – as I think – vanilla. The accord of white chocolate will cause palpitations to every perfumery aesthete and stands as a great counterpoint for patchouli. Luckily Coromandel does not boil over with sweetness. The authors did not overdo with anything apart from exaggerated beauty – this I cannot deny.

Coromandel has this “something” in it. Truly not many perfumes cause this kind of reaction in me. Maybe it simply reminds me of something that I really like or maybe it is just that perfect. The scent evolves slowly, over time the dominant patchouli note retreats, making space for amber note (but what kind of a note!). The patchouli note can still be smelled somewhere in the background though. Not much is happening here but that is good as what we have is absolutely sensational. Without any doubts this is the most beautiful scent with dominant patchouli I know and at the same time I have ever had a chance to wear and test. Absolutely top-end product.

In the Internet Coromandel is compared to Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens, the difference between those two is that in the first one we find white chocolate note and in the other one dark chocolate note. I cannot say much about this as I cannot remember Serge’s composition that well (I tested its micro-sample long long time ago). Still, taking into consideration fact that Christopher Sheladrake took part in the creation of Coromandel, those two scents might indeed be quite similar. I will check that soon enough.
When it comes to quality and usage properties, Coromandel proves perfect here as well. The strength, projection, sillage and finally the lasting-power. Same as it was with Sycomore, we deal with a unisex type of a perfume. Personally I think they are even more for men than for women.

I waited with this review for a long time, being abashed with Coromandel’s beauty. This scent is perfect in every way. It smells luxury – that is for sure, at the same time it stands as an example of quality and moderation. For me everything is ideal here. People more familiar with Channel’s exclusive series name Coromandel as the best one from the whole series. I myself can only compare it to Sycomore and can say that if Polge/ Sheldrake had used in the same brilliant way vetiver as they did with patchouli in Coromandel, surely I would be down on my knees and stay like that from the delight. I must admit that this is what I actually expected as I put my hands on Coromandel first. On the other hand I would not like to diminish Sycomore as it is a great perfume as well.

Wearing Coromandel is an authentic pleasure. Pity that the availability of this scent is so limited, even though that we live in the era of Internet shopping and absolutely no boundaries whatsoever. Well almost…

main notes: patchouli, white chocolate, benzoin, vanilla

launched in: 2007

perfumers: Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Does not like mÿ skin .....update, after more than a year
I have tried it twice now and I have asked also the opinion of others, and they were the same as mine. On my skin it is way to masculin, I really don't like it on me. A men said it smelled like Hugo Boss bottled on me, and I even have to agree. I will try it again in a month and in another climat in 3 months if it doesn't work again, it will be a present for someone, or just keep it in my collection.

Update
I have tried coromandel again today and to my big surprise, coromandel likes my skin now and smells good
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jtd
Greatly helpful Review    9
Coromandel
A house like Chanel has to play a few different angles at once if they want to sell their products. With Cormandel they tie together a few different narratives that target a number of key demographics simultaneously. It’s an odd dance that Coromandel performs seamlessly.

Coromandel is a Hippy Patchouli and it’s an Old Lady Perfume. It’s for the old guard and the debutantes. It’s stuffy and it’s boho chic. And it does it all without compromise. It starts with an explosion of citrus, flowers and bucketsful of bright, cold patchouli. There’s not a doubt in the world that Coromandel is a Patchouli Perfume, but it’s a clever one. It's similar in concept to Guerlain Shalimar. It plays patchouli in just the way that Shalimar plays vanilla. In each perfume, the material is the undisputed center of the composition, but not a solo act. Neither uses the material like a flower in a soliflor or a single-note hippy shop oil. Still, if you miss the vanilla in Shalimar or the patchouli in Coromandel, Jacques Guerlain and Jacques Polge have miscalculated.

If you don’t like the scent of patchouli there’s little likelihood that that you’ll warm to Coromandel. But if you take the plunge you’ll find every aspect of patchouli is played to maximum effect. I’ve been looking for a Patchouli-patchouli perfume. You know, a perfume that is earthy, icy, green, powdery, camphorous and potent. The whole package. But it must be a perfume, not some headshop oil or sledgehammer perfume without thoughtful composition. Coromandel is precisely what I’ve been looking for. It’s a spectacular combination of all the facets of patchouli without compromise. The patchouli is fleshed out with incense, amber, vanilla and god knows what else, but it never feels heavy or overburdened. Oh, it’s enormous. It verges on rococo, but it works without ever teetering and has an unrestrained charm that is the key to its wide appeal.

Old ladies, hippies, spoiled rich kids and fumies can all come together on this one.

Kumbaya.

from scenthurdle.com
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Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    6
there is better from Chanel, there is better under Orientals
This is a non gourmand type of creamy white chocolate patchouli with a strong presence of orris root, which to my nose bears a strong resemblance to C'est la Fete Patchouli, Chanel being more subdued and refined than the Lacroix, which comes across more like a free spirit featuring a louder, brassier patchouli. The woody notes here smell like freshly sanded down planks to me with a quiet musk lingering in the back.The orris root is very apparent to my nose, on par with the patchouli and in this respect, Coromandel reminds me of Tauer's pentachord white. The incense is muted in this according to my nose, which is used to bombastic spices like Tauer's L'air du desert Marocain or Luten's Amber Sultan or the incense range by CDG. The sillage and longevity are good, lasting more than half a day on skin and clothes, although towards the 8 hour mark, it becomes more of a skin scent but lasts better on cloth. I enjoy Coromandel but less so after spending time with a bigger variety of patchouli scents. Those who like a touch of patchouli leaning towards the creamy chocolate variety, will definitely enjoy this. An old-money lady that stays on the side of conservative.
On a side note, this scent was created with the idea of Oriental lacquer screens in mind. Being Oriental and protective of my culture, I would say that this does not bear resemblance to the beauty of the screens Chanel must have seen. This comes across more of a French interpretation of the Orient. The best interpretation yet is still YSL's Opium.
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Scent 7.5/10
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Soil/ clean earth
When I was a little kid I loved to play with soil/ clean earth (at least I hope it was clean - lol). I found the scent of it extremely alluring and had to restrain myself from trying to eat it. I tasted it once, but believe me, the smell is a lot better.

On my skin Coromandel turns into a soil/ clean earth scent after a half hour of wearing. I love that stage and it lasts some time too.

Now I'm a mature woman I have to restrain myself from licking my wrists when I'm wearing Coromandel.
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
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Coromandel
The fragrance opens with woodsy notes enhanced by resinous and ambery notes. The accord is multifaceted and very well done - the pungent woods harmonise well with the sweet and salty resins and amber. The fragrance is sophisticated and timeless; however, it is better suited for an adult in their forties. This means although I really like the scent and appreciate its beauty, I would not wear it right now, as I consider it too mature for me. As the fragrance develops, the woods gently recede and make way for the resins and amber to take centre stage. I now see a mineral, earthy facet in the composition that in my mind conjures up the idea of clay. This aspect however is not long-lasting and towards the dry down it vanishes, so the scent is again all about wood and sweet amber. The more I analyse the fragrance, the more I am certain of the olfactory image of an old lacquered drawer in my grandmother’s musty attic.
Helpful Review    7
Uni~Sex Exclusif
As my first venture into the elite Exclusifs of Polge's creations the quality and blending of ingredients in this bottle is simply breath taking!
This velvety smooth warm comforting patchouli scent evokes in me the touch of a beautiful woman that I've never met.
The long lasting longevity and perfect sillage waves of Amber and Vanilla carries me around the world to the place in my dreams where she exists.
For my nose when the powdery almost boozy floral notes comes into play it intoxicates my senses of this fragrant mysterious women.
Coromandel has infatuated me not with just her perfectly blended chain of notes but even more so with the image she evokes in me that is, she is, within reach every time I spray.
~ Platinum my friend you have met your match and she is Coromandel ~
Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    7
Yes, it's special but....
I recently received a nearly full bottle of coromandel from my mother. I really do love this one. It's very rich, deep, and dark. Perfectly suited for a cold night. It's beautiful and unlike any other perfume I wear. I gravitate towards the easy-to-wear perfumes. Most often I wear sweet, fresh, floral, or fruity scents. Coromandel is different. Coromandel smells special and refined.

As much as I love Coromandel, it is nearly unwearable to me. It is by far the strongest perfume I own and it packs a wallop. It makes my Coco Noir seem like a body spray. Coromandel is also very distinctive.

A word of caution, I detect a middle note reminiscent of musty/mildew. It's fleeting and faint. The dry down is amazing. It is nothing short of beautiful on wool sweaters and cashmere scarves.

I've taken to wearing this behind my knees or ankles. If you are sensitive or have allergies, I'd tread lightly with this one.

I imagine that this will also smell wonderful on a man.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    6
Seconding everyone else's reviews, and also...
My sample arrived in an unmarked mini vial without any note whatsoever. I didn't pay any mind to it, thinking it was going to be another sample I was expecting, until I unwrapped the rest of the plastic. I checked that the vial hadn't leaked, because there was a strong peculiar smell about it. It hadn't, luckily, but the scent was still pushing through, maybe some had leaked while decanting.

It's almost midnight now and I just walked home under a perfectly clear starry sky, and put some on my wrist. I've had it on for 30 minutes now and if love or the perfect starry sky above me could be bottled, this is it. It challenges at first, with what I think I already recognize as Sheldrake's strong opening; and it settles down so beautifully I don't even have words to describe it. I had been smelling Jicky earlier, and the semi-sweet harmony in Coromandel's heart hearkens back to it a little. While Coromandel is undeniably a mature perfume, it is, like Jicky, not dated. Rather it makes its wearer feel mature and worldly, yet sensitive and joyous at heart.

The only downside I can think of is that this is not, for me, a day scent. I couldn't imagine wearing it at work for example; I couldn't concentrate, and would just want to be wrapped in this beauty. Coromandel is sensual and intoxicating—but it also demands that you love it back, and give it time to open up to you. I couldn't even think of saying no to that.

Addendum: IMHO this unisex, even though it seems to be targeted for women. I can't think why any guy couldn't pull this off.
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    9
Everything You've Heard About Coromandel is True
Coromandel is probably the best example of co-creation in modern perfumery. It is simultaneously unmistakably Jaques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake, and however distinct these two styles are, the result never, not for a particle of second, feels crammed or forced. Not a single note is superfluous or out of place. It is a multilayered symphonic piece that, despite its scope and complexity, perfectly follows Michelangelo’s criterion for completeness: there is nothing to take away here.

There’s been often mentioned a certain accord that apparently renders Coromandel “masculine” to some reviewers. While I certainly understand what is being perceived as such, I find it more of a definition of character than gender. Think about practically any Great Feminine of yore; their illustrious “backbone”, that je ne sais quoi which constituted their very essence. In the incessant tidal wave of syrupy little girl offerings, what once meant class and character, came to be read as virility.
At times Coromandel does bear a close kinship to L’Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme and its precursor Caron’s Le 3eme Homme, prominently displaying a sort of muted, fresh herbal cocoa accord. This is especially true on the humid, sweaty dog days of Asian Summer. That kind of weather does make Coromandel fall somewhat flat, I’m afraid. But to say that Coromandel is a mere take on the L’Instant theme would be a gross understatement. It’s always a new story.

I’ve had powdery floral days with Coromandel, très feminine, très Chanel. I’ve had “Borneo”-like days of deep chocolate and leafy patchouli wearing delightfully close to skin. I’ve had days of the most elegant citrus, chic smoky woods and shalimaresque vanilla with a vast yet delicate sillage that made complete strangers turn their heads in awe. Coromandel has me looking impatiently forward to all the other days to come, be it the cool, colorful days of Fall, the crisp, snowy Winter days, or those first days of Spring when cold tentatively gives way to warmth and greenery.

It has all the makings of an icon: infallible, flawless, versatile, strikingly beautiful, and simply a pleasure to be around.
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    9
A Sensual Journey
Coromandel is one of the most striking fragrances I own. I was captivated by my sample, and couldn't rest until I purchased a Full Bottle. It has a very individual character, and the notes are perfectly blended. Although I am not overly fond of citruses, this leans more towards the orange and neroli, which meld together just nicely. The heart notes appear as if they have been placed in certain rotation..to compliment each other. The rose and patchouli are so suited to each other, just like in another of my favorite Divine fragrances..L'inspiratrice.) This is probably what attracted my attention to that fragrance in the first place, even though it is not similar to Coromandel, the rose/patchouli outcome is very similar. The woods in Coromandel are very proud, yet not overwhelming. The most brilliant part of the Sensual journey, is the dry down. This is something you don't experience in a lot of the newer fragrances of today. The musk and frankincense are done to perfection, with just enough vanilla to compliment them. It is a soft, and sensual cloud that surrounds you, and leaves a wonderful sillage. Everything about this perfume is perfect. Wonderful longevity, great projection, and sillage. You really do get what you pay for, with this fragrance!
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    9
Piece of art
I almost have no words to describe Coromandel.

Im about to say this is the most beautiful fragrance i've ever smelt.

The patchouli is very well blended with benzoin and the result is a wonderful sweetness.

The incense note is very light and gives it a nice depth.

The opening may be a little harsh, but as it dries down the sweetness starts in a creamy way.

Here again the comparisions are inevitable.

While Montale Patchouli Leaves is more linear, Coromandel is much more a complex and well blended scent.

While Borneo 1932 is raw, Coromandel is soft.

In my opinion Borneo 1932 is an "unfinished" version of Coromandel. Sheldrake finished the job that had been already began and together with Polge created this beautiful composition.

Definetely Coromandel is a piece of art. Masterpiece. Unique. Addictive.

Sillage, projection and lasting power are high.

Updated January 2014
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    7
Classic in the making
Another CHANEL that was built to please! And it does. I get compliments on Coromandel every time I wear it. The man I have a crush on smelled my neck and complimented me. Another time, I left the room and someone told me that I left the scent of something beautiful behind that lingered for some time. Maybe I sprayed too much on! One spray is all I need, and I think I used 2 sprays that night.

I didn't think patchouli was for me, but it's wonderful in Coromandel. That "thing" I don't like about patchouli essential oil doesn't seem to exist here. The patchouli here is like a broken nail that has been smoothed with a good nail file. I hope that makes sense!!

It's woody and spicy too, but those qualities are sort of like background music.

What I really go nuts for here is the RESINS. This could potentially be my resinous dream come true. It's like sticky, creamy, honeyed, sweet, vanilla deliciousness that I can not get enough of. Sometimes I think Coromandel should be my signature scent.

Summary: Sticky, sweet resins oozing down the trunk of a tree into the grass and dirt.
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The Woods are gonna get YOU!
I seek woods in all of my fragrances but this one really got it right. Uplifting, deep, rich, exquisite woodiness right from the jump. There may be a faint smell of sweet citrus at the beginning but my nose zooms straight in on the woods. This fragrance is very unique in the sense that it reminds me of nothing else. I could easily place this in my top 5 most beloved fragrances.

It appears that my prized Tom Fords are getting pushed even farther down my list of most loved. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

This fragrance is a must try for every perfume enthusiast!
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 9.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    12
Patchouli and creamy white chocolate
It was Katie Puckrik who had me wanting to try this fragrance. After watching her perfume collection videos on YouTube and hearing all about her love for incense-based scents, Chanel's Coromandel went straight to the top of my 'for test' list.

It took a while for me to discover my love for Coromandel. When first applied to the skin, it seemed to be very masculine and indeed very strong. The incense note was barely evident for the first ten minutes.

When I re-visited Coromandel, it reminded me of a stronger, more lasting and much more complex version of Allure Sensuelle.

After leaving the Chanel boutique I was quite certain that Chanel's Beige was my pick, however as I walked on through the crowd of people at the mall, I was enchanted by a deliciously smokey scent drifting up and around my nose.

Once settled into the heart, the magic of Coromandel can be truly felt. This is less sophisticated than other Chanel's I've tried. Coromandel makes me feel like a bad-girl; a little daring, merciless and wild.

Coromandel is earthy patchouli, rich ambery incense, exotic spices, syrupy vanilla and dusty woods. I would be game enough to call this fragrance sexy.

Some people mention chocolate as a note not listed here, and on second thoughts, there is a rather chocolatey accord hidden in there somewhere. However, don't expect Coromandel to be anything like Thierry Mugler's Angel.

The lasting strength is amazing. I had my wrist stuck to my nose until almost 3am. I think Coromandel excited me so much that I couldn't sleep.
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Lexa 22 months ago
White chocolate and amazing patchouli,more Guerlain style than Chanel.Great fragrance.+5
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 10.0
Longevity 10.0
Scent 10.0

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