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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Perfume Review: Chanel Egoiste

Égoïste is everything I like in a fragrance, and nothing I dislike. This beautiful grandchild of Bois des Iles is a magical, warm harmony of woods and spices. On me it is softer than soft, it envelopes me like most exquisite and most expensive dark-golden silk garment. On a man…oh on a man it is irresistible. If I were a poet, I would have written a passionate sonnet for Égoïste. But I am not, so I am writing this review.

The beginning of Égoïste has a candied (mandarin) and at the same time slightly medicinal (lavender) feel that I find delightfully quirky and enjoyable. The fragrance grows warmer and sweeter as it develops, never crossing the line into being cloying and overwhelming. The sandalwood and rose blend (a union made in olfactory heaven) in the heart of the fragrance is incredibly attractive. The dark warmth of wood and the sweetness of the rose are spiced up by saffron and coriander; in the drydown, the gentle vanilla note becomes apparent. It does not make Égoïste sweeter, but it does make it even softer. This is a discreetly exotic woody-oriental scent that makes one think about opulent fabrics and golden chalices filled with mysterious potions... "Discreetly", because this exoticism is in true Chanel style, i.e. masterfully understated, without excessive embellishments. I once said about D'Orsay Le Dandy that if it were a man, I would have undoubtedly fallen head over heals in love with him. Egoiste is another fragrance that makes me wish that it could be magically turned into a person, even though I know that this stunner would break my heart in thousand little pieces…

Egoiste is available at, $45.99-$67.89.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A heart-breaker, huh? Must run to the nearest department store to smell this again! Not to have my heart broken but to see if I really need another lover.

12:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Dusan said...

It took me a while to get past the dentist's/medicinal scent of lavender (or lavender in any other perfume I love, for that matter) and grow to love Egoiste. It is every word the masterpiece you claim it to be in yet another lovely and inspired review of yours :)
And I absolutely agree that rose and sandalwood is a divine combination.
What's in store for tomorrow, btw?

2:05 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Do you like Bois des Iles and Safran Troublant? Because Egoiste is like an elegant mix of the two to my nose. I am almost positive that you will like it though.

8:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! Have you tried Safran Troublant by L'Artisan? It is another beautiful sandalwood-rose combo. (plus saffron of course :-))
Tomorrow, in conclusion of the week, will be Fahrenheit.

8:36 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, now I need to try this one, and Safran Troublant....
Thanks for adding more to the list!
(and PS, I found someone on ebay who had samples of the first 7 Parfumerie Generale scents! I couldn't hit the keys fast enough!)

9:13 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

And that is why eBay is my favorite place to shop for perfume. :-) Would love to hear what you think about the "Generals"

9:16 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I love both Bois des Iles and Safran Troublant. Man, now you *really* got me curious! Chanel counter - here I come!

9:39 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Now I am 96$ certain you'd like Egoiste. You may or may not like the -to me- slightly medicinal beginning (which I like, btw), but it give it a chnace to develop further :-)

9:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

They are very close relatives, so I'd highly recommend to try this one, my fellow Bois des Iles fan :-)

11:41 AM EDT  
Blogger Caitlin Shortell said...

I love it when a scent becomes a person to me. When I was smelling AoP 6 I had this visceral reaction in which I could clearly see the scent as a person and knew that if he were a person I would be smitten.

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear Cait,
You made me happy. I am not alone in that respect! :-)
Amd I have got to try AoP6!

8:05 AM EDT  
Blogger kanashimi blue said...

I totally agree with you on egoiste. A completely fall head-over-heels in love kind of scent when won by a man. Masculine and sexy.

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It is stunning on a man, definitely!

10:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Bois des Iles as an autumnal daytime fragrance, and then a crisp fall night with Égoïste.

8:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear Anonymous,
perfect choices, both of them!

8:44 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Husband wore this the night I fell head over heals in love with him and through out our courtship. Now when he puts it on I want to rip his clothes is the sexiest thing I have ever smelled, the closest thing to an aphrodisic I can imagine. When he's out of town I wear it and surprisingly usually get compliments on it. Swoon worthy.

12:33 AM EDT  
Anonymous said...

I bought 3 of the bigger bottles of these at a yard sale for 3 dollars a piece. best purchase/deal ive ever made :) im a man and i wear this during meetings or upscale dinners mainly. i don't find it casual. this is the stuff you save for special occasions, like a fine bottle of wine :-)

11:06 PM EDT  

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