Friday, April 04, 2008

Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore



Beauty Guide described it best, I think: "In SYCOMORE the perfumer has seen, first of all, a trunk of dry and noble tree. Jacques Polge has intentionally refused to soften inherent initially SYCOMORE sharpness, aspiring to emphasize its aristocratic dryness. The aroma has a note of sandal-wood tree keep cleanliness of perfumery lines and their magic mystery. Flower motives are absent, but spicy shades of a cypress, a juniper and pink pepper are clearly felt".

Let's talk about this aristocratic dryness, shall we? Originally a 1930 creation, this woody scent has been modernized to the point I'm not too sure if there's any actual sandalwood in it. I do get cedar--lots and lots of cedar. It's bold and strong, and I think you have to be a real woody lover to get into this. Similar perhaps to Shiseido Feminite du Bois, Sycomore for me leaves an even bolder impression, leaning closer to something like Cartier Declaration Essence (juniper/ pepper/ cedar) or Azzaro Visit for Men (also featuring pink peppercorns and cedar). It's very similar to Visit, actually.