Chaos 1996 Eau de Parfum

Version from 1996
Chaos (1996) (Eau de Parfum) by DKNY / Donna Karan
Bottle Design Stephen Weiss
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Chaos (1996) (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by DKNY / Donna Karan for women and was released in 1996. The scent is spicy-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

SandalwoodSandalwood FrankincenseFrankincense SaffronSaffron CinnamonCinnamon CardamomCardamom CloveClove AmberAmber MuskMusk LavenderLavender CorianderCoriander SageSage ChamomileChamomile

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8.623 Ratings
Longevity
8.019 Ratings
Sillage
7.720 Ratings
Bottle
7.518 Ratings
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Helpful Review 3  
Perfection not Chaos
Very rare creation absolutely unique and beautifully balanced, nothing chaotic about it.
My nose perceives the most harmonious fresh foral spicy blend I've ever came across.
So soft and cozy yet so luscious filled with intoxicating images, making you feel like you have somekind of deja-vu.
Yes.. Chaos is the perfume you always carried inside you, and when your senses inhale it for the first, you recognise it and feel the urge to embrace it, like the long lost child you have in you.
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Top Review 9  
Ibiza/Chaos 1999
I was shown this fragrance at the time by a good friend. Her words, I have them today still in the ear, that's something else. Good two weeks I went then pregnant with my purchase decision. In the summer of '99 I traveled to Ibiza for the first time and it was there, but it never became the great love. Thus I also did not buy after and sometime he was then also forgotten, until I 20 years later my entry on Parfumo held and schwupp di wupp fell me this Träumchen again and I was clear that I did not understand this fragrance at that time properly.
The greater the disappointment was when I noticed, he is no longer produced.

Chaos is a wonderfully spicy, charismatic scent with gauzy sweetness. Not playful at all and very grown up. I simply missed the remake.
In the aftermath for me personally a classic.

Many thanks to two nice Parfumo/as, who refreshed my fragrance memory with small samples.
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Very helpful Review 6  
Oddly topical cuddly cat animalism
1996 - my year of birth. Accordingly, I am a little too young to know classics like this, as well as mostly too young to appreciate them. Because I grew up in the big Aquatik and later Tonka wave. Not that I appreciate them much, but most fragrances that predate me just seem stale to me. Oddly enough, not the early western oriental-intet creations, like Chaos by Donna Karon, I like this one downright. Unfortunately I don't know the 2008 replica. But very exciting how current this one smells and how nowadays many men's perfumes are amazingly similar to this one.
The scent starts with a very alcoholic whiskey note, though the alcohol fades quickly while the bourbon bite remains. Frankincense settles on top, cardamom scratches mildly, clove and musk bring a beautiful mild animalic that I have rarely smelled done so well. Nothing drags on the nose here, nothing smells like a stable or smells urine-like, much more just pleasant and quite classy cuddly. Fits here wonderfully to the unsweet amber accord, which is not groundbreaking, but perceptible and thus should not be neglected in the overall impression. Saffron and chamomile round scents, as I find, always wonderfully, bring something warm, steamy and at the same time soothing with it, here it seems the dryness of the cinnamon wonderfully to paint over. This is often overdosed in my opinion and quickly makes scents unwearable once the temperature rises above 15 degrees, but here it is very finely woven. In general, all fragrance impressions intertwine wonderfully here, are finely adjusted and still class to recognize as individual notes. The result is a mild oriental by western standards with a gentle radiance. It is less a smoky candidate than a softly spicy one, but this without seeming greasy. For despite all this, it develops something light and elegant. In the drydown the notes settle and melt into a warm spicy unity. Also joins a mild candle wax note to it.
Only here in the Drydowen I understand the ladies fragrance, why it must be one!
It is a purring Siamese kitten, which despite cuddliness not a little majestetik einbust and despite soft, clean fur still the risk of a flying claw.

I thank Mörderbiene for this great hiking letter, through which I was allowed to know this fragrance
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Top Review 26  
Not for little girls
I never thought I'd live to see this. The original Donna Karan mess! I didn't even know that there was a remake in 2008, but I still remember the crystal bottle from the nineties. It was often presented back then in connection with Chopard's Wish, which was in a similar bottle and still is today. I admit, I don't even know if I tested Chaos back then, but I quickly decided on Wish, as I already had a direct hit from Chopard in my possession with Casmir. Chaos I have always looked at with interest, but probably never tried it myself.

Thanks to killer bee I could make up for it now and I say thank you, thank you, thank you! Here on Parfumo not so much standing in the spotlight, but chaos in my former house and yard forum was everywhere considered a superstar! And now I can fully understand that. What I don't understand, however, is why he was only on the market for so few years. But in order.

Chaos is a spice bomb par excellence. Right at the beginning I can perceive lavender, cardamom and cloves. Cinnamon remains relatively unsweet here, which I like very much, because too sweet cinnamon lets scents drift into the pompous-madamy for me. Sandalwood and coriander give the fragrance a woody twist. Amber and musk provide a slightly subliminal, light sweetness, which is always kept in check by the incense. The saffron is so well used here that it doesn't annoy me at all, and I was looking for the chamomile but couldn't find it. So we have a real spice hummer. Sillage is clear in the upper part and I have to think of Dior's poison and varieties at the first sniff. In this league chaos is also playing. I see it on a woman with a lot of pepper in her butt who knows that when she enters a room she is in charge. In principle I would say yes, never ever is it suitable for the office, but on a charismatic boss in a reasonable dose, why not!

The fragrance has such an appearance in itself, the person as well as his or her outfit must absolutely go with it. Otherwise it does not fit. Primarily I see the fragrance more in the evening, but here, too, you need the right wardrobe plus a merciless self-confidence. Chaos may be a lot, but chaos is not for little girls.
By the incense, which would like to play the first fiddle in the fragrance every now and then and thus provides for a beautiful unsweetness, this fragrance appeals to me much more than comparable forceful buzzers from the eighties. There are also relatively few floral notes, which I like very much. This association of a matron, which I like with overly pompous and opulent floral scents, is missing here. Here I see the attractive, self-confident power woman and I perceive the fragrance as strong but never as unpleasant or even too much.

Unfortunately I can't say anything about the current version, because I don't know it. But the short-lived nature of this fragrance is an absolute mystery to me. It's so in the league of Poison, Aromatics Elixir, Must de Cartier or Obelisk. Fans of these fragrances should all pay attention to their ears right now. And I don't just mean the power women. It also represents courageous gentlemen who have a preference for this kind of classic. Must try!
Many thanks to Mörderbiene for the opportunity to test it.
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