No. 19 Poudré fragrance notes

  • Head

    • mandarin, neroli
  • Heart

    • iris, jasmine, galbanum, vetiver, hyacinth
  • Base

    • musk, tonka bean

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Latest Reviews of No. 19 Poudré

I’m not at all surprised that I love this so much. To me, this comes off as a very feminine, green floral. And the green I’m getting from this one is more of the dry variety. The powder aspect is soft and even slightly flirty. If not flirty, definitely flirty adjacent. A woman aware of her ability to captivate. I was sort of hoping for a bitchy vibe, but I think that’s attributed more to the original 19. Perfumes like this one are the reason I fell in love with perfume in the first place. This is very much a LOVE in my book. I seem to get about 4-5hrs of wear time from it before it starts to become harder to detect… and on my dry skin, that’s pretty much average and what I get from most perfumes so it doesn’t disappoint there. I feel like this one could be worn in any season, and since it doesn’t have a huge projection, I feel like it’s a great choice for the office too. It is more of a daytime scent for me.
25th June 2022
Chanel No. 19 Poudré is retro but not in an 90s way more like a french lady when she goes out and socializes with philosophers, artists, and musicians in parisian locals at dusk, like Misia Sert or a charming 1950s bride on her wedding day. Very romantic so feminine, boudoir chic scent. A cool green woody iris which turns a little musky. Green and dry, warm and fresh at the same time. Feminine air with a metal edge.

First spray is a strongly powdered iris, and within minutes the colder herbal note from the combination of bitter galbanum and sweet tonka bean. Iris is actually more noticeable on me way into the dry down after an entire day of wearing and is anchored by dry vetiver. It is the smell of a clean body when you get out of the shower after you've washed yourself with expensive soap, shampoos and condition and then apply luxurious body creams. If you prefer the emphasis on galbanum and green than absolutely powdery scent, try this one. Sillage is pretty soft, almost to the close to the skin and it does not overwhelm a room, but it does make to feel clean and confident. Pure class in a retro bottle.
13th June 2021

A competent floral-y dry green, this isn't without interest. Mostly, there's the sheer and awesome amount of powderiness to it, almost dense, and like something you can almost experience as a layer sitting on the skin, that keeps this scent from being merely another effectively pretty one at the mall. This slight (I almost wanna say subversive, but deep down know it's a stretch and some to call it that) streak speaks volumes in adding subtlety and dimension to the composition. Poudré is often compared to Infusion d'Iris by Prada, which makes a world of sense. The two are siblings, if not twins, but Poudré to me has more balls and more wit (though maybe not more brain) and seems to have learned how to let her brawny-er side loose while also getting it to fly under the radar of her ever watchful and proper mom. Poudré also performs better than Infusion: it projects quite a bit more (while still being civil) and lasts marginally longer. To my nose, it also smells higher quality. I'd rather shell out for this over that anytime, though I'm not sure it's fully my style.
8th April 2021
I've been obsessed with all things Chanel since I was a teenager, when my best friend and I would save our pennies from our weekend mall-jobs to skip over to the Broadway department store to buy a bottle of perfume. We eventually accumulated No. 5, 19, 22, and Cristalle, each of which came housed in distinctive cylindrical plastic bottles: black for No. 5, silver for 19, white for No. 22, clear for Cristalle.

To us teens of the '80s, Chanel wasn't old-fashioned. It was luxury and quality incarnate. Nothing smelled as beautiful, nothing lasted as long on our skin, nothing wafted its sillage as seductively.

I've smelled just about every Chanel in existence, and even the ones I haven't liked I've at least admired. If nothing else, you get major bang for your buck. The Chanel that I spritz in the morning is still making its presence known before bedtime.

Which is why No. 19 Poudre is such a disappointment—and puzzle. It's a quality formulation for sure, a study in contrasts, green yet powdery, thanks to citrus and galbanum bolstering the famous Chanel jasmine and iris, not so much an updating or reinterpretation of the original No. 19, but a modern homage to its spirit. It's truly lovely, but I can't give it more than a neutral rating because it lasts maybe 2 minutes on my skin.

I even soaked myself with it on a 90-degree day and . . . nothing. All I can hope for is that maybe I'm temporarily anosmic to it.

EDITED October 2020: I was wrong about the longevity. I'm beginning to think that I suffer from occasional short bouts of anosmia, because I gave this another chance yesterday and it stayed loud and proud on my skin for most of the day. I've never smelled anything quite like this, both harsh and green, powdery and tender. What a magnificent trick.

7th September 2020
Smells like a slightly greener version of Prada Infusion d'Iris. Sillage is a lot more powerful which many may want or expect as this is twice the price. One spritz on the wrist while my spouse was outside, and he could smell it as soon as he came into the house. Be careful wearing this one to work!
18th May 2020
Poudré, to me, is a paradox. It's at once very like and unlike the original Chanel No. 19. I wanted to despise this trust-fund baby, but I can't. It's beautiful.

Like the original No. 19, the iris is strong but refined. No cloying candy-cookie-fruity-vanilla "please don't give me a speeding ticket, officer" nonsense here. Poudré smells smart.

When I wear Poudré instead of Chanel No 19, I don't get any of the "old lady perfume" complaints from my family. So maybe from a certain point of view, Poudré is Chanel No 19 with the "old lady perfume" factor taken out.
29th October 2019
Honestly, I didn't expect to love this, let alone like it.

Massive blast of powdery iris, straight away. Pretty! Suede-like note hiding beneath. Not what I expected, as I stated. Only ghostly citrus hints, to my nose. They are smothered by iris & galbanum, to start, then annihilated by the other heart notes.
Dreamy, Stevie Nicks styled invasion of mystery and romantic lyrics. Not overly flowery. Nearly face-powder nuances. Just plain lovely.
Iris, Tonka bean, and hyacinth create a lovely cloud. Anyone who doesn't appreciate its charms or at least its creativity, should have their head examined, IMO. Notes hang in the air like distant flute music.
10th September 2019
Very excited to find Chanel No. 19 Poudre". I haven't been shopping since I retired and have not kept up with the newer formulations. I quit shopping when every bottle I tested smelled like Issey Miyaki and produced a headache from Hell.

No. 19 (although beautiful) did not develop well on my skin but
Poudre" is the exception. Not being familiar with all the notes used in perfumery I am unable to single out what I like about this fragrance.

It's clean, it's green, it' powdery, it's soft, it's light. The floral notes do not overpower the formula. In fact, the balance between the light citrus, the floral and the base flow together like a walk through a butterfly garden on a Spring day.

I wish it were a bit weightier but then it wouldn't be what it is, a waft of nature floating on a light breeze through your bedroom window.
3rd August 2018
My problem is with the name. There isn't sufficient connection to No. 19 but Chanel must have decided that an austere bitch must have a softer side. In my horticulture training a group of us tackled a massive pile of Iris rhizomes, discarding the spent and trimming up the new offshoots for replanting. When Chris Sheldrake narrates the Iris Poudre you tube clip it's as if I'm there again; I can't deny the manual labour required to produce my favourite base, iris butter. I simply don't understand the austere, heartless bitch reputation of Chanel No 19, the embryo, in some influential minds, being Gabrielle herself. Instead, think Piaf and La Vie en Rose.

Actually I'm not objective enough to pull Iris Poudre to its marshmallow bits, so I just have to agree with the others, and put myself on a lover's cross, wear it most days, saving the original No.19 for higher heels and repartee with a male chauvinist.
16th July 2017
It takes only a single spray of No. 19 Poudre on one's wrist and studying it over the next ten hours to understand why Chanel has been the darling of so many women over so many decades. No. 19 Poudre is a brilliantly crafted floral centred around iris. There is intially a hint of citrus, followed by an accord of iris and galbanum. The long dry down is a gorgeous musk. Not dirty musk, not laundry musk - just a fresh, slightly sweet musk that smells like clean human skin.

It's hard to believe how the same company pumps out inane masculine 'colognes' (Allure, Bleu, Platinum Egoiste) year after year.

No. 19 Poudre is elegant, sophisticated but also very modern and approachable, and not too elaborate. It's unmistakably Chanel. Unlike some other Chanels, it also has adequate sillage and excellent longevity.

1st July 2017
I recently bought my Mum a bottle of No19 Poudre, as she fancied a green fragrance for summer. As soon as I smelled it on her I knew it reminded me of something, but I couldn't think what. Today, one of my friends was wearing Mugler Cologne - the first time I've smelled it for at least ten years, and it smells identical to No19 Poudre on my Mum. I don't know if the two fragrances would be quite so similar on everyone, but I really can't tell the two apart. My Mum likes her No19 Poudre very much; her only complaint is that it doesn't last more than a few hours on her skin, and she has to reapply it. The sillage, however is good; when I visit my Mum, I know immediately when she's wearing it as soon as I go into the house.

I haven't tried my Mum's No19 Poudre on my skin, but when I sniff the bottle, it makes me think of a more modern take on No19; ie. original No19 with the addition of tonka and white musk - thankfully, and perhaps rather surprisingly, no vanilla. However, when my Mum wears it, it is exactly like Cologne on my friend!

A very pleasant, modernised version of No19; however, for myself, I prefer the original - particularly the Parfum strength. As I have stated in some of my other reviews of Chanel fragrances, I am really not a fan of Jacques Polge's perfumes; No19 Poudre, and No18 are, in my opinion, definitely his best to date.
17th June 2017
The magic of 19 Poudré is a perfect mix of Chanel's trademark lemon champagne aldehydes and happy old-fashioned talcum powder. It's a beautiful fireworks display that has a classic appeal without ever smelling old.

After the sparkles die down, I'm left with a pleasant smudge of lemony vetiver, but this is engineered like an eau de cologne, where the fun is in the topnotes, while the rest is weak enough to allow for constant reapplication through the day.

Longevity fanatics should look elsewhere (I'd suggest No. 19 extrait with its hours of rich iris and vetiver), as should those who don't care for loud powder, but for those who enjoy a blast of perfectly orchestrated aldehydes, Poudré may well become a favorite.
7th February 2017