The third iteration in the series, Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Perfume Intense has grown up and evolved … much like Keira Knightly — the face of this fragrance for a decade now — has, as well. With its unique mix of seductive playfulness and elegant sophistication, perfumer Olivier Polge has created a fragrance worthy of the brand’s storied history, but more importantly, has also created something that just smells so.damn.good. (PS: I’m not going to lie: I actually squealed in delight when I saw the little makeup bag and notebook included in the press kit).
Keira Knightley for Coco Mademoiselle
Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense (CAN $129.00/50 ml) | Described as a two-tiered composition, this scent literally wavers between being lighthearted and mysteriously coy — and definitely draws you deeper into its spell with the wearing. Staying true to its origins, the fragrance opens up with a citrusy wave that also bears woody hints & the earthiness of the ∗fractionated patchouli, then as it settles down for the duration, the amber and vanilla accords begin to unfurl their luxuriant song. Some of the notes include:
- Sicilian Orange
- Calabrian Bergamot
- Indonesian Patchouli
- Tonka Bean Absolute
- Madagascar Vanilla Absolute
As someone who is quite scent-sensitive (seriously: certain note combinations can induce an instantaneous migraine), out of habit, I always approach a new fragrance very carefully. That said and after reading what the notes of Coco Mademoiselle Intense are (some of my faves), I literally dove in without a moment’s hesitation. And I’m so glad I did, as this fragrance is absolutely lovely: original, hard to pin down, sexy, romantic … the list goes on. Of course, everyone’s tastes and body chemistry are unique and scent affects each of us on a personal olfactory level, but I’m thrilled that this works for me. The patchouli adds a slightly gritty/dirty touch to the citrus and floral notes, which in turn gives this a fresh & modern vibe, while the velvety vanilla-amber finish feels more like a whisper, and is never overpoweringly cloying. Extra points scored for an excellent staying power.
∗Fractionated patchouli: 20 years ago, CHANEL came up with the idea of redistilling patchouli to obtain a fraction that provided new opportunities for use and is now widespread in the perfume industry.
How to win me over: a stunning new CHANEL fragrance, a CHANEL notebook, & an adorable faux-suede CHANEL makeup bag
As a lifelong CHANEL
addict lover, it used to absolutely kill me that I couldn’t wear N°5 — especially since it was also the preferred fragrance of one of my icons, Marilyn Monroe. I’m still holding out hope that one day I’ll be able to wear it but in the meantime, I’ve discovered others from my beloved brand that have become faves in my fragrance rotation, and Coco Mademoiselle Intense is now happily ensconced on that list. I won’t go on any further; next time you’re at a CHANEL counter, do yourself a favour and take it for a spin … you’ll see what I mean.
Available at all CHANEL counters
Kindly provided by CHANEL for my unbiased consideration