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Paris-Édimbourg by Chanel

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Olivier Polge

1924. Coco Chanel meets Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, and discovers British high society and the excitement of horse racing. Most of all, she adores retreating to the Highlands, on the Scottish moors, where the land of green expanse is patterned with crystal-clear lakes and surrounded by rocky forests. The intensely woody notes of Paris-Édimbourg evoke this mysterious green power.


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There are 6 reviews of Paris-Édimbourg by Chanel.

The opening is refreshing, and quite 'lemony' or perhaps petitgrain, playing on the citric aspect of both juniper and cypress. Slightly aldehydic/fresh/fizzy at the start, which seems quite Chanel-ish to my (not vastly experienced with Chanel) nose. Cedar note is clearly identifiable, possibly a hint of lavender.

Still waiting for the vetiver to arrive.... expecting the green, fresh aspect rather than a dark, smoky vetiver.

Reminds me of older versions of Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet, but exhibiting a less strident, toned down masculinity for the 21st century.

I rather like this, and it is a welcome change from the usual screechy, bergamot-heavy, aquatic kind of summer scents.

But it becomes a skin scent very quickly, and lacks projection or sillage. It's an eau de cologne : 'intensely' from the marketing blurb above, is not a descriptor of this scent.

Mostly this really reminds me of Vetiver&Juniper soap by Crabtree and Evelyn.

I've enjoyed wearing Edimbourg, green and dewy foremost with a mild lavender running through the whole fragrance, the story behind the scent actually connects well with my wearing experience, I can envisage walking the Scottish Highlands and the smells of wool and woodland, what connects this to Chanel is a signature house vanilla twist in the dry down, it's like taking Penhaligons Blenheim bouquet and giving it the Allure homme edition blanche treatment. Nice projection in the first hour and then sits close to the skin for a further 5 hours on me, I've seen lots of people suggest this is a masculine scent...if you can pick up on the vanilla as I do it feels perfectly unisex.

I wanted to love it, but it just didn't quite work on my skin.

The opening is great, and the juniper is readily identifiable as a note and really lovely. It stays wonderful for the first 15 minutes or so, and then something creeps in...not sure what it is. Slightly "aquatic", often found in men's scents, and clings to the skin like a tenacious fungus, it doesn't work for me, and turns this into a scrubber. I get little hints of the same thing in Sycomore, which is an otherwise good vetiver scent. Sadly, this doesn't wash off. However, several hours into it, that one off note tones way down, and the scent is no longer unpleasant. Just feels a bit generic in the drydown.

Very solid new release by Chanel. It is refreshing in a cool, medicinal way. The blend is superb, with no one note standing out. It is green in an abstract sort of way. Performance is pretty decent too if you spray a good amount. This is my favorite of Les Eaux line. It is not on the level of Le Lion, but still another worthy composition by Oliver

Chanel Paris-Édimbourg (2020) from the Les Eaux de Chanel range is a deep departure from what has been expected from this line, and isn't some citric floral unisex eau de cologne thing dialed up to eau de toilette strength like pretty much the rest of the line to date. Instead, Olivier Polge digs deep into the abstract and often-romanticized personal history of Coco Chanel herself (lover her or hate her) and pulled out a fragrance made after her trip to Scotland in the 1920's when she had a fling with the Duke of Westminster. Her flings with people in power to maintain her clout among the ennobled or high classes of European society aside, the results of this deep dive none of us really knew we needed leads us to an icy fresh masculine-as-can-be experience within the Les Eaux range. When I say masculine, I don't mean bubblegum showergel and aquatic nonsense over an explosion of tonka like what passes for masculinity in the 21st century hetero clubbing scene, I mean the mid-century humorless kindness-is-weakness kind of masculinity that lead every young boy hoping to make his daddy proud learn that crying is for sissies and only bums or hippies don't shave their faces. Cold, icy, almost camphoraceous juniper that braces like a bottle of gin smashed over head combines with sharp woods in ways not seen since Aqua Velva Ice Blue (1935) was acceptable dinner date fragrance and the scent of Brylcreem in the hair alone worked for Monday through Friday.

Yep, get out your slacks, Jack Purcells, and pastel-colored bowling shirts because you're going to smell like Great-Grandad after he came back from the war with this fragrance. Stiff and minty juniper meets a lively cypress note that alongside old-school unsweet bergamot forms the top notes of Paris-Édimbourg. From there, a dry English lavender (of course) forms the heart alongside geranium, vetiver and a really peaty wood note (also of course). The base has very small traces of vanilla and white musk alongside clove and the old-fashioned hay-like coumarin/tonka note that was used heavily in men's colognes from the 40's through 60's before someone decided it needed to be sugared thereafter. The juniper remains the star attraction here, while the woods and tonka provide the petrichor backdrop that also defined many a cologne in this style, minus oakmoss now since atranol is the devil. Longevity is about eight hours and sillage remains moderate although you'll get stabs of the woody smoky juniper all day. Chanel calls this androgynous, while my bottles of Avon after shave laugh at the thought. If you're a fan of things like Green Water by Jacques Fath (1949), Acqua di Selva by Victor/Visconti di Modrone (1949), Pino Silvestri by Vidal (1955), Avon Windjammer (1968) or any countless others in this style, you already know what to expect here in Chanel Paris-Édimbourg. Anachronistic to a fault, and very much like something an old Scottish gentleman from way back would splash on in the morning, so well done.

The fact Olivier Polge would create something this anachronistic, coupled with his recent release of Le Lion de Chanel (2020) for the Les Exclusifs range, is enough proof to me that he isn't going to take Chanel down the route of Dior or Yves Saint Laurent with all the AI-assisted composed-by-marketing mass-appeal drivel that smells like someone confused an MBA for a degree in chemistry, or even the extreme taking-wealthy-customers-for-granted cynicism of Tom Ford's Private Collection. One can only stomach so many rose pricks, lost cherries, or bitter peaches before suspension of disbelief becomes impossible. I can only hope this type of timeless design extends to the standard lines as well, but I'm also not stupid enough to think a love letter to men's cologne from the 1950's can ever sell in mainstream quantities again, which is why it is here in the Les Eaux collection. Speaking of that, with most vintage examples of this style selling for peanuts, the only reason you'd buy Paris-Édimbourg is if you're a big Chanel fan or want the boosted performance this one offers over period-originating colognes. It's not the highlands in a bottle, but I'll take Paris-Édimbourg over most other modern juniper-forward fragrances marketed to men or otherwise making the rounds, because there's just something nice about such uncompromising and simple freshness that doesn't try to be ocean air or paradise fruits. You can keep the bowling shirts and pomade though, I'm good. Thumbs up

TLDR: Very Good (3.9/5). A departure from the other fragrances in its line, this scent is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to Les Eaux de Chanel.

Paris-Édimbourg represents a bit of a departure for the Chanel Les Eaux line inasmuch as it is the first of these scents to exhibit almost no connection to the house's historic DNA. Apart from a hint of clean musk in the base, which does have at least a passing relation to the bases in several of the EdP versions of Les Exclusifs, the juniper, cypress and even the vetiver in P-Ed are not familiar Chanel notes. As such, this fragrance can be seen as a welcome departure from the somewhat lackluster other fragrances in the line.

While I do enjoy Paris-Deauville on some summer days, the Paris-Venise, Riviera and, to a lesser extent, Barritz offerings were sufficiently unimpressive that I passed on them. So when I tested P-Ed, my expectations were low.

To my considerable surprise, I think this fragrance is the best in the line. The fleeting juniper opening is both herbal feeling and citric. It is followed by a blend of evergreen (perhaps the indicated cypress) and lavender that carries with it an unusual eucalyptus accord whose cool menthol note weaves its way in and out of the scent repeatedly once it makes its first appearance. The vetiver which emerges in the heart of the fragrance is clean, grassy and slightly minty. This is not the vaguely earthy vetiver of Sycomore or the nutty, dry vetiver that whispers in the base notes of so many Chanel scents, it is something new for this house. A faintly resinous incense note is also present from late in the heart of this fragrance. The vetiver and smokey notes add an unexpected depth to what is overall a rather light, almost weightless fragrance for much of its progression.

A fairly artificial woody, musky scent emerges deep into the dry down and lingers for quite some time with the earlier scent notes occasionally resurfacing briefly to accent it. I cannot identify the specific aromachemical used, but it is probably something akin to Iso-E Super.

Longevity stretches out toward 6 hours with no more than moderate projection.

This is a distinctive, appropriately luxurious-smelling unisex fragrance that will work for daytime use in all but very cold weather. The prices for Les Eaux are reasonable by Chanel standards and, at least for me, the quality on display here justifies the cost. I would guess many hardcore Chanel fans will be disappointed by P-Ed because it strays so far from the typical Chanel characteristics. For this reason, I also expect many folks who have never really appreciated much of the house's fragrance output might well find that they quite like this scent. In any event, this fragrance is well worth sampling and gets a strong thumbs up from me.

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