Name: Coco Mademoiselle
What I liked:
– feminine scent, not too girly but not too old-fashioned either
– good sillage and staying power
– simple and elegant bottle
What I didn’t like:
– too generic
– the patchouli and musk notes in the drydown may be too harsh for some people
– lacks the sophistication we associate with Chanel
When Coco Mademoiselle, a flanker of the famous Coco (with which it doesn’t really have anything in common), was released in 2001, it was an instant hit. Not only it earned the company 21$ in the first year alone, but it also was awarded the European Star of the Year and won the FiFi for Prestige Fragrance in Germany, USA, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and France! Since then, its success hasn’t waned. Coco Mademoiselle still ranks among the most sold fragrances in many countries every year.
That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? But is this juice really so good to deserve so much praise and popularity? Coco Mademoiselle opens with a loud blend of bergamot and grapefuit, with a huge dollop of lychee and just a hint of orange. Soon, the citrusy notes disappear and all that’s left is sweet lychee over a sheer floral background. It’s hard to distinguish the flowers in this bouquet because of how light they are, but the official notes list jasmine and rose.
The drydown is an oriental mix of vanilla, musk and patchouli. The green and herbal patchouli note is strong and sharp and seems quite of place here. The musk too is very obvious and masculine. Besides, this combination isn’t anything new. Not only are the accords quite generic, but, because of how popular it is, Coco Mademoiselle is one of those scents that you’ll smell everywhere you go, which gets really boring after a while.
That’s why, although I find the scent lovely (but not as sophisticated as you would expect from Chanel), I delight in smelling it on others but I rarely wear it myself. I just don’t like smelling like everyone else. I must be in the minority though as this stuff sells so easily. The scent is neither too girly nor too old-fashioned, and thus best suited to young women in their 20s and 30s. It is also strong but without being overpowering, and lasts all day on the skin.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle features citrusy top notes, a generic sweet and floral heart, and a sharp woody-musk drydown. Neither too girly nor too old-fashioned, this strong but not overpowering scent is best suited for women in their 20s and early 30s.