Chanel Coromandel Perfume Review

Chanel Coromandel Perfume Review
Chanel Coromandel Perfume Review

Chanel Coromandel Eau de Parfum is supposed to be a “soft and voluptuous embrace” with “intense amber notes.” It is a scent that begins with citrusy, not-quite-ripe orange notes that get milkier, sweeter, and less definable as the flora heart notes come forward. The base notes are incredibly blended together and create a dry down that is creamy, almost chocolaty with the lightly spiced woods and resinous-like sweetness. Chanel lists Coromandel’s notes as: patchouli, frankincense, and benzoin, but a more complete note list seems to be:

  • top notes: bitter orange, neroli, citruses
  • heart notes: orris root, patchouli, rose, jasmine
  • base notes: musk, woody notes, white chocolate, amber, olibanum, benzoin, incense

It opened with a blast of subtly, sweetened orange and its freshly-peeled skin off to the side. Only a few minutes went by before the patchouli came forward and only a slightly sharp citrus feel is left, less definable as orange and the sweetness less noticeable as it became creamier, smoother, and milky.

As the top notes faded, the heart of the fragrance resulted in a rich, heady floral quality with a touch of sweetness coming from citrus that has become creamier, smoother, and ripened.

Over the next few hours, Coromandel became warmer, spicier, and smokier as the amber and incense made their presence known. It developed a more resinous quality, but everything felt so blended that individual notes were hard to discern. There was slight woodiness and earthiness, a touch of spice (which pervaded through most phases of the scent), and almost vanillic benzoin/amber.

The dry down was more of a skin-scent, with the notes detectable from an inch or two above my wrist, and remains on the creamier side with lightly spiced woods, a hint of powderiness, and resinous sweetness. The initial dry down seemed to start after four to five hours, but heady, resinous amber gets more and more prominent from there and supplants the creaminess to some degree.

For testing, I blind bought the smaller of the full-sized bottle options–I like to live and spend dangerously, apparently–but it came as a strong recommendation from a personal friend who has a good sense of my perfume tastes. For testing, I used two sprays, which were applied to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I use an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.  It was long-lasting (over 10 hours and still detectable as a skin-scent) with moderate sillage for the first two hours with moderate projection for the first three hours.

Subjectively, I’ve been enjoying subsequent wears of Coromandel, since I have a full bottle, and certainly have no regrets about my blind-buy. I prefer it to Xerjoff Richwood, which has a lot of similarities in its scent progression, but Richwood stays sharper and heavy on the citrus top notes for much longer than Coromandel, which I prefer. I deeply enjoy the dry down with its sweet, ambery resins, spicy woodiness, and tendril of incense.

Available Sizes

  • 2.5 fl. oz. for $250
  • 6.8 fl. oz. for $400

Where to Buy

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Heather Avatar

Perfume artisans should hire you to write their ads and product descriptions. You are so eloquent in what I would consider to be a very difficult topic to write about. I hope you will continue reviewing fragrances!

Ever since I saw you mention Coromandel in another review, you piqued my interest, and now I am even more intrigued. I hope I can find a sample of this on one the decant sites!

Nina Avatar

I was gifted this by an innocent that didn’t know I and patchouli don’t have a love affair. It’s heavy in many ways. Every single note rings out without a nice blend. I regifted it.

RM Avatar

coromandel is one of my favorites. i’ve purchased chanel-carded sample vials on ebay but haven’t yet been willing to buy a full size. it reminds me of the big 1980s scents like coco, or some of the diptyque scents, like oud palao or volutes.

Donna Avatar

Thank you, Christine, for the review.

I have a 5mls decant of Coromandel official Chanel one from way back when it was EDT only. Back then, it was supposed to be a patchouli perfume. I know Chanel like all houses reformulate and no doubt when it moved to being EDP then did. I never got around to buying a full bottle.

Hope you review 31 Rue Cambon which is my favourite of the Exclusif range.

Kyriaki Avatar

Coromandel has been in my top three favorites, and definitely my favorite Chanel, for some years now. It’s a cold weather scent for me. People still stop me and ask what I’m wearing. Much as I love it, I don’t know if I’ll use the entire bottle. It’s substantial.

Natasha Avatar

What a comprehensive review. I thought for a moment it was a reprint from some esoteric fragrance bible. You’ve made me really want this and there I was being thankful I didn’t have anything expensive to be listing after. Always appreciate your in depth concise reviews.

Z Avatar

I’d sniff this at a counter if I could find one. Some of those notes strike me, some I know immediately to avoid, but you never know when something might surprise you.

Loving the perfume posts. Frankly I’d read just about anything you review. I’m done with colourpop, can’t even bring myself to click on any of their posts any more, but the perfumes are reeling me back in!

DUA Avatar

Ahh, I remember this one. I struggled to finish it. It’s not bad but more suitable for colder weather.

I live in a hot place. That’s why I struggled to finish it.

Nice perfume, but not a repeat for me.

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