Part of the Les Exclusifs collection, Coromandel launched in
2007 and is named for the lacquered Chinese screens that Gabrielle Chanel
Chanel describes Coromandel as a “dry ambery oriental,”
however, I don’t smell much amber in Coromandel.
Coromandel is overall a wonderfully spicy, dry earthy oriental
fragrance. The vanilla and chocolate
notes are present but faintly swirled about in the background, not upfront and
not even remotely gourmand. The vanilla
and chocolate notes serve to temper the strong patchouli blast and soften its
edges. Coromandel is very dry and spicy
and easily unisex. The patchouli is
pungent but Chanel has removed any of the hippie-dippy skankiness and left us
only the most beautiful and wearable parts.
Different from other perfumes in the Les Exclusifs line
Coromandel is strong and tenacious. For
lovers of dry spicy fragrances, Coromandel is a must.